The PUMA v1.10 is a boot that knows how to make an entrance. After making it’s bow in a startling yellow colourway exactly a month ago it’s still a point of contention everywhere.
From the Premier League – where Nicolas Anelka has been on blistering form in the v1.10 but Peter Crouch is yet to make the switch from the .08’s; to the Footy Boots community – where comments range from ‘sickest cleat ever’ to ‘what were PUMA thinking?.
So which is it? Well, lets put it like this. Every new boot has two major talking points. What it looks like and how it performs. We gave the v1.10 a hard time on the former but fair’s fair. On the latter, this is a serious contender.
After the ankle destroying endurance tests that were synonymous with wearing the v1.06 and v1.08 for the first time, I was wary of giving the v1.10 a run-out on a Sunday match with the boots only arriving on the Saturday. But wear them I did, and I was massively impressed. PUMA have finally started to get the fit right on their premier product.
For starters, whilst it doesn’t look like much of a change on first glance, the toe area has been reduced dramatically. Rather than the ‘too-roomy’ front end of the v1.08, the v1.10 has slimmed this area, down making a much welcome nod to the toe of the v1.06.
The heel has also had a revamp; PUMA’s ‘uni’ system seems to be following the trend that many boots have started taking- providing a snug fit that reduces friction by reducing the movement of the heel itself.
PUMA have taken some big gambles from a design standpoint on the v1.10. Whereas Nike and Lotto have favoured single-piece construction recently; PUMA have gone for a radical approach, with multiple components interacting to make the boot what it is.
Firstly, the v1.10 is one of the few boots to feature 2 materials in its upper. The toes and lace cover are made from a lightweight synthetic material (that bears very little similarity to leather, despite the product description claiming it to be synthetic leather). The closest comparison I can think of is the earliest model of the adidas F50 TUNiT, with a frictionless feel and thick cut to cover the laces.
The positioning of the new synthetic works surprisingly well with the other material in the upper, the v1 series trademark micro-fibre canvas. Whilst the canvas has always been tough to rip from contact with studs and blades, I’ve always had an issue with the material rubbing away against a firm surface (like dry ground or an artificial pitch) especially on the toe area, where I drag it along the ground when stopping, turning and striking. So having the firmer synthetic material in the way completely removes this issue.
Despite these marked improvements I can’t help but feel there’s a little bit too much going on the v1.10 for its own good.
The 2 uppers, heel counter, sole plate, rubber ‘seams’ and huge plastic PUMA stripe are all held in place by a Herculean amount of stitching. Looking at the boot there are double and triple-seams running all over the place! This in truth probably means they’re going to be able to take a lot of grief – a bit like covering a jigsaw in duct tape – but compared to the elegance of boots like the Zhero Gravity Tre and Mercurial Vapor you’ve got to wonder if there was a better solution.
Once again, PUMA’s latest is proving a divisive boot, with a multitude of contrasts all over the upper.
Thankfully I think PUMA have struck a decent balance. The micro-fibre canvas is a lot more cushioned and giving than the laminate synthetic, making a it a great choice to line the instep. This area hugs the arches of your feet nicely giving you a great area to receive passes and control the ball mid bounce – and despite it not being a priority it’s also a pretty good area to distribute from.
The most noticeable change from the v1 series previous incarnations is the inclusion of a lace cover, which is pretty much as expected. The surface on the front of the boot is absolutely huge when compared to some other boots, and there’s a slight curve that hugs the top of your foot for a nice clean striking area. Similarly,' the reduced width in the toe area gives a feeling of being much closer to the ball when skimming passes with the outside of the foot.
One complaint is the near-frictionless nature of that part of the upper. As the F50 line grew from the first TUNiT to the F50.9, adidas toiled away at improving the grip of the upper – and I think PUMA could have learnt from this. It would’ve been nice to see a more adhesive coating on the upper in the style of Nomis’ WetControl to help with controlling balls coming in from high, as the triangle pattern on this model isn’t quite up to scratch.
One indesputable factor on the PUMA v1.10 is the FG sole plate. Once again the carbon fibre shank makes a welcome return – as does the nearly unchanged stud configuration. Thankfully the rear blades have been shortened a little, which gives a more even feel when stood on flat ground.
The v1.10 is a boot designed with the fleet-footed attacker in mind. Others need not apply.
Normally I’d like to recommend boots for certain positions and types of player, but the v1.10 is very specialized to the sorts of winger and striker that looks burn the defender and get it past the keeper.
The good news for fans of the v1 series is there’s plenty to love here. There’s a mass of features ticking away under the skin of these boots that all work well – and PUMA have done a great job of refining the fit for this year’s model.
And for everyone else, if you can look past some (very) perplexing design decisions there’s a boot with a lot to offer. It’s like having some of the classy features of a new BMW and putting them in the chassis of a Ford Focus. A bright yellow one. Covered in stitching.
However, you might want to look it at like going to see Amy Winehouse in concert. Get past the look and you’ll love the performance.
The boots do not look the best but I would say the performance perspective is one of the best boots on the market as the v1s have always been.
A very underated boot
my comments dont get through do you people at footy boots know why? I just tried to comment and as always its not getting through
haha love the comments at the end 😉 a top notch review as always footy-boots keep it up
first haahha, nice boot, but prefer the older models
It’s funny, the entire time I had v1.08’s, I felt like they were made for my feet, but amazingly, the v1.10’s fit even better. Sadly, I can agree that the touch in these is just off. The synthetic is just disappointing. On the v1.08, the surface wasn’t as slippery, and did have a touch of tackiness to it, which helped a lot. The comparison to the f50 is perfect, they just feel entirely too plastic. As said, though, underneath all the flash these are pretty good. I prefer the touch of the v1.08, but the fit of the v1.10 is better. I’m torn between the two.
Nice review, it’s good to know that this boot won’t be viewed as all bad after the major uproar over the design.
Nowadays especially the big brands have so much people working to make the boot fit and perform, that it’s a miracle if they make a boot that doesn’t perform. So, it pretty much comes down to how you like your boot to perform, rather than does it perform. And, ofcourse, the looks(=and this boot looks awful).
Still, a quality boot review.
These guys at FB are amazing, they can even test football boots in the dark!
i am starting to like these more and more actually! the look is out there which is quite cool if you ask me
Really disapointed with the finish and construction. The opportunity to put something innovative in to the speed categroy has been missed.
Puma are off the boil in a big way.
the coloor looks like mustard and ketchup 😀
good review here.. is there a k-leather version arriving on the scene? because those would greatly help out the touch.
for me, the puma v series has always been perfect. i still wear my v.06’s! they weight lots less than vapors and any other speed boot out there, and they fit better.
Hi all – thanks for the great comments!
ZC – I think the comments go through a moderation process and can take up to an hour to appear sometimes, I’m not 100% on that though!
fizz – Interestingly in the ‘care guide’ that came with them, there’s a footnote with different care instructions for the ‘v1.10 KL’, so I think a k-leather version will probably appear sooner than we think.
Splinter09 – Day or night, if there’s boots to be tested…We’ll be there!
Solid review, I might get my hands on those if there are better colourways. Any idea what other colours will be released?
Oh and you guys used a f50i ball for Puma boots testing?
Apart from the Red/White/Black that launched at the same time, we have no concrete details of any other colourways.
Educated guesses based on passed releases would prbably see a Black/White/Red and some type of ‘Camo’ design somewhere along the product’s lifespan.
And unfortunately, yep, that’s an f50i ball – but I thought it looked best with the bright colour of the boots and the night time photoshoot!
i have a pair of these and they are good boots i like them alot but they did get a boit uncomfortable on the outside of my foot
i have thes boots and there is no doubt there goog but one thing i didnt like was that it was sumtimes painful on the outside of my foot but overall good
then are these boots really good for kicking? power, swerve and stuffs?
are these boots really good for kicking? i mean like power, swerve and stuffs?
If you hit the ball on the top of your foot, and strike through the middle of the ball I reckon you’ll get plenty of power from the huge surface area delivered by the carbon fibre sole and the lace cover.
There’s no specific elements to enhance swerve, so if you’re naturally good and getting some bend on the ball you’ll probably appreciate the big, clean area. Otherwise I’d have to say no on the swerve!
Yes there is gonna be a k leather version in the white and red like the v1.08k color! and there is gonna be a black silver color for the reg v1.10! you can preorder in January i think?
Hi Kyle, any chance of reviewing the K-leather boot? 😀
I have very wide feet. Puma King’s normally fit just fine. Will these do???