We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The shoe had a relaxed and secure fit, according to various users.
  • One reviewer admired how well the shoe held up under different running conditions.
  • Many runners were happy to use the Carson 2 Knit as an everyday shoe because of its lightweight nature.
  • A lot of buyers found the knit upper to be snug yet comfortable.
  • Several users commented it was a high-quality shoe despite its low price
  • The unique outsole exhibited durability and excellent grip, a tester remarked.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It was tight around the forefoot, some users stated.
  • One runner complained of signs of wear within just a month of using the shoe.

Bottom line

With only one significant difference from its base shoe – the Carson 2 – the Carson 2 Knit has mostly garnered a similar impression from its users. Numerous consumers liked the knit upper Puma has introduced. Most of the users regarded the shoe as reliable for everyday wear, while a few others wanted to refrain from wearing it because of fit and sizing issues.


Base model: Puma Carson 2
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Brand: Puma
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $60
Colorways: Beige, Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Red, Silver, White, Yellow
Special editions: 2 special editions
Small True to size Large
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A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Puma running shoe
A popular pick

  • Puma introduces the Carson 2 Knit, a specialized version of the Carson 2, set apart by its knitted mesh upper. It is a road-running shoe that is created for runners who have medium to high arches, as well as neutral pronators.
  • With its breathable mesh upper from a knit material, this running shoe promises to maintain air circulation, especially during the runner’s most active days.
  • Flexible EVA foam makes up the midsole, which brings adequate cushioning and support while remaining lightweight. Beneath it is the outsole which is ground-contact EVA, enabling a sufficient amount of grip.

The knit version of the Puma Carson 2 has a standard running shoe length and comes in the usual sizes as most running shoes. The structure might be too small for some; thus, this would be an optimal shoe for runners with a low foot volume or those with a narrow toe-splay. The width profiles are available in medium for both men’s and women’s versions.

The outsole makes use of a flexible, ground-contact EVA foam; it claims to have shock-absorbing capabilities while still retaining a lightweight characteristic.

It displays a simple, bullet-style pattern that provides traction on both smooth and rough pavements.

This shoe has a modernized midsole made from injection-molded EVA foam. It strives to deliver lightweight cushioning and an unparalleled level of comfort.

It also has a SoftFoam sock liner which gives additional cushioning, and a soft underfoot feel.

The knitted mesh upper of the Carson 2 Knit ventilates the foot and ensures dryness during the run. The material also targets the improvement of foot-hygiene as it encourages air circulation to keep the shoe’s internal environment healthy and moisture-free.

This shoe has panels in the midfoot area that are made from synthetic elements. Their placement and construction maintain structural integrity. More importantly, these midfoot panels act as additional support for the foot.

There is no toe box present to make the shoe lighter, thereby producing a faster running speed and a reduction of distractions around the foot.

The tongue and heel collar have plush padding to protect the foot from abrasions and other possible injuries while running.

Both the tongue and heel collar have pull-tabs to allow comfortable wear.

This shoe also makes use of a traditional lace-up closure, and it includes flat-style laces for an effortless way of securing the foot and adjusting the fit.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.