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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.

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Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

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We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most of the positive comments on the Puma Match Animal focused on it stylish and fashionable looks that elevated casual sneaker design with the reptile embossed upper.
  • Several comments noted how the shoe fits effortlessly on the feet as it runs right to size.
  • A good number of reviewers find the light padding in the footbed just the needed comfort for a tennis sneaker.
  • The snakeskin embossed design give the sneaker a chic, exotic look which many female shoe lovers like to mix and match with their clothing.
  • A few love the color of the snake print as it is not too overwhelming yet striking enough to get noticed.
  • Some customers find the leather lining soft and smooth giving the collar a comfortable and well-cushioned feeling.
  • Quite some wearers liked the thickness of the rubber soles that gives additional cushioning, traction.
  • Some users commented that the smooth upper is easy to wipe clean and doesn’t quickly get dirty.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some customers pointed out that the Puma Match Animal sneaker lacks the arch support that they had to add an insole for more cushioning.
  • Some buyers claimed the sole could have more grip as its current outsole pattern easily gets slippery in a smooth surface.
  • The stylish sneaker could have been better if it had more ventilation as the upper’s leather material feels hot for the feet especially during summer months.
  • Puma Match Animal kicks are stiff at first few days but become comfortable after breaking in as the leather material adjusts well on the feet.

Bottom line

Priced affordably at $80 per pair, Puma Match Animal is a trendsetting women’s sneaker aimed to elevate the traditional tennis and basketball court heritage silhouettes with animal-inspired graphics in a patent finish. With the smooth leather finish, the shoe exudes an exotic look without going over the top. The casual style is retained for women who wanted some glitz and glamour into the traditional sneaker design. This animal-inspired shoe is recommended for the fashion-forward woman that wants more than the usual tennis shoe.



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Puma Match Animal History

Undergoing performance enhancements from the 1970s to the 1980s, Puma Match first came to fruition in 1974 as the German brand’s first professional tennis shoe. The leather material on the Puma Match was improved with perforations on the sides for breathability. One of the brand’s performance tennis shoes made in Europe, it only takes pride in its superior quality and more fine material selection.

It was only later around 2015 that the Puma Match made a comeback with its Puma 74 vintage shoe that promises off-court appeal and versatile styling. The design improvements include the use of full grain leather and a variety of colors in the suede material. Puma Match Animal came out in early 2017 with two colorways in snakeskin iterations that elevate the classic tennis shoe into fresh kicks for the trendsetting woman.

Puma Match Animal Style

The overall style is in the heart of the design of Puma Match Animal. The animal-inspired graphic imprinted on the leather is an expression of how exotic prints always get the attention of everyone, especially younger customers.  Puma designers made sure the design of the heritage tennis shoe gets noticed with snakeskin graphics imprinted on the smooth leather.

The Puma Match Animal is not a new design. It was initially intended as a tennis shoe with rubber soles for adequate grip on the court. The silhouette has a minimalist design with a few design elements such as branding and a leather brand logo on the tongue. Eventually, coming from the court, the Puma match design crossed over as a fashion statement pairing well with a dress, jeans, or a romper.

Regarding colorways, the shoe has two snakeskin tones that can be easily mixed with a variety of casual clothing. These colorways include the Puma Black Natural and Natural Vachetta. The design prints also make the shoes flexible for wearing for casual daytime wear or casual nighttime garb. Also giving the shoe an overall premium look are the metallic finish of its branding placed on the side panel and back heel.

Fit & Sizing                

The Puma Match Animal sneaker fits true to size. The shoe is kept snug by a traditional flat lacing system that keeps the feet secured. Shoe size ranges are only available in medium-B for women from US size 5 to 11.                        

Notable Features

Most notable on the Puma Match Animal is its exotic yet fresh upper design. The animal-inspired graphic imprinted on the entire top gives a sophisticated touch to the once often ignored tennis shoe. The smooth leather with animal prints is easy to clean with its patent finish design.

Additional Info

  • The shoe featured a padded footbed for superior comfort and added cushioning.
  • The Puma Match Animal has a rubber grip sole for an enhanced grip and traction.