Over the years, Puma has gained the reputation of a brand that infuses its items with personality and style, even when it comes to performance footwear. The LQDCELL Shatter XT trainer is one of such items.
The word “Shatter” in the shoe’s name stands for shattering stereotypes. With its flamboyant design, the trainer proves that a fashionable sneaker can easily serve as a functional training shoe. The “XT” adjunct, which implies cross-training, emphasizes the purpose of this footwear.
The shoe’s highlight lies in its LQDCELL cushioning which is the evolution of Puma’s long-established CELL technology. Its geometrical shape makes the sole more stable for intensive foot movements.
This trainer is endorsed by a Brazilian model and actress Adriana Lima. She proves that Puma is not the only one that’s ready to break stereotypes. Adriana is a Victoria’s Secret Angel who also happens to be a boxing aficionado and an exemplary mother of two. In her collaboration with Puma, she aims to bring that fusion of bright looks and hard work into her line of footwear. Other shoes released under this partnership include Puma Mode XT and the Jaab XT.
Zoned traction and protection. Instead of using a full-length rubber outsole, the trainer opted for two rubber pods, one at the heel and the other one at the forefoot. This design helps to deliver grip in the key areas while reducing the weight of the footwear. The rubber components are also described as durable which is crucial for preventing early deterioration.
Architecture-inspired support. The new LQDCELL cushioning unit is sandwiched between the foam layers. Its largest portion is placed under the heel and on the lateral side, where support is most needed. Puma does not reveal any details about what this component is made of but visually, it resembles Nike’s Air Max unit. The LQDCELL receives an asymmetrical shape that pulls cues from sturdy architectural designs. That way, it helps to make the platform more stable for agile multi-directional movements and weightlifting sessions.
Lightweight yet bouncy cushioning. The foam carrier of the LQDCELL is called the PROFOAM. It is a softer midsole layer which is responsible for the springy rebound of the foot. It is meant to provide immediate cushioning with every hard step or jump.
Breathable foot containment. The shoe features a semi-knitted material to provide a soft and even support. Ventilation pores are placed throughout the entire fabric to ensure breathability. The interior lining is also made of mesh which contributes to the freshness.
Heel support. The rearfoot receives both internal and external support in the Puma LQDCELL Shatter XT. From the inside, it is kept in place through the embedded heel counter. On the outside, it remains supported by a synthetic wrap. The heel collar also extends up the Achilles to hug this area more securely.
Lockdown. A bulky construction at the top of the midfoot is responsible for supporting the foot laterally. It is integrated into the lacing system to eliminate side-to-side sliding of the foot throughout the workout.
- A bonus styling tip from Adriana Lima. She recommends wearing the LQDCELL Shatter XT with “a pair of leggings and an oversized hoodie to take it from the gym to the street.”