10 Best Puma Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Puma Running Shoes in 2022

The cat didn’t come to play. Puma is lesser known than other brands in the running world, but it sure isn’t lesser when it comes to performance. Whether it’s on the road, trail, daily training, щк racing, it’s going great guns. 

And we say this because we’ve examined them out ourselves through our independent shoe testing lab

How we test running shoes

We love to go through the nooks and crannies of each Puma shoe we try, and to do so, we keenly and thoroughly carry out the following: 

  • Purchase the Puma shoes we test with our own money to avoid brand bias and loyalty
  • We run in each shoe for 30-50 miles in various terrain and conditions. 
  • In our lab, cut each shoe open with our saw, and measure all parts of it with our calipers, durometers, scales, etc. to give you concrete data.
  • To see how they stack up against other running shoes, we make sure to calculate its Corescore with the help of both expert and user reviews.

Best Puma running shoes overall

Puma Velocity Nitro
Puma Velocity Nitro
£87
£110
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 90 users
93 / 100 from 17 experts

Pros

  
  • Fits true to size
  • Incredible price point
  • Excellent all-rounder
  • Perfect lockdown
  • Plush feel
  • Budget friendly
  • Incredible grip

Cons

  • Not very fast
  • A little heavy

Verdict

Puma made a huge comeback into the performance running game with the Velocity Nitro. It is a relatively lightweight running shoe that works for any distance. This daily trainer feels easy on the legs and has a nice amount of bounce and support. With the great design and technologies, from top to bottom, this versatile performance trainer won't disappoint on long-distance and quick-paced runs.
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Puma Deviate Nitro
Puma Deviate Nitro
£123
£135
£140
£140
Also great

Corescore

83
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 32 users
88 / 100 from 22 experts

Pros

  • Versatile (daily trainer, race)
  • Extremely fun ride
  • Durable
  • Glove-like fit
  • Superb grip
  • Lightweight for a distance shoe
  • No break-in period needed
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Loose around ankles
  • Not for cold weather

Verdict

A union of max cushioning and cutting-edge tech, hello Puma Deviate Nitro! The cat is out of the bag, and this time, it didn't come to play. It's extremely versatile, and all we can say is that it EXCELS as a daily trainer, a long-distance recovery shoe, and even a racing flat! Hats off to Puma, this is truly a promising comeback to the running scene.
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Best road Puma running shoes

Puma Deviate Nitro Elite
Puma Deviate Nitro Elite
£159
£160
£160
£160
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
90 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Mighty fast
  • Stable
  • Roomy toe box
  • Racer fit
  • Natural ride
  • Secure heel clutch
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Scratchy upper
  • Tongue doesn't stay in place

Verdict

Think of the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 but with a plate — that's the Deviate Nitro Elite from Puma. It's almost like a traditional racing shoe with the pop and bounce of the newer super shoes on the market. And with its natural-feeling ride, it "excels" in long-distance efforts in uptempo paces.
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Puma Liberate Nitro
Puma Liberate Nitro
£58
£75
£75
£90
Also great

Corescore

79
Good!
4.1 / 5 from 34 users
91 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Loads of energy return
  • More flexibility 
  • Comfortable
  • Flexible
  • Roomy toe box
  • Excellent heel clutch
  • Breathable
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Grippy outsole
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not for high-mileage efforts
  • Noisy outsole

Verdict

The Liberate Nitro from Puma is almost like a plateless version of the Deviate Nitro Elite, meaning that it can handle your tempo runs. Whether you're training for your upcoming race day or just looking for a racing flat, this is a shoe for you. It's a shoe with zero frills, is versatile, fun, and affordable. So, what's the catch? It may handle a variety of paces, but it's only suited for short distances. Heavy runners might also struggle because of the lack of upper reinforcement and minimal cushion.
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Best Puma trail running shoes

Puma Erupt Trail
Puma Erupt Trail
£39
Top pick

Corescore

74
Bad!
4.5 / 5 from 22 users
N/A

Pros

  • Plush cushioning
  • Snug fit
  • Versatile
  • Great for speed-hiking
  • Grippy outsole
  • Fashionable design

Cons

  • Heavy for running
  • Shoe straps discomfort

Verdict

Constructed using Puma's Hybrid technology, comfort is maximized with the Erupt Trail. There's also no need to worry about the harsh outdoor elements because the midsole is designed to amplify protection just as it is intended to boost energy return. If it's a mix of style and performance you're after, the Puma Erupt Trail is an excellent model.
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Puma Ember Trail
Puma Ember Trail

Out of stock in all 34 shops

Puma puma running shoes  
Also great

Corescore

76
Decent!
4.2 / 5 from 497 users
N/A

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Comfy platform
  • Appealing colorways
  • Reliable traction
  • Light

Cons

  • Loose heel section
  • Flimsy construction

Verdict

People generally like the Puma Ember Trail. The versatile design, in particular, has been accepted as a winning aspect. Also, the affordable price and comfortable underfoot experience are welcomed. On the other hand, the flimsy heel lockdown and not-so-durable construction are criticized. Fans of trail running shoes that can handle various activities and situations can enjoy what the Puma Ember Trail has to offer.
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Best neutral Puma running shoes

Puma Magnify Nitro
Puma Magnify Nitro
£95
£110
£118
£120
Top pick

Corescore

84
Good!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
80 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Stable and snappy
  • Dual-density midsole
  • Grippy outsole
  • Snug midfoot
  • Roomy toe box
  • Keeps feet locked safely in place
  • Reports of heel slips
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Easy transition
  • Excellent traction

Cons

  • Warm
  • Not for wide feet
  • Bottom-heavy

Verdict

The Magnify Nitro is a new addition to Puma's Nitro line, sitting along with the easy-day trainers of the collection. It's big on stability and if you want some pep in your ride, it can fit the bill. It can do a lot of things but where it shines is in swallowing long miles on the road. Yes, it can pick up the pace, but given its rather heavy weight, it will require you to exert more effort.
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Puma UltraRide
Puma UltraRide
£59
£90
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,340 users
87 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Worthy investment
  • Light and fast
  • Breathable
  • Bouncy and responsive feel
  • Pleasing design
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Tight forefoot
  • Outsole is not durable

Verdict

Created to give you a fast and efficient ride, the Puma Ultraride is constructed with a lightweight design. This running shoe has a grippy outsole, responsive midsole, and breathable top that aim to give a comfortable and well-protected ride.
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Best value Puma running shoes

Puma Axelion Block
Puma Axelion Block
Top pick

Corescore

83
Good!
4.6 / 5 from 6,216 users
N/A

Pros

  • Breathable knitted textile
  • Secure lacing system
  • Affordable price
  • Performance footwear
  • Responsive grip
  • Heel support

Cons

  • A bit restrictive forefoot
  • Shoe lace breaks apart quickly

Verdict

The Puma Axelion Block offers the runner the capacity to stay supported while also enjoying an in-shoe experience that is freeing. The breathable upper works with the classic heel-focused support system to accentuate all-around balance and unfettered performance. But the comments on the restrictive forefoot design and not-so-durable lacing system can serve as cautionary tales.
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Puma Eternity Nitro
Puma Eternity Nitro
£113
£118
Also great

Corescore

85
Great!
4.9 / 5 from 26 users
88 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Supports flat feet
  • Secure upper fit
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Great for recovery runs
  • Excellent grip
  • Durable
  • Light for a stability shoe

Cons

  • Not for severe overpronation

Verdict

The Eternity Nitro from Puma became a true surprise for runners. From the look of it, it's not a very promising trainer, but it changes your mind the moment it's on your feet. It is a well-cushioned stability trainer that doesn't feel like one. Be it a long slow run or a full day of walking, this Puma shoe has got you covered.
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What are the cheapest Puma running shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Liberate Nitro - from £57
  2. Puma UltraRide - from £59
  3. Puma Hybrid Sky - from £68
  4. Puma Velocity Nitro 2 - from £97
  5. Puma Eternity Nitro - from £112
  6. Puma Deviate Nitro - from £122

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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.