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Puma Future Ultimate

Puma’s Future is perfect for those looking to stay agile and deft. The boots provide an identity distinct from the speedy Ultra or the traditional King Platinum. Read on to know more about how the Future can help you stay in nimble on your feet.

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Recent football trends have pushed knit to the backseat, years after the successful integration of the material into the mainstream courtesy of the likes of Nike Magista and Superfly IV. The Future remains one of the few remaining options for a pair of sock-like football boots. How well they do it and how the Future perform in general is something we’ll talk about in the following sections.

Which Stars are Associated with the Puma Future?

Ever since its reinvention in December 2020, the Future has Neymar as the face of the silo. But he is not alone, having the likes of James Maddison, Luis Suarez, and Thiago Silva joining him in promoting the Puma boot on the pitch. Women football stars Ingrid Engen and Fridolina Rolfö are also all-in with the Puma silo.

Models of Puma Future

Puma names the generation and tier level of their boots similar to that of Nike, using terms instead of numbers like the ones in adidas. The naming system is also streamlined with the Puma Ultra boots.


The Puma Future Ultimate boots are headlined by Neymar Jr. just like their football star. It is a boot centred on the concept of agility. If you find the collar as a little bit high for your liking, you can check out this low-cut model instead:

Women’s Ultimate

Puma make their Future Ultimate with women’s feet in mind & you can get them to suit the female foot shape and size.


The Future Pro are less premium than Neymar’s boots, but the two still have that quality feel nonetheless and made even more attractive by its significantly cheaper valuation. It retains the Fuzionfit compression band, Dynamic Motion System tooling, and PWRTAPE on the sides.


The budget Future is where the price decrease is noticeable because of the cheap synthetic mesh and stetchy knit, as opposed to the high-performing materials found on the top Future tiers. Match also has a cheap nylon liner and a more solid and weighted feel to the TPU soleplate. Fuzionfit is still on the arch of the midfoot, but the tension it provides is significantly less felt now. PWRTAPE is limited to cosmetic function.

It’s in the Match where you’ll also find a dedicated laceless option on top of the usual laced model.

Kids Future

Designed for tomorrow’s superstars, these are the children’s versions of the Future, so players can wear boots that look like their favourite stars on pitch, but at a price point to keep parents happy.

Differences include the upper materials and the soleplate in particular, they are also typically in the smaller sizes for the young feet.

Answering the Puma Future FAQs:

  • What is Puma Future for?

Whereas other popular boots have gone back to synthetics, the Future Ultimate doubles down on its sock-like make. It also aims to reinterpret lockdown and laceless into one viable make through the use of technologies and appropriate materials.

  • Which Puma future is the best?

Puma has so far always built on the positives of the previous Future generations, and so the latest one so far could arguably qualify as the best yet.

  • Can you wear Puma future without laces?

As far as Puma’s marketing goes, the Future can be worn without the laces. Whether it is viable or not as a laceless pair is another question. Most players would like more lockdown, but if you have wide feet it can feel ok to wear without laces.

Puma Future Ultimate Review

Six Things to Know About the Future Ultimate:

  1. At less than £200, one of the most affordable top-end football boot; get the low-cut for more value-for-money experience
  2. Mesh-based forefoot plus knitted collar and compression tongue
  3. Added 3D textures for ball grip and control
  4. FG/AG by default
  5. Continues to be grounded in Fuzionfit+ technology for a laceless wear
  6. Introduces PWRTAPE zigzag structure on the sides of the upper to lock-in fit and secure lockdown

Our Puma Future Ultimate Expert Review

Puma Future Z 1.4

The Future Z has to rank as one of the most comfortable boots on the market with a sock-like feel on feet from the Evoknit of the Fuzionfit+ upper.

Product SKU: 106989

Product Brand: Puma

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:

✔️ Pros
  • A comfortable pair of football boots because of the softness of the knit and mesh on the Fuzionfit360 upper
  • Dual mesh moulds well around the forefoot, and you can feel the compression from the knit tongue and collar
  • Has a low-cut option which makes it cheaper
  • Soleplate has more width and the upper has enough stretch and volume to accommodate wider foot types
  • 3D texture adds enough grip and does not overpower
❌ Cons
  • Average soleplate compared to the adidas Carbitex Speedframe or the the Zoom Air Nike tooling or
  • A few dead spaces near the toes and the sides of the heel
  • Stud might be too aggressive for AG

With everyone going crazy with synthetic speed boots or being traditional by sticking to leather ones, the Puma Future is a reminder why knit became part of mainstream football boots. Its advantage in comfort and socklike-sensation is sure to command a following among boot enthusiasts.

Boot Rankings, Best For…

Jay Mike on the Future Ultimate DNA:

  • First thing to notice is the snug and comfortable fit; meshed forefoot soft and free, and moulds well around the toes in an instant; knit collar compresses well and transitions smoothly to the lower leg
  • Midfoot feels solid and structured; based on experience might be because of the liner instead of the PWRTAPE; kind of fixates the foot in place and locks it in nicely
  • Has sleek shape with low toe box; less foam than Future Z 1.4 but still very comfortable and welcoming
  • Outsole relatively wide and upper volume and material can be worked with in terms of width
  • Gritty texture a great little addition, not too much and just amplifies the ball sensation a bit
  • Pretty good outsole-nice forefoot flex and rock-solid midfoot (good base for aggressive movements); studs on the feisty side
  • Initial pressure point right straight on the heel; requires a bit of time to break-in
  • Little excess volume around the toes
  • Could have added more lockdown on the sides of the heel

Future vs Ultra: Which Puma boot to get?

The good thing about the Future and the Ultra is that regardless of which boot you get, both are way more affordable than other popular boots. It is also nice that the boots are completely different in construction and fit and feel. As mentioned a while a go, the leading football boots today are based on speed and has synthetic finishes, and the Ultra presents itself as a competitive option in this category. The Future Z, on the other hand, is all about comfort, freedom of movements, and agility. In terms of fit, narrow feet players usually go with the Ultra and those with more width opt for the Future.

Review of Previous Future Z

Six Things to Know About the Future Z:

  1. At less than £200, one of the most affordable top-end football boot
  2. Knit-based with a midcut finish
  3. Fuzionfit+ starts with less stretch and a loose pattern around the ankle for heel lockdown, before transitioning towards a more stretchy, tighter weave  to balance adaptive fit and lockdown reinforcement
  4. Officially labelled as FG/AG, warranty not voided when used in both natural and synthetic grounds
  5. Initially known for its customisable lacing system; transitioned to Fuzionfit+ with the Future Z release in December 2020
  6. Current gen 1.4 not much different from the 1.3, but certainly evolved from the 1.1 and 1.2 Future Zs

✔️ Pros
  • Easily one, if not the most comfortable pair of football boots with its emphasis on sock-like sensation
  • Upper material forms naturally to the shape of your foot
  • Evoknit of Fuzionfit+ one of the plushest and richest knit quality in the market
  • Wider coverage of the Fuzionfit+ streamlines the tension all-over the midfoot, as opposed to the midfoot-centric iteration of the compression band in the Future Z 1.1 and 1.2
  • Balanced ball touch; not too sharp but not too padded
  • Dynamic motion system soleplate functionally sound
❌ Cons
  • DMS soleplate functional but does not stand out relative to the Air Zoom Nike tooling or the adidas Carbitex Speedframe
  • Runs a bit quarter-size long; could be good for those who prefer that extra space on the toes, though responsiveness might be affected for some
  • FG/AG stud configuration runs a bit longer to be safe for synthetic pitches
*Since the 1.4 introduced only slight tweaks to 1.3, we can consider these 1.3 review from Unisport to further get an idea about what the current gen Future Z feels like.*

Jay Mike on the TeaZer Future Z 1.3:

  • Fit is really comfortable out of the box because of the super ridiculously soft mesh toe box; has a nice padded sensation because of the internal foam
  • Because the sorona yarns are woven directly to the Evoknit midfoot, Fuzionfit+ has a sock-like adaptive fit on top of adding structure and stability on the upper
  • Midfoot is relatively tighter than the rest of the upper; Evoknit though feels premium and has a nice firm stretch; best knit material any football boot these days; sorona yarn tightness more of reassuring than uncomfortable one (Jay Mike is narrow-footed); still says Future Z 1.3 is decently wide but might need some actual testing to see how adaptive the Fuzionfit+ for really wide-footed players
  • Forefoot has no structure and feels extremely soft and pliable; comfortable feel favourite part of Jay Mike about the Future
  • Previous Future compression band feels too concentrated on the midfoot; compression in new Future Z 1.3 feels evenly spread out
  • Still runs a quarter long though but prefers true-to-size still given the tightness on the midfoot
  • Sharpish touch with a little bit of elegance and softness; textured outstep and sticky coating seemingly works
  • Dynamic Motion System soleplate has a nice, stiff, and stable midfoot and a set of studs good for rotational movements; does feel working with the foot rather than against it; Would prefer Puma consider the soleplate purefly FG and recommends getting the MG for artificial ground
  • Hard to hate the boots; more complete than its predecessor

Evolution of the Future

The Future silo started in 2017 and became popular for its Netfit system, allowing you to customise your lacing with its multiple lace hole options. Over time, the Future became less and less about Netfit, and in 2021, overhauled that closing system with the launch of the Future Z and its Fuzionfit, which currently informs the make of the Puma agility boot.

Future Z 1.3 and Future Z 1.4

If you had the Future Z 1.3, you were not missing much in the 1.4. The 1.4 simply changed the pattern of the meshed medial and the textured lateral sides of the Advance Creator Zones. Apart from that, you were still going to get the expanded Fuzionfit+ midfoot compression band, the Grip Control forefoot coating, and the uber-comfortable sensation its sock-like build delivered.

Future Z 1.1 and 1.2

Right out of its introduction, the Future Z was already performing above-average in terms of comfort in football boots. The first construction of the Fuzionfit system, however, was focused heavily on the midfoot, resulting in a less streamlined feel where the midfoot had all the tightness and the forefoot less restricted. In-character with Puma, the Dynamic Motion System remained the same throughout the several generations of the Future Z.


Ian Ebbs

Founder of back in 2010, Ian went on to create and host their YouTube channel which now has 1.5million subscribers and over 300 million views, he also hosts their podcast which you can find on Spotify. Taking his over fifteen year experience in the football industry, Ian wrote the book: How To Choose Your Boots (find it on Amazon) where he looks to help footballers of all levels find their perfect pair.

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