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

6 reasons to buy

  • Several buyers bought the Puma Smash Canvas as it they consider the price as just perfect.
  • More than a few reviewers found the shoe very light.
  • Despite the lightweight nature of the sneaker, it offers decent durability. Some were even surprised by the mileage on this shoe.
  • Some users were very willing to buy another pair once their old ones are ready to retire.
  • The canvas upper provides a more accommodating fit and a lightweight build compared to other models of the Puma Smash line.
  • The shoe has good grip, even on wet ground, based on a number of comments.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The limited color option turned off several reviewers.
  • As remarked by a few, the Puma Smash Canvas gets hot a little during warm days.
  • The sole felt a little stiff upon initial wear, according to some remarks.

Bottom line

Puma’s fascination with the Smash continues with the introduction of a canvas upper. In this version, the sneaker offers a lightweight feel and with a more form-fitting fit because of the pliability of the new upper material. The comfort remains to be exceptional while also maintaining its adequate cushioning and versatile lifestyle appeal. At a very affordable price tag, the Smash Canvas should excite sneaker fans who are in the hunt for a popular yet simple silhouette.


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Puma Smash Canvas History

The Puma Smash’s roots actually started with the popularity and demand of the Puma Suede, which was a basketball shoe that was unveiled in 1968. Because of the latter’s all-encompassing presence in the basketball court and the streets, Puma revamped the shoe for the tennis courts.

In the early 70s, the Puma Smash was introduced with little fanfare. Puma was confident that the performance of the Smash will soon have people recognizing it and going after it. It had a minimalist upper that is made of leather and suede. Back then, it was such a tough act as most sneaker fans were going gaga over basketball shoes.

In a span of a few short years, this unassuming shoe successfully eased into the lifestyle section because of its comfort and versatility as a daily footwear. Through the years, the Smash has seen so many iterations and has become a constant in the footwear arsenal of people.

2017 saw Puma unveil a new canvas upper for the Smash. The Puma Smach Canvas brings a lightweight feel of the original shoe and a fit that should make it even more versatile.

Puma Smash Canvas Style

The Puma Smash Canvas is tailor-made for those who love a laidback style. It brings the essence of “coolness” in the wardrobe for sneaker fans who often wear jeans or shorts. A night out or a quick romp to do errands will have users looking good in this shoe.

Fit & Sizing

People with standard foot measurements will easily get the most out of the fit offered by the Smash Canvas. The more flexible upper also gives some leeway for those with slightly wider foot. It is a men’s shoe that comes in sizes 4 to 14 with half sizes available as well.

Notable Features

The biggest difference in this shoe when compared with the original Smash is the new canvas upper. Besides giving the shoe a new name, it also allows wearers flexibility where fit and style go. The canvas upper suits minimalists who still long for the iconic silhouette of the Puma Smash.

Additional Info

  • The Jumping Cat logo is quite distinctive in the heel.
  • The ankle collar and tongue have adequate padding for enhanced comfort.
  • There are Formstrips on bot sides of the shoe.