After an almost two-decade hiatus, Puma made its re-entry into the basketball sneakers scene in October 2018 with Puma Clyde Court Disrupt. While it had some faults, the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt otherwise received with a warm welcome from sneaker fans.
That gave Puma an impetus to launch another basketball sneaker and it actually didn’t take too long for them to do such. While everyone thought that the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt was no more than a mere flash on the basketball sneakers game, just last February 2019 Puma came out with another brand-new sneaker, the Puma Uproar.
Does this signify that Puma will be around in the basketball shoes department for good? Only time will tell. Perhaps, this detailed look at the Puma Uproar would give us a good idea whether or not Puma will be making more basketball sneakers for the long haul.
The Puma Uproar made its retail debut on February 16, 2019. The first colorway, “All-Star” was specifically designed and released in time for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend. The shoe’s design and colorway certainly give a nod Charlotte Hornets’ jersey, consisting of teal (the predominant color) with orange and purple hits. Both the lateral and medial sides of the shoe have textile overlays. The upper sits on top of a white and orange midsole. The initial sales price was at $130.
Puma followed this up with another colorway, the Puma Uproar Spectra “Limelight-Black-White.” It features an eye-catching yellow upper with black stripes, which sits on top of a teal and gray midsole. It was released on April 12, 2019 and its original sales price was at $130.
The colorways are certainly striking, but how about the actual performance?
The unit weight of the Puma Uproar is 460 grams (16.59 ounces), about 30 grams heavier than Nike Kyrie 5. This is going to be interesting as to how its weight would impact its performance.
One of the most significant features about the Puma Uproar is its proprietary IGNITE foam in the midsole for cushioning. While some are happy that the IGNITE foam provides superior cushioning, others feel that it doesn’t give off enough bounce and energy return. However, the shoe’s firm structure provides it with a very good court feel. But if you want to have a little cushion, you can replace the shoe’s insole with another insole of your preference.
The traction, on the other hand, is very good. The patterns are arranged in such a way that it covers your every movement. The patterns along the outrigger allow for excellent lateral movements. The rubber outsole is pretty much formidable that you can use the shoe both indoors and outdoors.
The materials on the upper depend on the colorway, but basically both the “All-Star” and the “Limelight-Black-White” have a combination of genuine and synthetic leather as well as other textiles. Both colorways feature textiles along the tongue and internal sections. But the Uproar Spectra has significantly more leather than the All-Star (as the textile is noticeably absent on the toebox which is otherwise seen on the All-Star), so the former is an ideal choice for those who want more leather.
The Puma Uproar has more or less the typical support just like in any other basketball shoe: it has a wide, firm base to keept the foot stable, and a heel counter for additional support.
While the cushion needs to be improved a bit, the Puma Uproar is overall a great shoe. Perhaps it’s an improvement from the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt. Because of the promising show from the Puma Uproar, fans are already awaiting what Puma has in store for the future releases.