Summary

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.

Facts

  • Terrain

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 10.4oz
  • 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
    Unknown
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

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73 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 73 / 100 | Jesper Sommer

    Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat - What a cat?

    As a fairly new reviewer, I’ve learned a few things. Basically, shoes and specs might look good on paper, but the actual feeling may differ. Next on my PUMA bucket list is the orange Puma Speed 500 Ignite NightCat.

     

     

    The orange breathable mesh in the upper is combined with discrete grey stripes in full shoe length. At night the stripes are reflective. Great gimmick.

    The shoe is equipped with EverFit lockdown at the third and fourth shoelace hole, thereby adding stability to the shoe when lacing. I must confess I really like the visual appearance of this shoe, and got many compliments for them.

    Ignite foam is used for midsole cushioning. Red EverTrack+ is used for the outsole for added durability besides the injection-blown EVA.

    The toe box and other upper structure bands are very discrete, and you’ll hardly notice or feel those. The shoe feels like a one-piece upper has been sealed to the sole. Truly great.

    PUMA also claims that the outsole has got a Propulsion Zone in the forefoot area that brings a powerful and snappy toe-off, increasing energy and length of stride.

    At the bottom line, a fast and snappy shoe is expected – great.

     

    First Impressions

    These shoes are for slightly narrow feet and suit me perfectly. Absolutely a thrill.

    The Everfit lockdown really works and the shoes are absolutely great. The heel box is offering ample support and the 8 mm drop makes this a shoe which I, as a midfoot runner, am looking forward to testing (most midfoot runners seems to prefer 5-8 mm drop shoes).

     

     

    Great cushioning and overall feeling like walking on clouds. The flexibility of the sole length-wise is also great, and the heel damping is neither too soft nor too hard when walking around. So, all in all, a great quality at first sight.

    Running - Ferrari or Fiat?

    With those high expectations set, it was time for the first run. Could these shoes keep up with my favorite speed PUMA trainers (the “PUMA Speed 600 Ignite”)?

    As an avid road runner, I really got surprised. These shoes are not up to par with the Speed 600 Ignites, they are more in line with the (for me) disappointing PUMA Ignite Ultimate, despite the extremely good fit and immediate cushioning in the speed 500 Ignite.

    They don’t offer the same degree of damping when running, the Propulsion Zone in the forefoot is unnoticed and this is running-wise just an average running shoe with no extra energy return or hidden features. Apart from that, the grip is really good. So, in car-terms, this is a Fiat.

    What a cat?

    I wondered where the (night)cat came into the picture until it suddenly hit me. These shoes are truly Garfield – orange with stripes, comfortable, but not exactly tailored for fast exercise.

    Lessons Learned

    • Don’t stay brand loyal. The diversity of shoes makes this irrelevant. Some shoes might be great for you, others not.
    • Try running on hard surfaces before buying, to really feel whether the shoes cooperate with you or not.
    • Check out the return policy before you buy – some places have great return policies, others don’t.

    Conclusion

    Despite I really like the look and comfort, I rarely run in these. They just don’t give me that extra I want from a running shoe, the extra energy return that makes running springy and fun. The 8 mm drop ensures I land on midfoot, but I don’t feel the damping in the midfoot is sufficient.

    Running-wise these shoes are average, but as recovery shoes or for just plain walking, they are absolutely excellent. As a matter of fact, I use them for walking almost every day – and might consider them for the disco!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • First look / Unboxing | DeFY New York

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.


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