Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $60
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Many users of this shoe are impressed by the good arch support.
  • Several reviewers commented that the classic sneakers are ideal for extended wear as they are very comfortable.
  • Majority of those who wore them commented that they are very light and great walking footwear.
  • Quite a lot of users love wearing these classic sneakers as they remain stylish over time without going out of style.
  • Affordability and value for money of purchasing this classic running sneaker at $60 per pair were also a reason why many people bought this classic shoe.
  • Some wearers appreciate the nostalgic feeling of wearing the design that brings them back to the 1970s and 1980s.
  • A good number of reviewers appreciate the simple yet fashionable style of these classic sneakers that pairs well with any casual outfit.
  • A number of reviewers with pronation problems claimed the shoes are very efficient in providing arch support making every step wearing the Puma Roma comfortable.
  • Numerous customers like the all-white and all-black versions of the classic Puma Roma with color details for the whites remaining vibrant even after months of use.
  • Customers liked that the synthetic leather material most of the time remains spotless and are easily cleaned when it accumulates dirt.
  • Shoe owners appreciated that the heel and ankle support protects well the back of the heel and ankles during long walks and runs.
  • Some buyers love the T-toe rubber shape of the outsole as it protects the toes from sudden bumps.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A few commenters noted that the shoe is a little bit narrow and felt tight on first few uses.
  • Several users noticed that they needed to spend a few days to break-in the shoe before it becomes comfortable.
  • Some users commented that synthetic leather wrinkles easily on medium to heavy use.
  • A limited number of commenters observed that the upper and sole easily fall off and lacks durability.
  • Numerous critics are disappointed with the synthetic leather material of the upper as they claim it doesn’t last and easily wears out.
  • Some critics criticized that the shoes are not breathable and made their foot sweaty due to lack of ventilation.

Bottom line

A certain kind of nostalgic feeling brings back wearers of the Puma Roma to the 1970s and to the 1980s when these shoes were popular running kicks. Now more regarded as a lifestyle sneaker than a performance running shoe, the Puma Roma remains comfortable with its moderate arch support and lightweight material which makes long walks bearable.

However, many people are just a bit disappointed with the lack of breathability and durability of its synthetic leather upper. If you want an affordable shoe for daily walks, this could be your perfect sneaker with its cheap $60 price tag. But for those who want to really want more bang for their buck, adding a few dollars more for added breathability and comfort wouldn’t hurt buying this pair.

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Puma Roma History

Puma traces its roots from the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory) founded in 1924 in the small town of Herzogenaurach, Germany. Rudolf Dassler and his brother, Adolf “Adi” Dassler were the co-founders of the shoe company. They were also the masterminds behind the spike-soled shoe that American track star Jesse Owens wore in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

However, the fame of the Dassler Brothers factory was short lived when the two brothers went on separate ways and decided to build their own shoe companies. Rudolf decided to build his own shoe company which he initially named Ruda in 1948, but eventually changed to Puma Schuhfabrik Rudolf Dassler or simply called Puma.

Moving forward several decades later, Puma established itself as among the most recognized brands in the world creating sports shoes for the world’s top athletes. However, the brand also shifted into more fashionable shoes as it crosses over as a lifestyle shoe manufacturer.

Resurrected from Puma’s extensive archive, the Puma Roma was first released in 1968 as running shoe.  It was specifically designed for sprints and hurdles and other track and field sports. The shoe was initially designed with a padded nylon-suede material.

The shoes were re-issued in the 2000s now with a padded tongue and better arch support.  An added improvement is the use of a synthetic leather upper and more modern color palette from the original all-white when it was introduced.

Puma Roma Style

In terms of style, the Puma Roma is a running sneaker that has transitioned well into a lifestyle sneaker with its sleek silhouette and color palettes. While it is no longer used primarily as a jogging or gym training companion, these trainers have remained consistent in what it offers – that is a lightweight shoe with a comfortable midsole.

This classic sneaker doesn’t easily go out of style or out of trend and projects a cool and clean look for lovers of retro sneakers. It bridges those who have worn the shoe in the 1970s to the 1980s to those who have for the first time encountered these popular sneakers with vibrant new colors and a finer looking synthetic leather finish. To top the vintage look, Puma designers added a rubber midsole and outsole for added durability, stronger grip, and traction.

Fit & Sizing

The Puma Roma runs true to size. The shoes are secured by a lace closure for a snug fit. They are available in men’s and women’s sizes with medium width D and B.  Size ranges from US size 7 to 14 for men and size 5.5 to 11 for women. 

Notable Features

The Puma Roma’s classic looks may be its most notable feature aesthetically but its superior cushioning and T-Toe construction remain the most recognizable feature. The shoes soft cushioning provides superior comfort while an arch support gives wearers protection from injuries and stability while wearing the shoe.  The synthetic upper material, meantime, gives it a lighter upper material for easy cleaning and use.             

Additional Info

  • Puma Roma variations were created in the past years to include Puma Roma Natural Warmth, Puma Roma Basic, Puma Roma Basic Holographic, Puma Roma OG Natural, Puma Roma x OG Natural, Puma Roma Basic Metallic Safari, Puma Roma Basic Geometric, Puma Roma Basic Geometric Camo, Puma Roma Glitter and models for kids, pre-school and juniors.
  • The brand also collaborated with European car maker Ferrari which created the Puma Roma Ferrari in all-black and all-red colors with a visible Ferrari logo on the lateral side.
  • The Formstrip logo is found on both sides of the shoe.