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

7 reasons to buy

  • Many purchasers were satisfied with the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core that they highly recommend it.
  • The overall quality of this shoe impressed heaps of consumers who purchased their pairs.
  • For a number of buyers, another plus point of this particular model is that it is a value for money.
  • There were several comments recognizing the stylish look of this shoe. They appreciate that it can be worn casually with shorts or jeans.
  • A number of reviewers reported that every time they wear their pair of the G. Vilas 2 Core, they receive lots of compliments from other people.
  • It is comfortable and has a great fit, as mentioned by several buyers who have tried on their pairs.
  • There were a few reviewers who said that the shoe they purchased came exactly as pictured.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A number of reviewers said that like other Puma models, the G. Vilas 2 Core runs a half size smaller.
  • This particular Puma shoe is narrow in the toe box area, as mentioned by a few reviewers.

Bottom line

Functional and comfortable – two most accurate words that the majority of consumers describe the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core. Many of those who have purchased a pair were greatly satisfied that they highly recommend this Puma model. Some even own several pairs in different colors mainly because, for them, this shoe is ideal for daily use, but stylish enough to dress up any casual outfit.



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Puma G. Vilas 2 Core History

Guillermo Vilas was a professional tennis player from Argentina who won several major titles in the 1970s, including four Grand Slam titles – the 1977 French Open, the 1977 US Open, the 1978 Australian Open, and the 1979 Australian Open. He also won runner-up titles at the French Open three times in the years 1975, 1978, and 1982, and at the 1977 Australian Open.

Such wins and his popularity in the field of professional tennis led to a team up with the German shoe brand Puma in creating a line of tennis shoes that best present his style of playing. First off the list is the Puma G. Vilas, which was first released in 1983. The G. Vilas shoe exhibits a very thick and durable outsole, a perforated rounded toe box, the Puma Formstrip on the side, and the Puma cat logo on the tongue. While initially aimed to be a tennis shoe, it has become prevalent also among the casual fashion scene.

Following the success of the Puma G. Vilas, another shoe in the G. Vilas line was introduced into the sneaker market – the Puma G. Vilas 2. The G. Vilas 2 bears similar features as its predecessor but has a slimmer profile. The Puma G. Vilas 2 is subsequently upgraded with a new material and made available in various colorways to keep its style up-to-date and on trend. This upgrade is called the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core.  

Puma G. Vilas 2 Core Style

The Puma G. Vilas 2 Core is a low-top tennis shoe that features the signature Puma Formstrip logo on the side and the Puma Jumping Cat logo on the tongue and heel. It is a sporty shoe that has been making its way to the casual fashion scene and in the athleisure trend. It can be worn with a simple shirt-short outfit combo or can be dressed up with a pair of casual jeans.

Fit & Sizing

The Core edition of the Puma G. Vilas 2 is available in men’s sizes, which range from 7 to 14, including half sizes, and in D – Medium width. The classic lace up closure provides a snug and custom fit. Based on a tennis shoe, it provides sufficient support and comfort to the feet as needed.

Notable Features

Inspired by a classic tennis shoe, the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core has similar features as the Puma G. Vilas 2 but in a slimmed-down profile. It bears a textile, leather upper with perforated details on the toe box. This silhouette is something that most tennis or Puma fans should be familiar with as the GV special was quite a hit when it was first released.

Additional Info

  • The Puma G. Vilas is now known as the Puma GV Special.
  • There are Puma Formstrip on the side panels and the Puma Jumping Cat logo on the tongue and heel. Alongside the eyelets is the Puma G. Vilas branding.
  • The durable rubber outsole features a pivot point as support for quick rotation.
  • The upper is composed of a durable leather material up front and a mesh canvas material on the sides.