Notable elements of the Puma Trailfox

- The Trailfox is a Puma running shoe that is designed for those who enjoy adventuring on the trails. The façade is a tribute to the original model that was released during the early years of the new millennium. The brand with the leaping panther didn’t have any shoes that were made to tackle the unpredictable off-road terrains, so the creative minds decided to create such a product.

- While the design is vastly similar to the classic from the 2000s, the materials governing its overall construction are updated to go along with current-day tastes and expectations. The external part of the upper unit is comprised of two elements: ballistic mesh and nubuck. Both of these layers are tasked with protecting the foot from the harshness of the trails. But the interior is made of a soft textile that isn’t irritating to the skin.

- Underfoot cushioning is given by a full-length platform. The medial side has raised portions on the sides to help in keeping the foot in place. The under-pad is a generous layer of rubber that’s meant to shield against abrasion. A helping of aggressive gripping lugs and tread-patterns accentuate the capacity of the Puma Trailfox to handle irregular topography.

Size and fit

The Puma Trailfox was constructed using the standard measurements. When it comes to size, runners are welcome to get a pair using their usual sizing expectations. It is worth noting that one should try on the shoe first to achieve a pleasant in-shoe experience.

Widthwise, the available option is D – Medium. This trail running shoe is designed using men’s foot measurements. It accommodates low to medium foot volumes.

The lasting board of this product has a semi-curved shape that mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.


The outsole unit of the Puma Trailfox is comprised of a durable rubber compound. The job of this generously-placed layer is to protect the midsole foam from the damaging nature of the off-road paths. It also acts as a source of traction because it has a grippy characteristic.

Aggressive gripping lugs pockmark the face of the rubber outsole. These angled protrusions are designed to clamp onto the ground and maintain steadiness when standing idly or when moving. Small patterns on the contact points heighten the grip capacity, ensuring the soundness of the surface control.

A decoupled heel segment allows heel strikers to smoothly land on the ground and not experience the jolt of the energy transfer. The separate portion quarantines the impact forces to the specific point of contact, further mitigating the strength of the foot-strike.

The same rubber used for the outsole shelters the toe box, acting as a barrier against small stones and jagged surfaces. This article also strengthens the connection between the upper and the platform, averting material separation due to continued use.


The midsole unit of the Puma Trailfox is primarily composed of foam. This feature has the goal of receiving the brunt of the landing impacts, then enabling the foot to lift off the ground with ease. The medial part has several raised props to support the arch and prevent the degradation of the quality of the gait.

A sock liner is placed right above the main cushioning unit. This add-on aims to put a bit more finesse to the perception of softness and comfort. It can be removed or replaced with the custom insert of the wearer’s choosing.


Running from the front to the midfoot portion of the Puma Trailfox’s upper unit is ballistic mesh, a material that is lightweight yet highly durable. The job of this feature is to protect the foot from getting hit or scratched by abrasive elements on the trails. Though it’s sturdy, it is flexible and accommodating of the natural shape of the foot.

Nubuck serves as the cover of the shoe’s rear, as well as the overlay system. The stitching that connects it to the rest of the façade heightens overall durability. The straps on the forefoot, midfoot, and heel are meant to bolster the fit-adjusting capacities of the lacing system.

The padded collar holds the foot in place and prevents it from wobbling during the run. It also averts accidental shoe removals.

The ghillie lacing system is made up of thin, rounded shoelaces that go through discrete eyelets. These crisscrossed strands tighten or loosen the coverage, causing the overlays to react and the fit to be modified.

Soft fabric is used as the inner sleeve of this neutral running shoe. This configuration prevents skin irritation due to hot spots or material crumpling. Runners could potentially enjoy wearing this shoe without socks because of the smooth inner wall.

A pull tab is stitched to the back of the collar. This seemingly insignificant fabric loop is used as a device that would widen the opening of the shoe to facilitate the entry or exit of the foot.

The word ‘PUMA’ is emblazoned on the lateral heel strap while the jumping feline is placed on the medial side.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Features: Cushioned / Comfortable
BRAND Brand: Puma
Width: Normal

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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