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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

14 reasons to buy

  • An old-school sneaker that blends with the prevailing trends.
  • Delighted Puma fans mentioned that the Debossed Q3 style is their favorite among the Puma Classics they purchased.
  • The velvety cover of the low-top Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 is smooth and soft.
  • Its revised debossed design garnered compliments.
  • Puma nailed it with the range of colors available for this edition paired with a white sole.
  • The gorgeous bright yellow and Barbados Cherry colorways easily catch one’s attention.
  • The fat laces offer a pleasantly nostalgic feel of the 1980s to 1990s.
  • Built with a narrow frame that needs break-in time which loosens up after a short period.
  • Avid Puma Suede aficionados who have amassed a number of earlier editions said the Debossed Q3 iteration does not easily pose discomfort to the feet.
  • The padded interior makes this sneaker comfortable even without socks.
  • The outsole is made with a solid rubber material.
  • Reviewers effortlessly rated this shoe with five stars concerning durability and comfort.
  • A sneaker that comes with a reasonable price.
  • Some buyers are ensnared to purchase another pair to add to their collection.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Suede color tends to bleed and mess up with the white midsole especially when it gets wet.
  • One reviewer finds the protruding stitches on the collar and inner section bothersome.
  • The narrow forefoot causes distress to few users.

Bottom line

Puma’s Suede Classic Debossed Q3 low-top lifestyle sneaker retains its appeal among loyal supporters of Puma Classics, passionate shoe collectors, and those who appreciate traditional style with hints of modernity. Its suede cover is splashed with stunning colorways that attract attention as well a debossed texture that adds charm to this timeless pair of kicks. Others thought that obtaining an additional pair is worth it as this shoe is comfortable, long-lasting, and packaged with a reasonably-priced cost.


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Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 History

Puma introduced its classic suede shoe back in 1968, on the same year it dropped the Puma Basket on the hardwood, a warm-up sneaker for basketball. Unlike the hoop shoe that has an all-leather cover, the Puma Suede, a trainer by origin, is made of velvet exterior.

The first Puma Suede was done in a royal sapphire blue colorway. Its popularity reached global attention when American athlete Tommie Smith snagged the gold medal in the 200-m track race that same year at the Mexico Summer Olympics sporting a Puma Suede. Smith dramatically rose to the podium stand during the awarding ceremony along with fellow American Olympiad John Carlos while boldly casting their support for the Black power movement.

Such act became known among the African-American communities as the Black Power Salute. It was a significant moment in history as it occurred months after the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Additionally, that Olympic incident garnered worldwide awareness towards then newly-launched Puma Suede.

From then on the Puma Suede became a much sought classic shoe with its familiar Formstrip and jumping cat logo. Bit by bit this much-favored timeless shoe began to evolve into a casual sneaker. Hip-hop communities in the 1990s ignited a streetwear getup matched with this traditional suede shoe.

Puma Suede managed to flourish in the sneaker market over the succeeding decades. Its vintage style that can easily be paired with any wardrobe never seems to lose its appeal to the consumers. The retro original gets updated from time to time with a play of designs, colors, and new technologies paired with different rubber sole materials, like the use of tan gum.

The simple design of this suede legend is made even cleaner, minimal, and unadorned with the unveiling of the low-top Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 in the third quarter of 2016, hence its name. Just like the Puma Suede Debossed iteration, the Formstrip on this edition replaced the traditional overlays with indented impressions.

Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 Style

The low-top Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 is almost identical to the Puma Suede Classic Debossed. However, the latter is made with a rubber gum outsole. The straightforward appearance of the Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 with the seamless and modern presentation of the Formstrip labeling on the side panels make it a spot-on for any casual occasion. Its silhouette offers a timeless appeal to virtually any possible mix of casual wear.

Fit & Sizing

Buyers find the Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 low-top sneaker a bit small and narrow. Those with narrow feet might want to consider getting a half size larger and a full size up for those with broad feet. This sneaker is obtainable in men’s sizes varying from 4 to 14 US.

Notable Features

The streamlined silhouette of the low-top Puma Suede Classic Debossed Q3 draws attention from die-hard Puma Classic fans and sneaker enthusiasts. The naturally-conservative style of the Puma Suede gets an edgier vibe with this modern version that features a textured Formstrip branding on the side panels and a jumping cat logo on the foam- padded tongue. These seamless accents provide a fresh look versus the 1960s edition. Plus, the Debossed Q3 easily blends with a selection of informal wear.

Additional Info

  • Metallic foil callout and jumping cat logo are stamped on the lateral sides of the Debossed Q3 iteration of the Puma Suede Classi
  • Has rich padding around the collar that gives ample support
  • It comes with retro fat laces.
  • The bottom part of the shoe is made of a white slab of long-lasting and grippy rubber.
  • Ribbed toe bumper offers protection.
  • Puma released a Q4 version of the Puma Suede Classic Debossed on the fourth and last quarter of 2016.