Puma Roma Fully Reviewed & Compared
A retro look makes this classic sneaker the perfect accessory. The Puma Roma first came onto the scene in the late ’60s and was originally intended for short distance track & field activities. This new imagining of the Roma is a casual wear shoe that incorporates improved arch support, features updated color schemes, and a faux-leather construction.
The men’s shoe is available in a ton of different styles, each prominently featuring Puma’s Formstrip logo at the side. While the shoe can be worn for general fitness purposes, it’s not quite intended to be an everyday gym wear option. Most wearers, after all, picked the Roma as a daily casual wear shoe.
- Stylish retro design
- Good price
- Provides arch support
- Narrow design
- Durability concerns
- Lack of ventilation
- Most praise for Puma Romas is for the style and classic design.
- Many positive reviewers use these for casual, everyday wear.
- These are reasonably priced for most buyers.
- The return of the classic style attracted many buyers.
- The materials are durable and can last through extensive light wear.
- According to many positive reviewers, these are a practical choice for travel, work, or light activity.
- The laces are solid material that doesn't loosen easily.
- The color options are simple and can blend with many styles.
- The materials on some varieties are more water resistant than other running shoe options.
- The material of the upper is easy to wipe clean.
- For many buyers, these live up to their expectations of Puma shoes.
- The fit works well for narrow to average feet.
- For some reviewers, the tongue feels more comfortable and of higher quality than competitors' shoes.
- Several reviewers say these are a great option for their jobs in offices or as bartenders.
- The tread provides decent grip even in light snow.
- The narrow design led to issues in finding the best size for many buyers.
- These shoes are not recommended for people with wide feet.
- Buyers claim that break in time may be needed to get a comfortable fit.
- Some buyers recommend buying a half to full size larger to get the right width.
- Although originally a running shoe, there are very few reviews from buyers who use them for any running.
- Buyers do not recommend these for distance running.
- The sole has a flat design which some buyers claim is uncomfortable.
- The materials are not as breathable as other running shoes.
- A number of buyers experienced quality issues ordering these from third party sellers.
- The lighter colors easily show dirt and scuffs.
- These are not easy to fully clean.
- There are mixed reviews on the ankle support.
- Some buyers were disappointed by the quality of the synthetic material of the upper.
- There are a few reports of quality issues in the materials. Some examples include the logo color fading quickly, the upper showing discoloration, and areas where the mid sole detached from the upper.
The upper features a classic retro design and the synthetic leather is easy to wipe down, but users complained that the upper, like the outsole, lacked durability. Some pointed out that the fake leather did tend to crease and wrinkle with use, which eventually led to unsightly cracking. Reviewers also noted that the faux-leather composition of the upper reduced breathability, as well.
The all-leather (*synthetic) upper does reduce ventilation quite a bit, which reviewers didn't like. The Puma Roma also features an extremely narrow construction, which many wearers took issue with.
- Traditional lacing system
- Rubber outsole for grip
- Arch support in the midfoot
- EVA midsole cushioning
Dirt is easy to quickly clean off the sleek fake leather upper and midfoot arch support makes the Roma appropriate for all-day wear. Although a lack of breathability and durability concerns are definite problems with the sneaker, it's still not a reason to completely discount Puma Roma as an addition to your fashion sneaker lineup.