Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw
The name of this futuristic casual line of Puma sneakers reveals the brand’s intention in making them: “Tsugi” in Japanese means “next”, and indeed, Puma has created the next IT casual shoe that sneaker lovers all over the world will rave about.
The amazing design of this shoe is inspired by Japanese architecture and it features an EvoKnit breathable mesh upper, the IGNITE foam midsole, a sock-like fit, and an intriguing lacing system that makes the shoe really special and memorable.
The Tsugi Shinsei Raw comes in three beautiful colorways: a clean, tonal black one that is present throughout the Tsugi line, the “Peacoat-Whisper” and “Marshmallow-PUMA White” which are limited to the Raw version.
The Tsugi Shinsei Raw differs from the original by having more knitted material on the upper, increasing the flexibility and breathability of the shoe. Last but not least is its excellent price point that will make not buying this beauty a challenge.
- Very comfortable
- Razor-edged outsole provides decent traction
- IGNITE foam midsole
- Versatile, minimalist design, tonal colorways
- Flexible, soft EvoKnit upper
- Super breathable
- Sufficient cushioning protection
- Sock-like fit
- Innovative lacing system
- Durable premium materials
- Wider foot platform
- Solid responsiveness
- Great price point
- Lacks arch support
- Non-removable insole
On the back of the outsole is an imprinted Puma logo on top of diamond-shaped small lugs that are there mostly because of the appealing design. In general, the nature of this modern shoe allows the outsole to skew more towards beauty than actual heavy-duty features that are typical in most running or trail shoes.
This midsole represents a fusion of style and technology and blends effortlessly with the contemporary upper, while retaining all the great aspects of responsiveness, cushioning and comfort that can be found in a high-quality running shoe.
While this shoe isn’t made with running in mind, the energy rebound this midsole will provide will prove to be enough if you do decide to take this shoe for a spin around the block.
The lightweight upper of the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw features a sock-like collar, a ripstop tongue that gives the ultra-modern final look to the shoe, as well as the panel lacing system on the lateral side of the shoe with elegant and urban metal eyelets.
One of the most popular parts of the upper is the elasticated heel wrap that helps secure the fit of the upper and increase the already immense comfort of this shoe.
The super soft knit upper of the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw is practically weightless and feels like a sock, while the midfoot panel adds just a fraction of weight and support to it, and the IGNITE midsole is equally as airy as the upper. All in all, this is a shoe you won’t feel on your feet and that won’t ‘drag’ you down after a long walk.
The ultra-light, ultra-soft mesh knit fabric ensures your feet won’t get sweaty, overheated, or develop blisters as a result – the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw is just ever so slightly less breathable than a sock.
Some customers that aren’t accustomed to the sock-collar feature have complained about it irritating them throughout the day; however, this is a matter of habit and personal preference.
The shoe runs a bit wider so if you have narrow feet our advice would be to go a half-size down when ordering online, although it’s always best to try out the shoe in the store. Other than the width, the shoe runs true to size and comes in men’s US size 7.5 to 14 and women’s US size 5.5 to 11.
On the back of the shoe is a thick heel wrap which increases heel stability but also uses the space to place a large, yet discreet PUMA sign. The shoe comes in three colorways: Tonal black, “Peacoat-Whisper” and “Marshmallow-PUMA White”.
Nevertheless, you won’t experience any knee or joint pain, even after a whole day spent in this lightweight cushioned shoe. The protective shield in the midfoot area provides some protection to the top of the foot – without it, we would basically be looking at a sock placed on a foam midsole, so it helps quite a bit.
However, this is the best sole in terms of responsiveness in its price range and will provide you with a sufficient amount of energy-return, bounciness, and lightness during your stride, although it won’t knock your socks off.
This is another downside of the non-removable insole which prevents you from putting custom orthotics on the shoe’s footbed. However, if you have normal, medium-high or high arches, you’ll probably find that you don’t need additional arch support and the sock-collar wrap is supportive enough for your ankles, and the side-lacing system provides a snug, supportive fit for the foot.
Additionally, the wide Puma strap on the back of the upper helps lock down the heel and stabilize the whole foot.
If you’re looking for a regular walking shoe that looks and feels great, gives a solid performance in each department, and you have less than a C-note to spend, you’ll get the bang for your buck, that’s for sure.
However, the razor-edged rubber outsole gives a satisfactory performance, especially on dry terrain. Due to the construction of the outsole lugs, we would steer clear of taking the shoe on a wet surface.
If you plan on running in the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw, there’s a chance that you’ll find the sole to be a bit stiffer than what you’d like, but if you intend to stroll around in this casual shoe, you’ll find that it has amazing sole and upper flexibility that contribute to its overall comfort.
The rearfoot area of the outsole is peaking for almost a whole centimeter behind where the heel of the upper ends, so the stability is especially prominent in the rearfoot area of the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw.
Of course, if you’re in need of a stability or a motion control shoe, you’re going to want to skip this one and go directly to a shoe made to tackle that problem diligently.
With the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw, this isn’t the case, and although the drop seems to be in the range of a 10mm one, it won’t drastically alter your overall experience while wearing the shoe.
● IGNITE foam midsole
● EvoKnit lightweight upper
● Extremely breathable
● Very comfortable casual shoe
● Excellent price point
● Durable premium materials
● Gym and lifestyle shoe
● Amazing style that leans on Japanese design philosophy
● Satisfactory stability
The brand has approached the Tsugi line from an artistic perspective, looking to create the next it-sneaker look that will be built with premium materials that match the quality of the design itself.
In our opinion, the Puma Tsugi Shinsei Raw has succeeded completely in their intention of bringing something new and exciting to the market – a beautiful, fresh design supported by a solid performance in every field, which makes this lifestyle sneaker really, really hard not to buy.