PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism

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Two brothers started making athletic shoes in 1924. From that partnership, one brother, Rudolph Dassler, used his expertise and Olympic medal winning experience to start PUMA in 1948. In the next 70 years, PUMA would undergo major changes, exponential growth and world-wide success. Capitalizing on the household recognition, PUMA is now partnered with countless celebrity athletes to promote the brand and sponsors the majority of professional soccer clubs. Most recently, they have brought the knowledge of sport excellence into the design world with the introduction of their sports inspired lifestyle collection. The edgy, artistic Tsugi Shinsei line is a fusion of ultra-modern and sport functionality. The Tsugi Jun Cubism pulls inspiration from space odysseys and the early 20th century Cubism movement, creating a strong, comfortable, attractive, multi-use sneaker that can be worn in the gym or out on the town.

The PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is made with the years of technological advancements and experience this company has produced as well as twenty years of street style, incorporating name-brand designers and musicians whose trend-setting styles carry over easily to the sports world. The upper color-blocking design is heavily influenced by the Cubism movement while the evoKNIT sock upper is engineered for enhanced flexibility, an unusual pairing that works fantastically.

Pros
  • Sculpted IGNITE foam outsole for shock absorption and traction
  • IMEVA midsole for durability and cushioning
  • Unique side lacing system for ease of use
  • Fashion-forward design
Cons
  • Limited color availability
  • Designed for lower impact sport
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is translucent with a design built into the sculpted IGNITE foam beneath. Ribbed for additional traction, the rubber build grips the ground, providing additional stability and control.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

PUMA brought the IMEVA midsole back for a durable, cushioned fit. The combination of the IGNITE foam and the IMEVA is a molded, comfortable base for a moonwalk or a gallery viewing. This shoe will stay comfortable after walking all day long.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Here is where the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism stands apart from the rest of the world. As an exaggerated sneaker sock, this shoe has a full evoKNIT upper with engineered ribs, enhancing the flexibility of the shoe. The inspiration of the design was taken from space odysseys as well as the geometric designs of the Cubism movement of the 20th century. Even the elastic is engineered specifically for this model, locking the heel down securely, allowing zero movement and maximum comfort. The leather side panels provide midfoot support and stability as well as external style.

Leather quarter overlays on the outside of the upper provide additional support but also a style dynamic with a nod to tooling of the 1st generation Tsugi sneakers. A unique side lacing system holds the support tighter or looser, depending on user preference and increases the style dynamic, effectively combining the color-blocking artistic influence and the support needs of the athletic reputation.
Weight
Weight

Weight

We were unable to find an actual or estimated weight for this model but, given the evoKNIT upper, the IGNITE Foam and IMEVA midsole, this shoe is built as a more lightweight shoe. The leather overlays do add a bit of weight to the upper but not enough to cause fatigue while walking.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The evoKNIT upper on the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism allows for a good amount of breathability. Designed with a sock-like fit, the upper expands and contracts with foot motion, allowing additional space between the fibers with movement. Additional ventilation holes along the inside line of the toebox provides air movement as well, reducing potential for overheating and slippage from sweat.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

PUMA has created an extremely comfortable, stylish trainer in the Tsugi Jun Cubism. With a sculpted IGNITE foam and IMEVA midsole, this unique combination is a durable, molded cushion that provides long-term comfort for a multitude of activities. The full evoKNIT sock upper slides on smoothly, with engineered ribs for enhanced flexibility. Not only does the knit upper contract with foot movement, but the ribs support the foot and adjust with each step, taking inspiration from space odysseys. The engineered elastic of the secure heel lock blends in smoothly with the rest of the upper but adds to the glove-like fit and reduces any movement within the shoe. Leather side panels also provide support but create that desired hug feel of the upper, also adding stability. The unique side lacing system of the Cubism moves the laces from the top of the foot, which can be uncomfortable, and places them along the outside and instep of the shoe. With this slight adjustment, any tightening or loosening only adds to the comfort with no pinching or tightness.
Style
Style

Style

PUMA's efforts to shape culture and lifestyle through sports-inspired design are on full display with the Tsugi Jun Cubism. This ultra-modern, unisex slip-on trainer just looks fashion-forward and high-end. The unconventional pairing of German and Japanese traditions in the Tsugi Shinsei line in addition to the space and Cubism influence has created a dynamic, iconic shoe that can be worn to a society function or in a gym.

From first look, the side lacing system's straight lines, the lines of the toe design, and the ribbed design on the outsole all seem to blend together, but add in the contrast of the color-blocking and you're taken into the 20th century Cubism movement. But the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism continues to contrast and combine very different origins. The evoKNIT upper puts you in mind of a traditional Japanese split toe boot while the base is pure German sport and technology. With the artistic, fashionable design and the strong, sturdy construction, this is the most stylishly designed shoe that can be found on the market today that will also take the abuse of steady use.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The rubber translucent outsole of the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism has ribs from toe to heel and features a full-coverage design. The material should be durable for any of the intended uses though not for running long distances. With the heel lockdown and the midfoot support, any additional stress on the shoe is distributed over the entire foot, reducing wear and tear from standard use. The full evoKNIT design on the upper reduces the number of pieces and opportunity for fraying or ripping. Also, the heel loop and tongue loop provide a sturdy grip location for pulling the shoes on and off, also reducing the potential for any damage due to misuse.
Protection
Protection

Protection

With PUMA's strong background in sports, they didn't forget to add certain protections into the Tsugi Jun Cubism. Including the engineered elastic to securely lock the heel down into the base of the shoe is one example of such. This reduces the possibility of unnecessary movement, reducing friction and potential for blistering. Adding the midfoot support and stability of the leather side panels was also an inspired inclusion. Holding the foot securely on either side and allowing for adjustment by relocating the side lacing to connect with the panels directly also adds a custom fit to the user that can be increased or decreased depending on preference. Including the full evoKNIT sock upper with engineered ribs adds flexibility to the design, reducing potential friction from folding at the toe box as well as rubbing along more traditional ribbing. Overall, this design avoids hot spots, friction and unwanted movement, providing a comfortable, pain and injury-free experience.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is designed as a streetstyle sneaker, focusing more on appearance than athletic prowess. With that said, this shoe is still fairly responsive and can be a good choice for gym workouts or decent length walks. The outsole is a translucent, ribbed, foot-length rubber while the midsole is a sculpted IGNITE foam along with a unique IMEVA cushioned midsole which adds to durability and comfort. This combination is fairly responsive and will provide a cushioned ride for shorter distances.
Support
Support

Support

Combining sport, lifestyle and fashion, one wouldn't expect the product to be overly supportive but the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is not most shoes. The design provides support in multiple ways, making for a comfortable, cushioned, fashion-forward shoe. The engineered elastic at the heel locks it down, securing the foot into the base of the shoe. With a ribbed rubber outsole, the weight of the foot is distributed evenly over the entire outsole, providing extra traction in each step, reducing any possibility of slippage. The full evoKNIT upper has a smooth, sock-like fit, holding the foot snugly while the engineered ribs add enhanced flexibility and support around the foot. Leather side panels provide additional midfoot support and stability, connecting directly to the unique side lacing system, allowing for manual adjustment to meet the individual's comfort needs.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is a streetstyle sneaker. The best possible terrain for this model is a paved path, a clear walkway, a treadmill or a gym. The merging of fashion and sport make this a great shoe for light workouts in moderate locations.
Price
Price

Price

With all of the design influences and technology incorporated into this shoe, one would expect the price to be exorbitant but that's not the case with the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism. The evoKNIT engineering, IGNITE foam, and IMEVA midsole are all combined into a stylish, fashion-forward trainer that gives homage to its Japanese and German roots at an amazingly market-friendly price. You'll find the cost to be on par with the majority of fashion lifestyle sneakers available today.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is a translucent rubber, ribbed from heel to toe. The ribbing provides additional grip on smooth surfaces, cement and clear walkways. This shoe is suggested for fashion and lifestyle use and not for difficult terrain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism features a full evoKNIT sock upper, fitting smoothly to the user's foot. The material will flex and contract with each step or any swelling of the foot. Engineered ribs add enhanced flexibility to the upper by allowing for movement both during the step and while flexing at the ankle. Engineered elastic heel lock down holds the foot into the base which allows for a natural flex with each step. The fully ribbed outsole flexes at a natural flex line of the sole, based on the user's own gait.
Stability
Stability

Stability

With a fully ribbed rubber outsole, the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is a comfortable, stable trainer. The engineered elastic heel lock down secures the heel into the base of the shoe that features a sculpted IGNITE foam and a molded IMEVA midsole, creating a perfect cradle for the foot in the base. The sock-like fit of the evoKNIT upper along with the engineered ribs hug the foot snugly, providing full foot comfort and support. Blending the midsole into the knit upper, the leather side panels provide additional midfoot support and stability, connecting directly to the unique side lacing system. Adjusting the lacing on either side can increase the amount of support on either side of the foot as well.
Drop
Drop

Drop

As a lifestyle and fashion sneaker, we were unable to find a drop measurement for the PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism. From pictures, the toe does appear to be a few millimeters higher than the heel, creating a greater drop. This shoe is not typically intended as a running shoe so this amount of drop seems to suit the purpose as the shape of the outsole fits a walking gait.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Fashion lifestyle sneaker with Cubism design
-Full evoKNIT sock upper with engineered ribs for enhanced flexibility
-Leather side panels for midfoot support and stability
-Engineered elastic for a secure heel lockdown
-Sculpted IGNITE foam and IMEVA foam midsole for durable, cushioned comfort

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The PUMA Tsugi Jun Cubism is the perfect combination of Japanese and German engineering, Cubism and space odyssey, and fashion and sport. There is no better mix for each of these dynamics. This trainer is comfortable, dynamic and versatile. It holds up well to the PUMA name and is reasonably priced for its market.