After several people emailed requesting some information on the Puma V1.08 range, I realized that I never featured a review after posting an update that I had purchased them. Since these are the predecessor to the latest Puma V1.10, it might not come easy to find a pair but a short (if slightly outdated) review of the release might serve its purpose for players who do find a good deal!
Over the past year, I have worn them an many occasions and the images included in this review were taken in the past few days – after a year of play. They are a size 9.5US in the Black/Puma Red colorway.
When I purchased these, I went for a half size up on my normal size. This was due to the sizing of the V1.10, which were an extremely tight fit. Normally I would wear a 9US, but the 9.5US was a great fit. My advice, order up at least a half size in the V series for the right fit.
Throughout the breaking in period, these boots felt great. After one or two running sessions the V1.08 was ready for game action unlike the V1.10, which I struggled with for the first few sessions. Something that is unique to the Puma V series is the shape of the front of the boot. Unlike regular boots that have more of a round foot, the V1.08 has a more angled shape. I refer to it as the “box toe” design. For some players this can cause comfort issues, particularly if some of your toes are longer than your big toe. From my experience, I found that the box toe design is not the most comfortable design I have played in, with the outside of the boot feeling a little tight. This is something you should consider when buying.
Durability – how are they doing?
A year on and these boots are still looking good! I have worn them in over a few dozen training sessions and also well over 10 games (which is a lot for any boots I test!) They have suffered some scuffing, but the stitching is still 1oo% intact all around the boot. You can see by the images, taken yesterday, that the boot is still holding up really well!
Are they worth buying?
Absolutely, especially if you can find a pair for under $100. The V1.08 and V1.10 are very similar boots, with the only real difference lying in the materials used for the upper. They offer quality and if taken care of, you are sure to get at least a season out of them.
Oh, when you buy a pair they come with the added bonus of a pretty nifty red Puma boot bag! Always a perk in my opinion.
I found the insoles sometimes move while I am playing in them, this could be an issue specific with the pair I have. Another issue lies with the box toe design, as it really won’t suit all players feet. If you like wide long boots, then these are probably not the ideal choice for you.
Nicolas Anelka was one of many players who wore the V1.08 during 2009 when it was released. It fits in the lightweight category, at 7.6oz, and is designed for speed. Since I have had these for the past year, it has been very beneficial to break them out as a backup when testing other boots, knowing that they were already broken in and ready for action. Adding to that, placed against other releases, these boots offer a very competitive level of all-round performance. In terms of value, if you can get a pair for around the $100 they are a steal and well worth splashing out on!
There are still several pairs available at soccer.com, but finding the right size might be an issue for some players.