Puma is cranking up the crazy with its first wild release in the FUTURE 18.1 series. We are talking “Dazed and Confused” with a high level of Safari print thrown in. The “Texture” edition highlights the design possibilities that Puma can take on the FUTURE series. This first spring season release provides a different spin compared to the more traditional colorways we have seen in the series to date.
A visually effective Black Safari style pattern wraps right around the boot, covering a primary white upper up top, and meshing through the red soleplate underneath. Stepping things up a notch, it has also leaped off the boots onto the box and bootbag, providing a unique special edition vibe to the entire package.
Available right now at soccer.com.
Performance wise, I am all in on what the FUTURE has to offer. Puma focuses on a lace system (NetFit) that allows players to truly define the fit of the boot around their foot. But it is also important to note that these are far more complex than just the customizable lacing that has been a key marketing feature.
The NetFit system is the net that runs around the upper of the boot, you can see it in the images below. Basically, there are areas where the net is separated from the upper and you can use these areas to run your laces through, creating a wildly different type of fit as you pull the laces and tighten them. Depending on how crazy you want to get, you can create dramatically unique fits with the ability to specifically enhance tension in a particular area.
As awesome as NetFit actually is, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is all the boots have to offer. They are actually far more complex. To further enhance the overall fit and feel of the boots, NetFit has been fused to an evoKNIT sock around the ankle. The cut is much more dynamic and aggressive than past models, and it really does create a tight connection around your foot. There is enough stretch to ensure it is comfortable and doesn’t cut circulation, but it definitely sits more securely than other elite collared boots. In the time I’ve been wearing them, it hasn’t overstretched so I’ve no reservations about it loosening up over time.
Underfoot, the FUTURE introduces the brand new RAPIDAGILITY outsole, made of super lightweight and reactive PEBAX. The actual configuration contains a mix of conical and bladed studs that are designed to bring the best results in traction and stability. Unlike other recent Puma releases, the soleplate here only bends in one direction, so you get the bonus of some added spring back as you release from the surface.
We are closing in on this Summer’s World Cup, which means Puma is only starting to showcase their designs. This is the first crazy style release that is intended to set the tone for what is to come!
You can find the Puma FUTURE 18.1 “Texture” right now at soccer.com.