A special thanks to our good friends at Puma for sending us a pair of their new Puma V1.10 SL cleats for review in the Parachute Purple/Tender Shoots colorway. Right out of the box they look like a very classy shoe with a little bit of flair to it, but fairly subtle colors in comparison to other speed boots released as of late.
The first thing we should go over is the sizing. If purchasing this boot online I highly recommend buying a full size larger than you would normally (I am normally size 9 US and a size 10 US was snug on my foot). Also, if you have a wide foot, like myself, than I would consider another boot because these run very thin. As for breaking them in, I have never worn a pair of boots so comfortable right out of the box and into a hard training session. Not a single blister, hotspot, or uncomfortable rubbing – which shocked me because, first of all, most speed boots are notorious for wreaking havoc on heels if not broken in thoroughly enough, and secondly, for a boot that was rather tight on my wide feet, it seemed to accommodate them very well.
Puma has accomplished something in these boots that are difficult to describe. They have created an incredibly light boot that is comfortable, and also has a very good touch and feel to it on your foot. It is made of a softer synthetic upper than that of the synthetic Adidas Adizero which is made of a more rigid and thinner feeling material. The upper almost feels a bit thicker to the adizero, which I liked because it feels like a perfect hybrid of a speed and a classic boot.
Puma have designed these boots with only one thing in mind: speed. They have accomplished this above and beyond all expectations. However this does not mean that you will have no more or less power or swerve when you strike the ball, because those factors will all be determined on how your foot makes contact with the ball. I am personally not a fan of all of the gimmicky components to many modern soccer boots which claim to add power or accuracy to your shots, and am happy with the excellent ball feel that the V1.10 SL provide due to the thin, synthetic upper.
The studs provide excellent grip on hard to firm ground conditions. However I would not recommend the FG version of these boots for soft ground or muddy conditions as they do not provide adequate grip then. So if you play in soft/muddy conditions I would recommend that you try out the Puma V1.10 in SG, as it is made of similar materials and is also a top of the line speed boot from Puma. My only qualm with the Puma V1.10 SL is that it is built very thinly, and is suited for players with medium to thin width feet.
All in all, Puma have created their lightest boot ever, and one of the lightest (and possibly the most comfortable) speed boots ever created. All of this for a cheap price in comparison to what many elite level speed boots on the market cost at this time. I highly recommend these cleats!
As for breaking them in, I have never worn a pair of boots for men so comfortable right out of the box and into a hard training session.
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