March 2021 is turning into one hell of a month for the good people at New Balance.
Having been outsiders in the market as relative newcomers when compared to the likes of Nike and adidas, the American footwear specialists are starting to make some serious movements in the football sphere.
Having officially unveiled ridiculously likeable and talented Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka as an NB athlete a matter of days ago, New Balance have now dropped the latest iteration of their Furon speed boot.
You may have already noticed ballers Saka and Sadio Mané donning these bad boys on-pitch, and that would come as no surprise as they are pretty damn eye-catching.
But in a good way – something increasingly rare in the world of football boot manufacturing.
The Furon 6+ arrives in a dazzling ‘Vibrant Lime Glo’ and ‘Citrus Punch’ colourway – that’s fluorescent lime green and bright orange to you and me – with New Balance’s ‘NB’ branding in black across the toe box.
The latest evolution of the brand’s Furon speed boot, the 6+ features ‘next generation fit weave upper technology’, aimed at providing lightweight stability to ensure comfort and distraction-free game time.
Barely visible to the eye, the boot also boasts an enhanced low-profile knitted collar, which locks you in to release your natural game.
In terms of shape, the Furon 6+ is pleasingly reminiscent of Nike’s early Mercurial Vapors, and is equally as beautiful in its simplicity.
The woven upper and knitted collar thrust them into the 21st century, and while this colourway may not be to the taste of purists it’s far less garish than some designs past and present; these are dazzling boots for tricky wingers and explosive attackers – New Balance know their market.
This feels like a watershed couple of weeks for the footwear giant: adding one of the Premier League‘s rising stars and most popular figures to their roster, where he joins one of the division’s finest players in Mané, and releasing the latest iteration of their flagship boot.
Not bad going for a growing force in the football boot market.