Runner’s World Spring Shoe
Puma Faas 1000 – Men’s
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Make no mistake: The Puma Faas 1000 is all about cushioning. It has gobs of foam underfoot that deliver a soft ride–especially in the forefoot, which is the softest of all shoes in this guide. Our wear-testers uniformly lauded its cushy platform. However, almost every single one of them said the shoe’s weakest link was its lacing system. Thick, plastic Y-shaped bands crisscross at midfoot, often leading to uncomfortable pressure along the instep. In particular, runners with narrow feet found it difficult to get a tight wrap of the midfoot.
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“Overall I loved the heel and forefoot cushioning. It felt as good as, if not better than, my favorite shoes—Asics Gel-Cumulus and Gel-Nimbus.” —Brad Sampson, Saint Johns, Mich.
“I was incredibly surprised when I put this shoe on for my first run. It has a smooth ride, with a considerable amount of mid- and forefoot cushioning. This is an excellent recovery-run or easy-run shoe for me because of its stable platform and exceptional lightweight cushioning.” —Justin Dickman, East Lansing, Mich.
“Although the lacing system (an interesting concept) keeps the tongue in place, it prohibits the ability to tighten up in the midfoot, which resulted in a lot of movement.” —Buffy Harrison, Emmaus, Pa.
The Faas 1000 doesn’t quite fit into the maximalist realm when it comes to ultracushioning, but our test team shared some of the concerns that accompany running in cushioned shoes, namely weight and lack of stability when it comes to speed and performance. The 1000 was comfortable, but testers suffered with securing the upper, especially the heel, and felt the shoe actually got less comfortable on longer runs, recommending it more for shorter recovery runs on pavement