Verdict from 36 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of users like how comfortable the Puma Basket Classic evoKNIT sneakers feel on their feet.
  • Several purchasers like the casual and low-key style of these low-top shoes.
  • The quality of this casual footwear from Puma is top-notch according to a few testers.
  • Pleased buyers of the Puma Basket Classic evoKNIT have remarked that for the quality of the shoes, the price is a bargain.
  • Some consumers have reported that the knit fabric allows air to circulate and therefore gives the sneakers improved breathability.
  • A couple of customers have stated that the low-top lifestyle shoes provide a perfect fit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A customer has mentioned that his heels slip whenever he wears his Puma Basket Classic evoKNIT shoes.
  • The low-top sneakers need breaking in, one buyer claims.
  • A purchaser has complained that the shoes are see-through. He said that if you wear bright-colored socks, they will show.

Bottom line

Classic silhouette meets modern technology with the Basket Classic evoKNIT shoes. Puma seamlessly combines the past and present with the application of evoKNIT to an iconic footwear—the Basket. The knitted uppers of these iterations hug the foot in all the right places to deliver the perfect fit while allowing the feet to breathe.

While the evoKNIT provides flexibility for the wearer, it needs breaking-in to reach that perfect comfort level. The thin uppers allow socks to show through so wearing brightly-colored socks is not advised unless you intend them as a fashion statement.

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Good to know

The Puma Basket Classic evoKNITs feature a sock-like structure that allows the shoes to mold to the feet for a perfect fit. The airy knit pattern allows in plenty of ventilation for a sweat-free experience. 

Just like many retro issues, these kicks contain flat soles for a more stable feel. The knit offers a snug fit, although the shoe support may be somewhat lacking. A traditional lace closure system allows the user to customize how loose or tight he wants the shoes to be.

Keep it simple and sweet by matching your Puma Basket Classic evoKNIT with jeans or khaki-colored jogger trousers. The sneakers already contain plenty of styles, so there’s no need for further embellishment if you want the focus to remain on your kicks.

Despite being covered in a whole new fabric, the Puma Basket Classic evoKNIT retains that urban style that carried it to hip-hop culture status. The evoKNIT uppers take some of the edge off the silhouette while adding a bit of a preppy appearance for a whole new look.

Not to be outdone by the sneakers’ style are the comfort and flexibility the shoes provide courtesy of the revolutionary evoKNIT technology. The lightweight material provides enough stretch for comfort without compromising stability.

The Puma Basket started off as warm-up shoes for basketball during the 60s. It was crafted to become the leather counterpart to its popular cousin, the Suede. Due to its street-style looks and performance on and off the court, the Basket became an icon in its own right.

The evoKNIT technology, meanwhile, was launched in 2016 with the release of the Puma brand’s Ignite silhouette. The evoKNIT consists of an engineered one-piece seamless woven upper. The knit has a dense structure to give ample support while remaining flexible enough to accommodate the shape of the feet.

The success of the Puma Ignite evoKNIT meant that the brand soon began applying the stretchy material to many of their other silhouettes including the Duplex, Blaze of Glory, and now, the Basket.

  • Aside from the woven uppers of the Puma Basket Classic evoKNIT, the shoes feature flexible rubber traction outsoles, removable insoles, textured toe bumpers, and padded collars.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com