Our verdict


If you want to hit the gym with style, then PUMA Retaliate is a trainer to consider. It is not a high-performance cross-trainer but it does the job well for those moderate workout sessions. Its lower price point also makes it a great entry-level gym shoe.


  • Low price
  • Slip-on
  • Doubles as casual wear
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Well-fitting
  • Attractive design


  • Not for serious workouts
  • Sole gets scuffed

Who should buy the PUMA Retaliate

You may find this gym shoe from PUMA an appealing option if:

  • you are looking for a budget-friendly trainer
  • you are a beginner gym goer or only do moderate workouts
  • you want a good-looking shoe that can be worn casually

PUMA Retaliate best for

Who should NOT buy this trainer

For those who need a sturdier and more durable training shoe for serious workouts, the more dedicated cross-trainers would be the New Balance TRNR or the Under Armour HOVR Rise.

Great value for the price!

Given that training shoes on average cost $102, the asking price of PUMA Retaliate ($70) makes it a very affordable choice. But the best is that it doesn't skimp on quality either.

PUMA Retaliate price

Grippy outsole

Zoned rubber makes up the outsole of the PUMA Retaliate. This compound protects the toe and the heel and enhances traction without weighing down the wearer.

PUMA Retaliate grippy outsole

Cushioned yet stable platform

A full-length EVA foam makes up the midsole of the PUMA Retaliate. This platform is lightweight and serves to attenuate shock when you do HIIT or similar high-impact activities.

Although it cannot be recommended for heavy lifting, the reviewers find its stability "decent" for moderate weights.

PUMA Retaliate platform

Inside this trainer is the SoftFoam sock liner which provides maximum underfoot coverage and comfort.

PUMA Retaliate in sole

Many gym goers agree that the trainer never drags the foot down and feels pretty light on the foot.

PUMA Retaliate keeps your feet fresh

The PUMA Retaliate uses a mesh upper. This fabric features an open-cell construction that aids in ventilating the foot chamber. The wearers find it nice and breathable and haven't complained about feeling warm in the shoe.

PUMA Retaliate breathability

Comfy slip-on style

This PUMA training shoe features a burrito tongue which helps deliver a snug fit when laces are cinched. The collar and tongue are lightly padded for added comfort.

PUMA Retaliate slipon

The reviewers find it pretty easy to put on and take off, while also feeling well locked in inside the shoe. Some find it a little tight at first but say that it stretches and accommodates the foot within a short period of time. No need to size up.

If a slip-on style entices you, another model to consider is the PUMA Enzo. Its upper is constructed to be higher for better ankle support, but the midsole and the outsole are made from the same materials used on the Retaliate.

Prone to scuffing (but it's a cosmetic issue)

If you are getting a dark colorway, there is a chance that the paint on the midsole gets scuffed easily. That's what several buyers reported.

PUMA Retaliate aesthetic