Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Puma L.I.F.T. Racer



L.I.F.T stands for “Lite Injected Foam Technology.” I don't know much about this shoe. Is is being marketed to runners? It is called a racer. Is it for fashion? It is called a sneaker. Will it be an adequate replacement for those who like running in the Puma H-street shoe? I haven't seen any reviews so I really don't know. It does look very lightweight. It's created from lightweight foam injected into a mold. The upper is stitched on rather than glued onto the shoe. It just became available last week. It will be interesting to find out if runners like this shoe.





This is the description that Amazon.com give of the shoe.

Amazon.com Product Description
You'll experience a lightweight "Fat Free" ride like you've never experienced before. The L.I.F.T Racer sneaker from PUMA has a breathable oval mesh upper with attractive microsuede trim detailing. It has an ergonomic design that will provide you with premium, nonstop comfort, while the multi-tractioned outsole will deliver top notch footing on most surfaces.

From the Manufacturer
PUMA is the global athletic brand that successfully fuses influences from sport, lifestyle and fashion. PUMA's unique industry perspective delivers the unexpected in sport-lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories, through technical innovation and revolutionary design. PUMA Running offers options for a marathon trainer or a casual jogger. The Running Collection intertwines innovative technology and superior comfort with smart style.

Product Description
The PUMA L.I.F.T. Racer SF brings innovation to the running range with a unique construction that epitomizes lightweight running. The upper is made of synthetic material for comfort. The midsole is constructed using an EVA injection process combined with an innovative design that allows the EVA cushioning to wrap around the entire upper. This gives the L.I.F.T. Racer its most important features: a lighter weight and lower profile. In addition to the EVA construction process, these shoes feature a microsuede trim detail and oval mesh for breathability. Ergonomically designed for short-distance running, yet versatile enough to be worn anywhere.

17 comments:

Nikemom said...

Cool shoe. Not too sure about the green and the sole doesn't look like much for running, but what do I know??!!! I love PUMA so I would wear them for fun. :D

Jim Hansen said...

Hey Nikemom,
They come in other colors. http://solecollector.com/shoes/nike-shoes/jordan-shoes/shoes/puma-presents-the-lift-racer/ You have to get a pair and let me know how you like them!
Jim

Anonymous said...

I bought this shoes in the white and black. I am a serious runner who runs at the college level and I run the 400m and 800m and its perfect for doing intervals on the track. The foam holds up great on a track but I also do cross country and these would be great on grass but not excessive road running. I would compare it to the Nike mayflys, they will eat up to fast. All in all I love them they are awesome, and they allow you to not be held back by heavy training shoes.For distance training on the road however I'd stick to Asics or Adidas I guess

Jim Hansen said...

Thanks for the review. That is the first I have heard of someone using them for running.

Anonymous said...

i might buy these shoes for summer conditioning for high school soccer and im wondering if they would be good for that? some health website also said that the stitching on the inside hurts your feet; is that true?

Anonymous said...

this is the same guy who said that last comment and i forgot to ask what you meant by "they will eat up to fast"?

Anonymous said...

I have the shoes now too. I'm a long distance runner and I would not recommend them for this. For short distances they weren't too bad. However, the stitching is bothersome. Aside from that they are a cool shoe and not really any type of sport shoe.

Jim Hansen said...

Thanks for sharing. That is good to know.

Anonymous said...

i have these shoes in black and white and the stitching doesnt bother me at all. i also think they would work for just about any sport

Jianwei said...

More form than function if you ask me. I dont have the shoes but i suspect that if you're a serious athelete you'll be better off with a NB or Ascics racer which will last you a lot lot longer and is probably negligibly heavier.

Anonymous said...

how's the arch support? I am really interested in these shoes but am kinda worried as i tend to need a lot of support in that area.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys,
I love this trainer, but use it for the gym and kicking about town I am also a runner and need alot of support,this trainer has none, but because they are light they would be fine for short sprints, but not for doing the likes of a 10k or above

Smart Trainer tho

Chris

Anonymous said...

I am a sprinter and use them on the track for warming up before changing in to spikes. the're incredibly comfy and light but dont offer anywhere near as much support as my old asics running shoes (although they are noticebly lighter) but as a sprinter i dont really care about support and found the asics almost excessive in padding and support.I have had no issues withthe stiching. I imagine they would be perfect for 400/800m These shoes are also great trainers and are good for just slipping on and going to town in.

Rick Davis said...

Just got a pair, kind of felt a little funny at first, but they broke in nicely after I wore them for a day. They are definately not made for running

Anonymous said...

dont get these shoes wet, become very slippy especially in shops etc.

Anonymous said...

i am looking for a good shoes for running around 3 miles a day. i was wondering if these would be okay for that?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have just bought a pair to replace my current Asics which are neutral support shoe.

I currently run with a heel strike and have decided to learn to run on my forefoot to avoid the potential associated injuries.

This should suit as it has no support in it so I won't be able to heel strike.

I generally run 10k at about 50min pace whilst training.