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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers praised the elegant and fashionable design of the Puma Drift Cat 5 Core.
  • Many observed the excellent quality of the materials used and of the shoe overall.
  • Some people narrated how comfortable the soles were for walking or driving.
  • A couple of testers liked the shoe’s thick laces.
  • One user remarked that the Drift Cat 5 Core’s full-grain leather upper gives the shoe a premium look and feel.
  • Another person commented on how easy it is to wipe and clean the shoes. The person further pointed out that the shoe’s black outsole hides most discolorations and dirt so that they’re not very apparent.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Many buyers commented that the Drift Cat 5 Core runs smaller than the standard Puma size and they had to go one to two sizes higher for the right fit.
  • Several users complained that the shoe is too narrow and the fit is very tight.
  • A few users mentioned the shoe’s limited colorways available.
  • Based on one person’s observation, the shoe needs to be broken in first to feel comfortable on the feet.
  • One disgruntled tester said that the shoe’s toe area is way too tight.

Bottom line

The Puma Drift Cat 5 Core is a solid, durable trainer that kept the Drift Cat’s well-loved sleek and streamlined silhouette. Users of this shoe might have to go up a size or two higher to get the right fit, but many find that once they do, the shoe becomes quite comfortable.



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Puma Drift Cat 5 Core History

The Puma Drift Cat 5 Core traces its history back to the the Speed Cat, which was released in 2001 as a result of a collaboration with Sparco, an Italian sports clothing manufacturer. The Speed Cat was a low-profile and streamlined boot suited to driving. It was worn by Jordan Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi and the team’s pit crew.  The original one was made of black suede and featured a yellow formstrip, but it soon came out in different materials and colors.

In 2004, after Michael Schumacher won his seventh Formula 1world championship, Puma launched the Future Cat, an evolution of the Speed Cat. The forefoot was redesigned to give a more comfortable yet snug fit. It featured seven stars on the heel counter to symbolize Schumacher’s seven wins and a leaping cat on the shoe’s forefoot.

Because of the Future Cat’s aerodynamic design, it gained a cult following as streetwear. Puma realized the potential of the lifestyle sector and soon released the shoe in various styles and colors. They also launched for this market a lifestyle shoe, the Drift Cat, that would retain the Cat series’ motorsport racing ties.

Puma Drift Cat 5 Core Style

Puma’s Drift Cat 5 is part of Puma’s Motorsport collection, which is all about clean lines, smooth angles, and track-inspired styles. This shoe is suitable for long drives during weekend getaways. It can also be a great choice for fashion or casual, everyday use. The shoes’ streamlined style perfectly complements jeans, chino slacks and shorts, and sporty outfits.

Fit & Sizing

The Drift Cat 5 Core offers about the same average size of previous models. The shoes are available in medium width but run narrow, so it may not be a good fit for those with wide feet. The Drift Cat Core 5 is offered in men’s sizes which run from 4 to 12.5.

Notable Features

The Puma Drift Cat 5 Core is an updated version of the previous Drift Cat series models. It kept the sleek motorsport silhouette the Drift Cat is known for but tweaked a few materials. This version features a textile PUMA formstrip on both sides of the shoe and a full-grain leather upper with synthetic trims.

The Puma Drift Cat 5 Core’s elegance is what most users notice first. The shoe’s full-grain leather upper as well as that smooth and aerodynamic design gives it that classy, sophisticated look that turns heads. The cushioned midsole was remarked upon as making the feet feel comfortable even after doing autocross racing or a whole day’s worth of driving.

Additional Info

  • The Puma Drift Cat 5 Core comes with a rubber outsole and a rounded driver’s heel.
  • The Puma cat logo can be seen on the shoe’s tongue, heel, and toe.
  • Heel height is around 1 cm.