It’s rare that a follow-up football boot can tread the line between keeping the identity that ' it’s predecessor had, whilst still making marked improvements on the old model – and that’s something that – at first glance – the designers in Herzogenaurach have managed with the Puma evoSPEED 1.2.
The evoSPEED was certainly a bold jumping off point for Puma; ditching the ‘v1’ moniker and pulling out all the stops to create a boot that really could compete with the Vapors and the adiZeros of the world both in terms of weight and performance really capped off the first ‘phase’ of Puma’s rebirth.
But as the evoSPEED name was launched cross-category, and had to have a design that appealed to running spikes, golf shoes, driving shoes and cricket spikes, we always got the impression the evoSPEED design was perhaps help back a little – maybe even somewhat tame?
And whilst the Puma evoSPEED 1.2' maintains the same overall shape as the 1, it has it’s own identity thanks to clever aesthetic and performance tweaks implemented by the designers.
We mention a lot of them in the video, but it bares mentioning that Puma have struck a real balance of neat little details, like the lace caps, heel branding and glossy graphics with genuine performance tweaks – including the leather-like finish, SpeedTrack and improved cushioning in the sockliner (that doesn’t add to the weight benchmark established by the evoSPEED 1).
All in all, it’s fair to say the ' Puma evoSPEED 1.2' has left a real positive first impression on the team here at Footy-Boots.com, and we’re definitely excited to slip them on for a test.