Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the sneaker reviewers express their overall satisfaction with the Puma Future Rider Play On when it comes to comfort and style.
  • A few of the purchasers emphasize that the available colorways are very unique and lit.
  • Several buyers note the durability of the construction of this sneaker.
  • They find this retro release lightweight to wear, according to most users.
  • Many wearers love that the design is a fusion of running style and high fashion.
  • Numerous shoe collectors describe the likeness of this design with the Nike x Sacai LD Waffle.
  • A majority of the shoe buyers find the price for this retro very reasonable considering the resemblance it has with the limited NikexSacai LD Waffle.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few of the reviewers mention that the comfort level is just average, less than what they expect. 
  • Some wide-feet wearers share that the Future Rider felt a little narrow than their usual Puma sizing.

Bottom line

This reawakened version of the Puma Fast Rider attracts both sneaker collectors and average shoe wearers alike for the fun and unique color-blocking and sleek silhouette this low-top offers. Apart from the style, the level of comfort built within the shoe through Puma’s Rider Foam cushioning adds an extra bounce with every step.

Crafted along with the makeup of Puma’s running-inspired lifestyle line, the Puma Future Rider boasts of futuristic and retro designs through vivid color combos and nostalgic style nods to the ‘80s era.

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Good to know

The Puma Future Rider Play On is available for both men and women. Generally true to size, quite a couple of users who have wider feet note that it is best to go half a size bigger for a roomier and comfortable fit.

Featuring a padded foam tongue and collar offer an extra boost of comfort; while the ripstop upper affords a lightweight feel to the wearer. Eye-catching TPU heel pieces give added stability as well.

With color variations ranging from Fluo Green to splashes of neon yellow to the basic black and white, figuring out what clothes to wear with this trainer are endless.

  • Men can don on skinny black joggers, plain black tee, and a pair of Black/Fluo Green/Dazzling Blue on feet to make the pops of color stand out.
  • For the trendy gal, putting on the colorful Luminous Purple/Fluo Pink kick and paired with some boyfriend jeans and a plain white midi crop screams fashion.

Apart from the pops of colors, one of the features that Puma retained from the Fast Rider is the first-of-its-kind Federbein outsole. The construction of the outsole is tweaked to fit the casual-cool lifestyle of today and streamlining it in the Future Rider.

Not visible is the Rider Foam tech system in the footbed that gives that extra spring with every step. It is a shock-absorbing ultra-comfortable foam.

An homage to the ‘80s is showcased in the exposed tongue, which was common among running shoes during that era.

In the eighties, Puma noticed that more people were jogging on the streets but realized that no footwear catered to such kind. This is how the Puma Fast Rider came to be. 

Released in 1980, the Fast Rider also launched the Federbein outsole. The inverted V pattern on the outsole provided traction, stability, and grip. It imitates automotive suspension to give a more cushioned road feel. 

The running world took notice of the Rider not only for the revolutionary trainer technology, but because the studs on the sole were great for the tracks, the roads, and the trails, making it an all-terrain running shoe. 

To top it off, runners noticed how lightweight the shoe felt on the feet. Runner’s World Magazine gave it a 5-star rating as one of the lightest (278.7 grams) and most comfortable shoes.

In honor of its timelessness, Puma relaunched the Fast Rider 40 years after by releasing the Puma Play On pack in two new styles: Style Rider and Future Rider. 

Launched under Puma’s Futro -- a mish-mash of Future/Retro -- approach of tapping up-and-coming pop culture influencers, Puma partners with artists Danileigh and YBN Cordae for the Rider Pack launch.

  • Future Rider has a collaboration version with Chinatown Market.
  • Mesh fabric lines the sock liner that afford breathability.
  • Upper consists of ripstop nylon, leather, and suede materials.
  • Branding on lateral, tongue, and heel.


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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.