Verdict from 9 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: The Puma Calibrate Runner is a comfy sneaker to wear, according to numerous reviewers.
  • Eye-catching: Many love its neck-breaking style that looks like the Adidas AlphaEdge 4D
  • Breathable: This sneaker from Puma offers ample ventilation, some reviewers have cited.
  • Durable: It is very sturdy, several wearers have mentioned.
  • Grippy:  Some reviewers have shared that the Puma Calibrate Runner offers reliable traction.
  • Responsive: A couple of reviewers have cited that it is a bouncy sneaker.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Weight: Unlike other knit kicks, this sneaker is considered heavy by numerous buyers.
  • Pricey: It is sold at an expensive price point.

Bottom line

Although the Puma Calibrate Runner has 'Runner' on its name, this kick is designed for the daily grind. It boasts its futuristic and athletic style, suitable for the lifestyle runway. The impact protection is also noteworthy, as this sneaker gives a good taste of what Puma's newest technology is all about. However, it is not recommended for all-day use for it weighs slightly heavier than the usual sneakers. 

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Puma Calibrate Runner: A step into the future

Puma introduced its newest technology through its latest iteration, the Puma Calibrate Runner. This knit sneaker seats on top of the brand's freshest innovative tech called Xetic. This eye-catching tech is a 3D printed foam midsole, which provides cushy cushioning to its wearers. The sole construction looks like interlocking number 8 in a mesh pattern, which resembles Adidas' 4D technology's latices.

What to expect from the Calibrate Runner?

Puma boasts that this sneaker is packed with numerous exciting details that fans will enjoy:

  • The knit upper has a sheer woven overlay to add support to the foot.
  • This pair has an easy slip-on and off sock-like construction, suitable for the on-the-go lifestyle. It is further reinforced with laces for a more snug fit.
  • Puma's innovative smart cushioning creates bouncy strides, just like the Adidas Bounce, but firmer than the Adidas Boost
  • Its glow in the dark rubber outsole offers grip and durability.

Additional details:

  • Puma partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Design Lab to develop this highly technical Xetic technology. The laboratory used a computer to simulate the materials used and redesign it to maximize the cushioning.
  • The word Xetic was coined from auxetic materials, known as reactive structures when exposed to stresses, such as compression. When Xetic is subjected to shock, it absorbs the impact by compressing and bouncing back to its original form immediately.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.