Only released earlier this week, there is a lot of intrigue surrounding the brand new New Balance Tekula. NB advertises it as a boot “for the innovators who use speed and maneuverability to change the outcome of games.” The upper is a full foot micro fibre with dynamic kinetic stitch embroidered bands. While a TPU outsole with inlayed nylon chassis and conical studs provide 360 rotational traction and agility. It has also been finished with a stand out Electro chrome plated finish.
Luckily, we didn’t have to wait around too long for a pair as they arrived in today. Let me quickly start off by saying I haven’t been very impressed with the soccer boots New Balance has released to date. In fact, some have been just downright miserable to wear, with a lack of comfort and little in the way of performance. I don’t have a vendetta against the New Balance brand, nor do I want to be critical toward what they release. But, fact of the matter is they are an extraordinary brand that has been ultra successful right across the US sports spectrum. They just haven’t done it in the realm of soccer.
Currently available at soccer.com.
With each new release, I’m expecting something special. If New Balance were to become a market player it would only be a good thing, as they have the capabilities to add extreme value for soccer players. But they have to get it right.
Then, in walks a pair of Tekela, offering a very different look for New Balance. There is something to be said about simplifying things, going back to a more basic approach, listening to what fans have to say. Realistically, in NB case all they had to do was look at dwindling sales numbers. My interaction with them has been limited to date, but so far I am heavily impressed.
There are several upgrades that make this an immediate improvement over previous NB silos; a higher cut collar with lockdown, increased padding inside the boot around the heel region, conical studs, a more natural boot shape that replicates standard boots on the market. There is a completely different vibe about these. I’ve also had the opportunity to slip them on and walk around a bit. They feel very nice, extremely natural, more form-fitting, comfortable, ready to be worn out on a pitch. That happens tomorrow and I’m hoping it will be followed up with a positive review soon after. I’ve really got high hopes for the Tekela!
If you want to check them out more, find them right now at soccer.com.