Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $75
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Summary

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.