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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many users liked the Puma Whirlwind Classic because of its classic looks and retro feels.
  • Majority of buyers agree that the shoes are budget friendly at $60 price tag with discounts going to as low as $35 in some stores and retailers.
  • Several customers are impressed by its snug fit that needs a little break-in for a perfect fit.
  • Quite a lot of wearers are impressed by the soft and comfortable midsole cushioning.
  • Some users are surprised that the trainers are still performing well during workouts in the gym despite it being a classic lifestyle sneaker.
  • A good number of consumers loved the vibrant colors of the shoe that blends well with various clothes.
  • Numerous reviewers find the Puma Whirlwind Classic as a good quality walking shoe ideal for everyday use.
  • The shoes used lightweight yet durable materials, some critics observed.
  • The rubber outsole has a good and solid grip, according to some commenters.
  • Most comments have pointed out how ‘comfortable’ the shoes felt on feet.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some repeat buyers of the Puma Whirlwind Classic noticed size inconsistency from their previous purchase of the same size.
  • A few reviewers noticed that the minimal arch support could be difficult for extended wear.
  • One observer noted that suede material used in the upper is difficult to clean.
  • A few users noted that there is a need to order a half-size higher as the shoe runs a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The vintage looks of the Puma Whirlwind Classic remains to be its major catch. However, aside from promising classic good looks, the shoe also remains the same in what it can offer since the early 1980s when it was released as a running shoe.

What it offers, like soft midsole cushioning and lightweight materials on a perfect fitting shoe, have all remained the same through the years. This is probably the reason why several generations of sneaker fans continue to be enamored into buying these shoes not only for its nostalgic appeal but also for its consistent delivery of a comfortable midsole cushioning, a snug fit and a durable outsole to last for years.


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Puma Whirlwind Classic History

German brand Puma has been in the footwear industry for close to 100 years. The shoe manufacturer traces its roots from the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory) that was founded in 1924 in the small town of Herzogenaurach.

Rudolf Dassler together with his brother Adolf founded the company until the two brothers decided to go on separate ways with their business.  Rudolf decided to build his own shoe company which he initially named Ruda in 1948, but eventually changed to Puma Schuhfabrik Rudolf Dassler or simply Puma.

The Puma brand, after establishing its credibility as a football shoemaker, needed a logo to further its aims of being recognized. Dassler introduced a sans-serif Puma typeface with a picture logo in 1957. The following year the second brand logo now included a Formstrip which initially was intended to stabilize the foot inside the shoe and later on would be the typical trademark one would see in Puma shoes.

Some 10 years later, in 1967, Nuremberg cartoonist Lutz Backes would, later on, create the logo of the jumping cat that is now among the most recognized brands in the world.

Fast forward several decades later, Puma established itself as among the most recognized brands in the world creating sports shoes for the world’s top athletes. However, the brand also shifted into more fashionable shoes as it crosses over as a lifestyle shoe manufacturer.

Back to the days when the running lifestyle started to become a craze, with jogger and sweatpants to complete the look, the Puma Whirlwind Classic was released by Puma in 1980. Puma had actually been making similar designs of this sneaker together with its fierce rival Adidas since the 1970s, starting with the German Army Trainers that both companies have been supplying to the army. 

Then in the 1980s, the Puma Whirlwind Classic became an instant favorite among the running and recreational fitness generation who wanted a reliable sneaker for short runs and gym workouts. The most distinct feature of the original Whirlwind Classic was the blending of nylon and suede and the lug rubber outsole pattern. In 2015, Puma re-issued the Puma Whirlwind Classic from its archives retaining its slim silhouette.

Puma Whirlwind Classic Style

Inspired by its early designs like the Speeder and Easy Rider, the Puma Whirlwind Classic’s retro look takes every user back to the 1980s. This running sneaker’s re-issue retains the style of the original but its use is more of a lifestyle sneaker than a running shoe.

Stylish colors have also made this a fashion staple for many sneaker fans that are into retro fashion. With its stunning 1980s style, its comeback is definitely a welcome addition and a strong competition to the retro sneakers being resurrected by other brands. Finishing its retro appeal is a Puma #1 logo on the tongue that gives the wearer a badge of the 1980s glam and style that Puma has been known for.

Fit & Sizing

The Puma Whirlwind Classic generally runs true to size.  It has a T-toe construction that gives enough space for the feet to breathe while a classic lace enclosure keeps the foot secured for various movements and a snug fit. The classic sneakers are available in men’s sizes 6 to 16 with medium-D width.

Notable Features

The nostalgia behind wearing this classic 1980s sneaker is probably the main reason why people are buying the Puma Whirlwind Classic. The memories of good fitting, durable sole materials and the lightweight midsole cushioning are just some of the reasons why this vintage shoe remains popular among sneaker fans today.

The superior cushioned midsole and the good grip of the rubber outsole are also among its notable features that are complemented by the good-looking nylon upper and suede overlays with leather detailing in the Puma Formstrip that makes this classic shoe look good in the eye and feel good on foot.

Additional Info

  • Puma details of a woven Puma logo label at tongue and Puma cat logo at heel.
  • Puma Formstrip at medial and Puma Whirlwind callout on lateral strides retains its vintage look.
  • Neil Patrick Harris has been spotted wearing the Puma Whirlwind Classic.
  • A size 10 of this shoe weighs 275 grams or 9.7 ounces.