The Puma Speed 600 2 shows that Puma is in the business of making serious running shoes again. Do they succeed? Not really. But they’re headed in the right direction and I hope they can do in running what they’ve done in basketball by producing some high performance models.
Price: $130 | Weight: 10.2 oz (Men), 8.8 oz (Women) | Drop: 8mm
The cushion in the Puma Speed 600 2 is mostly Profoam (Puma’s EVA blend) with an IGNITE and NRGY combination appearing in the heel and visually as an upper layer (though the only places it extends under the foot is the heel). Overall, it’s just not enough cushioning. The impact protection is good but there’s no bounce or energy return at all. It will work for shorter runs of 2-3 miles but I wouldn’t recommend them for anything more.
The outsole features lots of rubber with diamond patterns covering the majority of the forefoot and some typical horizontal rectangular nubs on the lateral side. I didn’t have any issues and the traction pattern is wearing away very slowly so they should be pretty durable.
The Speed 600 2 hits the major boxes of a solidly supportive neutral running shoe. There’s a TPU Proplate to provide torsional support and accelerate toe off, a good-sized external TPU heel counter, the foot sits slightly inside the midsole at the heel, and the forefoot widens on the lateral side to provide a natural outrigger. All of those are pretty standard features on everyday neutral running shoes and all work like they should. I felt secure during all my road runs but wasn’t willing to take them on any trails since the support was too light for off roading.
The materials are nothing fancy but they do the job. The upper is a double layered mesh. It’s breathable and lightweight but ultimately similar to most other mainstream running shoes. There’s also a little bit of Fuse used for the lace loops and some vinyl for the logo and a similar piece for looks on the medial side of the foot.
The shoe features a comfy tongue, high quality laces, a pretty standard insole (not very cushioned), and very little padding around the ankle area.
The Speed 600 2 fits slightly long but true to size. It does run a little narrow through the midfoot so wide footers need to beware and try them on in store if possible.
The Puma Speed 600 2 is an average running shoe. At $130, you should wait until it hits sale racks to buy it. It’s a good effort by Puma but it ultimately falls short due to subpar cushioning and a very average build and materials. Check out our Running Shoes Reviews for better options.
Thanks to Puma for sending a pair to test. Puma was not given any editorial control of the review. This review is based on our weartesters’ experiences using the shoes for speed workouts, trail runs, treadmill training, long runs, casual wear, and more.