The Puma Osu NM is a neutral running shoe that has been cheered for by your casual, around-the-block runner, and frowned upon by runners who have grown to expect much more of a running shoe, even if it’s cheap. The design of the shoe is unique and intriguing, and as most such designs do – it will have avid fans and passionate haters, although most people agree that it’s a good-looking shoe. The cushioning, flexibility, price and looks all speak volumes about this runner; however, the lack of support and stability features is what irks runners the most. If you need a walking/jogging shoe and you’re not accustomed to logging dozens of miles a week, this shoe will probably meet your (humble) requirements.
The outsole of the Puma Osu NM features a high-quality carbon rubber compound that protects the shoe from abrasions and prevents wear and tear. The grooves on the outsole are positioned so that they can only mean one thing: flexibility. With twelve grooves throughout the outsole, it’s very clear that Puma had an easy and fast stride and especially fast toe-off in mind when making the Osu NM. The carbon rubber, combined with traction grooves along the outsole, provides good grip on dry surfaces and ensures a reliable ride. The heel features a small Puma logo and three diagonal traction grooves that will be most useful for heel strikers in order to prevent slipping at the beginning of the gait cycle.
The segmented and bulky-looking midsole is comprised of a very flexible CM-EVA foam that allows for the most natural movement possible. Clearly, the intention of the brand is as clear as possible in the Puma Osu NM – as soon as you see the sole, the first thing you’ll think about is flexibility. The midsole foam follows the flex groove pattern of the outsole and is divided into thirteen sections. The foam itself is fairly responsive and provides good cushioning, which is complemented with a the EcoOrthoLite sockliner that has anti-microbial and anti-moisture properties which increase the durability of the shoe and create a healthy environment for the foot.
Synthetic suede is the key material used in the construction of the upper. The synthetic suede strips cover the breathable mesh material that can sometimes be seen between the strips, which allows for sufficient airflow. The suede strips provide a glove-like fit and hug the foot, providing additional security and a snug fit. The traditional lacing system is traded for a hook-and-loop one, giving the entire shoe a consistent, although a bit orthotic look. On the other hand, this system gives the runner an opportunity to customize the fit much more efficiently than with traditional laces. The synthetic suede material is sturdy and won’t wobble or become loose. The top of the tongue and the collar feature a mesh material that complements the upper open-pore design.
At 10oz for a half-pair of men’s size 12, the Puma Osu NM is a fairly lightweight shoe that can be worn in a multitude of situations. Its light weight allows for the shoe to be worn throughout the day without the feeling of the feet being dragged ‘down’ and getting tired.
The mesh material beneath the faux-suede straps is breathable and works in unison with the EcoOrthoLite sockliner at keeping the foot dry and ventilated. This means that you won’t experience sweating or blisters in the Puma Osu NM, but the suede straps will also protect the foot from the cold weather, creating a balance between breathability and versatility. However, the sockliner didn’t succeed at preventing bad smells from the material, so be sure to ventilate this running shoe even if you haven’t sweated in it.
The majority of runners consider the comfort of the Puma Osu NM running shoe to be excellent. Its toe box is roomy enough to allow for natural toe movements, and the hook-and-loop system eliminated the dangers of laces putting too much unneeded pressure on the top of the foot. While the shoe has a sizing system that most runners are used to, several runners have stated that the shoe was too small and that they had to go a size up for the shoe to fit them. The Osu NM comes in medium widths for both men’s and women’s versions, which probably won’t be enough for people with very wide feet
. The shoe itself is a bit curved, following the natural shape of the foot which is wider on the outside of the forefoot, with the big toe pointing towards the inner side of the foot. Those runners who have complained about the comfort of the shoe were actually dissatisfied with the lack of extra support, which, in our opinion isn’t a fair thing to require from a neutral running shoe.
The vast majority of customers have deemed the Puma Osu NM as a shoe with a very appealing and interesting design. This shoe isn’t elegant, but it's intriguing and strangely minimalistic-looking, although the design is complicated, without a doubt. The colorways are well-chosen and the Puma logo signs can be found on the sides of the shoe as well as the top of the tongue. The mesh-colored stitching goes from the top of the vamp and ends midfoot, connecting the faux-suede straps together into a coherent design. People with traditional taste would surely describe the Osu NM as ‘too modern’, but the fresh design will cause people to be surprised in a good way. A number of people have gotten compliments on the shoes precisely due to the innovative design.
The durability of the Puma Osu NM is average. The traction indents on the outsole aren’t rugged enough to actually sustain a lot of abrasions without becoming slippery, and the CM-EVA foam started to harden and lose its cushion after about a hundred miles. This doesn’t mean that the shoe will fall apart instantly – it will be more than enough to endure one running season, but expect to change them after 300 or so miles in order to avoid injury from insufficient cushioning.
This shoe is intended for daily running, which means that the midsole is capable of dampening the impact forces and protecting the feet from pain and tiredness. A few people have said that they liked the impact-absorbing properties of the cushioned midsole, with one runner even stating that the only shoe in which he doesn’t get shin splints
is with the Puma Osu NM. Obviously, these protection properties cannot outlast the sole itself, so all of these benefits are connected to the durability of the sole.
The CM-EVA foam used in the midsole of the Puma Osu NM is fairly responsive and capable of providing enough bounce-back for the runner to not feel like the sole is lacking. However, compared to the Nike’s Air Zoom or the Adidas Boost midsole, the responsiveness of the Osu NM’s midsole isn’t up to par with the industry heavyweights. On the other hand, seeing how this is a sole focused on cushioning
and flexibility, there are runners who prefer their midsole to be exactly like that, so if you’re not looking for a racing shoe, the level of responsiveness that the Osu NM brings to the table will be more than enough to meet your requirements.
This is a neutral running shoe made for runners with high, medium-high or normal arches. The target runners’ group for this running shoe are the people who don’t require any additional support
from their running shoe, which attributes to around 50% of all runners. The lack of support has been a point of turmoil between runners, with one side claiming that the shoe isn’t adequate for any kind of serious exercise, while the other group expressed their satisfaction with the shoe’s performance, especially when they’re jogging. Keep in mind that this shoe won’t offer any lateral support as well, so if you require a shoe that has additional support properties, this might not be the right pick for you.
As you might have guessed from the images, the Puma Osu NM is a running shoe best for road, track, light gravel, and flat gym floors, as well as treadmills and similar gym cardio machines. Given the flexibility of the sole and the lack of special support, this isn’t the type of shoe you can take to a technical terrain and get away with it – it is strictly meant to be used on flat surfaces.
The lack of support and average durability
are compensated by more than a reasonable price, which makes this shoe affordable even if you have to repurchase it at a 350-mile mark. Compared to Nike’s shoes of similar quality, this one is at least 30% cheaper, which isn’t a small thing, especially because trainers and running shoes are rarely on the customer’s priority list. This is a great shoe to have in rotation, especially if you take it for 3-mile runs every other day, for example.
If your primary focus is on grip and traction, bare in mind that the Puma Osu NM isn’t the traction champion. It gives a satisfactory performance on dry surfaces; however, a number of people have stated that it slides too much on wet surfaces, making it a risky shoe to have if you live in a rainy area. However, if you intend to use it indoors and in the summer, the traction
will be good, but never great.
This is where the Osu NM really shines. With the sectioned outsole and midsole that accommodates and speeds up the natural gait cycle, flexibility is this shoe’s middle name. The flex grooves and midsole sections stretch throughout the length of the shoe, making it extremely flexible and bendable, so your feet will feel completely unrestrained by his footwear. All runners, especially ones that like to do a series of short sprints during an interval routine, will appreciate the amazing flexibility of this neutral running shoe
, especially during toe-off.
The main stability
feature of this running shoe is the hook-and-loop strap that steps instead of the traditional lacing system. This system allows you to adjust the grip the suede straps will have on your foot, ranging from relatively loose to very tight, which will, in turn, stabilize your foot and make up for some of the lateral support that’s lacking. Other than this feature, there isn’t much to be said about the Puma Osu Nm’s stability.
The Puma Osu Nm features a medium drop that will suit heel strikers and midfoot strikers alike. The heel isn’t too prominent as to get in the way of the midfoot strikers’ natural stride, but it’s cushioned enough to provide enough shock-absorption for the heel striker. This is a good drop to choose if you’re transitioning from a high drop to a more natural gait because it will give your feet time to gradually adjust to the potentially dangerous change.
● Carbon rubber outsole
● Flexible CM-EVA foam midsole
● EcoOrthoLite sockliner
● Extremely flexible
● Comfortable if you don’t need extra support
● Great price point
● Average durability
● Neutral running shoe
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Intriguing strap design
● Hook-and-loop strap system
● Satisfactory responsiveness
Osu NM has a unique look, amazing flexibility, cushioning, lightweight and a great price going for it. These traits make it a versatile shoe that can be used for jogging, short sprints and walking as well. However, the flaws are there and they cannot be hidden. The durability of the shoe is average, the lack of support obvious and the lack of stability features won’t draw in people who are accustomed to more technology-oriented running shoes. However, if you’re a casual runner who just needs a comfy shoe to run a couple of circles around a block in – you’ll be more than satisfied with the Osu NM.