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3.189 users: 4.5 / 5
Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 8.8oz / Women 7.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 4mm / Women 4mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 7.2 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users of the Puma Viz Runner appreciated the comfort level they have experienced with wearing the running shoe.
  • Several reviewers have noted how good looking the shoe is with its sleek design.  
  • Also mentioned by a handful of users is how lightweight the shoe is when used for extended walking.
  • A couple of users liked that the Viz Runner’s foot width is just the right size.
  • It was also noted by a few wearers that they have just worn the running shoe straight from the box with no problems.
  • Some purchasers found the sewn-in Puma logo on the front sides of the shoe gives it a high-end finish at a great value.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few purchasers were not happy with the quality and make of the shoe, saying that it could have been made better.
  • One reviewer said the shoe was very stiff and was not as comfortable as expected.
  • Some users mentioned that the shoe’s edges are too narrow for their liking.

Bottom line

The Puma Viz Runner is perfect for keeping one comfortable throughout the running and workout sessions.  This Puma running shoe ensures to provide the required energy and performance on the road or in the gym. Though the shoe’s make and fit have garnered a few negative reviews, the Puma Viz Runner still pleased most of its users by delivering the optimum amount of comfort and support where needed, making this shoe worth every single penny.

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- The Puma Viz Runner is the latest addition to the Puma Viz Tech line.  This new iteration to the line now comes with a redesigned upper that takes direct cues from Puma’s street running silhouettes. The shoe’s upper has been updated with synthetic leather which has an embossed and perforated detailing adding more style to this neutral running shoe. This new upper material also guarantees more comfort and durability.

- The Viz Runner has also been focusing on minimal support, making Puma incorporate a TPU shank on the heel.  This solid TPU shank ensures the sturdiness of the sole unit and at the same time gradually minimizes the impact on the foot when running or hiking.

- A heel pod made of EVA is also added to the shoe’s comfort dynamics. It is made of durable foam material that is soft enough to deliver the right amount of cushioning while still being sturdy and responsive enough to offer shock absorption in the rearfoot section on every stride.

The Puma Viz Runner comes in the usual standard sizes for runners.  The same goes for the shoe’s width, it comes in standard D - medium for men and B - medium for women. Although when buying online, consumers are encouraged to choose a half size bigger than their usual shoe lengths based on online reviews.  It is also suggested to visit one’s local running shop if there is any, to make sure that one gets the right fitting shoe accurately.

The Puma Viz Runner’s outsole itself is made of a durable rubber compound. A material that is used explicitly for the shoe’s outsole to protect it from damage caused by constant usage.  At the same time, it also offers a moderate grip for the shoe to avoid accidental slips on different types of surfaces.

The shoe’s outsole also incorporates a semi-rigid structure in the middle part.  It is made of a material called TPU which is short for thermoplastic polyurethane.  It is a rigid plastic material that is shaped to match the contours of the heel. It is also known to be abrasion resistant, elastic, and extremely durable. This TPU shank on the shoe supplies an amount of underfoot support that helps enhance the efficacy of propulsion on every running session.

One of the TPU shank’s primary purpose is also to provide the shoe extra support, strength and stability.  The shanks also help in adequately bending or damaging the footwear while it is being used for running or walking.

The Viz Runner employs the EVA heel pod which delivers a significant amount of cushioning on the area right below the heel. This EVA foam material provides responsive impact attenuation for when the foot strikes the ground providing an improved heel cushioning that guarantees better shock absorption.  And because of the smart placement of the EVA heel pod being molded into a cohesive heel unit, it offers optimum shock absorption while providing a certain amount of protection to the rear of the foot.

The EVA heel pod also helps in maximizing any shock-absorbent properties that are already found in the midsole area. It helps to reduce further any unnecessary impact gained from heel striking taking the weight off the midsole as being solely responsible for all the shoe’s shock absorption.

The Viz Runner’s upper is made of synthetic leather material that adds to the durability of the shoe.  It also provides the dorsal part of the foot with minimal support during runs. It also offers the necessary stability and support to the runner’s feet.

The synthetic leather material is also intended to look and feel similar to actual leather without the ethical concerns about harming animals and their rights. That’s just one of the several benefits to wearing the faux leather material instead of the actual leather. This material used for the Viz Runner is designed to retain its form and it is usually very durable. It is more water resistant than real leather, which can even sometimes stain and suffer damage when exposed to the elements.

Synthetic leather material found in this shoe’s upper is also designed to hold up against extreme weather conditions, and the wear and tear of walking or running over an extended period of time.

With all the advances in the running shoe technology, one of the most overlooked aspects is also one of the most important - how the shoe is attached to the runner’s foot. That is why, just like the popular road running shoe, Mizuno Wave Rider 22, the Puma Viz Runner uses the lace-up closure.  It is a reliable shoe closure system that makes the difference in keeping a corrective shoe firmly and snuggly attached to the foot.  

This lacing technique also allows the shoelaces to be flexible enough that it can be tied in different ways to account for various foot conditions. Such different ways of tying the shoelaces can help accommodate for narrow feet, wide feet, heel problems, swollen feet, and other common foot problems encountered by most runners.

Size and fit

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How Viz Runner compares

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This shoe: $65
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This shoe: 8.8oz
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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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