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Stability • May 1, 2023

Puma ForeverRun Nitro Review: Nitro, meet Stability

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What You Need To Know


9.6 oz. (272 g) for a US M9,

8.3 oz. (235 g) for a US W8

Stack Height/Drop

36 mm in heel, 26 mm in forefoot (10 mm drop)

Best For

Stability miles with a flash of style

Key Features

Dual-layer Nitro midsole, PWRTAPE structure, breathable mesh upper

On The Run
Comfortable Nitro ride Solid heel lockdown A little bit slappy


The Intro

THOMAS: We get a lot of boxes full of shoes and gear through our doors, some more exciting than others. For example, up until last year, opening a box and finding a pair of stability shoes usually measured a four out of ten on the excite-o-meter. I mean, who doesn’t want to strap heavy trainers with hard medial posts to their feet in order to get enough miles for a proper review? Alright, except for Aldren. The rest of us would suffer through the experience purely for the benefit of the readers and then head straight for the donation pile.

Those times are behind us. Some brands have pivoted from stability shoes into what they’re calling guidance shoes. Gone are the hard medial posts and the plastic heel counters that felt more like braces than running shoes. Puma is the latest brand to jump into the party that Hoka, Asics, and Saucony already have rocking. Saucony blew us away with the Tempus, which currently sets our stability standard. It was stable but fun, combining lightweight foams with an upper that feels as good as it looks, but could Puma keep pace?

If you need guidance, all that matters is you no longer have to wear orthopedic monstrosities on your feet. Now, we just have to find out how the Puma ForeverRun Nitro stacks up.

MEAGHAN: As Thomas noted, it’s never exciting when a stability shoe shows up for review. That said, the ForeverRun Nitro was an unexpected treat, in the sense that I didn’t know it was actually coming and also that it didn’t feel like a traditional stability shoe.

Puma’s innovative support and guidance, as they put it, is built into this shoe via a two-piece Nitro midsole — a firmer rim with a softer core and Puma’s clever Runguide System, which includes supportive details like the PWRTAPE, a heel clip, and a specially designed orthotic insole.

There’s a solid 36mm of foam underfoot, 26mm in the forefoot for a 10mm drop, and my US W7.5 came in at 8.3 oz.

Do we finally have stability without the suck?

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The Good

THOMAS: Puma’s technical mesh upper is reinforced with its PWRTAPE, which gets layered and welded to create a structure that doesn’t look or feel overbearing. The ForeverRun Nitro has a gusseted elastic tongue that fits securely as you tighten it down. We’ve had issues with Puma’s heel lock in the past, but the ForeverRun Nitro has plenty of padding back there, which kept us locked in place. There’s a soft rubber-like heel clip, too, which adds even greater stability. Despite all of the tech, the mesh is comfortable, breathable, and fits true to size.

Let’s move on down to the midsole. Puma’s Nitro foam is excellent for daily trainers. It’s soft and bouncy but certainly not heavy. As long as we are talking about weight, the ForeverRun Nitro weighs 10.5 oz. (297 g) for my US M10.5. Anyway, back to the midsole. The ForeverRun Nitro uses a rim and core build to add stability without a proper post. It mixes a softer inner foam in the core for plush landings and step-in comfort, while firmer Nitro foam serves as an outer shell for the stability factor. It’s tougher than the inner foam, so it shouldn’t break down on you, and the wide base makes for easy landings.

Puma’s one-two punch makes the ForeverRun Nitro feel much more stable than a truly neutral shoe. The outsole rubber plays a role, too, thanks to a thick “J” panel that follows the midsole’s careful geometry.

Honestly, running in the ForeverRun Nitro feels so unobstructed that you might forget that it’s a guidance trainer. It feels as nice to run in as a neutral trainer, with plenty of cushion and a lively pop.

puma foreverrun nitro laces

MEAGHAN: I left the ForeverRun Nitro sitting in its box for a few days before Thomas finally got me to lace it up. I’m not sure why I waited. The step-in feel was shocking. It felt, dare I say it, plush. Puma’s Nitro foam is both soft and responsive, and the upper hugs the foot just right. I found the shoe fits true to size, even with my wider foot. Although there’s probably more padding around the collar and tongue than a typical trainer, it’s not overbearing. The upper itself has a bit of an odd pattern but is still light and breathable.

Out on the run, the ForeverRun Nitro felt great as well. The gusseted tongue and lacing system do a great job keeping the foot locked down, and the midsole is plenty bouncy. I wouldn’t guess this shoe was designed for someone needing support and guidance — it truly felt like a neutral daily trainer.

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The Bad

THOMAS: This happens a lot when I use hot sauce. I gradually add more and more, just a dash at a time. Before I know it, I’m eating hot sauce with a side of food. That’s what happened with the ForeverRun Nitro’s outsole rubber. It feels thick and definitely hampers some of the flexibility — though that might be by design.

MEAGHAN: The Puma ForeverRun Nitro felt a little slappy out on the road. I’m not sure if it’s the rubber outsole or firmer Nitro rim, but it wasn’t the smoothest running trainer.

Also, I’m just assuming the stability features actually work for someone who needs it. As a neutral runner, I do not.

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Puma ForeverRun Nitro Conclusion

THOMAS: Puma did it! The ForeverRun Nitro is a legitimate pick for a light stability/guidance trainer. I’d put it right up there with the Saucony Tempus, Asics Kayano, and Hoka Arahi. Pronators, rejoice. You finally have another option to add to your ever-growing rotation. Even as a neutral runner, I enjoyed my miles in the Puma ForeverRun Nitro. I hope you will, too, should you decide to pick up a pair.

MEAGHAN: I agree with Thomas, Puma has a great offering with the ForeverRun Nitro. It’s comfortable, bouncy, and a great addition to the stability category. You can snag a pair for $150.

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  1. Jon says:

    I know the price point lands right there with a lot of the comparable shoes (Brooks Adrenaline, Saucony Guide, etc) but I always question why these brands with virtually no market share price their shoes like this. Like, why, as a consumer, would I pick these up over either of those other two shoes which are well-established and consistent and I know what I’m getting? I’d have to think if you priced it cheaper, you’d at least be able to make some in-roads. As it is, it’s hard enough to get on the “shoe wall” at the running specialty stores.

    Maybe I’ll try them when they are reduced to $100 or less in 6 months on RunningWarehouse

  2. Rohit says:

    I love reading the articles and watching BITR’s youtube videos. Your reviews are usually spot-on and very humorous. Thanks for that 🙂 However I have one point to make. The pictures in these written reviews are usually a little overprocessed – darkened and saturated. It makes the shoes look pretty sometimes, but it doesn’t depict the actual color of the shoes. It has happened with me a couple of times where I tried to find the color on the manufacturer’s website, just to realize that the actual color was way too dull 🙁 This is just my observation. Please feel free to ignore my comment if you wish. I just thought I’d let you know anyway. Wish BITR all the very best. Cheers!

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