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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.

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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.


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.


We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Suede Elemental is applauded by many for its stylish look.
  • Some reviewers liked the hairy suede as it gives unique vibes and a cool look to an outfit.
  • Most reviewers said that the shoe is true to size and fits perfectly. One even said that the shoe feels like it is custom-made because it fits perfectly on his feet.
  • A handful of purchasers would highly recommend the Puma Suede Elemental.
  • The shoe is very comfortable even a day-long of walking according to some reviews.
  • A majority of the purchasers received a lot of compliments wearing the shoe.
  • The reviewers were satisfied to have availed the shoe at a budget-friendly price.
  • The color scheme of the Suede Elemental is appreciated by the purchasers.
  • A few buyers were impressed that the shoe looked even better in actual.
  • The Puma Suede Elemental has many color options.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some note that the Puma Suede Elemental is heavier than other Puma models.
  • One reviewer mentioned that the toe part of the shoe is a bit narrow.
  • Another reviewer noted that the shoe is a bit tight during break in.
  • Some reviews mentioned that the shoe is somewhat smaller compared to other brands.
  • Noticing a tiny hole where the laces are supposed to go, one reviewer said that this is a minor issue affecting only the shoe’s aesthetics and not its quality.

Bottom line

The Puma Suede Elemental is one of the most iconic Puma sneakers. Based originally on a basketball shoe, the shoe emerged as one of the favorites among trendsetters and casual wearers for many generations. Many appreciate its timeless style that delivers an effortless vibe to any outfit. The original silhouette of this shoe was released almost 50 years ago but with its current popularity, it looks like this shoe is not going to fade away from the spotlight any sooner.



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Puma Suede Elemental History

The Puma Suede was originally released in 1968. In 1973, basketball star Walter “Clyde” Frazier asked Puma for a custom-made pair of the Puma Suede trainers, giving birth a variation of the Suede known as the Clyde. This made Frazier as the first ever basketball player to have a shoe named after him. Popularized in the ‘80s, the Suede has been one of the top choices among trend-setters. It was everywhere.

In the ‘90s, the Suede made its way to the hip-hop era and remained to still be popular until today. It has been worn for generations to generations and has gained a spot to be Puma’s one of the most iconic sneakers of all time.

The Puma Suede Elemental is an upgraded version of the Puma Suede Classic with a material update using acrylic wool on the upper. Like the classic, the Suede Elemental also remains a favorite among many sneakerheads and casual consumers.

Puma Suede Elemental Style

One of the most recognizable Puma sneakers, the Suede Elemental is made to look like the classic Puma Suede but with an upgraded hairy suede leather upper from an acrylic wool material. It has a fat lace closure for a snug fit and a rubber outsole for grip. It exhibits a simple style with the tonal matte Puma Formstrip located on both sides of the shoe.

Fit & Sizing

The Puma Suede Elemental is available in men’s and women’s sizes. Men’s sizes range from 5 to 12 while women’s size ranges from 5.5- to 11. The fit is generally true to size. The lace closure of the shoe and the padded collar provide a close fit.

Notable Features

The Puma Suede Elemental can easily be distinguished from the rest for its hairy suede acrylic wool material that is added to the classic silhouette of the Suede classic. It is often customized with a pair of fat laces as its signature look.

Additional Info

  • In 2011, Puma introduced the “Re-Suede” which was a redesigned version of the Suede using recycled materials. It is lighter in weight than the original and utilizes 100% recycled materials for the upper, sock liner, linings, and laces.
  • In 2015, Puma collaborated with Rihanna and came up with the Rihanna x Puma Suede Creepers. Also a popular choice in fashion, it was based on the Puma Suede but the sole is chunkier, wider, and gum-colored.
  • In 2016, Puma released the Puma Suede Platform Elemental in three colorways. It is an update of the Puma Suede classic with a raised platform.
  • Actor Dustin Hoffman was spotted wearing a Puma Suede in the 1982 award-winning drama-comedy movie Tootsie.