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Puma Future 5.1 Netfit Spark Edition Review

Does Puma kick things into an even higher gear with the Future 5.1?

Puma has been edging out the competition in the boot department with their admittedly impressive Future Netfit range in recent seasons, thanks to the great fit, soft upper, and lightweight construction, along with the customisable lacing system to top things off. While not much has changed from Puma’s Future entry last season, the new Spark pack adds a new splash of colour and some tiny tweaks to an already beloved boot.

Shifting away from the previous sky-blue colourway from 2019 (one we very-much liked), Puma has opted for a brighter and bolder design. Looking like something Bumblebee would deploy, the new Future 5.1 colourway is a tried-and-tested combo: black and yellow. However, instead of plastering the entire boot in solid strips of either shade, Puma has opted for a rather radical pattern design that would make Marsupilami proud (Google it).

The striking design extends right across the open-side of the upper all the way to the sole-plate, creating a weird optical illusion type appearance alongside the studs. It’s a bright, exciting, and different colourway that’ll no doubt be an eye-catching target for your teammates to spot you on the pitch.

Speaking of the studs, Puma has gone with the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix’ approach, as the stud layout sticks to a primarily conical shape design, with some softer-edged blades at the back for traction. It works, and will provide any midfield and speedy players with the grip they need, while still being loose enough to make turns without causing strain or injury to knees and joints. This really is a dynamic and flexible boot for just about any player.

Barcelona and French football star Antoine Griezmann & Bulls centre Johnny Kotze are both wearing the Puma Future 5.1 this season.

Overall, the Puma Future 5.1 is an excellent boot that’ll help those more flamboyant players express themselves while on the field. Featuring arguably the best lockdown in the boot market at the moment, a ridiculously soft upper that will continue to melt the more you play, and a well-constructed sole-plate, it’s hard to go wrong with the Future 5.1 if they fit into your budget.

The Puma Future 5.1 Netfit FG boots are priced at R3,299 (RRP) and are available from Puma stores nationwide, along with selected sporting retailers.

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