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Base model: Puma Avid evoKNIT
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Puma Avid

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The Puma Avid Repellent features a low-cut profile that promotes unhindered ankle movement. The lacing system at the midfoot allows users to tighten the fit if needed. A sneaker that’s part of Puma’s lifestyle range, it is available in men’s US sizes 7 to 14, including half and full sizes in between and only comes in a D - Medium width profile

The Puma Avid Repellent exudes a sporty vibe. Because of the ankle-exposing style of this trainer, it should be worn with no-show socks. But if you do wish to wear socks, do it ironically and opt for something with a bold print or color to draw people’s eyes on your feet.

As for the fashion ensemble, cuffed pants make this pair of running-inspired sneakers more visible while a simple crew-neck shirt or pullover completes the look. For a smart casual feel, top it off with a blazer or close-fitting jacket.

A one-piece knitted fabric makes up the upper of the Puma Avid Repellent. The material has been treated with water repellent finishing to ensure the feet stay dry when faced with wet conditions. As for underfoot comfort, this pair of low-top shoes uses the lightweight IMEVA midsole that absorbs shock with each step. Rubber protects the underside against abrasion and also renders traction.

After a falling out with his brother, Rudolf Dassler formed his own shoe business called Ruda, a portmanteau of his name. The name was later changed to Puma after a large breed of predator cats, explaining the cat logo on its products. 

Though Puma’s first trainer was the Atom, which is a soccer trainer, Rudolf started off making spiked running shoes with his brother, Adolf, who founded Adidas. Puma released numerous styles of running shoes over the years with some of them inspiring their lifestyle line like the Puma Avid Repellent.

  • Its eyestay is made of plastic which reinforces the eyelets and prevents tearing.
  • The serrated outsole enhances traction on most surfaces.

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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.