I’ve got to give props for the design strategy Puma has taken with the evoSPEED 1 SL, and again they have produced a real winner with this latest colorway. It might have a lot to do with the perforated appearance of the upper, or it could just be the sharp color combo’s Puma has gone with. I am, however, slightly confused that they are listed as an Orange/White/Hawaiian Ocean as I see a red upper rather than orange. This could just be one of those “you have to see in person” releases.
For those wondering about performance, I have tested the Ducati version and was heavily impressed. There are some differences between both versions, as the Ducati is not perforated. But other than that they are an extremely similar shoe and I expect these to be just as effective. The downside about this release though is the pricepoint, with the evoSPEED SL coming in at $275.
For those that want a pair, make sure to check them out on soccer.com.
True Lightweight Upper
Take for example the weight, with this version coming in at an ultralight 5.6oz. It has a lot to do with the perforated monolayer microfiber upper, which is designed to offer a very natural feel on the ball. Right through the forefoot, you get a dimpled, slightly textured design, which is not as defined as we have seen on previous versions. This is part of Puma’s attempt to add some extra grip to what is an ultra thin, smooth microfiber upper. And finally, in order to add support, an EverFit cage through the inside of the boot provides additional internal stability.
Versus the V1.11 SL
There are definitely big changes between these and the pretty awesome V1.11 SL release. First, this boot is rounded through the forefoot, and Puma has gone with a straight lace design. You also get a perforated design on this upper, which creates a very unique look. In terms of similarities, you get the same soleplate and heel counter, showing Puma’s confidence in the low profile functionality.
Again, you can currently pick up this colorway from soccer.com.