The King’s Future is here
From out of nowhere yesterday, Puma Japan launched the King Mirai. Mirai, which translates to “Future” in Japanese, seems to be filling the space that the Puma One J1 and the Puma Paramexico had left. Both of these models were exclusive to Japan and even now are highly sought after. One with the launch of the Mirai, Puma looks to be trying to capture that same audience. This (what I assume to be) first colourway nails that simple and clean look with some nice details. Sadly, it seems that the model will only be available in Japan and is currently limited to 1000 pairs.
Starting with the forefoot, there is a nice, supple-looking kangaroo leather found here. What is interesting is that the leather seems to be nicer that what is found on the current King Platinum 21. Given the derision that the King Platinum has towards it, this is a good idea to use an improved leather on the upper on the King Mirai.
The midfoot is made of a material called Speed Mesh, which is supposed to enhance fit while keeping the boot lightweight. In fact, in a US 9 the boot comes in at 215 grams. Very light for a boot of this type. As for the Speed Mesh itself, it is reminiscent of the material used in the evoPower Vigor. This was pointed out to by Nosajperson. The inside of the boot uses a soft, brushed material to help enhance comfort. While the Speed Mesh uses a PU film coating on the upper which should help with durability.
Interestingly, the Puma form stripes are made of a TPU material. This should, in theory, help with stability on the sides of the boot during changes of direction. This brings us to the heel, which also uses a brushed material on the heel in order to prevent slippage and provide comfort. This brushed material also has a slight grip to it so that the back of the heel is further secured in the back of the boot.
The whole upper also has Puma’s NANO GRIP technology to help the upper be grippier on the ball in all sorts of conditions. Since I have yet to try a boot with this tech, it sounds promising.
The soleplate is the same one found on the other Puma hard ground models currently available in Japan. These newer HG soleplates have received praise in Japan for their performance and durability.
It is interesting to note that aside from the tech listed on the heel, it also says “P.0”. Inside the industry, P0 normally refers to Pricepoint 0, which is the most expensive model available in a boot lineup. Extrapolating from this, we can assume that in future there will be a P1, P2, and P3 prince points, which means there will be another high-end model, a mid-range model and an entry-level model. More than likely this means that we will see a full line up sometime soon.
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