puma geotech aya shoe review
If you've watched my last few videos then you've probably seen my new yellow and aqua workout sneakers that I got for days when my feet need protection or on days when I walk lots of miles after my circuits.
These shoes are actually running shoes that feel like minimalist cross training shoes. Like my Reebok dance ur lead mid that I reviewed a while back, I ordered these online (this time from DSW which offers in store returns).
No reviews exist for this shoe which is why I'm writing the first one but my son recently got a pair of Puma mobium running shoes for track and field and loved them so figured I would take a chance with Puma too.
Here's what I love about these shoes:
1. They feel like you're barefoot which you know from watching my videos is how I workout most of the time. They also have a barefoot feel when I wear them for walking which is great even on 9 mile walks.
2. The colors are fun and clash with everything so when you wear them for walking outdoors cars see you coming which is great if you need to cross busy streets. They come in 6 color combos most of which are very bright and colorful.
3. The soles are super soft and bendy so there is no breaking in required and you can wear them around the house to clean and they feel like slippers. You can also wear them to run errands and they add a fun element to skinny jeans or printed pants or leggings.
Here's what I don't love about these shoes:
1. They run slightly short. I have a neutral normal width foot so was surprised that the fit wasn't as normal as all my other workout shoes but they don't really crowd my toes which is why I decided to keep them. I actually have another pair of black Puma sneakers that I've worn in videos from time to time and those fit perfect so it must be this style of puma that runs short.
2. They have zero arch support so feel fine when doing squat thrusts, ballet squat jumps, low lunge jumps or run in place high knees but not so great for exercise straps jump squat rows that I do on tiled floor or any type of high impact jumps or stair sprints.
3. The toe box feels a bit wide which is odd considering they run short. I don't think sizing up would make any difference with either length/width issues. These are my only 2 issues with these shoes and it looks like my son's Puma mobium running shoes have the same wide/short toe box but like me he has no issues with toes feeling crammed and loves his pumas.
Overall I would recommend this shoe for circuit workouts and walking but probably not for long distance running if you need lots of support. You may want to try it before buying to make sure it fits or at least order from an online store that has free returns. Puma does make an actual cross trainer that looks very similar to this shoe. When I'm ready to replace these shoes I may try that one next.