Verdict from 3 experts and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A few number of runners mentioned that the Carson Runner has a comfortable and reliable cushioning.
  • The outsole unit is made durable by the EverTrack compound.
  • Some runners were happy by the overall fit of the shoe.
  • The Air Mesh upper provides a breathable coverage, keeping the shoe well-ventilated all throughout the run.
  • Many applauded the design of the Puma Carson Runner.
  • The shoe is affordable.
  • Available in different colorways.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the shoe is too narrow for them.
  • Size runs small.

Bottom line

Style and performance is what the Puma Carson Runner offers. With the perfect blend of cushioning, traction and durability, this shoe will not disappoint those who are looking for a new training partner. This shoe is best for narrow-footed runners.

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Good to know

  • The Puma Carson Runner comes with an airmesh upper that provides maximum breathability, keeping the foot well-ventilated all throughout the run. Aside from the comfort, the upper material also provides a sleek style.
  • The outsole unit of the shoe features the EVERRIDE and EVERTRACK materials. The EVERRIDE provides durability to the outsole while giving added cushioning. The EVERTRACK also gives added durability especially on high-wear areas.

The size of the Puma Carson Runner runs small. You have to purchase one size larger than the usual running shoe size. The shoe offers a medium fit and has a narrow toe box. This shoe is not ideal for wide-footed runners. It is available in medium widths.

The outsole unit of the shoe utilizes the EverRide rubber material that is designed for extra cushioning. It works perfectly with the EverTrack element, an abrasion-resistant rubber material that is designed for durability.

The Carson Runner uses the injected molded EVA foam that provides maximum cushioning and comfortable underfoot protection. The midsole foam attenuates shock and releases energy for a more powerful toe-off. This midsole foam has also been used in some reliable running shoe from Puma.

The upper of the Puma Carson Runner uses an air mesh material to provide breathability and flexibility. The lace closure of the shoe provides a snug fit. The anti-microbial sockliner delivers added step-in comfort while giving a microbial-free environment.

How Carson Runner compares

This shoe: 80
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $65
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 7.2oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
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.