By Kelvin Tan
Its design is an optimised blend of light, fit, and flex which maximizes performance without sacrificing stability and comfort. Puma Europe
Of all the boots Puma have produced in recent revamps, the evoSPEED 1.2 FG is one of the best we’ve ever tried — it ticks all the boxes of what a boot needs to be for your average weekend warrior. Our only question- did they really NEED to emblazon the brand so loudly on the boot? It made our feet feel like mobile billboards.
– Sturdy fit all around; despite the boot’s new monolayer microfiber upper being softer and lighter than its previous iteration, it still feels studier.
– The FG version weighed in at 188g, which meant it was fairly light on our feet.
– Compared to some of the other offerings in the market, we found this boot quite reasonably priced at $219.
– Puma have targeted Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguerro as brand ambassadors for the evoSPEED, and although it’s being positioned as a “striker’s boot”, we found that shooting with the boot wasn’t exactly “plug-and-play”- it took a significant number of games before we got used to the completely smooth surface of the boot, and the fact we would have to impart far more spin in striking the ball to get it to curve.
Getting them on
It took a little effort to get the evoSPEED on, as it was a tad narrow in the front, but after some deft tugs to adjust the laces we were fairly comfortable with the boot on. However, for those with wider feet, we’d suggest getting a boot half a size larger though.
Wayward at first..
Laced up and ready to go, we readied ourselves to launch missiles of mass destruction to our goalkeeper. Unfortunately, our first few shots went wayward, and the next batch of attempts (we had to go pickup our stray shots ourselves, obviously) were all hit right to the middle of the goal, for the keeper to pick up easily.
Examining the boot, we realized why- the upper of the boot was just too smooth! Unlike the other Puma silos, this evoSPEED had no fins nor ridges- we would have to rely on our own technique if we were going to score goals with this boot.
Good and stable fit
It was when the game proper started that we really realized the merits of this evoSPEED. While most boots promise much but deliver little when it comes to stability and comfort, Puma’s latest offering really does deliver the goods, especially with its DuoFlex sole providing maximum comfort during moves like Cruyff turns and dribbles. In addition, we also found that the outsole’s conical studs helped with coping with uneven ground, which is almost a given with Singapore’s bumpy pitches.
But we saved our best kudos for what seemed like the most outstanding feature- the evoSPEED’s EverFit cage, which was hidden, but gave us great comfort, especially in the midfoot region. When it comes to trying on new boots, a usual gripe that we’ve come to put up with is how our midfoot tends to ache as a result of having to adapt to yet another boot’s new fit and shape. This wasn’t the case with the evoSPEED, which was quite remarkable, and something we attributed to the EverFit cage, which secured our foot snugly in the boot.
While the evoSPEED boot isn’t the best boot you’ll ever buy, it is certainly one of the best you can get out in the market right now, especially if you’re looking for an all-rounder that keeps you comfortable enough so you aren’t hobbling into the office come Monday morning.
$219 each, available at Weston Corporation, #01-22 Queensway Shopping Centre