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

9 reasons to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the Puma Propel is very comfortable.
  • The price is super affordable.
  • The relatively large holes in the mesh guarantee a sweat-free and cool ride.
  • A handful noted that the transition is smooth.
  • There are more than a dozen color combinations up for grab.
  • It is quite light, according to a small group of runners.
  • A few loved the shoe’s ability for its everyday and all day appeal.
  • The heel tab makes shoe entry or exit more convenient.
  • Some runners made the Propel their gym partners as well.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful noticed that the Propel lacked the needed traction, particularly in wet conditions.
  • It does not have enough bounce back features, based on a few observations.
  • May not be the best option for inclement-weather areas due to the really open mesh.

Bottom line

Puma enhances the depth of their lightweight trainer category by adding a versatile and ultra-affordable shoe in the Propel. It does not have any added accessories, but allows runners to enjoy their runs by providing adequate arch support, tons of comfort, smooth transitions, and the fashion that makes it an everyday option.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.7oz | Women: 5.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Puma
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $65
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Multi
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A top rated Puma running shoe

  • The Puma Propel sticks to the basics in its performance as it is specifically designed for novice or recreational runners. Giving the Propel a distinct performance is its exceptional breathability due to the open mesh. In high-temperature areas, this shoe should be a really good option.
  • The outer mesh is ably backed by a more refined version. This relatively close-knit secondary mesh provides structure, support, and keeps dirt off the shoe.
  • A seamless construction in the upper of the Propel reduces the risk of blisters and allows the upper to move well with the foot.

The fit of the Puma Propel is standard. It holds the heel and midfoot areas well and offers enough toe room for in the forefoot. The shoe length is also standard in this shoe. Runners with a slightly narrow to slightly wide foot are suited best for this kind of fit.

The no-fuss construction of the Puma Propel continues to the outsole. Here, Puma basically separates the underfoot by the materials used. A large part of the heel and almost to the midfoot sections are covered with carbon rubber for durability. The forefoot is largely made of blown rubber for added traction. For that smooth transition, Puma uses a large cut from the heel to the forefoot, which it calls the Transition Line. It helps the runner move from the heel to the forefoot with less effort.

The entire length of the midsole uses standard injection-molded EVA or IMEVA, which has decent cushioning and durability. It also helps the runner move through the gait cycle as it covers the heel to the forefoot. This midsole material is also used in other best-selling Puma running shoes.

The seamless construction is mostly notable because of the very open, 2-layer mesh. Breathability is ensured by the large holes while support and structure are provided by a more supportive version next to the outer covering. The heel shows a heel loop for easy on or off maneuver. Puma uses moderate padding in the heel and tongue for comfort. On both sides of the shoe are the Formstrip logo; the Cat logo is located in the tongue. A traditional lace-up closure finishes the deal in this shoe.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.