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Collection: Puma Roma
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Verdict from 7.9 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • Available in neutral and bright shades, its color in person looked exactly as advertised, many confirmed.
  • The majority expressed their satisfaction with the low-top Puma Roma SL Nubuck 2’s comfort level.
  • For $60, a good number of buyers thought this shoe was affordable.
  • Some revealed that this sneaker held up well when worn for work as well as running, trail hiking and walking.
  • Its style gained heaps of compliments from friends, family and even strangers, several disclosed.
  • The Roma SL Nubuck 2 can be worn all day every day without problems, according to most reviewers.
  • It doesn’t take long to break in, a few users advised.

7 reasons not to buy

  • This sneaker ran slightly smaller and narrower, a couple of wide-footed sneaker enthusiasts griped.
  • A few complained about the quality of the synthetic nubuck material on the Puma Roma SL Nubuck 2. One said it felt like cardboard.
  • Another wearer noticed that the rubber toe guards wore out quickly.
  • Quite a large number complained about the rubber outsole peeling after a few weeks or a few months of wear.
  • It stains easily and is hard to clean, not many revealed.
  • The shoe tends to feel warm when worn for long hours, a buyer observed.
  • The Roma SL Nubuck 2 could use a little more arch support, noticed by one Puma fan.

Bottom line

The Puma Roma, a classic soccer cleat turned lifestyle shoe, although five decades old, remains stylish to date. The Roma SL Nubuck 2, one of its variations, maintains its ancestor’s retro design. Sleek and clean, it continues to gain fans with its vintage look and cool color options.

Despite issues with the shoe’s durability and quality, this rendition keeps its spot in the market. Attractive, lightweight, comfortable and versatile, loyal supporters of the brand choose to focus on its positive attributes given its pocket-friendly price tag.

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Fit & Sizing

The low-top construction of this model as well as its synthetic nubuck upper with a cushioned sockliner, padded collar and tongue are expected to offer support and ankle mobility without compromising comfort. Available in men’s sizes 6-14, the shoe's somewhat narrow build still ensures to provide enough toe space. Wide-footed buyers, though, may want to size up for a better fit.

Just like many retro kicks, the low-top Puma Roma SL Nubuck 2 goes with a wide selection of everyday outfits including khakis, denim, joggers, and shorts. Streamlined to give it a modern look, this lifestyle sneaker can be worn for casual events. Despite its sporty origins, it may, at times, even look decent when worn during dress-up occasions.

Puma's soccer-inspired kicks, the Roma SL Nubuck 2 included, are often built with a T-toe cap for extra durability. In addition to the T-toe cap, this model also has a rubber toe guard for additional protection. The Puma Roma” logo with the jumping cat” insignia found on the lateral side, though, sets this model apart from other classic sneakers.

Constructed in the year 1968 to pay tribute to the Italian National Soccer Team Gli Azzurri for winning the European Championship, this soccer footwear was initially clad in white and royal blue. Currently, this sneaker is perceived as one of the brand’s most timeless creations.

Fast forward to 2008; Puma decided to re-release this classic in its original colorway to celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary. Three other hues that feature the materials from the Italian 68 soccer team’s jerseys were also introduced.

Since the Roma was reissued, the shoe has been a subject of a couple of collaborations. It has also been seen in a variety of materials and hues. These include the Puma x Tomas Maier, the Franklin & Marshall x Puma and the Puma Fader.

The Puma Roma SL Nubuck 2 surfaced somewhere down the line. It keeps its predecessor’s silhouette unchanged. This one, however, flaunts a faux nubuck upper instead of the original’s leather underlay.

  • Lace-up closure with flat shoe strings can be adjusted for a more secure and snug fit. An extra set of laces is also included.
  • A more natural ride is achieved with its flexible rubber sole.
  • The EVA midsole on the Roma SL Nubuck 2 supplies sufficient comfort underfoot minus the extra weight.
  • The Formstrip” logo is displayed on both sides of the shoe while the jumping cat” logo is displayed on the heel and the tongue label.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.