In 1990 PUMA debuted its most advanced cushioning yet, TRINOMIC. Applied across a wide range and variety of shoes, this innovative technology was a hexagonal system in the sole that compressed and rebounded load. Due to its exceptional features, it was used in PUMA styles across running, basketball, tennis, and football.

The TRINOMIC system fulfilled almost perfectly the necessary orthopedic and biomechanical requirements of sports shoes. The structure was derived from a natural construction, which can be seen in the structure of a bee's honeycomb or at the human bone tissue under a microscope. Wherever high stability and lower weight has to be reached at the same time, this construction is used.

With a structural array of equal sized lightweight cells, the TRINOMIC tech provided an optimum balance between cushioning, stability and flexibility and near perfect long-term memory and strength. The design comprised of primarily air filled, hexagonal-shaped cells in both the heel and forefront areas of the sole in the original styles. The flexible structure was originally made of highly elastic materials with extraordinary features that made it resistant, light, highly substantial, and long-lasting.

The TRINOMIC triangle logo represents the three benefits of the technology: cushioning, stability and flexibility. The TRINOMIC technology reigned supreme in PUMA athletic footwear styles through the 1990s.

1991 - DISC 


It was in 1991 when PUMA introduced another gamechanger: The DISC System, PUMA’s first laceless sports shoe with a system of internal wires that tighten the upper for a perfect fit.


The shoe also used the TRINOMIC tech in the sole, this time in a unique, zig zag like design stemming from the front to the back of the foot.

The DISC design comprised of three main elements:

  • Side unit – consisting of connecting sleeves and stabilizing elements at the inner and outer flanks of the shoe
  • Compression unit – the base of the closure unit and replaces the traditional tongue
  • Closure unit – the closure unit with integrated disc


 This dynamic new product feature was used in the beginning for running, but eventually became a crucial piece of the basketball lineup as well.

After the late 1990s, PUMA scaled back its use of the TRINOMIC technology until the early 2000s, with the introduction of new styles like the R698, and most notably, the Blaze of Glory. The shoe was inspired by the ground-breaking PUMA DISC Blaze style from the 1990s, this time, with laces. The Blaze of Glory made its debut in 2006, although it wasn’t until 2008 when it really began to take off due to a series of collaborations, most notably with SneakerFreaker. The shoe was one of the most padded and plush versions of the TRINOMIC cushioning ever produced, designed with a unique new upper, signature cage lacing system, and comfortable sock construction. 


In 2022, PUMA is once again celebrating the power of three, bringing back the TRINOMIC tech bigger and better than ever with three footwear styles based in both lifestyle and performance. This new line up uses the three elements, which inspired the original TRINOMIC technology and triangular logo, to merge the past with the future for a new range of styles.