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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many users say that these sneakers are very comfortable.
  • A couple of wearers are impressed by the cushiony footbed of the Puma Smash Cat L.
  • Several commended the sneakers’ versatility. Incorporating it even on the work wardrobe is possible.
  • One user raved how great these kicks are for everyday wear.
  • A good number of people say that these are very stylish. The colorways available are just perfect.
  • One user adores how these sneakers are a cross between a walking and athletic shoe.
  • A number of those who purchased mention how great the quality of the Smash Cat L are.
  • Several purchases like how stylish these sneakers are. Receiving compliments are very much appreciated.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users note that the Puma Smash Cat L runs a bit small and narrow. Ordering a size up is recommended.
  • Some testers wish that these have more arch support. Although they’re perfect for most occasions, it might be a bit painful to walk for long hours especially for those with flat feet.
  • Having more colorway choices would be greatly appreciated, said, one customer.

Bottom line

Coming from the long line of Puma’s Smash series, the Smash Cat L is packed with style and comfort. Its classic tennis shoe profile makes this a great piece for everyday wear and suited for most occasions. It is highly suggested to pick a size up for the perfect fit.



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Puma Smash Cat L History

The Smash Cat L is one of the versions of Puma’s infamous Smash collection. During the advent of basketball, Puma decided to go to the other direction and release a classic-silhouetted tennis shoe. Although greatly inspired by Adidas’ Stan Smith, Puma deviated from the usual marketing strategies of getting famous endorsers and rely on the technologies of the shoe alone.

After just one year, Puma released another version, an all suede number under the Smash series. Today, there are several versions of the Puma Smash. One of which is the Smash Cat L, which carries the same silhouette, but a slightly different designed upper.

Puma Smash Cat L Style

As one of the versions of the Puma Smash, the Smash Cat L also dons the iconic tennis-shoe silhouette. Composed of a soft leather upper, it differs from the classic by having the Cat logo on the side instead of the usual Puma signature Formstrip. The Cat logo still make appearances on the tongue and heel part, making it more decorative and identifiable.

Styling these sneakers will not be hard as it is versatile. Ideally, pairing it with casual clothes can instantly make it sporty. Those who are more adventurous can match it with dressier clothes. The possibilities are endless.

Fit & Sizing

The Puma Smash Cat L is available in women’s, men’s, and kids sizes. For the women’s, sizes go from 5 to 14.5 while for the men’s, it runs from 4-14. Half sizes are available for both.

Notable Features

Although there are already different variations for the Puma Smash series, the Smash Cat L is unique on its own. It has a synthetic leather upper with the Puma Cat logo at the tongue and heel part of the shoe as well as the lateral and medial sides. A non-marking rubber composes its outsole for durability and added traction.

Additional Info

  • The Puma Smash Cat L has lace-up details to allow a snugger fit.
  • For additional comfort, Puma incorporated a cushioned midsole and padded tongue and collar.
  • Its low-top silhouette allows more movement and freedom.