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  • The Puma Speed 500 Ignite 2 is an update to a fresh series of running shoes that are meant for the roads. Neutral pronators are the ones who can benefit the most from this model. The front of the upper makes use of a cloth-like mesh material to deliver a soft and breathable coverage. The midfoot and heel portions feature a more porous mesh and synthetic print as overlays.
  • The underfoot platform features two layers of foam. The bottom part offers impact attenuation while the top part delivers a bouncy ride. The external section utilizes rubber and flex grooves which enable traction and flexibility, respectively.

The Puma Speed 500 Ignite 2 was designed to be true to size. It makes use of the standard measurements to accommodate the preferences of consumers. When it comes to width, the available options are B – Medium for women and D – Medium for men. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe mimics the curvature of the human foot.

EverTrack+ is the layer used for the outsole unit of the Puma Speed 500 Ignite 2. It is advertised to be 43% lighter than the original EverTrack variant. Its purpose is to shield the foam midsole from ground contact while also delivering traction. This material has also been used in some running shoes from Puma.

Flex grooves make the forefoot section more flexible. These horizontal cuts permit the natural bending of the forefoot during the toe-off phase, thereby energizing and enabling the liftoff.

The Propulsion Zone involves extending the rubber layer over the grooves. This configuration causes the forefoot part of the platform to snap back into place after bending, pitching more propulsive energy in the process.

The midsole unit of the Puma Speed 500 Ignite 2 makes use of two full-length compounds that are stacked one after the other. The bottom part is a resilient foam that acts as a foundation. It attenuates shock and keeps the entire platform steady.

The top layer features IGNITE foam. It is a proprietary material that cushions each step and gives kinetic energy to the muscles of the wearer’s foot and leg. It is also springy, so ground contact between each step becomes reduced.

An insole is added to provide some more cushioning for the underfoot. It is called the Molded DSC Supreme Sockliner. This removable add-on supports the curves of the foot-pad like the arch and the spaces between the toe-joints. It’s also created to be durable and to have rebound properties.

The front portion of the upper unit makes use of a mesh material that resembles woven cloth. It has a soft construction that follows the motion of the foot. Ventilation pores allow air to move seamlessly through the fabric and into the foot-chamber.

A mesh with a more open construction fills the midfoot and rear sections of the external façade. The prominent pores heighten breathability since these parts of the inner sleeve have lining and extra layers of padding.

The EverFit system is made up of printed overlays, underlays, and the shoelaces. These elements help in keeping the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling.

The cushioned tongue unit cushions the instep and prevents the laces from digging into the skin.

How Speed 500 Ignite 2 compares

This shoe: 71
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $120
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 9.8oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
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