Product Review #52 — PUMA King XL Limited Edition Has Arrived

by Kevin Walker on September 3, 2008 · 10 comments

The King XL FG Ruby is a 40th year anniversary special edition boot, designed to commemorate the iconic career of the PUMA King boot line.

Based on the career of Eusébio (the Black Pearl), one of football's greatest players, the edition features the years "1968-2008" below the King logo and comes in a red colour having two equally important origins; it is the traditional gem colour for a 40th anniversary and is the primary country colour of Eusebio's beloved Portugal.

The King is Born 

The idea for the King boot was born after Eusébio scoring nine goals at the 1966 World Cup, worked with Puma to develop a signature football boot which debuted two years later. Over the years, the King became a legend and was worn by other legends including Brazil’s Pele, Argentina’s Maradona and Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff.

From PUMA literature, this newest addition to the Puma King range includes classic lines and traditional styling, but with updated materials, enhanced features and new design details.  The King XL contains a lightweight TPU injected outsole with fixed moulded studs, suitable for use on firm and hard surfaces.

It also provides interior comfort utilizing the PUMA AptoLast design we took a look at during the

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Aptolast features conform to the natural curvatures of the foot, offering an extreme all over snug fit.  The boot also has a full grain leather upper which provides that traditional look.

I liked the traditonal look and feel of this boot, it tends to be a bit bigger and heavier than several of the newer boots coming out this year but the all leather exterior creates a great feel and the stud design provides good footing on a wide variety of field conditions. (discovered that during testing) This is a limited edition boot so not too many to go around but if you aren't into the ruby red colour the King XL does come in a black edition.

Finally, the King XL ships with several extras including an all black leatherette King boot bag containing leather food, brush and polish cloth as well as an anniversary ruby booklet with the complete story of the PUMA-Eusebio connection.

Eusebio Snapshot

  • he scored 727 goals in 715 games
  • helped the Portuguese national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals 
  • he won the European Cup with Benfica, scoring two goals in the final against Real Madrid CF
  • Eusebio was awarded the "Ballon d'Or" (Golden Ball) as European Footballer of the Year in 1965 
  • awarded European Golden Boot award in 1968, 1973 (42, 40 goals)
  • was selected as the Golden Player of Portugal by the Portuguese Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years 

Additional pictures of PUMA King XL

 PUMA KingXL - Ruby 40th Anniversary edition

PUMA King XL Black / White model

10 comments… read them below or add one

1 Juan October 7, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Cool stuff.


2 color_chart November 6, 2008 at 9:09 am

loving those boots


3 ffxi gil November 11, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Ive just ordered these. They dont come into stock until tomorrow, and then it should only be a few days until i have a pair in my hands. Puma King were my first boots, that my dad used to buy me, cant wait to slip my foot back into a quality boot.
I will let you know how they are.


4 Kevin November 12, 2008 at 5:44 am

yes these are great boots. enjoy


5 jason hadley March 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

ive just bought these boots in a 9, does the leather stretch atall because they are a lil tight!?


6 Kevin Walker April 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Hi Jason hope you receive my email awhile back, yes they do stretch mine were a half size smaller than my regular sizing.


7 Soccer Jerseys May 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I agree, this boots is quite heavy and bigger but I like the fact that it is very traditional yet have a very sophisticated look. The exterior looks pretty cool. In my opinion, the black edition is better than the red one.


8 emlyn June 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

where can i buy a pair of these??? Iwould like them in either black or this ruby colour. Is there any where in the states or what TRUSTED website


9 richard j b July 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm

just baught the boots in black and white.
they are good for power and wery good to swerve the ball.
And wery cool look. But shall i wash and pollish them often?
hope i can get a answer


10 Timuin May 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I just got mine from Ross..$29.99.. Looks like a real cleat unlike most of the cleats out there manufactured with minimal cost..
I will test it out and get back to you guys..



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