Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Fans and non-fans of Puma sneakers express that they find the Style Rider very on-point when it comes to style and comfort.
  • Several shoe wearers describe that this kick provides much-needed comfort.
  • Numerous sneaker collectors describe how dope the colorways are on the Style Rider.
  • Many buyers mention how lightweight this retro feels like on feet.
  • According to a couple of reviewers, this trainer reminds them of the Nike Cortez.
  • The outsole is reminiscent of the Nike Air Tailwind 79, describes a few collectors.
  • This lace-up shoe possesses the construction of high-end sneakers, states several consumers.
  • A few users share that the Puma Style Rider comes at an affordable price point.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some shoe wearers notice that the cushioning is just average compared to the Puma RS shoes.
  • The Style Rider does not have good traction on selected wet, street surfaces.

Bottom line

This modified version of the Puma Fast Rider possesses the makeup of a multitude of materials, a slimmer outsole, and more vibrant, funky color splashes. 

Beyond the clean aesthetics of this retro is a Puma exclusive cushioning technology - Rider Foam. Retaining this detail in the Puma Style Rider affords the wearer the level of comfort through an added extra bounce with every step.

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The Puma Style Rider is available in both men’s and women’s sizing while the color construction is very primary and wearable. This lace-up trainer is a favorite among those with wide-feet as it has ample forefoot space. To those who have narrower feet, it is recommended by many reviewers to go down half a size for a comfortable, snug fit.

For those who prefer a customizable fit, insoles are removable to enable one to replace it with their own orthotics.

Available in basic colorways of blue, black, grey, and white permits the wearer to come up with a variety of outfit options.

  • To make the colors of blue/black/white stand out, a simple outfit of black joggers and black hoodie will complete the look.
  • As the ladies have a wider array of clothing styles, one option is to put on a white cashmere off-shoulder blouse, black skinny leather pants, and a pair of the Puma Style Rider Play On multi-color in purple/blue/pink/green.

In addition to Puma’s running-inspired collection, the Puma Style Rider features a multitude of upper materials of ripstop nylon with suede and leather overlays. Hits of coloring detail are visible on the: (1) lace guard emphasized in zigzag stitching and (2) back of the lace guard that connects to the heel highlighted through a window-like feature.

One glaring feature of the Style Rider is a dual midsole with the upper layer in a wavy pattern. At the heel is the Puma logo debossed on a silver, metallic leather, and below it is a TPU gel insert at the heel for added stability.

Continuing with the ‘80s inspiration for the design is a padded exposed tongue, which was common in running shoes during that era.

To commemorate 40 years of the Fast Rider, the inspiration for the Style Rider, Puma released a Rider Pack featuring Fast Rider OG, Future Rider, and Style Rider in early 2020. 

Launched under Puma’s Futro -- a mish-mash of Future/Retro -- marketing campaign, the Puma Play On pack features more color blocking and a mix of materials to cater to the younger market. 

Puma Style Rider maintains the Federbein outsole from the ‘80s inspiration. The inverted V pattern on the outsole provided traction, stability, and grip. It imitates automotive suspension to give a more cushioned road feel.

  • Comes with a pair of extra white laces 
  • PUMA branding is embroidered on the tongue

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com