Our verdict

Our test games and lab assessments reveal that the PUMA All Pro Nitro is a dependable basketball shoe, even on outdoor courts (occasionally). We were happy with the comfort, stability, and speedy lightness that we felt while wearing it. This offer from PUMA is surely a must-try!

Pros

  • No-frills grip on floors
  • Feels quite stable
  • Secure foot containment
  • Good for occasional outdoor use
  • Dependable impact protection
  • Lightweight construction
  • Flexible structure

Cons

  • Not spacious enough for wide feet
  • So-so court feel

Audience verdict

91
Superb!

Who should buy

After running some lab tests and playing ball while wearing it, we have concluded that the PUMA All Pro Nitro is suitable for the following:

  • athletes and enthusiasts who play outdoor basketball occasionally
  • players who are on the lookout for shoes that are durable and have the potential to last long
  • ballers who like hoop shoes that are quite flexible and light to the feet
  • basketball players who want shoes that are big on stability and support
  • wearers who value comfort, especially since this shoe is breathable and offers a lot of impact protection

Puma All Pro Nitro buy

Who should NOT buy

Upon wearing it, we immediately noticed that the PUMA All Pro Nitro tapers quite sharply toward the toe. Because of this observation, we absolutely cannot recommend this shoe for wide-footers. We believe they are better off with shoes like the PUMA MB.02, which have more forgiving toeboxes.

Don't get us wrong, the whole cushioning system worked just fine during our games. We are confident to say that this part of the shoe is safe. But 'safe' might not be enough for players who want a more pronounced court feel. They may go for guard-oriented picks such as the DON Issue 4 from Adidas

Puma All Pro Nitro Spread Out

Breathability

Oh boy! The Puma All Pro Nitro was just so airy! We never felt damp, and we were so happy not to deal with wet socks after our games. 

As can be seen in the video above, the smoke that we pumped into the shoe escaped through the Puma All Pro Nitro's upper quite easily. The Reebok Shaq Attaq's upper, which only garnered a breathability score of 1 out of 5, barely allowed smoke to pass through. Smoke could only escape through its tongue. Hence, the 4 out of 5 that the Puma All Pro Nitro got from us is pretty well-deserved.

We also performed a light test on the upper. In the video above, the porousness of the upper is made clear. Light was able to pass through the many ventilation holes.

 Puma All Pro Nitro microscope upper

We also put the upper under the microscope, and it gave us a good glimpse of the air vents that made the PUMA All Pro Nitro such a well-ventilated basketball shoe.

Puma All Pro Nitro Breathability
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 4
Average 2.5
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
1
Breathability
5
Number of shoes

Durability

Toebox durability

The toebox displayed moderate durability. With proper care, we felt that this shoe can last as long as it's needed.

After performing the Dremel test on it, we saw that there was still a sturdy second layer that could protect the foot even after the topmost skin had been worn off. It's truly worth the 3 out of 5 for toebox durability that it got from us.

Yet, we have to take note here that wearers who are habitual toe-draggers might still need to look for another basketball shoe model. The Dame Certified from Adidas might be a better pick for them.

Puma All Pro Nitro Toebox durability
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 3
Average 3.8
Compared to 27 basketball shoes
1
Toebox durability
5
Number of shoes

Heel padding durability

The heel padding surely looks smooth and soft, but we were so glad when we discovered in the lab that it's actually a very tough act!

We pressed the Dremel into it, and the damage that it left is not even worth mentioning. We gave it a 4 out of 5 for heel padding durability.

Because of our initial observation and subsequent lab results, we dare say that new wearers need not worry about this shoe falling apart after aggressive rubbing and ankle movements during intense games.

Puma All Pro Nitro Heel padding durability
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 4
Average 3.5
Compared to 24 basketball shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5
Number of shoes

Outsole hardness

The outsole performed as expected during our test games. It was not too hard, and it was not too flimsy either. It delivered just the right amount of toughness for effective occasional outdoor usage. When assessed in the lab, our HC durometer gave it a hardness rating of 80.0, a figure that does not fall from the average.

But if you are a frequent outdoor player, the PUMA All Pro Nitro might seem lacking. The outsole of the Adidas Trae Young 3 is harder and fairly resistant to abrasion.

Puma All Pro Nitro Outsole hardness
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 80.0 HC
Average 81.8 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
59.5 HC
Outsole hardness
91.0 HC
Number of shoes

Outsole durability

Just like the hardness of the outsole, its durability is just around the average as well. 

We performed the Dremel test on it, and our high-pressure drilling left as much damage as it would in an average shoe: a dent that is 1.0 mm deep.

Puma All Pro Nitro Outsole durability
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 1.0 mm
Average 1.0 mm
Compared to 15 basketball shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm
Number of shoes

Outsole thickness

Our caliper showed that the outsole of the All Pro Nitro is slightly thicker than average at 4.6 mm. So even if its outsole is only as durable as the typical basketball shoe, we expect this shoe to last longer simply because it has more material to burn.

Puma All Pro Nitro Outsole thickness
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 4.6 mm
Average 4.0 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole thickness
6.9 mm
Number of shoes

Weight

The PUMA All Pro Nitro is lighter than average at 13.2 ounces or 373 grams.  We never felt this shoe weighing us down during our test games. We were able to run fast and jump high as needed.

Puma All Pro Nitro Weight
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 13.16 oz (373g)
Average 14.18 oz (402g)
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
11.29 oz (320g)
Weight
17.46 oz (495g)
Number of shoes

Cushioning

Heel stack

When it comes to cushioning, the All Pro Nitro from PUMA kept it moderate and average. The moment we put it on, we already felt that it was roughly the same height as the typical basketball shoe.

True enough, we learned that the heel is just as thick as the average at 30.5 mm.

Puma All Pro Nitro Heel stack
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 30.5 mm
Average 30.1 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
25.2 mm
Heel stack
38.4 mm
Number of shoes

Forefoot stack

The forefoot stack height is also just around the average. Our caliper readings pegged it at 22.6 mm.

Now, are we complaining? Definitely not! The average thickness of this shoe's cushioning system afforded us a balance of court feel and impact protection. Many in our team appreciated this setup, especially those whose playing roles and styles in the game switch widely.

Puma All Pro Nitro Forefoot stack
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 22.6 mm
Average 21.7 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
18.2 mm
Forefoot stack
25.2 mm
Number of shoes

Drop

There was not a lot to rave or complain about the drop of the All Pro Nitro. It was just around the average at 7.9 mm.

Puma All Pro Nitro Drop
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 7.9 mm
Average 8.4 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
4.4 mm
Drop
14.8 mm
Number of shoes

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

We loved how soft the cushioning felt underfoot. When we assessed its softness using our HA durometer in the lab, we were pleased to see that it was indeed softer than average. It got a rating of 22.0.

During our test games, this softness helped us be free from pain and discomfort. We did not mind wearing it for long periods.

Puma All Pro Nitro Midsole softness
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 22.0 HA
Average 26.2 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
11.0 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
35.9 HA
Number of shoes

Insole thickness

Because the built-in foam was already soft and comfortable, we did not feel the need for a removable insole. But the PUMA All Pro Nitro came in with one, anyway, and it was as thick as the average at 4.4 mm.

Puma All Pro Nitro Insole thickness
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 4.4 mm
Average 4.4 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
0.0 mm
Insole thickness
8.6 mm
Number of shoes

Stability

Lateral stability test

We never felt any issues with lateral stability. The side walls did their jobs well. The heel counter also did its job well (more on this below). Our feet were able to stay in place even when we were moving wildly to and from the basket. No serious complaints here.

Torsional rigidity

Sudden twists are not only disorienting, but they can also be so painful as well. Good thing this PUMA basketball shoe truly felt stable and firm no matter which direction we went.

When we did some manual twists on it in the lab, we realized that we needed to break some sweat before we could make the shoe relent to our maneuvers. We were left with no other choice but to give it a perfect 5 for torsional rigidity.

Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 5
Average 4.5
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5
Number of shoes

Heel counter stiffness

Not only was the heel counter comfortable and durable, but it was notably stiff as well. In fact, it got a perfect 5 from us for its stiffness when we gave it a good squeeze in the lab. 

We never felt any unnecessary movements in the rearfoot because of how securely the heel counter was clasping our feet.

Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 5
Average 3.5
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5
Number of shoes

Midsole width in the forefoot

The forefoot part of the midsole is of average width. Our caliper measured it to be 114.2 mm wide.

Puma All Pro Nitro Midsole width in the forefoot
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 114.2 mm
Average 113.9 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
106.2 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
122.2 mm
Number of shoes

Midsole width in the heel

We felt that the platform had a little more width at the heel part. When we measured it using our caliper, it was indeed wider (just a little, though) than average at 94.4 mm. 

The additional width helped us maintain our balance and stability, especially when we made more aggressive and shiftier movements.

Puma All Pro Nitro Midsole width in the heel
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 94.4 mm
Average 91.6 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
82.4 mm
Midsole width in the heel
105.1 mm
Number of shoes

Flexibility

Stiffness

The PUMA All Pro Nitro was indeed a flexible shoe. We didn't have problems making it 'follow' with our movements because it just bent with our feet whenever it needed to. 

We performed our standard flexibility test on this PUMA hoop shoe, and we saw that it only needed 34.0N of force to bend at a 90-degree angle. This number is significantly lower than average.

Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 34.0N
Average 40.8N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
29.9N
Stiffness
67.2N
Number of shoes

Grip / Traction

Traction was not a problem for us. This shoe's bite was excellent, especially on cleaner courts. The grooves are wide enough, so we did not have problems with dust getting in between them and dulling the shoe's grip. Puma All Pro Nitro grip

Size and fit

Toebox width at the widest part

The fit of the PUMA All Pro Nitro was like many of the basketball shoes that we've tried. At its widest, the toebox is 100.2 mm wide as per our caliper.

If you have medium-sized feet, then there won't be much issue with the fit.

Puma All Pro Nitro Toebox width at the widest part
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 100.2 mm
Average 100.9 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
92.6 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
108.2 mm
Number of shoes

Toebox width at the big toe

The toebox was not in any way spacious. There were even times we felt that it was too constricting, especially before we had broken in the shoe. Our caliper measured the big toe to be only 72.3 mm wide. This number is significantly lower than average.

Puma All Pro Nitro Toebox width at the big toe
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 72.3 mm
Average 76.8 mm
Compared to 30 basketball shoes
71.2 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
85.1 mm
Number of shoes

Tongue: gusset type

The tongue has a full-gusseted design. Upon wearing this PUMA hoop shoe, we immediately noticed that this design helped in securing its clasp around the foot.

Puma All Pro Nitro Tongue: gusset type
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro Both sides (full)

Comfort

The toebox was not in any way spacious. There were even times we felt that it was too constricting, especially before we had broken in the shoe. Our calliper measured the big toe to be only 72.3 mm wide. This number is significantly lower than average.

Tongue padding

The tongue is moderately padded, and it is 10.0 mm thick as per the caliper readings in the lab. This much material in the tongue helped fasten the fit. The padding also contributed a lot to the comfort that we enjoyed, and it dulled down the impact of when other players stepped on our feet.

Puma All Pro Nitro Tongue padding
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro 10.0 mm
Average 9.2 mm
Compared to 36 basketball shoes
1.3 mm
Tongue padding
14.9 mm
Number of shoes

Heel tab

The PUMA All Pro Nitro doesn't have a heel tab, so it has a streamlined look at the rearfoot.

Puma All Pro Nitro Heel tab
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro None

Removable insole

The insole is removable, and it was quite easy to get rid of when we needed to use inserts or just wanted a more forgiving fit.

Puma All Pro Nitro Removable insole
Test results
Puma All Pro Nitro Yes