Puma understands that from elite to recreational, experienced to beginner, we’re all performance runners. And its Faas family of running shoes illustrates that philosophy – promising an effortless ride, whatever your body type or level. Faas 500 v2 is the updated version of its ever-popular neutral trainer. If you like a shoe with technical details, they’re all there – from the Faas Foam mid sole to the AirMesh upper. Combine your Faas with Puma ACTV clothing, a range which takes advances in physiotherapy and applies them to technical clothing (think kit that somehow feels energising) – and you’re ready to toe the start line. It’s all part of Puma’s Nature of Performance collection – rooted in anatomy, inspired by nature, designed to make running feel fresh again.
Elasticised silicone tape inside these CR Tech ACTV tights follows your muscle patterns, providing a micro massage at specific sites every time you wear them. Together with compression, it supports you through your natural range of movement, increases blood flow and helps maximise muscle power.
- A decoupled heel crash pad slows the rate of pronation, while deeper forefoot flex grooves give a smoother transition and easier toe-off
- The one-piece FaasFoam midsole gives enough cushioning and underfoot protection for everyday training.
- Heel-to-toe ratio is reduced to 4mm on the Faas 500 v2. This helps to bring the foot into a more natural and steady position.
Tried and Tested
RW readers and an elite athlete put the Faas 500 v2 through its paces
Justin Bowyer, 42, a writer from Oxfordshire
‘Some shoes feel like they’re going to be fast as soon as you put them on – and these do. The uppers are comfortable, not too constricting and my foot moves really nicely in them. Great for everyday training and racing alike.’
Rory Ferguson, 34, a theatre engineer from London
‘I love the look of these; I feel like a real athlete in them! They’re flatter than I’m used to and feel really light – yet they’re stable and supportive, with plenty of room in the toe box which I need. Definitely a shoe for going fast.’
Eilidh Child, 26, Team GB 400m hurdler
‘These feel great when you put them on, really moulding to your feet. The uppers are thin and breathable yet supportive; my feet don’t move around in them. They’re light and springy so they feel good for drills and strides before training.’