Facts

Base model: Puma Defy
Use: Workout
Price: $100
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Release date: Jul 2018
Brand: Puma
Colorways: White, Black, Red
Special editions: 2 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • 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 cleatie 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.

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 cleatie design with extended front and heel collar as well as by an elastic strap on the midfoot.

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.

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.

The Puma Defy Varsity Mid employs a slip-on cleatie 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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