Who should buy the Puma Court Rider

This basketball shoe from Puma is for you if the following is what you are looking for a:

  • guard shoe that offers a lot of court feel
  • basketball shoe that also doubles as a lifestyle sneaker
  • hoop shoe that definitely does not break the bank
  • shoe that can be used both indoors and outdoors

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Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe from Puma

The Puma Court Rider is made of materials that do their job well; they just do not feel premium. Those who like comfortable fancy stuff are better off with the Puma RS Dreamer or the Clyde All-Pro. These basketball shoes are signature offers, so we can expect them to be made of materials that not only feel nice but also look so good.

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Players who consider traction as the most important aspect of the shoe will be left wanting more. Again, the Clyde All-Pro is a good pick for them. If they are willing to try shoes from other brands, the Curry 9 from Under Armour is a really good pick. Experts laud this Stephen Curry shoe for having the "perfect" traction among all the other basketball shoes that are released alongside it.

Bigger athletes in need of more impact protection are not going to enjoy the Puma Court Rider. Shoes like the Nike LeBron 19 and the Adidas Harden Vol. 6

Feel the floor well with the Puma Court Rider

The Court Rider is equipped with Rider Foam, which provides bounciness without being too high off the floor. This low-to-the-ground construction gives the wearer a lot of court feel. With this, it's safe to say that this basketball shoe is designed for smaller and lighter guards who are often quick on their feet and do a lot of agile footwork.

Puma Court Rider puma court rider forefoot tooling

Though compression is still definitely there, it's apparent that providing impact protection is not this shoe's forte. 

Not fancy, but it's soft and breathable

Though the materials are not that premium, reviewers report that they are still able to get more than what we pay for. The upper still has enough ventilation to keep the feet from overheating and/or sweating a lot. This level of comfort is comparable to what the pricier Nike LeBrons and even the Puma Clydes deliver. 

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Play in style, both on and off the court

Puma Basketball is at it again with the release of the Court Rider, a performance model that can definitely double as a fashionable sneaker. Given this, it's not a bad idea to get multiple pairs just for yourself! There are different and playful styles to choose from. There are neat one-color or two-color versions. There are also those that are bathed in a splash of colors. The vibrant "Rugrats" rendition, for example, brings back fond memories of the '90s animated film that featured adorably mischievous toddlers.

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Wanna play outdoors? Take the Puma Court Rider with you

The outsole seems to have a stronger bite on the rough outdoors, so taking them outside is really not a bad idea. The amount of support and court feel that this shoe delivers also make it a good option for outdoor use. With reasonable care, this shoe can really last long even when exposed for long periods to the natural elements.

Puma Court Rider court rider outsole

It must be noted here that dust can be a problem when you play on smooth indoor courts. There might be a need to keep on wiping the outsole to keep the traction working.

The Court Rider from Puma fits as expected

Many players report that this basketball shoe is true to size. There is no need for any kind of special adjustments just so you are able to get the right fit. Still, reviewers warn that the toe box may have generous wiggle room. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but this is definitely something that you should bear in mind as the extra space may affect stability and perceived foot containment.

Lockdown that you can depend on

The shoe has laces, a heel cup, and strategically placed padding to ensure foot containment. Aside from this, this basketball shoe also has a sturdy side wall that keeps the foot from slipping off the footbed during intense side-to-side movements.

Puma Court Rider court rider lacing system

Facts / Specs

Weight: 13.6oz
Top: Low
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Puma Court Rider
Colorways: Black / White / Blue / Grey / Yellow
SKUs: 19506402 / 19506404 / 19563401 / 19563405 / 19563407 / 19565801 / 19566005 / 19566006 / 37610703 / 37612401

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.