Prada Cloudbust Review

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Prada is a big name in the fashion industry, usually known for their luxurious and well-crafted products such as handbags and shoes. When you hear the name Prada you might not think about sneakers, but that is what they are bringing you with the Cloudbust series. The fashionable sneakers have quite a unique design that customers will either love or hate. They take their inspiration right out of the pages of a sci-fi novel or comic book series. They have the big and chunky soles that you would expect out of the 90s and a strap enclosure you might not expect to see in a pair of high-end sneakers such as these. They may have a strange and unusual look to them, but you should not always judge a book by its cover. The great quality materials ensure that durability will not be an issue for you, they are not going to fall apart any time soon. They may not be the most practical pair of sneakers you have in your closet, but they are comfortable and your feet will thank you for that. Whether you need something to wear while running errands or you are simply hanging out with a group of friends, these shoes will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Great quality materials
  • Made to last
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Good traction
Cons
  • Bulky and unusual style
  • Not very practical
  • High price tag
Outsole

Outsole

The Prada Cloudbust sneakers have an interesting outsole design. They are big and bulky, looking like a mixture between mid-century modern art and the sneaker styling of the 1990s. Prada is just following the chunky sneaker trend with the soles of these shoes. That being said, the outsole of these sneakers are made to be practical and durable. The rubber outsole offers a decent amount of traction so you will not have to worry too much about slipping and falling while you are out and about wearing these shoes. The great quality materials and design of the outsole will ensure they will not wear out too quickly on you, you do not want to have to worry about these shoes needing to be replaced any time soon.
Insole

Insole

The Prada Cloudbust sneakers feature a padded insole to help ensure your feet stay comfortable while you are wearing them. A lot of times fashion-forward shoes are made to look good, but they tend to lack in the comfort area. That is not the case with these sneakers. You will get the fashionable and fun look of a pair of Prada shoes without sacrificing the comfort of your feet thanks to the addition of this great insole placed on top of an already great midsole.
Upper

Upper

The Prada Cloudbust sneakers have a minimal upper with an interesting design. It is a low-top sneaker, although Prada has released a high-top version of them. Prada took the upper of what most would consider being a running shoe and changed it up a bit, giving it a fancier and more luxurious look to it. Adding a mixture of materials and textiles, pops of colors, a futuristic look and slapping the Prada logo on it allows these shoes to stand out and catch the eye of anyone passing by. The uppers are made out of a mix of polyester mesh grip-tape with additional rubber detailing. The majority of it is made out of the mesh for a more comfortable and breathable feel, but there is some rubber detailing added over the mesh.

These sneakers do not use a conventional lacing system as many other sneakers do, they actually use a strap enclosure to ensure your feet stay snug and secure while you are wearing them. Some reviewers found it odd that a pair of Prada sneakers would use a velcro enclosure, but it seems to work for them and just adds to their unique look.
Style

Style

When Prada designed their Cloudbust sneakers they took their inspiration right from 'nerd culture'. With a more comic book look and futuristic feel, these sneakers have a unique style and will stand out in almost any situation. They are a bit bulky and they have awkward color choices and an unusual mix of textiles, but it seems to work for them. Customers do enjoy the little pops of color they get in the various colorways of the sneakers, it helps them stand out just a little bit more and catch your eye. Prada brings customers an 'ugly' sneaker but gives it their twist which surprisingly adds to their appeal. They may have a unique and unconventional style, but that seems to be the norm with Prada's shoes. Customers tend to have mixed reviews of the look of the sneakers, you will either love them or hate them.
Quality

Quality

The Prada Cloudbust shoes are made out of great quality materials, but that should not surprise you as most products released by Prada are wonderfully designed. You will not have to worry about premature wear and tear when it comes to these sneakers, which is much appreciated by most customers. They have a relatively high price tag and as such you want to make sure the shoes are going to last, and they will. They even come with a Prada dust bag when you purchase them that you can use to store and transport them to help increase the lifespan of the sneakers.

The rubber outsole is thick and durable, it will not wear down too quickly while you are wearing them. The same goes for the comfortable padding of the insole and midsole, the cushioning is not going to flatten out and wear down any time soon. The uppers are made out of a nice polyester mesh that will not rip easily at all, and the rubber detailing follows suit. These shoes are in it for the long haul.
Versatility

Versatility

The Prada Cloudbust sneakers may look like a sporty style shoe, but it is not recommended that you take them out for a run. That is not to say that you cannot run in them, they just are not designed for it and might not offer you the proper protection and support that you might desire in a pair of running shoes. One reviewer stated that even though they are not meant for running, the unique design will still make it look like you are moving fast.

The Cloudbust's are more of a casual sneaker, something that you can wear from day to day to run your errands or simply wear to work. That being said, some reviewers stated that these are not exactly the most practical pair of shoes on the market. They are comfortable enough, but the unique look and design make them stick out like a sore thumb. Customers do wear them with a plethora of different outfits, but they seem to look best with a pair of jeans or joggers. They are definitely not dressy or business shoes so it best to leave them at home if you are going for a night out on the town or into the office. However, when just casually hanging out with your friends or doing some shopping these sneakers will be a good choice if you do not mind drawing attention to your feet wherever you go.
Comfort

Comfort

There are a lot of different aspects of these sneakers that will help ensure they are going be comfortable and stay that way. These are shoes that a lot of customers are going to be wearing all day long, whether spending your time at work or out running errands, you are going to want to make sure your feet stay happy and comfy. The foam that makes up the midsole and the extra padding from the insole work together to make sure you get a pleasant and bouncy underfoot experience. These shoes will give you that little spring in your step that only comes from great cushioning.

The soft breathable materials of the uppers and snug and secure fit also contribute to the great experience you will have when you are wearing these. The use of the strap enclosure as opposed to a traditional lacing closure helps make sure you stay locked into your shoes for a snug like fit that feels like they are hugging your feet.
Fit

Fit

When it comes to sneakers, especially a casual shoe that you will most likely wear frequently and for longer periods of time it is important to make sure that you have a pair that is going to fit you as best as possible. You want to ensure that you get the correct size when purchasing them so you can achieve optimal comfort. It can be a little difficult to find the correct size when purchasing shoes online so it is important to consult the sizing chart to make sure you get what you need. Something to note, customers have mentioned that Prada shoes do not always run true to size which makes it a little more important to ensure that you check that size chart, you do not want to get your sneakers only to find that they do not fit the way you were expecting.

When purchasing the Prada Cloudbust sneakers you will notice that they are only available in Euro sizes so if you are in the need for US or UK sizing then you should consult a conversion chart so you can make sure you get the right size. There can be some confusion among customers when it comes to the sizing so it is imperative that you pay attention to what you are ordering to ensure the perfect fit.
Flexibility

Flexibility

When it comes to your sneakers you are going to want to make sure you have some kind of flexibility in them. Whether you are just wearing them while out do errands or you are simply on your feet all day for work you are going to want to make sure that you have some freedom to move your feet around while inside your shoes. You do not want to feel like your feet are trapped and your movements are restricted when you are wearing them. You will not have that problem with the Prada Cloudbust sneakers. They are not the most flexible shoes on the market but they do give you some of the freedom to move that your feet will enjoy. The rubber outsole and mesh uppers give you the underfoot protection and snug support that you need in a pair of shoes but the materials are not stiff and hard so they do not restrict your movements.
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is important in your shoes. You want to make sure that your feet are staying as cool and dry as possible when they are in your sneakers. Prada makes sure that you have a decent amount of airflow when you are wearing their Cloudbust's. The mesh materials that make up the uppers allow for great ventilation. The air can make its way into the foot chamber to help cool you down. It also allows any sweat to evaporate quickly off of your feet and escape the shoes, keeping your feet both dry and healthy. Even though the uppers are not full mesh and there are rubber accents adorning them they are not overbearing and still allow for the mostly mesh materials to do their job and allow for a decent amount of breathability.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are sneaker lover but enjoy the world of high-end fashion then you are going to love the Prada Cloudbust sneakers. They bring you the best of both worlds. You will get a casual and comfortable sneaker while still being able to stay fashionable. They do have a very unique look that will keep folks talking, but that is what they were made to do. Reviewers have mentioned that they may not be the most practical pair of shoes in your closet but they can hold their own. They are comfortable and made of high-quality materials. They might have a hefty price tag but the fact that they are super durable makes them well worth the money people have spent on them.