Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Price
$60
Release date
Unknown

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many users were happy with the shoe’s affordability and decent quality.
  • It provided the perfect amount of arch support for neutral pronators, as mentioned by a purchaser.
  • It was comfortable enough to wear even for daily use, stated a consumer.
  • The midsole delivered well, and running felt like stepping on the clouds, wrote a reviewer.
  • One user commented about the shoe’s considerable ankle support.
  • Several wearers found the upper to be very breathable and snug on foot.
  • The cushioning was found to be plush and not at all bulky or substantial.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A user commented that the shoe was too stiff and not as durable as expected.
  • The fit is a bit tight and uncomfortable, according to a wearer.
  • The shoe felt flimsy and unable to support running or any similar physical activities, a buyer complained.
  • The outsole was criticized because it lost all its grip in less than a month of use.

Bottom line

With its uncomplicated and no-nonsense design, the Puma Carson 2 was a winner for most of its users. They were happy with its simple features and their capacity to deliver a performance expected from a brand they trust. It touted to satisfy the needs of an everyday runner who isn’t looking for extravagant wear.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 65 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
15%
3 star
12%
2 star
5%
1 star
6%

My Rating


Updates to Puma Carson 2

  • The Puma Carson 2 showcases a new silhouette that is more modern than its predecessor, while still packing the dependable features of a classic road-running shoe. It is designed for runners who are neutral pronators.
  • The upper has been updated to include a midfoot panel that creates a faster profile sans an internal toe box. It still makes use of a breathable mesh.
  • With a streamlined midsole design, the shoe provides a lightweight cushioning and comfort. The Softfoam sock liner promotes a soft and plush feel for the underfoot. Meanwhile, the outsole aims to deliver a light grip with its ground-contact EVA.

Puma Carson 2 size and fit

The Carson 2 has a standard running shoe length, with standard size options available. The shoe’s construction is best for runners with narrow to moderate foot volumes; it comes in width profiles of D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

Outsole

The Puma Carson 2 has a ground-contact EVA as its outsole for optimal traction and underfoot feel. Because it is lightweight, this material promotes a relaxed ride while still retaining the same grip and flexibility as the usual running shoe. This foam is abrasion-resistant; thus, it is sturdy and has a high shock-absorption capability.

Midsole

With an injection-molded EVA foam, the midsole of the Carson 2 is lightweight, yet it doesn’t sacrifice cushioning and comfort. The foam also claims to have a shock-reducing property that helps with producing an energized toe-off.

The signature Softfoam sock liner enhances the underfoot feel by offering comfort while the runner is wearing the shoe.

Upper

The Puma Carson 2 has a mesh upper and lining which offer a snug, sock-like fit. The material is made durable, so it withstands the various stresses from running.

It has a panel on the midfoot area to support the foot in place as well as maintain the structure of the shoe.

The 2nd version of the Carson has no internal toe box, which was done to reduce weight, promote flexibility, and deliver more speed.

The tongue and the heel both have pull tabs that allow the runner to put on and take off the shoe with ease, permitting a convenient way to wear.