Arch support
Daily running
M: 260g | W: 260g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The super open mesh assures runners of a cool and sweat-free run in the Speed 500 Ignite.

  • Several reviewers took note of the shoe’s comfortable ride.

  • According to some, it handles well on the road at almost any distance.

  • A few users have utilized it for other workouts.

  • More than a few runners valued the Speed 500’s responsiveness.

  • It has decent cushioning for high-mileage runs, based on a small number of options.

  • It is a lightweight trainer that can take on pure speedwork with ease, based on the opinions of a handful of expert testers.

  • More than a handful of midfoot and forefoot strikers appreciated the cushioning and snap of the forefoot.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The price tag is just a little too stiff for several.

  • A good number of the reviewers remarked that the shoe is too narrow.

  • The really open mesh may not be suited for inclement-weather areas.

Bottom line

Puma’s Speed series gets another boost in the 500 Ignite. As a lightweight trainer that is designed for fast-paced sessions, the runner should also be assured of maximum breathability because of the ultra-open mesh. It offers good arch support, tons of comfort, and versatility that can handle varying distances with ease. The shoe’s solid responsiveness and good looks should make this another great option for those looking for a do-it-all trainer.

World wide, Speed 500 Ignite is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Puma, is the 13th most popular.

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    Lightweight materials and layers keep the weight down to give you a speedy edge when running or racing.
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    The lightweight performance runner comes at just 260g and is built for the who's looking for that extra edge of for fast, everyday training.

Updates to Speed 500 Ignite

Puma relies yet again on its proprietary Ignite Foam to add a twist in the Speed series as it introduces the Speed 500 Ignite. The foam gives the shoe evident responsiveness and moderate cushioning without putting on too much weight. It makes the shoe a really versatile, lightweight trainer for different speeds and varying distances.

The Propulsion Band in the outsole is another technology that enhances the spring in this shoe. Whether the runner is doing quick workouts or piling on the miles, the responsiveness greatly helps improve the runner’s performance.

Another feature worth mentioning in this shoe is the new ultra-open mesh that should leave no doubt about how well-ventilated it is. The shoe makes running in hot conditions enjoyable.

Speed 500 Ignite size and fit

The Speed 500 Ignite’s fit resembles that of a fast racing shoe. It hugs the foot from the heel to the forefoot. There is the excellent hold in the heel and midfoot that is not restrictive while the forefoot gets just enough room for a natural splay of the toes. Runners with narrow to average foot widths are naturally built for this kind of fit. The shoe length is standard in this shoe.


The brand-exclusive EverTrack+ rubber is located in the heel and other areas that receive most of the impact for more durability. A slightly softer blown rubber with better traction covers the rest of the outsole. There are large pods all over the outsole, which are separated by deep flex grooves for flexibility.


The midsole of the Speed 500 S Ignite is a two-density foam laced with the very responsive Ignite Foam. Other attributes of this foam is its supportive cushioning and adequate durability in a lightweight design. Moving from the rear to the forefoot is also enhanced as the foam is a continuous slice from the heel to the forefoot.


The very open mesh is dead giveaway regarding shoe breathability. Puma uses the EverFit system to improve security and support as the shoe only utilizes very thin printed overlays as part of the upper. The straps of the EverFit system secure the midfoot and the heel of the runner. Puma’s Formstrip logo are placed on both sides of the foot while the Cat logo is in its usual place in the heel and the tongue. A lace closure ties up the fit of the shoe.


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