As part of their Faas 500 series ["faas" is Jamaican for fast], Puma brings us a sleek running shoe in a brand new colorway, originally designed for Jamaica's running teams. Hypebeast reports, "The moderately cushioned tooling features some slight changes to Jamaica's iconic black, yellow and green with different hues applied over the upper with a high contrast orange midsole."
Although Puma has a reputation for catering more to fashion than function, the Faas 500 is a solid running shoe. Activegearreview.com says, "The Puma Faas 500 running shoes were put together with three categories in mind: rocker, flex and groove, all of which make up the BioRide Technology midsole. The rocker helps propel the foot in a forward motion from heel to toe, the flex allows your foot to do a little more work with each individual foot strike, and the small grooves allow the shoe to contour the ground and better react to every foot strike."
Although the Faas 500 performed well on mid- to long-distance runs, Activegearreview.com was not sure if the shoe would work for runners with heavy pronation problems.
Overall, the Puma Faas 500 gets two thumbs up for performance and style. The shoes are available now at Caliroots.Com. And keep an eye out for the Puma Faas 400 Bolt [releasing fall/winter 2011], inspired by the "fastest man in the world," Usain Bolt [seen below].
If you want to check out Jamaica's best track and field athletes, head down to the Penn Relays on April 28-30 in Philadelphia. Also, be on the lookout for our exclusive STACK TV video series, Road to the Relays, highlighting three top high school track and field teams looking to win big at this year's competition.
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