Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    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.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 9.6oz
    Women: 8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 31mm
    Women: 31mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2016
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of consumers used the word ‘comfortable’ to describe the Puma Ignite v2 and their time wearing it.
  • This running shoe’s colorful upper unit was lauded by testers who stated that they made the façade very eye-catching.
  • The flexibility of the platform gained praise because it allowed the runners to move their feet more naturally.
  • The underfoot cushioning system was reliable, according to many testers.
  • Several testers reported that the platform was capable of absorbing impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.
  • The price was affordable, according to runners.
  • Some consumers were able to use this running shoe for a variety of activities, and they said that it didn’t disappoint them in any way.
  • The runners reported that it was true-to-size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners complained that the Puma Ignite v2 was too narrow for their feet.
  • A few runners were disappointed with the shoe’s thin tongue because it didn’t feel comfortable against their skin.

Bottom line

The Puma Ignite v2 gained positive feedback from many reviewers because of its impressive cushioning and the responsiveness of its components. A lot of them wrote that its mechanisms were durable, and that it was generally comfortable. This road shoe became highly recommended for those who need a reliable running companion.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 | Blacktree Wall

    A Wide Feet Runner's Review of the Puma Ignite V2: A Huge Bang for the Buck

    I bought the Puma Ignite v2 10 months back. 

    First of all, I would like to thank the RunRepeat community for helping me out to find this awesome pair of running shoes at a very good price.

    I started running after having had serious spinal problems to increase my core strength and stability. By that time I weighed almost 90kgs and as per the advice from my Orthopedician, to use running shoes with very high cushioning, I found the Ignite v2 to be the best fit for my budget.

    The color options provided by Puma are so easy on the eyes and appeal to varied tastes.

     

    Figure 1. Lateral & Medial View of the Puma Ignite v2

    Upper Unit

    The upper layer of the Ignite v2 is made up of a highly breathable, porous mesh unit with vents at the top and both the sides.

    A sock lining layer is provided inside the mesh unit and so the shoes can be worn without socks as well. It is very breathable which helps in keeping the feet really dry even after very long time usage in hot weather conditions.

    A perfect selection of the upper material and the insole unit keeps the shoe odor free even after a series of consecutive days of wearing. Reflectors are provided on both the sides and also at the back of the heel-box as a safety measure for night time running.

     

    Figure 2. Light reflectors on the sides & at the back of the shoe

     

    The tongue is thin and made of suede leather (maybe, feels like suede leather). It has flat style laces with small knurling like pattern to keep them stay put. In the whole period only twice the laces come untied during the run.

    Flat style laces with small knurling like pattern to keep them stay put. In the whole period only twice the laces come untied during the run. Special silicone prints are provided inside the heel box to prevent slippage of the shoes.

     

    Figure 3. Silicone prints prevent the slippage of the shoe during runs

    Midsole

    The Midsole unit is made up of high quality IGNITE foam from Puma which is very responsive and springy.

    The groove like structures "Chevron flex grooves" increases the energy return from each stride. There are no signs of shrinkage or wrinkles on the mid sole instead small pores started appearing. 

     

    Figure 4. Small pores started appearing on the mid sole

    Cushioning & Ride Quality

    The cushioning and the ride quality of the Ignite v2 are exceptional.

    I have run almost 700kms on this pair and even today the cushioning feels like the very first day of use. There is only a little drop in the amount of cushioning even after clocking such high mileage.

    The 30mm heel height of the Ignite v2 lets me feel as if I am stepping on something really soft and cushiony. The 12 mm heel-toe drop helps for a smooth transition of the foot from the heel through the midfoot to the toe.

    I have run few long distance (21k) training runs on the Ignite v2 to date, the level of cushioning and comfort was really good until the very end of the course.

    This is a great choice for people with high arches, joint issues, and heavier runners.

    Outsole

    The traction of the Ignite v2 is a monster in both wet and dry conditions.

    I had run on the Nike Dual Fusion X 2 on wet pavements a couple of times before buying the Ignite v2. Because of lack of traction, I started to think that running is a sport meant to be practiced only during dry weather.

    With the Ignite v2, I felt no drop in the level of traction with varying conditions of the pavement.

     

    Figure 5. Ignite v2 outsole after 700km of usage

    Durability

    The durability is what I like the most in the Ignite v2.

    I have run a number of 5k, 10k races on asphalt and a few 5k races on soft trails yet there isn't a lot of wear and tear on the outsole. Puma delivers great durability with its promising EVERTRACK technology outsole unit which is highly resistant towards abrasion.

    After heavy usage, the wear pattern shows my tendency to supinate and heel strike.

     

    Figure 6. The outsole wear due to supination

     

    There are signs of mild wear and tear all over the upper unit.

    The inner sock liner is also torn at the toe box. Just at the widest point of the shoe, there is a small hole showing up recently. 

     

    Figure 7. Wear happening at the inner side of the ankle zone

     

    Figure 8. Inner sock liner is torn at the toe box

     

    Figure 9. Small holes started appearing at the widest point of the shoe

     

    Apart from these, the shoes feel great as usual. For sure the Ignite v2's are going to last easily somewhere between 700-800 km.

    Fit 

    The fit is what I dislike the most in the Ignite v2. These shoes run really narrow and it was really frustrating at the beginning until the shoes were broken in.

    Being a runner with wide feet, the tip and the toe box design are the most unlikely things about this pair. I wish Puma considers this issue and provides wider options in the future.

     

    Figure 10. My wide foot with the very narrow shoe

    What I Like About the Ignite v2

    • Cushioning
    • Responsiveness
    • Breathability
    • Looks

    What I Dislike About the Ignite v2

    • Runs very narrow
    • Plastic at the heel area feels slightly heavy

    Recommended For

    • Heavier runners (less than 95kgs)
    • Runners with joint issues who expect added cushioning
    • Runners who run in extremely hot weather conditions
    • Runners with narrow feet
    • Runners just looking for a casual pair of shoes for everyday use

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 82 / 100 | Independent

    Light and responsive, they’re excellent value for money, and their springy sole will make you feel like you’re running that little bit faster.

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Updates to Puma Ignite v2

  • The upper unit of the Ignite v2 has been updated with a more open construction. Most of the overlay system has been relegated to the side of the shoe, therefore providing more space for the breathable material to actually expose itself and encourage air to enter the shoe.
  • A silicone print at the heel section of the shoe locks the foot down, thus preventing accidental slips and shoe-removals.
  • Chevron Grooves in the mid-sole act as a rebound mechanism as they compress during impact and they spring back to their original state during take-off. It’s a solid way to propel the runner forward.
  • The sock liner atop the mid-sole unit has been molded to follow the contours of the arch, hugging it and cradling it for additional support.

Puma Ignite v2 size and fit

The sizing scheme of the Puma Ignite v2 is regular. Runners can choose the size that they’re more acclimated to and be satisfied with it. The medium width accommodates many types of feet, though those with wide feet might feel more snug.


Outsole

The EverTrack outsole layer acts as a shield against wear and abrasion. It’s a durable material that’s placed in crucial areas where wear is more likely to occur. It also provides traction and support.

The Flex Grooves in the forefoot area offer more freedom when it comes to the movement of the foot, thus making each toe-off more energized and more natural.

A Transition Line that runs along the mid-foot to the forefoot area mimics the natural gait pattern when running, thus making each step more fluid and agreeable.


Midsole

The IGNITE foam material is Puma’s trademark mid-sole unit. It’s a responsive component that offers cushioning and energy return, while being durable and flexible.

The ForEverFoam tech is placed in the heel area. This high quality foam offers durable cushioning that doesn’t easily break down or lose structural integrity. It can handle the weight of the runner and still retain a high level of strength even after many uses.


Upper

The breathable mesh upper keeps the foot dry and cool. It has a more open construction than the original Ignite because the overlay system has been placed to the sides of the shoe. The material is also more flexible, making it more responsive to the natural movement of the foot.

The Silicon Print at the heel area of the Ignite v2 was created to add more security to the rear section of the foot. It locks the heel down in place, thus keeping the whole foot in the shoe at all times. Reflective detailing is added in this unit, enhancing visibility and overall appeal.

The Suede tongue is soft and comfortable to the skin. It doesn’t have too much padding, therefore making the overall fit less snug or restrictive.

An overlay system in the sides of this running shoe helps to customize the fit by responding to adjustments made to the lacing system. Mid-foot security is the focus of the overlays.