• Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 10.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers thought the Speed 500 Ignite NightCat was of high quality and that it provided value for their money.
  • A lot of runners experienced an energized and responsive run with the shoe.
  • The mesh upper was breathable but still cozy, even when worn during cold and wet weather, according to a user.
  • The reflective feature was an excellent addition to the shoe as it encouraged safety and easy visibility at night, a reviewer said.
  • One runner stated that the shoe’s construction enabled an impressive performance on wet surfaces.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A user was not impressed with the water-repellent feature as it did not adequately prevent water from entering the shoe while running under the rain.

Bottom line

The Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat was a welcome addition to the Speed Series, according to various consumers. Many users reported on its comfortability, and several also commended the versatility it allowed under different running conditions. Overall, it has received positive reviews.


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Updates to Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat

  • The Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat aims to bring an extra edge of speed. The structure mimics professional racing wear, but it is efficient enough for an everyday workout. The shoe is ideal for the road, and its design caters to runners with neutral pronation.
  • The upper features EverFit, an upper lockdown technology that secures the midfoot, but not at the expense of a natural foot movement. Moreover, the Speed 500 Ignite NightCat intends to remain visible, even when in dark surroundings, thus it has reflective properties.
  • With Ignite foam as its cushioning, the midsole promises a high-rebound stride to give the runner a faster performance. Beneath the midsole is an EverTrack+ injection-blown rubber outsole that provides durability in the high-wear areas.

Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat size and fit

Presenting a standard running shoe length, the Speed 500 Ignite NightCat assures a comfortable fit for runners with a narrow to medium foot volume. The shoe comes in width profiles of D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.


Introducing EverTrack+, the outsole of the Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat offers durability in the high-wear areas, thus decreasing the chances of damage and abrasion.

The injection-blown EVA rubber enables adequate traction for a fast and efficient run, even in winter conditions.

The outsole has a Propulsion Zone, and it takes the form of a band in the forefoot area. It brings a powerful and snappy toe-off, increasing the energy and length of the stride.


The Ignite foam is present to yield a high-rebound and supportive cushioning in a lightweight package.

The midsole also makes use of neutralCELL, a technology which comprises different elements to deliver optimal cushioning and impact distribution. The result is a smooth ride and an effective transition from heel strike to toe-off.

With a molded DSC Supreme sock liner, there is additional cushioning, as well as an instant step-in comfort as soon as the shoe is worn.


Breathable mesh comprises the upper of the Speed 500 Ignite NightCat. It has a water-repellent coating, which serves as a protective element against wet conditions.

There are reflective print overlays around the shoe, so the runner remains visible even during runs in dark surroundings.

With the EverFit upper lockdown technology, the midfoot is held in place, and foot support and stability are fortified. This feature works efficiently without inhibiting the foot’s movements.

The shoe uses a traditional lace-up closure for a secure and familiar adjustment option.