The History of the PUMA Mirage
1970: MADE FOR SPEED
The Mirage debuted in 1976 as a new track and field shoe offering from PUMA that was lightweight and made for speed. It featured uppers backed with nylon and reinforced with suede leather trimmings, a reinforced heel-counter, heelbone protection, a foam wedge insert, a nylon front sole with profile, 6 interchangeable spikes, and an asymmetrical spike position.
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, appreciated by runners for its stability, comfortable foam and lightweight design.
1990: WHEN THE GAME CHANGED
When redesigned in the 1990s, catalogues described it as a “nylon leisure shoe” with an air-permeable nylon mesh upper and synthetic 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 colorways, for both men and women, suiting various tastes.
2020: MIRAGE REBIRTH
In 2020, this popular silhouette was re-issued again as a lifestyle shoe, the Mirage OG. Subsequently, a new perspective was brought to the original by taking design cues from running and transforming them with eye-catching, futuristic elements for styles like the Mirage Mox and Mirage Tech.
AN UNFINISHED JOURNEY
The journey from a track & field shoe to jogging & leisure to modern lifestyle underpins the Mirage’s reputation as a true PUMA classic and one of the most popular silhouettes we may keep seeing again in the future.