Updates to Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner

  • The Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner is a unique running shoe that features a deconstructed platform that encourages flexibility and well-cushioned steps. Underfoot support is divided into three layers: the heel for impact attenuation, the midfoot for arch support, and the forefoot for the toe-off.
  • Breathable fabric is used for the upper unit of this road shoe. It is meant to welcome air into the foot-chamber, thus maintaining a cool and dry interior. A unique lace placement makes sure to encompass the entirety of the midfoot (the shoestrings loop through a thermoplastic saddle that is directly connected to the midfoot portion of the cushioning platform.

Size and fit

The Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner is true-to-size. It follows the usual choices of consumers when it comes to length. The width options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.


The outsole unit of the Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner makes use of a rubber layer. This compound is meant to shield the midsole foam from the debilitating effects of surface abrasion. It also doles out traction, just like the Mizuno Wave Ride 22

The deconstructed nature of the platform and some shallow grooves on the rubber later make sure to accommodate the natural bending of the toe joints as the foot goes through the gait cycle.


The midsole unit makes use of the HYBRID foam, an amalgamation of Puma’s very own IGNITE and NRGY cushioning systems. The former makes up the majority of the platform, acting as the supporting base that attenuates shock. The latter is integrated into the whole package, becoming a network of energy filters that enable the foot to toe-off with gusto.


The upper unit makes use of a breathable textile to maintain a cool and dry environment for the foot. The material is also designed to be lightweight and flexible.

The midfoot section features a thermoplastic saddle that is directly connected to the midfoot chunk of the cushioning system. This external layer connects directly to the lacing system, with the goal of delivering full-bodied support from the arch to the instep.

Flat laces crisscross on the sides of the façade instead of on the instep like most shoes. This unique configuration disperses any pressure while enabling a more secure coverage.


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