By Kelvin Tan
It’s engineered to stay on top of its game – through every pivot and kick – so you can stay on top of yours. Puma Europe
While we’ve grown up with fond memories of both the stars who’ve worn the Puma King, and the boot itself, but this latest version of the legendary silo just feels like it’s trying too hard to fit in with the modern ideal of what a football boot should be.
-Well designed outsole and heel counter- heel strikers (and that’s your running type, not your position on the pitch) will find this boot particularly comfortable
-Despite the upper of the King being made of premium-leather, it still doesn’t feel as good on the touch. Our thoughts- why isn’t it in K-Leather?
-Quite a tight squeeze on the toes- it’s deceptively slim at the forefoot.
Getting them on
We can’t avoid a little thrill while slipping into the Puma Kings- after all, this is a legendary boot worn by legends, and given the silo has lasted 45 years, it’s amazing how timeless this boot has proved.
Once the mist of history had settled though, reality set in — we found ourselves having to take on and off this boot several times, in search for the perfect fit that never came. Despite spending close to ten minutes at the edge of the field adjusting the laces and shifting the King’s tongue, we couldn’t seem to get that right combination of snugness and toe-wriggle room.
Just add water…
The trouble with the Kings is that while our head says this should be a fantastic boot, our heart (and feet) disagree.
It’s quite a good looking boot, to be honest, and actually quite a stable boot, probably because of a combination of its outsole and stud configuration, as well as its external heel counter- the former’s super light Pebax outsole did provide a good stable stride, while still accounting for quick changes in direction while running with the ball, while the latter gave quite a comforting feel in terms of how secure our heels felt, compared to some other boots we’ve tried recently. At the very least, there’ll be no worries of sudden slippages due to a lack of heel support with the Kings.
But a winning football boot needs to be more than that. With all the varieties out there, it was underwhelming to find that the King did nothing in terms of helping with our touch. On top of that, the Kings got really quite heavy once a downpour started, and we realised that was because the calf leather was too absorbent, especially compared to k-leather.
Really, this is a boot that should go back to the basics. There’s a good reason why legends like Pele favoured the Kings, and we reckoned it was because of the no-nonsense, practical design they used to be in. If Puma wants to keep this historied boot going on, that might not be a bad direction to head back in.
$219 each, available at Weston Corporation, #01-22 Queensway Shopping Centre