PUMA’s running sneakers have always been a cut above the rest due to the utilization of bleeding-edge technologies and materials. The brand’s most recent endeavor, the Calibrate Runner, is no different, adopting an MIT-engineered cushioning system for the ultimate in fitness-focused versatility.
The Calibrate is an aesthetically-efficient running shoe that looks as futuristic as you might expect, especially for a shoe that utilizes MIT technology. It boasts a woven sheer overlay on its lateral side, a full-lace closure for additional security, and a comfortable PU Foam midsole that promotes ample foot support, courtesy of its re-curved shape. But what makes the Calibrate so interesting is its XETIC smart cushioning — a derivative of “auxetic materials” that become more perpendicularly robust when they’re stretched. Although this technology is often used in things like packing material, armor, and safety equipment, it promises to change the game for runners, expanding during strenuous movement and providing amplified rebound qualities for a smoother stride. Head to PUMA’s website to pick up the Calibrate for $140.