PUMA has created a unique new shoe with the BioWeb Elite. With its spider web-like upper, the BioWeb wraps the foot in a lightweight package that is durable and stable.
I tested the PUMA BioWeb Elite for three weeks on a number of runs both indoors and out, and found it to be a great stability trainer for long runs.
Unlike the PUMA Faas line which emphasizes lightweight cushioning and flexibility, the BioWeb offers a stiffer, less cushioned ride with plenty of structure and stability.
While the Faas 500 may have the feel of a cushy Cadillac, the BioWeb Elite could be compared to a German sports car with a more responsive ride.
Based on the principals of the spider web, the upper consists of mesh wrapped in a web-like structure, known as the WebCage. The upper is comfortable and form fitting when worn barefoot or with a thin sock. If you have a wide forefoot or like to wear thicker socks, the toe box may be too narrow.
Unlike the stretchy and flexible web that covers the upper, the heel wrap is very structured. While some wearers may find it a bit too stiff, people with narrow heels will most likely welcome a fit that protects against heel slippage.
The outsole is not as flexible as the Faas series, but still has three flex grooves in the forefoot that allow the shoe to bend and provide a smooth transition at toe off. But what the shoe gives up in flexibility it gains in durability. After three weeks of runs, it showed very little wear, making it a good shoe for high mileage runners.
If you're looking for a versatile shoe for both running and gym workouts, the BioWeb Elite offers enough stability to make it a great cross training shoe, especially for activities with a lot of lateral movement like boot camps and cross fit.
Disclosure: PUMA provided the BioWeb Elite for testing, but in no way influenced the opinions expressed in this review.