For those of us of a certain age football boots were only ever available in black leather with mainly white detailing. During the summer months you’d find yourself stood staring and coveting the coming seasons boot releases on the wall of your local sports shop. In those days black was the colour that stood out (or rather it didn’t). Sometimes the 3 stripes, swoosh or formstripe may be in a bold orange, yellow or green but that was as adventurous as it got. Very occasionally a brand would take what felt like a bold step at the time by releasing a boot that wasn’t black. I can vividly remember the day in 1986 when our left back pulled out his grey New Balance SC1986‘s – proudly proclaimed as ‘possibly the worlds most expensive boot’ by New Balance – from his bag in the changing room to a stream of what would now be described as ‘banter’.
But New Balance weren’t alone, adidas decided to offer the Profi, their top of the range boot at that time, to the market in navy blue leather.
A few years later and coloured boots became more and more prominent both at pro level and at the grass roots. Anyone daring to wear anything but mainly black boots was instantly singled out as a ‘fancy Dan’ and possibly even a marked man and it wasn’t uncommon to hear shouts of “You better be good to wear those!” from the touchline. But these ‘out-there’ boots no longer look quite so extreme compared to what the boot companies are putting out today and its rare to find, at any level, a player wearing black boots.
As a slow, ponderous centre half who kicked people there’s no way I’d ever feel comfortable wearing any of the boots below (unless my sponsors paid me handsomely) so I guess I’ll just stick to my black Copas, Kings and Morelias and, until he starts relentlessly badgering me for something a little brighter, so will my son – as long as the brands keep producing them…
Nike – What The Mercurial
Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Neymar Jr. ‘Ousadia Alegria’
Concave Volt+ FG Artist Series – Virginia Ben
Under Armour Speedform Mother’s Day
Puma EvoPower 1.2 Pop Art
Puma EvoSpeed 1.3 ALIFE
Puma EvoSpeed 1.3 BAPE
Pantofola d’Oro La Gazzetta Rossonero FG
adidas adizero F50 Yohji Yamamoto Y3
So after an 18 month hiatus we’re back in the blogosphere! Apologies for the long absence but hopefully now we’ll be posting a lot more regularly. I know, I know, you’ve that before but this time we really mean it…
Anyway here’s a quick post highlighting some of the great boots that are up on eBay at the moment. Take a look and click through to the auction and place a bid if you like them enough. A quick disclaimer though – none of these boots are anything to do with us here at The Boot Room.
Wow! Can’t quite believe its been over a year since the last post on this blog – apologies if you’ve been waiting or checking back. A lot has happened in those 17 months which have meant that this place has had to take a bit of a back seat. But now that the madness has subsided we should be able to get posting again. This first post back is focusing on 6 of the best vintage football boots available on everyone’s favourite auction site. Take a look and click through to the auction and place a bid if you like them enough. A quick disclaimer though – none of these boots are anything to do with us here at The Boot Room.
Here’s Part 2 of our adidas A-Z – as you can see we’re missing model names for O, X, Y and Z. If you can help us fill the gaps that would be great – just add a comment with a link to a picture and we’ll get the list updated.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Part 1 A-L can be found here
M = Milano
N = NASL
O = ???
P = Paul Breitner
Q = Questra Liga
R = Rotterdam
S = Saragossa
T = Tango
U = Uwe SL
V = Valencia
W = World Cup 74
X = ???
Y = ???
Z = ???
The premise of this blog is to celebrate the football boots of yesteryear and we rarely, if at all, feature any new boots but we just couldn’t let the release of the new Nike Premier pass by unnoticed.
Following hot on the heels of their announcement of the technologically advanced Nike Hypervenom Nike announced the release of the much more understated Nike Premier. Heavily influenced by the classic Nike Tiempo Premier from 1994 and The Nike from 1971 (the first Nike shoe to feature the swoosh) the new Nike Premier is a classic looking black leather boot with a white swoosh that sure to appeal to the more traditional boot fans amongst us.
Although the boot has a very traditional look it’s far from old fashioned. Built using Nike’s most anatomical football last to date (also used on the Hypervenom) it appears to be a near perfect mix of new and old. The upper is made from premium leather providing softness that allows for the feel and touch that many players look for in a boot. The transitional flex in the sole unit is said to provide a firm midfoot combined with a flexible and responsive forefoot. The design of the sole unit should also provide excellent traction on various surfaces. In our opinion the only thing that this boot possibly lacks is a fold over tongue but these seem to be a thing of the past these days.
Hopefully we’ll see this boot gracing the feet of many pro players in the new season – could this mark the return to prominence of the predominantly black boot?
The Nike Premier launches in the US on 1st June 2013 and here on 1st July 2103. We are really looking forward to seeing them in the flesh and if anyone from Nike wants to send some our way then we’d gratefully review them – UK11 or UK11.5 please😉
More info on the new Nike Premier can be found here: Nike Inc
Usually the lack of new posts on here have been due to real life getting in the way however this time it’s been a case of a NEW life preventing me from updating the blog. Just over 2 weeks ago our second child was born (a boy) and so a lot of my time has been spent dealing with dirty nappies and sleepless nights. I’ve sometimes been using the numerous ‘interruptions’ to my sleeps to think of possible blog-post topics. The other night I tried to find a football boot brand (either past or present) for every letter of the alphabet but there are some that are proving a little elusive to me. Hopefully you guys can help – please feel free to make suggestions in the comments below.
C – Converse, Cica, Cruyff (thanks to FCE), Concave
D – Diadora, Dunlop (courtesy of @conmeister82)
E – Errea ( via @Bantr )
F – Fila
G – Gola
H – Hi-Tec, Hummel
I – Inter
J – Joma
K – Kappa, Kipsta (thanks to Luca), Kelme
L – Lotto, Ligne 7, Lanzera, Le Coq Sportif
M – Mitre, Mizuno
N – Nike, New Balance, Nomis, Nokia (thanks again to Giles Metcalfe)
O – Olympic (courtesy of @jessey83 )
Q – Quaser, Quick (thanks to FCE)
R – Reebok, Ryal (thanks to FCE), Rucanor (thanks to FCE)
V – Valsport
W – Warrior, Winfield Hotspur (thanks to Giles Metcalfe)
X – Xara (via @Hunt_Daddy), X-Blades (Cheers matbruut)