the speed star and the speed star fade are different only in their coloration, everything else about the two shoes is identical. they are a high quality, high comfort court shoe designed with style in mind. they have a high midsole that provides more arch support than your normal court shoe, and they fit narrow feet extremely well. when compared to other flats in puma's line, they definitely fare well, particularly in contrast to puma's best selling flats, the v5.11 sala's. it's a shoe with a pretty complete package, comfort, an eye toward off-court style, and performance to waste.