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

10 reasons to buy

  • The overall design of this leather debossed sneaker is among the reasons why buyers opted to purchase a pair of this variety.
  • Purchasers are getting lots of compliments wearing the low-top Puma Smash Deboss.
  • The black colorway of this retro-style sneaker is easy to clean.
  • The texture of this shoe is nice to the touch.
  • Very satisfied reviewers said this shoe makes any casual outfit fashionable.
  • Reviewers who gave a 5-star rating to this shoe are happy about its fit and comfort.
  • A good number of those who left reviews about this sneaker said they highly recommend this product.
  • A reviewer who does break dancing performances leaves a thumbs up on this shoe as it is very comfortable to the feet.
  • It comes with a sticky rubber outsole with a herringbone design.
  • Available at a budget-friendly cost.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of reviewers said this shoe gets a bit narrow towards the forefoot area.
  • A reviewer noticed that this shoe has imperfect finishing.
  • A reviewer who bought the white variety of the Puma Smash Deboss was annoyed after the colored material on the sole stained his sock.

Bottom line

Puma Smash Deboss is another fresh offering of the brand, which is a retouched edition of its classic leather variety. Buyers are particularly drawn to the detailing on the upper which adds style to a rather plain leather cover construction. This fashionable lifestyle sneaker that looks great with a wide range of casual outfits is comfortable to the feet and comes with a price tag that is very economical.


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Puma Smash Deboss History

Puma started manufacturing performance shoes back in 1948 under the helm of its founder Rudolf Dassler. The brand was originally known for its football cleats and track and field athletic shoes. Eventually, Puma evolved into producing other athletic shoes such as tennis silhouettes until it was hit by the sneaker culture bug wherein the market for lifestyle kicks grew rapidly.

In response to the high demand for aesthetically pleasing sporty shoes, this footwear brand turned to its vintage heritage models and brought them back to life with up-to-date designs. One of its classic performance shoes that was transformed with modern day features is the court-inspired Puma Smash. Several variations were made to this model which includes the low-top Puma Smash Deboss.

Going back a few pages in Puma’s history, particularly in 1968, one will be led to the very core of the Puma Smash, which is the Puma Suede, a unique looking trainer introduced during that year. Its name is a giveaway of the dominant material used in this shoe. This tough suede profile became highly-noticeable in the track and field category, specifically when American athlete Tommie Smith won the gold medal for the 200-meter race at the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics laced up with this shoe.

A few years later towards the 1970s, this suede shoe was improved to fit the demands of tennis players, which gave birth to a wide range of tennis shoes built with immaculate white uppers in the 1970s, either in leather or suede material.

Needless to say, Puma smashed it hard and hit it right when it came up with the Puma Smash model in the 1970s that it became one of the definitive silhouettes of the brand. In tennis lingo, smash is a racket technique that professional players have mastered to get the full advantage of the game, while it is something amateur club players usually find hard to execute.

Fast forward to the present time, the Puma Smash found its way back to the shelves as the brand kept coming up with remastered editions, thereby maintaining its popularity in the ever-changing market.

In 2015, this vintage-style court trainer was re-dressed with a Nubuck upper and stylized as fashionable casual sneaker called the Puma Smash Buck. The Smash Jersey variation in lightweight suede and jersey combo was dropped two years later, as well as the Puma Smash Deboss which is made of synthetic leather upper. Instead of having a smooth leather cover, this edition has streaks of multi directional line depressions on the upper, which not only adds texture but a nice character to the shoe.  

Puma added more varieties of the Puma Smash such as the women’s edition Puma Smash Cat with an attention-grabbing leaping cat on the side panels; the leather Puma Smash L; the suede Puma Smash SD; woven Puma Smash Knit; outdoorsy looking Puma Smash Ripstop, among others.

Puma Smash Deboss Style

The 1970s tennis trainer is redesigned with a textured finish using a deboss technique. The updated version is aptly called the low-top Puma Smash Deboss. The original drop of this shoe is in white, reminiscent of the much-sought leather court shoe back in the day. The round toe structure of this sneaker covered with synthetic leather puts a classic touch to it and makes it ideal to pair up with any casual clothes for any season.

Fit & Sizing

The low-top Puma Smash Deboss comes with a lace-up closure that cinches the shoe down with a customized, secure fit. It is generally true to size, but those with wide feet may opt to get a half size bigger than their usual size to allow more room for their toes to splay while in motion. This sneaker with a cushioned footbed is available in men’s sizes, stretching from 7 to 15 US.

Notable Features

Puma altered its 1970s crowd-favorite court silhouette and produced a more stylish, sporty shoe profile to cater a growing population of sneaker lovers around the globe. This tweaked version of the original leather model called the low-top Puma Smash Deboss is heavy on heritage with modern visual texture design on the upper which is the standout character of this shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Formstrip branding is stitched on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe, while the Puma Cat logo is located on the heel area.
  • The outsole of the low-top Puma Smash Deboss sneaker is made of durable rubber with herringbone tread pattern that provides good traction.
  • The deboss technique on the upper was previously used in the 2015 Puma Suede Classic Debossed wherein the Formstrip branding on the side panels which runs around the heel of the shoe is machine-indented instead of having it stitched on the velvety upper, like its traditional counterparts.