Here's What You Should Be Looking for in a Running Shoe - Men's Health Magazine Australia

Here’s What You Should Be Looking for in a Running Shoe

PUMA's Velocity Nitro 2 is changing the game.

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There are currently 15 pairs of sneakers in my wardrobe (yes, 15). I dont say that to brag (it’s literally part of my job), but rather to reassure you that I know what Im talking about. Because when it comes to running, a truly no-frills sport, theres only one piece of gear that really matters: your running shoes. And I’ve tested plenty of them. 

While sure, you could run in those older-than-dirt trainers, making the investment in a good pair of running shoes could save you a boatload later in potential doctor and PT bills. Not to mention, they can give you the ability to run further, and faster.

Pioneers in the running game (remember old mate Usain Bolt’s favourite sneakers), PUMA know that too well, and over the last few years especially have been upping their game when it comes to running shoes. Analysing the best fitting kicks in the industry to develop an improved fit through new last shapes based on different usages, their shoes are faster, lighter, and more comfortable than ever. Whether you’re looking for something with extra support and cushion for long runs, shock absorption for speed days, durability for muddy trail runs, or just a solid running shoe that also looks great.

Newest to the game, the Velocity NITRO 2, is a lightweight and sleek update to the Run PUMA roster. Boasting a design that makes you look the part, the Velocity NITRO 2 sets the standard for running shoes in 2022. Below, three reasons they stand out.


When looking at a running shoe, a pillowy cushion feels nice, but a firmer shoe will have more spring-back on the road, minimising stress on stabilising muscles. Featuring NITRO foam for exceptional responsiveness and ultimate cushioning, the Velocity NITRO 2 gives you the best of both worlds with advanced foam technology, providing superior responsiveness and cushioning, meaning a smooth ride all-round.


Keeping it sleek is always a bonus, but with the Velocity NITRO 2 you can also expect enhanced visibility through reflective accents, so you can hit your stride in low-light conditions.


PUMAs advanced foam technology, NITRO, is infused with nitrogen gas through an innovative new process that makes it possible to combine three key benefits to the runner—responsiveness, cushioning, and is extremely lightweight for a more effortless run. 


Slipping all over the place is not what we want while running (especially with all the wet weather we’re getting at the moment), so make sure you’re looking out for a running shoe that keeps your feet firmly on the ground. A durable rubber compound, PUMAGRIP, provides superior multi-surface traction on the Velocity NITRO 2 meaning added safety and speed.

Shop the Velocity NITRO 2 here.

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the former Digital Editor at Men's Health Australia, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has written for Women's Health, esquire, GQ and Vogue magazine.

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