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Competitive Running

Stepping on the circuit is an exhilarating moment. Take it all in and perform your best with PUMA running shoes.  PUMA trainers come packed with the technology you need to support your running goals. From field spikes to foam-lined sneakers, our competitive running shoes give you optimised comfort for those days you need to pedal to...

Stepping on the circuit is an exhilarating moment. Take it all in and perform your best with PUMA running shoes. 

PUMA trainers come packed with the technology you need to support your running goals. From field spikes to foam-lined sneakers, our competitive running shoes give you optimised comfort for those days you need to pedal to the metal. 

What makes PUMA shoes stand out?

From design to fit, we at PUMA pride ourselves on creating running shoes that enhance your performance throughout your race. 

Our marathon-worthing racing shoes give you a sock-like fit, all while being breathable and having PWRTAPE technology for extra added durability and support. 

The lightweight foam gives you prime responsiveness in the circuit, so you’re ready for anything. Responsiveness is directly responsible for how quickly you can transfer energy from your feet to the ground repeatedly. Ultimately, it helps with your stride and hastens your pace. 

Take your race to the next level with PUMA shoes today. Explore the collection now and find your ideal pair of trainers before the big race. For more information, explore the FAQ page

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Look for in a Competitive Running Shoe?

Here are a few tips for before you go competitive shoe shopping: 

Trail

The nature of your competition plays a crucial role in determining the right shoe. Are you running on trails or pavement? What's the distance? Shorter distances may require lighter shoes with less cushioning, while longer distances may necessitate more support and cushioning.

Fit

Try on several different pairs before you decide which one to get. Some might fit your feet better than others. Additionally, if your feet tend to swell during race day, so go in for trials after a workout or a run to ensure your feet are comfortable in the shoes. 

Easy to Break In

Don't wait until race day to wear your new shoes. You want to have enough time to break them in. But also be aware to avoid wearing them out, especially if you plan to run a longer race like a marathon.

Is There a Difference Between Competitive Running & Everyday Running Shoes?

There can be a significant difference between competitive and everyday running shoes.  

Here are some things to keep an eye on:

Weight:

Competitive running shoes are usually lighter than everyday running shoes. In a competitive setting, every ounce can make a difference. The lighter the shoe, the less weight you carry, and the faster you can run.

Cushioning: 

Everyday running shoes typically have more cushioning, as they are designed for comfort and injury prevention over many miles. Competitive running shoes often have less cushioning to save weight. They're built more for speed and responsiveness, and they typically assume that the runner is willing to trade off some comfort to achieve this.

Heel-to-Toe Drop: 

Competitive shoes often have a lower heel-to-toe drop, bringing the foot closer to the ground for a more "natural" stride. While the drop may be more efficient for some runners, it can require more calf strength and flexibility.

The choice between competitive and everyday running shoes is highly personal. Ultimately, it's essential to find shoes that fit well, feel comfortable, and suit your individual running style. 

How Often Do I Replace My Shoes?

Seasoned runners always recommend replacing shoes every 800 kilometres. But this is not an absolute number. The right time to replace your shoes is when you start noticing wear and tear and can see your performance getting affected. 

Over time and distance, the midsole of the shoe, which provides cushioning and stability, can break down. As this happens, the shoe loses its ability to absorb the shock of each footfall, which can lead to more strain on the runner's joints and muscles, potentially increasing the risk of injury.

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