Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $100
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jul 2018
  • Special editions
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Updates to Puma Defy Varsity Mid

  • The Puma Defy Varsity Mid is a women’s workout shoe which is ready to serve for both gym sessions and casual wear. It was crafted on the basis of the Puma Defy Varsity and inherits some of its core components. One of them is the thick, high-rebound foam midsole which keeps the foot cushioned and protected against impact.
  • However, the upper unit of the trainer is a far cry from the original model. It sports a mid-cut silhouette with a slip-on bootie construction. It also features a woven fabric with monochromatic lines for a stylish flair. Securing the foothold are the midfoot and heel elastic straps. Lateral stability is ensured by the strategically placed TPU pieces, borrowed from the Puma Defy.

Puma Defy Varsity Mid size and fit

The Puma Defy Varsity Mid caters to women and comes in a range of full and half sizes between US 5.5 and 10. Widthwise, it is available in a standard B - Medium profile. The fit is secured with the help of a bootie design with extended front and heel collar as well as by an elastic strap on the midfoot.

Outsole

The bottom of the Puma Defy Varsity Mid is guarded by a durable rubber. Its forefoot and heel sections are covered with traction points for multi-directional grip. Parts of the outsole extend up in several key areas to give the foam midsole extra stability and protection. The brand also adds an ornate touch by making the rubber nearly transparent and infusing glitter inside.

Midsole

The Rebound Foam makes up the midsole unit of the Defy Varsity Mid. It creates an unusually big stack height which the brand describes as provocative. Such thickness is not typical for traditional workout shoes, which puts the trainer closer to fashion sneakers. Nevertheless, this type of foam is made to be functional as it absorbs shock upon impact and bounces back to prepare for the next step.

Upper

The Puma Defy Varsity Mid employs a slip-on bootie design for smooth on-and-off wear and a secure foothold in between. The front and heel portions of the upper extend up to cover the shin, while the side parts of the collar remain low for ankle mobility. 

The upper is made of a one-piece woven fabric. It is meant to provide a form-fitting coverage for the foot. It also features intricate monochromatic lines for a sleek touch. The material is designed to be lightweight and breathable too.

Multiple TPU panels are added in several areas of the upper. Their purpose is to keep the foot steady when the wearer changes direction.

A zig-zagged elastic strap with a metal buckle stretches across the midfoot. It ensures that the foot is kept firmly in place during side-to-side movements. One more elastic is placed at the rearfoot to prevent the heel from wobbling as well.


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