PUMA have dropped the latest edition of the FUTURE Z silo, set to be worn on-pitch by the likes of top playmakers Neymar Jr, James Maddison, Marco Reus, Eugénie le Sommer and Dzsenifer Marozsán.
The FUTURE Z 1.1 arrives in the vibrant ‘yellow-alert and PUMA black’ colourway, with the German sportswear giants claiming that creative players will be able to ‘drive them crazy’ with these boots on their feet.
And in fairness, the colour is so dizzying that it’ll probably be enough to catch the very best defenders off guard.
The boot is built around PUMA’s FUTUREFIT+ compression band across the centre of the shoe, which should keep the foot secure and supported for the explosive sudden movements that are synonymous with the likes of Brazilian baller Neymar.
Meanwhile, the upper is made out of a newly developed knitted material and coated in a thin layer of ‘GripControl Pro’ for that added bit of touch and ball control.
“The biggest innovation of the FUTURE Z is the compression band, placed at the mid-foot,” said Lilly Cocks, a developer of teamsport footwear at PUMA. “The band was developed using a special combination of polyester and spandex yarns, along with special technical yarns to create the perfect balance of compression, comfort and durability, giving the wearer that second-skin feeling.”
There is plenty of traction with the ‘Dynamic Motion System’ outsole, with an eye-catching Z-shaped soleplate reducing weight and providing 360-degree lock-in around the foot. This will aid those trademark tricks and turns of pace no end.
The silhouette was actually designed with the help of medical staff from some of the leading clubs PUMA supply kits for around the world to ensure the boot has ‘optimal stud configuration’. This has led to the central stud a the pivot point of the boot to enhance rapid changes in direction. Interesting stuff.
The FUTURE Z 1.1 is available on pre-sale from PUMA.com, with the global release coming up on 21 January at PUMA.com, PUMA stores and all leading retailers of football clobber worldwide.