Puma are about to release an interesting Kehinde Wiley inspired version of the V1.10 range, as part of the ongoing PUMA Global Football campaign that is leading up to, and through, the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. This release is going to be limited edition, with only a 302 pairs up for grabs. The cleat has been created by Kehinde Wiley, an American artist who is renowned for his paintings of African-American mixed with his signature graphic backgrounds.
One thing is for sure, Wiley has created an absolutely unique design that I am not sure you will see on many other soccer cleats! The original V1.10 version comes in a yellow color, so this version is the exact oposite coming in a primarily black color. The floral pattern across the front signifies African culture, with a blend of yellow, white and black. One of the main images seems to look like a peacock. Another interesting note is that Puma have placed a black outline of the African continent on the sole of the cleat. The number on the tongue of the cleat signifies the what number the specific pair is in the range. Take a trip back to the release of the Puma V1.815 Ferrari earlier this year and you will see how quickly these boots are going to sell out! I still have people writing to ask where they can get those cleats, trouble being they sold out in less than 5 days. With the World Cup coming up, and being that it is the first to take place on the African continent, these cleats are sure to become hot collector items.
And you won’t have to wait long to see these interesting cleats in action. They will debut during the December 9th round of Champions League fixtures, followed by league matches through December 19th-20th. Players such as Samuel Eto’o Emanuel Eboue and John Mensah will be on the list of stars to watch out for during that period. The cleats will then be signed and auctioned off at next years World Cup.
Some vital info on the Puma V1.10 range:
- Weigh-in at an ever-impressive 8.2oz.
- Front panel is created using a soft, abrasion-resistant microfiber, lightly covered by a grip-like texture
- A front lace cover that is loose enough to pull away from the laces when tying
- A lightweight Pebax frame, that is see-through (just take out the inserts!)
- Pointed stud configuration designed to enhance ground traction
The only place in the US to get your hands on a pair is over at soccer.com.