We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Users appreciated the minimalist design of the shoe since they could be passed off as a casual sneaker.
  • Plenty of users described the shoe as comfortable.
  • Several users acknowledged the light weight of the shoe.
  • A majority of testers commented that the shoe worked great in the gym or when used as an attire for walking.
  • Plenty of users admired the shoe for its quality construction.
  • The price for a pair of the Puma Flare Mesh is affordable, commented several purchasers.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A number of male testers described the shoe as smaller than expected.
  • Several male reviewers found that it was a bit narrow.
  • A few reviewers noticed that the tread on the shoe wore out easily.
  • Various users concluded that the shoe was not ideal for running because, to them, it offered little support.
  • Several female testers observed that the shoe was slightly wide.
  • One user commented that he felt a slight pain in his ankle while he was wearing the shoe.

Bottom line

A neutral road running shoe that doubles as a casual yet stylish sneaker – this is the Puma Flare Mesh. Runners are going to enjoy the comfort it provides as well as appreciate the price the shoe comes in. It may not be as reliable when used for serious running, but its light weight, current look and reasonable price point makes it a considerable option for daily wear.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 13oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Puma
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Grey, Pink, Red, Silver
Small True to size Large
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  • Whether working out or just strolling in the park, the Puma Flare Mesh is the kind of shoe that urges onlookers to turn their heads. Its simplistic design and subtle accents of color on the upper and the outsole make it a stylish shoe. It’s even versatile enough to be an everyday sneaker.
  • Another additional accent to the style is the chevron detailing on the midsole. It is more for aesthetic purposes and branding than anything else, but Puma is consistent with the detailing on almost every Flare shoe-model.
  • Puma did not skimp on comfort either. The SPRK foam is found on the midsole to provide runners with adequate cushioning and comfort. This foam runs the full length of the shoe and makes the ride more responsive and efficient.
  • The Puma Flare Mesh sports a durable carbon rubber outsole. This material is commonly being used for the outsoles of running shoes because of its grip and durability. It is placed liberally on the entire length of the shoe and contains a Transition Line that seems to separate the forefoot from the midfoot and heel, allowing a more natural gait.

Runners will be able to reap the benefits of the mesh upper material in terms of fit. This material easily follows the natural shape of the foot, providing a snug fit to the runner. In terms of sizing, the Puma Flare Mesh is available in standard sizes for both men and women. It also comes in standard width measurements: D—medium for men and B—medium for women.

The Puma Flare Mesh’s outsole is made up of a rubber that’s commonly used in many running shoes because of its durability. This material covers the entire surface area of the external platform, protecting it from wear and tear, while also providing the right amount of traction when on the road.

Focusing on the tread, its facade features diamond-shaped patterns that grip the surface. The area that doesn’t have this design is the one right below the instep. Under the forefoot, the tread pattern changes with diamond-shaped cutouts that are in a symmetrical formation.

A transition line is found, seemingly separating the forefoot from the midfoot and heel to cater to the natural gait movement of the foot. This special line allows the ride to be smoother and less resistant.

Throughout the midsole is a foam compound known as SPRK foam. Its main purpose is to provide the runner with comfortable underfoot cushioning, while delivering shock attenuation with every step. This foam compound also allows runners to have a more responsive ride.

The Flare Mesh’s upper is made up of a breathable mesh. Most of the running shoes of today have this material on the upper because of several beneficial characteristics. At the top of the list of its benefits is its breathability and comfort. Mesh is a perforated type of textile that allows air to pass through it, making the inside of the shoe cooler. It’s also soft enough to follow the natural shape of the foot, providing a snug fit for the runner.

The overlays on this model are minimal. The most noticeable is the form strip on the lateral sides of the shoe. These strips, together with a minimal textile overlay, gives form to the shoe as well as modest support on the sides of the foot.

Focusing on the inside of the shoe, it is lined with a soft and comfortable textile that’s minimally cushioned. The cushioning is enough to a make runner’s in-shoe experience pleasant and easy.

The shoe dons a full lace up closure to equip the runner with a more secure fit. Tightening the lacing system avoids the risk of accidental shoe-removal when the foot is in motion.

At the heel portion of the shoe is a heel tag that bears the Puma logo near its base. This tag is helpful when putting the shoe on. The runner simply has to tug on the tag in order to assist the entry of the foot into the interior chamber.


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.