It is no secret that the folks at PUMA have a keen eye for creating absolutely unique and unusual boots in all shapes and forms. The latest comes in the form of the PUMA King by Alexander McQueen, the collaborative pair celebrating the process of design and manufacture as well as the beautiful game itself with two limited edition boots.
The Alexander McQueen brand is all about craftsmanship and excellence, and this design fuses these luxury elements with PUMA’s history and origin. PUMA’s reputation in football is fearsome. Since its launch, the PUMA King has been a constant with the finest players in the world lacing up their Kings to write history on the world stage. In fact, the King holds the unique honor of being the market’s longest serving football boot still in existence today and boasts decades of performance excellence and product evolution.
Handcrafted using the highest quality materials and with seamless attention to the original PUMA King, the collaborators have produced two stunning new iterations of the timeless football boot.
The first style is a unique Fish Skin, which has been tanned and crafted with a gold hand finish. The material recalls the Golden Boot, which is presented to the highest scoring player of the tournament. Limited to just 30 pairs worldwide this exclusive project is certain to be coveted by collectors and fans alike.
The second style, which are the boots pictured, is crafted from supple hand burnished Italian leather in a rich brown hue. Each of the 70 pairs evoke a premium heritage feel, which recalls football’s glorious past, and showcase the expertise and technique behind their production.
The collaborative boot subtly subverts traditional proportion and detailing throughout the boot. The hand of Alexander McQueen is keenly felt in these minute details. Flourishes such as the oversized tongue, Formstrip stitch weight and foam density transform a performance product into something finessed and desirable.
To mark the launch of the collaboration PUMA and Alexander McQueen have commissioned a short film, which illustrate the production process. Shot in Italy, the beautiful film captures the essence of the artisanal project and details everything from the molding of the last to the intricate shaping of each handcrafted stud. Each one of the 100 pairs will also come with a commemorative book, which takes an insightful look into the rich history of one of the most storied of football boots.
With just 100 pairs in existence, this will be an exclusive limited edition release that comes with a very unexpected twist. Rather than releases the 100 pairs for sale, these boots will be unavailable to purchase. Instead, the boots will be gifted to select friends of the collaborating parties in recognition of 2014 in Brazil.
For us “regulars” that won’t get sent one of the 100 pairs, it is a case of picking up a pair of the current Puma King from soccer.com.