If you’re in the market for a mid-range priced boot that offers solid protection, stability and durability, then allow me to recommend a pair to check out. Puma’s v1.10 boots offer a high level of protection, owing much of this to the sturdy heel cup and the microfiber construction. You’d think the boots would be heavy given their construction and thickness, but Puma managed to keep the boots relatively lightweight without sacrificing the protective aspects. Another benefit of the microfiber construction is its performance in wet conditions. Leather boots and other synthetics will soak up water during wet games, and we all know how much that extra weight sucks to lug around towards the end of the match.
I’d like to take a minute (just sit right there…) to tell you about my favorite part of the shoe—the soleplate and cleats. The soleplate, combined with the insole, allows for great arch support, which I don’t think you find in many other shoes. Along with this, the bladed cleats and their positioning provide an excellent amount of balance and stability for your feet. The cluster of thick cleats at the heel give you plenty of balance when making cuts, whether as a defenseman or as a striker. The pattern on the front of the foot is basically an outline of cleats with two horizontal cleats in the middle. The thickness of the cleats gives you more surface area to grip the field with while the two center cleats provide more support for, yup, cutting and turning. All-in-all, the shoe is sturdy and built to last, even in wet conditions.
Right now, these boots are $99 at soccerpro.com, which is a great price for the quality of the boot. Not only is it durable, but it’s also flashy, which I know some of you out there are all about. The toe has a lustrous white stitched material with a white cat outlined in blue on the inside. The outside of the boot is dominated by the blue and white puma swoop, designed in a grid fashion. The shoe looks good, people. As I said, if you’re in the market for a mid-range boot of great quality, check out these bad boys!
Written by: Kris Dyer, soccerprose.com
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