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THE HISTORY OF THE PUMA MIRAGE

mirage journey

1970: MADE FOR SPEED

Debuting in 1976, PUMA’s Mirage was a new lightweight and made for speed track and field offering. Its upper featured nylon reinforced with suede leather trimmings, a reinforced heel-counter, heelbone protection, a foam wedge insert, a nylon front sole with profile, six interchangeable spikes, and an asymmetrical spike position. 

catalogue from the track to the street

FROM THE TRACK TO THE STREET

The Mirage began in the 1970s as a track and field shoe and was reimagined in the 1990s as a jogging and leisure shoe. It was appreciated by runners for its stability, comfortable foam and lightweight design. 

1990 game changed

1990: WHEN THE GAME CHANGED

After its redesign in the 1990s, catalogues described the Mirage as a “nylon leisure shoe” with an air-permeable nylon mesh upper and synthetic suede trims. These nylon design elements were kept from the original track and field shoe. The stylish jogging and leisure shoe came in a variety of colourways, for both men and women, suiting various tastes. 

For me, the Mirage is one of the great PUMA shoe classics. Its development from sprint shoe to jogging shoe to PUMA Lifestyle classic stands for our PUMA shoe history.

MR. PUMA HELMUT FISCHER
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2020: MIRAGE REBIRTH

In 2020, this popular silhouette was re-issued again as a lifestyle shoe, the Mirage OG. By taking design cues from running and transforming them with eye-catching, futuristic elements for styles like the Mirage Mox and Mirage Tech, a new perspective was brought to the original. 

mirage mox

AN UNFINISHED JOURNEY

The journey from track and field, to jogging and leisure, to modern lifestyle underpins the Mirage’s reputation as a true PUMA classic that will continue to prevail in the future.