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Apr 18, 2012

PUMA V1.11 Leather

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PUMA launched their V1.11 boot in an audacious attempt to overtake Nike and Adidas at the summit of the football market and its high-profile release attracted the interest of numerous stars from around the globe, who wasted no time in exchanging their boots for a new pair of PUMAs.

DESIGN: 3/5

The experts at PUMA have brilliantly modified their new model to make it their most advanced product to date but have retained a degree of simplicity in spite of recent radical changes. The leather shoe, like its synthetic counterpart, features a classic PUMA insignia draped over the lace cover - a unique look found only in the V1.11 range. Though the boots may not possess the eye-catching lustre seen in the latest adiZeros, PUMA have truly done an exceptional job of building a subtle yet photogenic boot that can draw attention from the masses without pushing itself upon them.

COMFORT: 4/5

Possibly the most noteworthy aspect of these boots is the fantastic comfort offered by the interior padding. Generally, speed boots are forced to sacrifice this part of the shoe in order to achieve the precise weight required for swift agility, but the PUMA V1.11s possess an innovative material that produces a lightweight boot that also maintains the comfort of a classic. The use of a Pebax frame, paired with an external heel counter, means the boots are built to guarantee the wearer perfect balance during game-play, so you won't be distracted by any unnecessary stability issues. Furthermore, the engineers at PUMA have toughened the midfoot area of the boot by making use of a TPU composite designed to prevent unwanted bending of the shoe, which allows for a particularly pleasant playing experience. I can confidently declare that the leather PUMA V1.11s are the most comfortable boots I have ever had the privilege of wearing, despite the fact that their primary aim is simply to offer ultimate speed.

PEFORMANCE: 4/5

Professionals to have sported the PUMA V1.11s include Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, as well as Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao, and the boots have been fantastically successful in recent months, chiefly due to the great features they offer the wearer. I found that the cushions placed on the upper improved my touch drastically and I also got the impression that PUMA's use of leather has allowed for a much stronger bond between boot and player. Even on a wet day, these boots have given me a near-perfect touch, a feature that the synthetics fail to provide. On the attack, these boots are great too. Weighing in at a mere 8.4oz, their light body removes the possibility of any excess weight slowing you down in your hunt for the ball. The wearer will not only be able beat their opponent to the target, but also to maintain far better control of the ball when holding possession.

VALUE: 3/5

The PUMA V1.11s are currently on sale for a price in the region of £125 ($200 USD), but while the boots do offer a variety of innovative features that ultimately benefit your game, the official price tag does seem a bit steep. An important thing to note is these boots, like other PUMAs, fit small. When ordering or purchasing a pair, it is recommended that you order up a half size to ensure a good fit.

OVERALL: 4/5

After extensive testing, I finally understand why so many world-class athletes have made the switch to PUMA. These ground-breaking boots have helped propel the German sportswear company back to the top of the football market. The revolutionary leather PUMA V1.11s represent a perfect combination of speed and leather fabricated by expert craftsmanship and it is likely that other companies will produce their own classic/speed hybrid boots in an effort to surpass the new standard set by PUMA.

Danny Sursock is a contributor for Soccer Reviews - www.soccerreviews.com

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