Who should buy the PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II

This PUMA sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with thin soles for more control
  • You are after a sneaker with a rubber outsole design or traction and grip
  • You prefer a shoe with a snug and narrow fit

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II logo

Size and fit

Similar to its predecessor, the PUMA Ferrari Drift Cat 5 Ultra, this updated version gets many reviews that it feels too tight on the forefoot area. Many consumers suggest getting this performance shoe one size or a one-and-a-half size up. 

Although exclusively available in men’s sizing, and given the primary tonal hues of red, black, and white, women can opt to cop this as well.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II collar

It is important to note, though, that since the SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II takes inspiration from motorsport, it features a slim front as a racing shoe should be. A snug and narrow fit help avoid taking up excess space in the pedal-box area of the car.

Style of the PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II

The basic available colorways for the PUMA Ferrari Drift Cat 5 Ultra II allow for anyone to be able to pull off any outfit they choose.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II midsole

  • To show the beauty of this shoe, one can put on black ankle jeans, plain black shirt, and don on a pair of the Ferrari Drift Cat 5 Ultra II in its signature Ferrari red.
  • Ladies can enhance the simpleness of the white colorway in faded blue ripped jeans, white tee, and a cream-colored fedora hat.

Notable Features

The PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II takes after its prior model in terms of silhouette and design. However, looking closely at the details, one subtle difference is the new laser-cut design that is emphasized with the tonal PUMA Formstrip on both sidewalls that contrast the inner material.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II laces

Synthetic, perforated leather upper affords the wearer enough ventilation. On the heel bears PUMA’s Jumping Cat logo that is also visible on the lateral toe bump and tongue pull tab.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II toebox

An Italian flag is absent on the heel that was previously seen in the SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II heel

Midsoles on this iteration now come in a two-tone color that extends as a contrasting background to the black outsole.

History of the PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II

PUMA became the official license partner of Ferrari on January 1, 2005. The Germany-based sporting company continues to supply Scuderia Ferrari Marbolo Team with its apparel, footwear, and accessories.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II front logo

On the onset of its partnership was the Future Cat merchandising collection, which is highlighted by the release of the PUMA Future Cat footwear. The Future Cat came out in low and hi-top versions in March 2005.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II front laces

Due to the success of the Future Cat, PUMA released the Drift Cat series, which was targeted to be more of a lifestyle staple that reflects the street culture fashion.

PUMA SF Drift Cat 5 Ultra II outsole

The Drift Cat series has spawned many favorite racing-inspired sneakers, which are slowly finding their way to sneaker aficionado’s collections whether they are a fan of the sport or not.

Nice to know

  • Racing shoes feature thin soles to maximize the driver’s feel of the pedals, which allow them more control.
  • Scuderia Ferrari branding is embedded in the lateral quarter area.
  • Tire tracks inspired the rubber outsole design, which provides traction and grip.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collaboration: Ferrari
Collection: PUMA Ferrari
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer

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