Good to know
- Since its conception, the company has come up with various technologies that enhance the performance of its shoes such as the IGNITE foam. This foam is responsive, giving the footwear a bouncy feel.
- One shoe that uses this technology is the Puma TSUGI Blaze. "Tsugi," a Japanese term that means "next", fits the shoe appropriately since it banks on the success of the Blaze of Glory sneaker. It features the same cleatie construction and dual-panel lacing system.
- The outsole features a razor-edge design that aims to deliver better traction while the midsole uses the company’s proprietary responsive IGNITE foam for responsive and flexible cushioning.
The Puma TSUGI Blaze is available in both men’s and women’s sizes and tends to run true to size. The available widths are D - Medium for men and B - Medium for women. The cleatie construction is used to deliver a snug fit.
The TSUGI Blaze utilizes rubber for the outsole. This compound is flexible and hard-wearing. It features a razor-edge design which increases the surface area that results in better traction on most surfaces.
It extends partially to the front of the toe box and serves as protection especially during workouts that require the user to push off or balance from the toes.
This Puma training shoe uses IGNITE, a proprietary foam made from polyurethane. PU is lightweight and durable. It absorbs shock and returns the force of impact as energy to quickly push off the ground. This material is stable in both hot and cold conditions which means that its firmness remains unaffected by varying temperatures.
A portion of the foam—in the midfoot section—extends upwards. This extension provides additional support for side-to-side movements.
The Puma TSUGI Blaze features neoprene, a type of synthetic rubber that maintains its elasticity in varying conditions. It gives the shoe its cleatie-like design and snug fit.
A knitted material lines the outside of the upper for an aesthetic appeal. The toe box has a suede, soft molded overlay that protects the knitted fabric from snagging.
Dual panels make up the lacing system of the shoe. Round laces pass through the eyelets on the side structures and a slot on the tongue. Pulling on the laces allows the upper to wrap the foot more thoroughly, delivering a snugger fit. This construction adds lateral support to the TSUGI Blaze.
At the back of the shoe are two structures that deliver heel support. In place of a heel clip, it features a woven heel gore and an elastic heel wrap with the PUMA logo emblazoned on it. These structures anchor the heel to the midsole and prevent it from slipping out of the shoe accidentally.