49 users: 4 / 5
Terrain: Road
Heel to toe drop: Men 12mm / Women 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Terrain: Road

Verdict from 8.4 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • The best part of the Valor is the really comfortable ride, according to most reviews.
  • It is extremely affordable.
  • A large number of the comments loved its stylish looks.
  • The shoe is an excellent casual wear option, based on a significant number of remarks.
  • It is light.
  • The Valor has very good flexibility.
  • An AirMesh ensures a very cool run.
  • The minimal upper wraps the foot in comfort and support.
  • There are several users who use the shoe for daily work because of its awesome looks and reliable performance.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Durability is what one can expect from a really low-priced shoe, noted some.
  • It does not inspire confidence when taking on gravel or even groomed trail, observed a handful of runners.

Bottom line

The Valor is Puma’s response to entry-level or recreational runners who are looking for a lightweight, reliable trainer. It offers exceptional comfort, moderate arch support, ultra-breathability, and a style that can take the runner from the road to the mall or the workplace. The Valor is really pleasing to look at with the kind of moderate no-frills performance that makes the shoe bang for the buck.

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  • Puma delivers the essentials in the Valor. It is a lightweight shoe with oodles of comfort in a very stylish package. The molded EVA in the midsole is beefy enough for longer and more rigorous runs, but the total package is light enough for extensive speed work.
  • For a lightweight shoe, there is more than enough padding all throughout for unbelievable comfort. Puma includes a cushioned footbed to even enhance the luxurious feel in the Valor.
  • The outsole is fitted with two of Puma’s best technologies in the EverTrack and the EverRide. These two technologies combine to afford runners a healthy dose of outsole durability with added cushioning.
  • An ultra-breathable mesh will keep novice runners interested as it offers maximum breathability. The plush interior and the cool run should provide a blister-free run.

The Valor’s standard measurement means that most runners can get to enjoy the respectable performance of this shoe. It offers a locked in feel in the heel and midfoot while the forefoot has enough space for the toes to naturally spread. Puma offers medium as the available width of this shoe. Sizing options are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s. The shoe length is standard in this shoe as well.

The full contact outsole is characterized by innumerable micro lugs for added grip. EverTrack is located in the heel for durability while EverRide is in the forefoot for more traction. There are also several small, but numerous flex grooves from the heel to the forefoot for excellent flexibility.

A full-length molded EVA occupies the midsole. While this may not be the top of the line technology in Puma’s fold, it does have moderate durability and responsive cushioning. As it runs the whole length of the midsole, it helps with the transition through the gait cycle.

An ultra-breathable mesh guarantees runners a very cool run right from start to finish. It is a seamless upper that lessens risk of irritation or hot spots. There are very few overlays with the Formstrip or the Puma logo as the foremost overlay that helps with the lockdown feel of this shoe. A cushioned footbed makes the cushioning and comfort better. Ease of entry or exit is made possible by a very prominent heel tab while a lace-up closure closes the deal.

Size and fit

True to size based on 33 user votes
Small (18%)
True to size (79%)
Large (3%)
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How Valor compares

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This shoe: $70
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This shoe: 12mm
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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