Reebok have released the latest version of their Valde Pro football boots, in a new white/black/red colourway. Reebok's power football boots have already received their on-pitch debut, as they were worn by Spain's Iker Casillas during the Confederations Cup.
The power football boots market is certainly competitive, with the likes of Nike Laser and adidas Predator battling it out. So, are the new Reebok Valde Pro football boots good enough to challenge these heavyweights?
The design of the Reebok Valde Pro football boots is a combination of classic material and added technology to improve performance. Predominantly, the upper is made from soft kangaroo leather, the number one natural material when it comes to both comfort and feel for the ball. The actual shape, heel and tongue of the boot is tried and tested, as they provide a similar fit to adidas Predator PowerSwerve football boots.
To compliment the kangaroo leather upper of the Valde Pro football boots, Reebok have incorporated technology where they feel it is appropriate. Assisting ball control is a contoured rubberised Reebok logo down both sides of the boot, and the fore-foot area has a unique printed application to help improve accuracy.
With comfort and ball control accounted for, the Reebok designers turned their attention to generating extra ball power. To compete in the power category the Reebok Valde Pro football boots feature a Power Unit, within the boots sole-plate and visible in our picture below. The Power Unit adds a little extra weight behind every shot, as it is strategically placed to compliment the natural momentum generated when a player strikes the ball.
The Reebok Valde Pro football boots settle into a solid heel counter, which not only protects but also gives support during movement. So overall, these football boots have all the components to compete with the big boys. It will be interesting to hear the feedback from wearers when these boots hit the shelves on 1st July, and priced at around £100 they do offer a competitive price.