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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$125
Weight
Men: 12.3oz
Women: 10.7oz
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Ignite Ultimate offers comfort as one of its best features, according to most comments.
  • After 200 miles, the shoe barely shows signs of wear and tear, based on the observations of a few testers.
  • The performance and quality of the shoe is worth its average price.
  • Some runners liked the way the foot moves through the gait cycle.
  • The cushioning is plush with a hint of responsiveness as noticed a handful of users.
  • The ultra-breathable mesh makes it an ideal option for warm and humid climates.
  • The Ignite Ultimate has superb flexibility due to the substantial flex grooves from the heel to the forefoot.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A large number of runners felt that the shoe was a little heavier than they would have wanted.
  • It is slightly clunky on the road is another downside, based on a small group of runner’s comments.
  • A few mentioned that the 12mm height makes it a traditional shoe that favors heel strikers only.
  • It is not the best option for those who live in inclement-weather places.

Bottom line

Puma’s Ignite Ultimate relies on its responsive cushioning and superior comfort to give runners a treat on the road. The shoe has moderate arch support, traction, and maximum breathability. The substantial cushioning is compensated by the several flex grooves to give it a nice blend of flexibility.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 54 ratings

5 star
59%
4 star
22%
3 star
9%
2 star
2%
1 star
6%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Age • Natalie Ng • Level 1 expert

    Indeed, with the midsole’s energy-returning qualities, you can truly feel that springy “lift-off” effect when running. 

  • 90 / 100 by Singaporesports.Com • M. Farhan Rais • Level 1 expert

    Indisputably, the 3-layer upper mesh is love at first step.

  • 84 / 100 by DeFY. New York-Sneakers, Music, Fashion, Life. • Scott Frederick • Level 1 expert

    IGNITE FOAM (with a 3-layer mesh upper) provides solid comfort and breathability, and to help mimic your natural running gait, guidance grooves that run from the heel to toe are in set in place in a transition line.

  • 84 / 100 by Pris Chew Dot Com • Priscilla • Level 1 expert

    As such, by the end of my 10km runs, my knees were still feeling quite good.

  • 83 / 100 by Women's Health • Thamar Houliston • Level 1 expert

    Even though IGNITE ULTIMATE’s have a whopping 12mm heel drop, in keeping with the international trend towards maximalism, they don’t feel like they are too cushioned – just comfy.

  • 80 / 100 by Shape • Shape • Level 1 expert

    Impact was also nicely cushioned, and neither my knees nor feet hurt, even after longer 10km runs.

  • 78 / 100 by Everything Swim Bike and Run and the Occasional Life Encounters • Isaac Loo • Level 1 expert

    Ultimate IGNITE will be loved by those who desire for maximum cushioning or simply like their shoes comfy and with lots or rebound.

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Updates to Puma Ignite Ultimate

  • Puma gears runners for a really plush ride with dynamic features by combining its Ignite Foam, which is known for its excellent responsiveness, with a 12mm offset. While the cushioning is not oversized, it does have a very luxurious ride without taking away the necessary pop of this shoe.
  • A very innovative 3-layered mesh is also available for those who want the shoe. The layering adds structure and support to the lightweight upper that does not compromise breathability. A very supportive upper with maximum ventilation makes the run more secured and breathable.
  • Puma usually uses a number of flex grooves in their shoes. In the Ignite Ultimate, the flex grooves are deeper and more numerous for that necessary flexibility and a little cushioning.

Puma Ignite Ultimate size and fit

The cozy feel of the shoe continues in the spacious fit of the Ignite Ultimate. Most runners will consider the fit on the slightly wider side of a standard measurement. This means that those with medium to wider feet will get the most out of the shoe. Puma gives medium as the available width of the shoe. Sizing is spot on in options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

Even at first glance, the shoe is very remarkable because of the substantial flex grooves from the heel to the forefoot. Puma designs the outsole this way to enhance cushioning and to make the shoe more flexible because of the near-maximum cushioning. A transition line or cut from heel to forefoot helps with the transition from heel to forefoot. Puma’s own EverTrack enhances the durability of the outsole.


Midsole

The large Ignite foam gives the shoe excellent responsiveness. As it covers the entire midsole, it greatly improves the movement from landing to take off. Puma has a unique pattern in the midsole that works with the flex grooves in the outsole for more cushioning and flexibility.


Upper

A unique upper is displayed in the form of a 3-layered mesh. The design is engineered to deliver the ultimate breathability without the cost of structure and support. Puma’s metallic logo connects the lateral and medial side by passing through the heel. It helps with the heel support as it is also connected to a heel counter. Heel slippage is reduced by the heel support in this shoe. A regular lace-up closure holds the fit from start to finish.