PUMA Power Up Pack
No doubt influenced in part by Antoine Griezmann’s never-ending repertoire of Fortnite goal celebrations, PUMA are going all in on gaming for 2019 with the release of the Power Up Pack.
Featuring new generations of both the Future and the One, this year’s first PUMA collection is evolution rather than revolution. The clue’s in the name, really: it’s all about powering up for next-level performance.
Both boots feature a bold “Bleu Azur/Red Blast” colourway, although executed in very different ways. The Future is pretty much entirely red, while the One features an almost equal mix of black, blue, and red.
The Future, meanwhile, undergoes a more dramatic update, boasting an improved version of the NETFIT lacing system. Where previous generations added a separate NETFIT element to a textile base material, here the lacing system is fully integrated with the evoKNIT pro upper, providing even greater customisability in terms of fit and generally improving the overall feel of the boot.
You’ll also notice what PUMA are calling their “3D Havoc Frame”, which is the underlying structure that produces those mountainous-looking ridges on the upper. (We’d love to see a snow-capped Alpine colourway, if you’re listening, PUMA.) Performance-wise, they have the effect of increasing both power and control, providing cushioning when you receive the ball and additional force when you strike it.