I have always been a fan of the King Finale range, but adding an “SL” at the end creates a whole new dynamic! The Puma King Finale SL weighs in at a pretty appetizing 7.9oz and this new White/Ribbon Red/Limoges colorway offers a patriotic look that adheres to the visuals Puma has taken on with its summer collection.
This is the first release in the King Finale SL series we have seen since the extremely fascinating Black/Rosso Corsa/PUMA Silver colorway that dropped in March, and for those interested, they retail for $209.99.
Creating an SL
In order to drop the weight of the boot to 7.9oz, puma has made some significant changes. For example:
- Cut off tongue – not only has the amount of fabric used in the tongue been been cut back, but the fold over tongue has been completely removed, an aspect I am very pleased about!
- K-leather upper slimmed – Puma still use a K-leather upper, but they have modified it to be thinner. This improves feel on the ball but reduces protection.
- Heel Counter trimmed – The heel counter has been completely trimmed down, with any excess material removed
I have had the opportunity to test the King Finale SL and was left extremely impressed. So much so that they are still one of my go-to pairs of boots. They are a boot that offers a traditional feel, natural touch and plenty of traction in a lightweight package. Puma manages to trim down the King Finale and create a top performing speed boot without dramatically reducing comfort levels, which is extremely important. Those of you that wear a pair will find they fall into the speed category, although some people will categorize them as a heritage/speed hybrid.
This latest release hits the market with a retail of $209.99.