PUMA Mode XT Review

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The Puma Mode XT sneakers are just one more pair of great shoes that Puma has come out with. These training shoes are ultra lightweight and offer you a highly responsive ride that running can really appreciate. They budget friendly sneakers are definitely not a flashy and stylish pair of shoes, but what they lack in aesthetics is made up for in comfort and versatility. Whether you are going to the gym, hitting the track, heading to work, or simply hanging out with your friends, your feet will thank you at the end of the day after wearing these shoes. The IGNITE foam midsole with NRGY beads ensures you get superior comfort all day long. Customers love these great feeling shoes and some have mentioned that they would happily recommend them to their friends and family.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Responsive ride
  • High energy return
  • Extremely supportive
  • Good stability
  • Great ventilation
Cons
  • Lack of fun colors
  • Not very stylish
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of these sneakers is made out of a rubber compound that is designed for long-lasting durability so you will not have to worry about them wearing down while you are hitting the gym or heading out of a run. The rubber of the sole comes up over your toes a little bit to give you a little bit of a protective structure while you are out and about.

These sneakers have traction points located at the front of the foot which will help ensure that you are able to keep a grip on a plethora of surfaces. The heels of the shoes are flat to help keep your feet steady while you are doing weight training or squats. The pattern on the heels kind of looks like little suction cups which will help give you a little more stability on the back of your feet.
Midsole

Midsole

The PUMA Mode XT sneakers feature a full-length IGNITE foam midsole with NRGY beads to help give you a decent amount of underfoot cushioning and support. The foam midsole is going to give you a fairly high energy return for a highly responsive ride that runners will appreciate. When you take each step your feet are going to sink into the foam midsole. The foam will quickly bounce back into its original shape to propel you forward into your next step. This is going to help you save a little bit of energy because you will not have to put as much effort into launching yourself into your next step. This saved energy can then be used to help you run just a little bit longer or faster, giving you a little edge if you are trying to run for speed or distance.

You are going to get much more than a springy feeling when you are wearing these shoes. You are also going to get the benefit of having a raised medial and lateral side to help give you some extra stability when you are moving from side to side. Customers praise the great feeling midsole that they get with these shoes.
Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of these training shoes are made up of a variety of different materials to make sure you get the perfect fit and the right amount of support where you need it the most. They are designed to give you a snug and sock-like feel. They have no extra padding on the collar or tongue as some other sneakers might have. This is because the shoes are made to have the materials stay close to the skin for a snug and secure fit. The collar is made out of knitted fabric to help ensure you can get the shoes on and off effortlessly. The traditional lacing system connects the supportive overlays that are integrated onto the uppers. If you pull on the laces it will draw the sides in closer to your foot for extra support.

The knit mesh materials that make up the uppers allow for a decent amount of ventilation so you can ensure that your feet are going to stay cool and dry while you are working out. The ability for the air to flow into the shoes makes sure that your feet stay cool while also helping the sweat from your feet evaporate quickly to keep them dry and healthy.
Weight

Weight

When it comes to your training shoes you are going to want to make sure that you find something that is going to be as light as possible. If you are participating in an already strenuous training session or heading out on a long distance run you do not want to have to feel like your shoes are holding you back and weighing you down because they are particularly heavy. These sneakers are designed to keep the weight down so you will not have to worry about that when you are out and about wearing them. Unfortunately there is no actual information on the exact weight of these shoes, however, everything about them was designed to keep the weight off so you are sure to have a relatively weightless feel while you are on the go.
Comfort

Comfort

Customers adore how comfortable these sneakers are when they are out and about. When you are hitting the gym for a particularly hard workout session, or you are going on a long distance run, you want to know that by the end of the day your feet are not going to be hurting too bad. You are not going to have to worry too much about that with these sneakers. They have a snug fitting upper that hugs your feet with a flex zone on the forefront so you do not feel like your movements are being restricted. Additionally, the IGNITE foam midsole is designed with an amazing amount of padding to give you superior comfort underfoot. No matter what you are doing or where you are going, your feet will thank you for wearing the PUMA Mode XT sneakers while you are doing it.
Support

Support

The Puma Mode XT sneakers offer you a great deal of support while you are wearing them. It is essential to find a pair of shoes that are going to provide you with the proper support for the task at hand. Since these shoes are designed to be worn in the gym and on the track they are going to provide you with a stable base and proper underfoot support to ensure you stay relatively safe and comfortable while you are working out. You will get a little extra help keeping yourself steady while moving from side to side thanks to the raised medial and lateral sides under the mid-foot section of the shoes.

Additionally, the lacing system and synthetic overlays work together to make sure that your feet are going to stay locked into place. You will not have to worry about your feet slipping and sliding around inside of your shoes, or possibly falling out of them all together. You are going to get a secure and locked in feel.
Style

Style

When customers see these shoes for the first time they are quite unimpressed. They have a very plain and simple look to them that a lot of people might overlook. Some fitness enthusiasts prefer to have shoes that come in fun designs for a little pop of color, but these shoes do not offer that. There are, however, a few colors that you can choose from. Customers will have the option to purchase these sneakers in black and black; black and white; charcoal grey and white; or elderberry and white. The lack of colors is not a deal breaker though. They might not look the most stylish but once you wear them you will fall in love with them.

Just because these sneakers are considered to be a cross training shoe does not mean that you are limited to the gym or the track when you are wearing them. Many customers opt to wear these as a casual everyday pair of sneakers as well. They are super comfortable which makes them a great option for those who are on their feet all day for work. No matter if you are at the gym or just hanging out these shoes are going to be a great addition to your sneaker collection.
Flexibility

Flexibility

When it comes to your shoes you are going to want to make sure that you find something that is going to give you an adequate amount of flexibility. You want to make sure that your feet are going to be able to move as freely and naturally as possible while still getting the support and stability you need from your sneakers. That being said, the PUMA Mode XT training shoes give you a substantial amount of support so you will not have to worry about your movements feeling like they are restricted. The tread patterns on the bottoms of the sneakers help promote a natural foot flexion. It is not just the soles of these shoes, however, that allow you a great deal of flex. You can also take advantage of a flex zone incorporated into the uppers, allowing your feet to expand naturally while you are hitting the weights or taking off on a long run. This is not only going to help increase your overall comfort level while you are out and about, but it is also going to help reduce the risk of strain or injury to your feet.
Durability

Durability

If you are going to be spending money on a pair of shoes you are going to want to make sure that you find something that is going to last you a while. You do not want to have to spend your hard earned money on a product only to have to replace it after only a short time. You should keep in mind that when buying sneakers you are making an investment in your fitness regimen. You might expect to spend a little extra money up front to buy a superior product that will not have to be prematurely replaced, saving you money in the long run. That being said, the Puma's are not the cheapest on the market, but they are very budget-friendly. Even though they have an affordable price tag does not mean that they are an inferior product.

These sneakers are designed to ensure they are not going to wear out anytime soon. They are going to be able to take the repeated beating of your foot falls day after day, mile after mile. The rubber sole extends up and over your toes to not only protect your toes but to also help increase the durability of the uppers in that area. The midsole is also designed to take a lot, you can walk on these shoes repeatedly and not have to worry about the padding wearing down and flattening out. You will be able to keep that spring in your step.
Fit

Fit

They way your shoes fit you is crucial. You are going to want to make sure you get the correct size to ensure you get the perfect blend of comfort and support. The Puma Mode XT's run fairly true to size so that should help when making the choice of what size you should purchase. If you are unsure Puma does provide a size chart that can be used to help make sure that you get the perfect fit the first time you order.

These sneakers are meant to be snug and sock-like on your feet. You do not want them to be too loose otherwise you will lose some of the supportive features of them. Additionally, you are not going to want them to be too tight as they can cause blisters and soreness if they are.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a great pair of training shoes then you have come to the right place. These Puma's are designed to give you optimal support and amazing cushioning to keep you safe and comfortable while you are on the go. Whether you are looking for shoes to wear to the gym, to run on the track, or to simply wear to work, these sneakers are going to be the perfect fit. Customers love these shoes. They might not be the best looking but they make up for what they lack in the aesthetics department by the superior level of comfort and versatility.