66 users: 4.2 / 5
5 experts: 87 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.8oz / Women 7.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 4mm / Women 4mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 7 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • Some noticed the added cushioning of the 4th version of the Faas 500.
  • This shoe features the EVERFIT 2.0 upper lockdown for security and neutral foot movement.
  • The Faas 500 v4 has an OrthoLite® sockliner for unmatched step-in comfort.
  • Many gave positive feedback regarding the shoe’s Protective TPU toe cap that offers added toe protection when running on various terrains.
  • Some runners applauded the overall reflective overlays of the Puma Faas 500 v4 for added safety while running on low visibility.
  • Greatly priced shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Too narrow for some runners are mentioned in reviews.
  • Some runners were disappointed by the durability of the shoe.
  • Many were disappointed by the color and design of the Puma Faas 500 v4.

Bottom line

The Puma Faas 500 v4 is a lightweight road running shoe that offers runners a combination of comfort, protection and smoother ride. It provides enough support that most runners need. This shoe is best for uptempo training and a great daily trainer.

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Expert reviews:

  • The 4th version of the Faas 500 from Puma features a retooled upper. The materials used for the unit are lightweight and supportive. It doesn’t limit the runner’s movements by using extra layers or unnecessary overlays. Structural support is afforded by the Weave Mesh on the sides and the heel section.
  • Foot lockdown and security is afforded by the EVERFIT 2.0, which essentially lets the upper hug the foot without feeling too snug or uncomfortable. It also keeps the tongue in a singular place and doesn’t let it move around and make the skin feel irritated.
  • The midsole unit now uses an upgraded version of the proprietary cushioning system used by Puma. The material itself is responsive and springy, and it doesn’t limit the natural movement of the foot.
  • Combining durability, traction and added cushioning, the outsole unit is sure to deliver a more agreeable performance over the roads. It protects the sole unit from wear while giving the runner an additional boost through the running cycle.

The Puma Faas 500 v4 has a standard running shoe length. Men and women can get the right size for them and be satisfied with it. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections of the shoe have a medium-width. The curved structure of the design accommodates the natural shape of the foot.

The EverTrack+ outsole is made from injected blown rubber. Placed in specific sections in the external sole unit, this rubber material delivers durable protection that works against the abrasive nature of the roads. It also offers a bit of springiness because it has a responsive cushioning mechanic, as well. Now, every step is well-supported even by the outsole unit. 

There are flex grooves in the forefoot area and they let the foot move naturally, especially when it comes to the toe-off phase of the gait cycle. It doesn’t inhibit the natural flexibility of the foot, thus making each stride smoother and more responsive. The outsole design of this shoe is as smooth and flexible as the Ravenna 10 running shoe.

The FaasFoam+ is a one-piece mid-sole foam that’s lightweight and responsive. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, so each step doesn’t feel weighed down or restricted. The underfoot cushioning is soft and pliable, and it delivers responsible support all throughout.

The molded OrthoLite® Sock Liner makes sure that additional cushioning is achieved by the wearer. Located just above the main mid-sole system, this layer delivers plush underfoot support, as well as a healthy environment due to its anti-microbial properties.

The air mesh makes up the majority of the upper unit. It’s a breathable material that follows the contours of the wearer’s foot, making sure that the fit is snug yet comfortable for any foot-type or shape.
Breathable Weave Mesh offers structural support to the sides of the upper. Made from soft woven textiles, this section hugs the mid-foot and locks it down for a better fit and security.

The EVERFIT 2.0 makes sure that the upper material is able to wrap around the shape of the foot without being too restrictive or uncomfortable. It also inhibits movement from the shoe’s tongue, thus making the upper fit less wiggly or uneven.

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How Faas 500 v4 compares

This shoe: 83
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $90
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This shoe: 8.8oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.