Puma is back with a slightly modified version of their classic King range, coming in an introductory Majolica Blue colorway and simply name the “King II“. When we were introduced to the pretty bold Camo King release a few weeks back, it was clear that Puma were building off the framework of the previous model. Rather than completely remake the range, Puma took what worked on the successful King 2013 and added some strategic upgrades.
So, what exactly is new on this version? On the King II, you will find a new side panel that improves the overall fit of the boot. Visually it is easily distinguished with the EverFit lacing system running from the soleplate up around the second and third lacing eyelet. The idea here is to provide players with an opportunity to tighten the boot around the foot to their own preferred specifications. Head around to the heel and you will find the second noticeable change in the form of a redesigned 3D external heel counter, intended to add some extra protection and more secure fit in play.
Along the forefoot, the boot is constructed using a super soft full-grain leather upper, with Puma hinting toward improvements in its softness and touch on the ball. From images, it does look like there is a more natural movement in the material, so I’m eager to test them and see just how they feel on the ball.
One aspect of the original that I was heavily impressed with was the FG outsole, perfect for use on natural grass and a suitable solution for those that need to double a pair over to artificial turf. The conical stud pattern up top provides a perfect pivot point, with bladed studs along the heel offering ideal traction and stability.[Also: Puma King 2013 Review]
It is also important to note that Puma has kept one of the key fundamentals of the range unchanged – comfort. It is the one characteristics that has continually set the range apart from other boots, even in its current modernized state. The image below gives you Puma’s technical breakdown on the boot, and it is focused on the simple pleasures of the King.
Over the past few seasons, the number of professional players wearing the King silo has substantially decreased. It seems that the appeal of the heritage range has been surpassed by the quality offered from the evoSPEED and evoPOWER. But, don’t write this range off just yet as there is still a keen following for traditional, leather boots out there and this latest version looks impressive. Plus, Puma has kept the price competitive at a $150 price point.
As you might expect, we are looking forward to having an opportunity to test these out on pitch – stay tuned for further details as that happens.
Find the Puma King II in this colorway available at Soccer.com.