Who should buy the Puma Future Rider

Besides users who enjoy kicks covered with fun color blocking, this model is also for:

  • sneaker fans who have a penchant for one-off footwear
  • buyers searching for cushy footwear that they could use all-day
  • people who prefer wearing lightweight kicks
  • users wanting to wear a breathable pair of footwear for their summer adventure

Puma Future Rider collar top view

Who should NOT buy it

The Future Rider is not for users with wide feet. If you're one of them, better check our wide sneakers collection.

Puma Future Rider toe box top view

Puma Future Rider: Combining vintage and modern style

The Puma Future Rider is inspired by one of the most iconic running shoes launched in the '80s. Thus, it embodies a silhouette that serves a cool retro vibe with a modern touch. The shoe also copied the OG Fast Rider waffle rubber outsoles but reduced them, making it more stylish and updated.

Puma Future Rider collar side view

Many testers enjoy the fun color blocking that the Fast Rider from Puma serves. With the bright color palette, it's best to pair the shoe with some neutral-colored clothing for a more laid-back and casual look. 

Puma Future Rider quarter panel

Cozy even when worn for hours

Purchasers mention that the shoes are comfortable. Constructed out of textile with suede and leather overlay, the upper provides the right amount of breathability. It also features Rider Foam soles and a padded tongue and collar for an extra snug and soft feel. The shoe also has a full lace-up closure system for an adjustable fit based on one's preference.

Puma Future Rider top view of laces

Extremely cushy

According to most buyers, the shoe provides just the proper cushioning. Though it is well-padded, this sneaker still feels light on the feet; thus, it will not drag the feet down.

Puma Future Rider padded tongue

Stable and grippy on various surfaces

Though inspired by a retro shoe, the Puma Future Rider is built with modern materials. With a new and improved version of federbein construction, the shoe features a corrugated outsole on some excellent traction. Since the shoe is made for running, it also has Puma's developed midsole TPU heel stabilizer for more steadiness. 

Puma Future Rider front view of toe box

Just nitpicking...

According to a few users, the outsole can easily pick up pebbles, sometimes being bothersome.

Puma Future Rider rubber outsole

A quick look at its history

Back in the '80s, when running was a new thing, Puma released the Rider Series, types of shoes that cater to the needs of people involved in running. Because of the series, the German sportswear brand received recognition from the sports industry for its advances.  

The line includes the Puma Fast Rider. The shoe is loved by many for having excellent traction, lightness, and comfortability. It featured the revolutionary federbein studded sole. The technology was an essential part of success; it provided shock absorption for the shoe. 

The Fast Rider started a new era for the brand as the first jogging shoe in Germany. Puma continues to spark the retro vibe as they revived the iconic kick with the Puma Future Rider to commemorate the OG shoe. The updated version incorporates newer and better technology and materials but still retains a vintage semblance.  

Puma Future Rider heel area

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, Gum Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable

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