Puma Tazon 6

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The Tazon 6 is marketed by Puma as a “running-inspired training” shoe. Historically, Puma has not been known as a significant player in serious running circles, and this sixth-generation shoe has not done anything to change that reputation. It is more of a general athletic training shoe meant to be worn casually for work, play, or the gym. It has a loyal fanbase and many repeat buyers. The price is reasonable, especially because the construction of the shoe is quite durable.  It is primarily made of synthetic leather, which makes it sturdy. It has a well padded inside, making it supportive and comfortable, but also heavy. It is a solid option for those looking for stability during basic strength training, walking or shift work. It is not recommended for the track or long runs, as breathability and flexibility are low. Compared to the Tazon 5, there are fewer air holes in this latest version.  Overall, it’s a comfortable shoe for low-impact activity, isn’t flashy, and has a reasonable price tag.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable and can be worn throughout the day
  • Lots of padding inside shoe
  • An array of color choices, including monochromatic styling options
  • A snug fit
  • Rubber grip with unique and colorful print on bottom of sole
  • Sturdy laces
  • Shock absorbing
  • Provides protection from elements like water
  • Comes in a “wide” version
  • Made from synthetic leather, which is animal-friendly
  • Easy to wipe clean
Cons
  • Arch is not flexible
  • Minimal breathability
  • Heavy
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Positive
  • Put aside lots of running, go for occasional running and I find these shoes are spot on the need, they can and do perform in the gym, tennis, walking, these are heavier than standard running shoes. Breathability is not so good. These do run smaller than other brand size codes, so choose carefully when buying.
  • I get a comfortable snug style of fit which really works for lots of walking but for running, I find the shoe a bit heavy and lacking in breathability. Perfect for other sports which do not require distances, in the health club or even tennis, I tried running in these and got very hot sweaty feet. For light use, I find these are good.
  • Exactly the type of shoe I can wear all day and I'm up on my feet constantly. The padding in the shoe is amazingly nice, the fit is superb and these look nice on the feet. The downside, the uppers don't breathe so well.
  • I like local basketball on the public court and these are great for an impromptu game, I wear these out and about all the time, super level of comfort, extremely comfortable cushion but a bit hot to wear in warm weather.
  • I wear these every day they are easy to keep clean, the synthetic leather upper makes it a nice casual shoe, in the rain, they are protective, within reason, not in heavy rain, the shoes absorb shock and feel so comfortable for general things but I think too heavy as a running shoe.
  • I like these they are good for a lot but the sizing can be tricky, the fit feels to me that the shoe will work for many activities but not running which covers a good distance, local jogging is fine and the shoe is comfortable. Can build up odor during warm weather.
  • I like these, they sure do qualify as comfortable and supportive, durability is good and the shoe seems to be water proof but I do wonder if the treatment to waterproof the shoe cuts down on breathability. Nice solid sole, good grip.
  • I wear these everyday for work, and I cover a lot of miles walking, these have been great for over a year now, comfortable shoe, durable and stays intact.
  • I use these a lot in my local gym and they do well, very good she, nice cushion, gave them a go at running but breathability and weight were not right for me.
  • These shoes are better than the air cell models which soften up far too quickly, shock absorbing is good, comfort is about right and the upper is strong but perhaps needs to be more breathable.
  • These shoes work for my flat feet and that's what matters for me, sizing threw me a bit and I had to change the shoe size. I get comfort, I get protection, I get style and durability is looking good.
Negative
  • Can’t spread my toes because the toe box is narrow and squeezes my toes. Thought these just needed breaking in but after a week still the same problems.
  • The tongue in the right shoe appears offset and digs into my foot, I got bad blisters, wearing in the shoe changed nothing, these are also too narrow, the sizes are not standard.
  • These are far too hot in warm weather, my feet sweat and can’t breathe, also, the sole is much too rigid for running and heavy.
  • Got these for my husband and upset him, he says, terrible arch support, the sole is crazily rigid, the shoe feels hot and he only wants shoes for walking. I sent these back.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Puma Tazon 6 has a thick rubber outsole with a triangle pattern. Puma opted for a unique touch by making the rubber on the bottom different colors. The sole provides a good grip on different types of terrain from asphalt to gravel. It is also a good outsole for gym floors or surfaces that are wet.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this Puma Tazon 6 is very stiff and inflexible and includes a TPU (thermoplastic urethane) shank. For those who need stability this is a positive, but for those who are used to shoes with some give, it will be too much. Typically, cardio activities like running, require some flexibility and this shoe simply does not offer it. An EVA foam cushioning heel pod is also included, which allows the shoe to absorb shock. Though, be aware that EVA will eventually wear down. This can be a tricky matter in a shoe like the Tazon 6 because the synthetic leather will hold up nicely and the shoes will not look like they need to be replaced, but the cushioning will feel otherwise.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The trainer’s upper is made with synthetic leather and contains perforated detailing. In classic Puma style, the toebox is more of a square than a point. The shoe lacks ventilation, so heavy cardio is difficult, especially for those whose feet swell. The shoe goes higher up the ankle than a typical running shoe. The shoe is also available in a wide, which can help secure a better fit, and is not always easy to find. Kuddos to Puma for making this option.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This Puma Tazon 6 is meant to provide a stable ride, so features have been added like a TPU (thermoplastic urethane) shank and an EVA (foam cushioning) heel pod. It also has a great deal of padding inside the shoe. This makes for a heavy shoe, and not one that is recommended for the track or long runs. The men's version weighs 13 ounces.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This shoe is meant for basic workouts, walking, and the gym. As such, breathability is not high. The shoe is made of synthetic leather and offers virtually no ventilation. An EcoOrthoLite sock liner, which provides cushion, is inside the shoe, though socks are still highly recommended, especially given the snug fit. The previous model of this shoe, the Tazon 5, actually came with more air holes for ventilation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Tazon 6 was made with comfort in mind. It offers stability and nice shock absorption. For those who are on their feet all day, it’s an excellent option because of the support it provides. The inside of the shoe is very padded and is comparable to memory foam. The shoelaces are nicely constructed and stay tied. The tongue is also padded so it is cushy on the top of the foot. To some, the shoe will feel tight because of the leather and padding. Furthermore, the leather does not lend itself to feet that swell naturally or swell during a run. The sock liner is extra soft and provides another layer of cushion. The shoe is available in a wide fit, which can make all the difference as far as comfort is concerned.
Style
Style

Style

The branding on the Tazon 6 is Puma all the way. It includes a large Puma Formstrip on the side and a cat on the toebox, heel, and tongue. It also comes in an array of color options, including monochromatic. The women's version comes in a gray and aqua which many found to be especially good looking. However, you won't find any bright neon options like in other brands, so wearing it around town is more of an option, as they don’t “scream” so loudly. An all-black option is available and can be worn in workplaces with strict dress codes like restaurants and hospitals. Black shoes are also nice because they don’t show dirt easily and can stay looking new for many months. Overall, reviewers were happy with the color options of the Tazon 6.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The upper of the Tazon 6 is made of a synthetic leather and the outsole is made of a durable rubber. The materials hold up nicely against the elements, especially the upper which is more durable than a shoe designed with a mesh upper. The leather can simply be wiped down with a cloth, so it’s easy to get them looking fresh and new, which is certainly a differentiator from other options on the market. However, they cannot be thrown in the washer and dryer, which is a problem if there is an odor. On a minor but helpful note, the laces are strong and do not fray easily.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The synthetic leather on these Puma’s offer great protection. Unlike other shoes in this category, there is no mesh, meaning items like small pebbles do not find their way into the shoe. The rubber outsole is also thick, so walkers and runners will not feel rocks under their feet. The shoe also has a snug, high fit around the ankle, so loose items cannot easily enter the shoe, thus disrupting a workout. The leather protects nicely against water for those who might want to walk after it rains and not have soggy socks and feet. This also means the shoes can easily be wiped dry and put into a gym bag. This makes the Tazon 6 a great option for those living in wet areas like the Northwest. There is no reflective material on the shoe, so those out in the evening need to take extra precautions.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This is not a responsive shoe. The synthetic leather on the upper is inflexible and does not provide give when pointing or flexing one’s foot. In addition, it has a TPU (thermoplastic urethane) shank. This makes for a stable shoe, but not one that is flexible in the arch. It does not feature any type of technology that will help propel runners forward like other running shoes. The higher cut at the ankle also prevents flexibility. Those searching for a flexible, responsive running shoe will want to look elsewhere.
Support
Support

Support

The Tazon 6 is very supportive. It features an EVA foam cushioning heel pod, which absorbs shock and provides a comfortable secure landing. It provides a TPU (thermoplastic urethane) shank for stability in the mid-foot. There is plenty of padding inside the shoe and an EcoOrthoLite sock, which makes it cushy. This shoe is a great option for those in occupations like nursing, where being on one’s feet all day is a requirement. With the Tazon 6, one can take their shoes off at the end of a shift and not have heel or arch pain.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Puma Tazon 6 works well indoors, like in a gym as well as on other smooth surfaces such as pavement. The upper of the shoe is made of synthetic leather which will provide a level of water resistance, but it also takes away from the ventilation, making it a bad choice for warm climates. It also does not offer flexibility, so going over rough, uneven terrain like rocks would be difficult. In addition, it does not offer ankle support, so trail running is not recommended in these shoes.
Price
Price

Price

The Puma Tazon 6 is a great value. It is a durable, long-lasting athletic shoe, which makes the price very reasonable. In addition, the shoe's styling lends themselves to pull double duty, as one could easily wear them to the gym and zipping around town. Because they can wipe clean, owners will not find themselves replacing the shoe simply because they look dirty. This is even more true given that an all-black option is available. However, because they cannot be thrown in a washer or dryer, odor may become a factor. The shoe has many repeat buyers, which is why this is a sixth-generation shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The solid rubber outsole on the Tazon 6 provides great traction. They are slip-resistant on a gym floor or wet sidewalk. In addition, the outsole is thick, so those wearing them won’t notice when they step on an item like a pebble. As a unique flare, Puma uses multiple colors on the rubber outsoles.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

These shoes are not flexible. The synthetic leather makes them stiff on the top and the TPU (thermoplastic urethane) shank makes them unwavering underfoot. Flexing and pointing one’s foot is difficult in this shoe. While the leather does soften somewhat with time, it will never compare to a shoe made with a mesh upper. Because of the lack of flexibility, this shoe also lacks in terms of responsiveness.
Stability
Stability

Stability

While not officially labeled a stability shoe, the Tazon 6 is a solid option in this category simply based on how it is built. The EVA foam cushioning heel pod and higher cut at the ankle provide a stable foundation for balance and the TPU (thermoplastic urethane) shank is great for the arch. The laces also provide a secure fit. The shoe will provide a solid foundation for those looking to use the shoe for strength training when a steady base is important.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Tazon 6 is a neutral shoe with a standard heel to toe drop. Reviewers did not seem to have any issue with the drop of the shoe.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Puma Tazon 6 is a solid option for someone looking for a comfortable shoe to wear to the gym or to wear if they are on their feet for most of the day. The inside padding and shock absorption at the heel make them a comfortable option for as little as 30 minutes, or as long as 12 hours. The styling of the shoe is classic Puma and is unique to the brand. The coloring is far different than other brands and isn’t as “loud”, offering more monochromatic options. The shoe offers solid stability and protection but is not flexible enough or breathable enough for long runs or track workouts. The synthetic leather construction provides protection against water, so it keeps feet dry, and can easily be wiped down. The material is also animal-friendly for those concerned about wearing real leather. Finally, the shoe is long-lasting and is a reasonable price for well under $100, especially given that it can be worn for both gym, work and casual everyday wear. The shoe has a solid fan base because it is stable, cozy, reliable, and long-lasting.