Who should buy the Puma Ignite EvoKNIT

You will love PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT if you want a sneaker with a sock-like knit upper.

PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT logo

PUMA’s innovative EvoKNIT

The totally seamless upper is mostly covered by PUMA’s innovative EvoKNIT material. It has a sock-like fit that is luxurious in feel and comfort all the way to the collar. According to the reviewers, this PUMA shoe fits comfortably straight from the box. No breaking in needed.

The upper is one-piece and quite stretchy that it can accommodate a variety of foot shapes.

PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT side upper

The Ignite EvoKNIT uses an external heel counter and an ankle strap. At the back of the collar is a heel loop for convenience.

PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT ankle support

Tricky to put on

The only caveat is that this shoe is not the easiest to put on and take off. You have to use both hands and it takes a little more effort compared to regular trainers. "If you're not flexible, you will need to sit down to put them on," says a reviewer.

On a positive note, the knit tends to stretch a little after a few times, making the shoe easier to get on.

Enhanced comfort with PUMA's Ignite midsole

PUMA’s brand-exclusive Ignite foam stretches across the entire midsole. The wearers describe it as well-cushioned and pleasant underfoot:

  • "the softest, smoothest soles I have walked on to date"
  • "quite soft to walk in, quite spongey"
  • "feels like your walking on loafs of bread"

PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT rear midsole

Optimal flexibility with Ignite EvoKNIT 

The outsole of the PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT uses a large number of flex grooves all over the shoe for optimal flexibility for such a well-cushioned shoe. Besides the numerous horizontal flex grooves, there is also a huge vertical flex groove that spans the length of the outsole.

PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT mid outsole

The transition from heel to take-off is enhanced by the presence of this vertical flex groove. There is EverTrack, which is in color black in this shoe is utilized in high-wear areas for durability. Softer blown rubber is found in some of the areas for traction and a little bit of cushioning.

PUMA Ignite EvoKNIT front outsole

Light on the foot

The foot-hugging knit upper combined with the shoe's overall lightness makes it barely noticeable on the foot.

Ignite EvoKNIT is pricey but worth it

At $130, this PUMA shoe can really put a dent in one's wallet. For reference, the average price of sneakers is $112.

And yet, the sneaker received plenty of positive feedback on the quality of its materials and craftsmanship which makes it live up to the expectations for the price.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sock, Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Training
Collection: PUMA EvoKNIT, PUMA Ignite
Closure: Laces
Material: Knit / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.