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Mixed bag: Outstanding comfort, extremely poor quality logo
7 November 2019
The good: Fantastic comfort. I got the shoes today and went for a 5-km run. Absolutely no pain whatsoever. Running is a breeze in this. The thick, cushioned yet firm midsole absorbs the shocks very well. The rubber outsole provides excellent grip.
The bad: The logo sticker is of extremely poor quality, as some other reviews have said. The first time I got these shoes, the Puma logo was already torn on the outer side of both shoes. Demanded a replacement. Not much luck with the replacement either. The tears were smaller, but still present. After just one running session today, the logo stickers have come apart a lot more (see the pics).
I got these shoes at Rs 1134 (72% discount). I was expecting shoes with good quality finishing but now I have accepted that at such discounts, it's more likely I'll get seconds shoes. I didn't go for a return & refund as it's difficult to get Pumas so cheaply. If you are going to buy these shoes, please be aware that the logo is of very poor quality. It's certain the looks will be ruined very quickly. Do not pay more than 700 for these.
My main priority is to run a lot daily and get fit fast, so with a bit of unhappiness I have overlooked the logo issue.
Ideally, both Amazon India & Puma India should just stop selling these shoes.
I went for size 11 as it's the size that has a thumb's width between my big toe tip and the shoe tip. Whether you plan to run or just walk in these shoes, please go for a bigger size (use the thumb width rule). Running and walking both cause the feet to expand by as much as 4%, which means you have to make allowance for this. If you buy your exact size, you are likely to feel discomfort.
Edit: I chatted with Amazon customer support and emailed them the pics of the tattered logo. Luckily, Amazon agreed to take the shoes back and give me a refund. I contacted Puma too and asked them to look into the quality of Puma Explorer as a number of people have complained about the logo cracking and peeling.
My recommendation: Do not buy this shoe. The flimsy logo really ruins what could have been a very beautiful and comfortable running shoe.