MiUK – there is a term you don’t hear much when it comes to the current boot market. In case you missed it, MiUK is actually an abbreviation for “Made in UK”, with these special edition boots exclusively manufactured at a New Balance facility in Flimby, England. If you are on the market for something with a touch of class, these are well worth a look.
The attention to detail is pretty impressive, and it all starts with the presentation. The exclusive MiUK box itself is high quality, with a Union Jack graphic on the top of the box, and some NB text emblazoned in silver on the side of the lid. Inside, the boots are accompanied by a tin of leather food, a boot brush and a polishing cloth; ensuring owners can maintain the condition of their boots after play. When you open the box for the first time, you will also find that both boots have carefully been individually wrapped in black paper. This is a simple touch by new Balance, representing the fact both boots have been handcrafted and placed in the box with pride. And finally, underneath everything you will find a premium quality cotton “Made in UK” boot bag.
With that premium package and MiUK label, they do come with a high price. Originally that was $300, but the price on remaining pairs of the 2,000 released worldwide dropping to a much better price point, $200.
You can currently find these boots at soccer.com.
In terms of performance, we are still working on testing the MiUK out. But, here is what we can tell you about them to date. The k-leather upper is very supple and competes with the best leathers on the market. Even the material around the heel melts as you fold it, oozing quality and providing a controlled fit around the ankle. The insole that used has a squishy memory foam feel, ensuring you are getting comfort under foot as you play. By using the same soleplate found on the Visaro, NB has taken the release in a modern direction, harnessing their gained knowledge on traction and acceleration.
In terms of fit, I’ve found that they fit ever so slightly long. When you combine that with stretch provided by the k-leather upper, you might want to explore going a half size down when you order a pair. The shape of the boot is also slightly narrow to start, but again the leather loosens through wear, so I’d recommend them as medium-wide fitting boot.