A supple leather upper built in to a lightweight boot, on paper this is the perfect combination for the modern football boot. The only issue that speeds boot usually have when they try to combine a lightweight construction with a premium upper is that the upper is normally made of a leather that isn’t up to the job but thankfully Puma have worked wonders with the upper here.
My first wear of the EvoSpeed was on a 3G pitch and at first… I wasn’t impressed. The rear stud layout with the two regular bladed studs and one large conical stud made me feel off balance and I couldn’t get used to it, I was beginning to feel like I had bought a dud.
That was until I decided to give them a second try whilst playing for my Saturday league team on a pitch that I can only describe as 60% mud & 40% grass (typical UK pitch) and the boots came in to their own, the stud pressure and awkward feel had totally gone and I can honestly say due to the lightweight nature of the boot it feels like you are wearing nothing at all which is a great feeling.
The upper gives great cushioning despite how thin it is, you get no pain when shooting through the laces and the on ball feel whilst in these boots is second to none. The design of the boot with its quilted stitching pattern delivers a good locked down feel once you've tightened the laces, there is also minimal padding around the heel of the boot but there is no discomfort from this.
I can safely say that Puma have nailed it with the EvoSpeed SL Leather, the upper which out of the box is pretty soft and flexible only gets better with use and yes before you say “but Josh, they only last for 10 games” these however don’t come with that magical sticker on the soleplate informing you of the impending doom.
Don’t get me wrong these boots aren’t durable by a long shot as I’m already experience some sole separation after around 5 hours of solid game time in them both on turf and natural grass but they should safely surpass the 10 game barrier that comes with the synthetic model.
Overall these are a solid boot and if you can over look the suspect durability I would highly recommend these boots and if your clever like me and shop around for a bargain you can currently pick this boot upper in different colourways for as cheap as £100.00 which is an absolute bargain for a boot as light as this with a top quality upper.
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