Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoe Review
While the best spikeless golf shoes have arguably dominated the market so far in 2022, there have been some great examples of more traditional spiked golf shoes released this year. Taking on the FootJoy Tour Alpha, adidas Tour360 22 and Under Armor HOVR Drive 2, the Puma Ignite Articulate arrived ready to go to be the best cleated golf shoe of the year.
The name is quirky, but there’s solid logic and technology behind the Articulate brand. According to Puma, this refers to the articulation geometry that allows the shoe to move with your foot while providing solid support throughout the swing. Quite simply, it really works in practice and the Articulate really hugs your foot without being too intrusive – it really feels like an extension of your foot. It’s a bit like the Under Armor HOVR Drive 2 in that sense, with the Puma being slightly softer underfoot.
There’s also no traditional shoe tongue and it’s replaced with a unique construction that provides plenty of support around the entire foot. Then there’s a ‘cage’ – pictured in black on the shoe – that wraps around any foot shape for extra support. Just like with the FootJoy Tour Alpha, the shoe really creates a “locked in” feel once the laces are tightened, which I found comfortable and not too tight.
Out of the box I was a huge fan of the gold/black/brown colorway. I’m worried about how easy it will be to keep the white Ignite Foam section of the shoe clean during the winter months, but for those dry summer days I tested the shoe it was easy to clean it and keep it clean. Speaking of Ignite foam – Puma’s proprietary midsole technology – it once again provides great underfoot cushioning and energy return. Although the overall style and silhouette is very similar to other Puma shoes that have been released over the past few years, it is still a great looking shoe. I’d love to see Puma try something a little different and the Articulate looks and feels eerily similar to last year’s Ignite Cage Crafted.
The outsole is complete and probably the most outstanding feature of the Articulate. It features an all-new traction pattern that includes eight Tornado studs per shoe along with plastic nubs surrounding them for added traction. It complements the locked-in feel nicely and I really felt that no matter the conditions or the lie, the shoes weren’t going to slip. It should be noted that Puma shoes tend to run slightly small. The Articulate is no different and I went up half a size from normal and found the fit to be very comfortable.