Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A majority of reviewers were pleased with how comfortable the Puma TSUGI Blaze was.
  • Several fitness enthusiasts claimed that it was an excellent shoe for different types of workouts.
  • Many consumers found it to be true to size.
  • A good number of people appreciated its style and available color options.
  • Some users were delighted that they received lots of compliments while wearing it.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few owners complained that the opening of the TSUGI Blaze was too small.
  • Some users did not appreciate the snug fit.
  • A commenter stated that it lacked arch support.
  • One reviewer wished it had a better insole.

Bottom line

Men and women praised the Puma TSUGI Blaze for its style and comfort. Many found it suitable for workouts and everyday wear and loved that it has gotten them loads of compliments. The users’ complaints mostly concerned the fit of the footwear. Those with broad feet had a hard time putting the shoe on.

Facts

Use: Workout
Price: $90
Weight: Men: 16oz
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Brand: Puma
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Red
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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  • 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.

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Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

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