My top 3 most memorable boots

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The three main aspects of the game you’re excited about as a kid; the team you love, your idol and boots. I was no different, especially when it came to boots.

During pre-season, pro players tend to try out different boots in preparation for the season, I’ve been testing the new Adidas Predator’s recently and I’m not overly excited about them, they’ve changed so much from the originals, it’s incredible. The vibrant colourway makes them more like F50’s now, a big move from the original black and red that I fell in love with.

I started getting nostalgic, thinking about previous Predator’s I’d owned, which then triggered some great memories about what boots I owned as a kid. Which were the best?

Chunky Mitre’s

My first pair of boots was a set of Mitre’s. I remember buying them with my 8th birthday money from a local sports shop in Huyton village. I can’t remember the price, but they’d be peanuts compared to todays prices. Looking back at them, they weren’t designed for comfort, nor speed, they were solid – in fact they were more like rugby boots!

In terms of quality they weren’t the best, but it’s the memories that outweigh practicalities. I banged in loads of goals that season. I’ll never forget them.

Legendary Kings

My second most memorable pair of boots were Puma Kings. I remember Robbie Fowler had a prolific season in them, he was knocking goals in all over the park. Although I wasn’t a red, Robbie being a scouser and from a similar background as me, he was somewhat of an icon for most wannabe scouse footballers, so this certainly influenced my decision to get these.

I’ll never forget those boots because I scored 66 goals that season from midfield, including 7 in one game – and no there weren’t any penalties!

All about Hagi

My favourite boots as a kid were the Lotto Stadio’s, my Nan bought me them for Christmas. It was 1994, I remember that because it was after the World Cup. I recall Gheorgie Hagi wearing them as he pinged the ball around with his sweet left peg and I thought I had to get a pair. Obviously I attempted audacious shots like him and occasionally pulled them off – only occasionally!

It’s crazy how much boots have changed, even over the past 10 years and I have no doubt this will continue. But you still can’t beat a pair of Copa’s or Kings, they’re built on quality and comfort.

Your turn. What are your favourite boots and what’s the story behind them?

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United68
United68

Couldn't agree more. Copa and World Cup 82 boots, best ones ever made. Real football boots are black and white!

robsawyer1970
robsawyer1970

I agree with KIngGoal - as a Toffee in the mid 80's I loved the Le Coq boots worn by Everton players plus the likes of Hoddle - rarely saw them in the shops. Once owned a Nice pair of Puma SPA with the raised heel. Adidas Copas were great but had a short life.

flaktveit
flaktveit

the adidas predator accelerator (1998) never owned a pair, but God how I wanted them! so when adidas released the adipower predator in black and red, i ran to the store and got me a pair.

Nike Tiempo - amazing shoes! Both out and indoor. I actually got a pair the I bought in 2004. Still does its job

IlyesBennani
IlyesBennani

lotto stadio's best  shoes everr Old school <3

SylvainClabaux
SylvainClabaux

Adidas : Copa Mundial and World cup !! The best !

 

Hugo Jullian
Hugo Jullian

The best shoes is the copa mundial . Fabulous shoes !!!

 

StevenStrathie
StevenStrathie

1) adidas Predator Accelerator 1998 http://www.soccerbible.com/news/football-boots/archive/2009/10/02/power-football-boots-adidas-predator-1998-02-10-09.aspx  best boots ever!!! Adidas should have quit right here with the predator boot.  

2) Nike Mercurial R9 98 http://www.soccerbible.com/news/boot-spy/archive/2011/03/22/nike-mercurial-98-football-boots-spotted-in-mls.aspx    I got these from my "Nan" at xmas lol quality boots. Then I bought them in the R9 blue/grey version aswell. I also swapped the tongue with my predators haha 

3) Copa Mundial  http://www.prodirectsoccer.com/products/adidas-football-boots-adidas-copa-mundial-soccer-shoes-firm-ground-black-white-10347.aspx   a timeless classic 

ChrisMarklew
ChrisMarklew

Joey, could you tell us the main differences (if any) between the boots the pros get and the ones we buy in the shops? (Puma King were my personal faves)

GlasgowsGreenandWhite
GlasgowsGreenandWhite

Can't get enough of boots even now, but my top three from my younger days: 1. Origina Nike Mercurial (Ronaldo wore them at the 98 world cup) I bought them and scored over 100 goals that season. 2. Umbro Xai, Henrik Larsson wore them when I went to Celtic as a kid. 3. Early 2000's predators, the ones Beckham used to wear all the time, In fact I used to wear a red boot on one foot and a black one on the other...those were the days!!

Nick H
Nick H

1. Puma King is the Best boot of all time, Maradona, Pele, Eusebio, Cruyff, Gazza - all had a the world at their feet in their day.

2. Asics Testimonial - Super Comfy for a club foot like me

3. Adi Pred Original - Iconic boot signalling the start of a new era

4. Puma V1.06 Grass boot - The lightest boot ever made in full production

5. Patrick Super Keegan (take down) -  My first boots

RustyFox
RustyFox

definitely agree on 2 points there...

1. Preds have changed so much recently that they are likened more to the F50s. theyre a completely different concept from the original idea and look. Its a shame really because i use to buy Preds religiously each yr. Now im 29 there's a lot more research involved.

2. having a pair of those 'solid' Mitre boots! always remember having my most successful season in terms of goals with those boots. Like you say, they weren't the best but there was magic in those boots!

 

They don't make boots like they use to!

lucasfuturecptn
lucasfuturecptn

My first boots were Puma Kings so remember them fondly.  I grew up watching Robbie Fowler too and everybody always talked about Kings so I had to have them.

But my best boots of all time were a pair of Mizunos I got off some Sport Direct-predecessor mail order company that I don't remember the name of.  They were £16(!) and I remember getting a better feel off them than the Predators and Vapors I have clogging up my cupboard now.

arthurdutch
arthurdutch

1. Original Puma Kings from about 25 years ago. Had a pair recently and did not seem the same quality (or is that nostalgia)?

2. Patrick Keagan Kids. They were plastic, but they were great!

3. Adidas AdiPure - originals, like slippers. latest ones seem to be going same way as the predators, overly flash.

BootBase
BootBase

For me new football boots are overpriced and advertised in a way that people actually believe will make them twice the player they are.

 @BootBase sells old school football boots, such as Total 90 Air Zoom III - a personal fave.

Joey B
Joey B

Some great posts on this topic. People bringing up boots i had never even heard of before today and some boots that i had forgotten about form my younger days. What I'm gonna do now is get a poll together using this site and the twitter feed. Pulling together the boots with the most mentions and we'll try and find out what the football fan, thinks in their opinion is the best boot of all time. Not what the brands tell us all was the best boot but what the actually consumer tells us. No doubt this poll will differ opinion but at least it'll give everyone a bit of ammo down the pub, once the boot convo arises. As no doubt it always does from time to time. I should get it live soon. I'll let you all know when to get the votes in...

ginocatenaccio
ginocatenaccio

Kind of funny that youngsters (and us too, when we were younger) are idealizing and ranking shoes by the standard of which footballer wears them, or 'flashyness'. Comfort comes 2nd. 

Stuart McCheyne
Stuart McCheyne

It has got to be the Golden Slipper:  Pantofola D'oro boots :)

JordanJMcGregor
JordanJMcGregor

My favorite boots for me when growing up and even now are the Nike Mercurial. I remember getting my first pair back in primary school and not ever using them for anything bar football and after each game polishing and cleaning them and thus the tradition of only getting Mercurials started 

kinggoal
kinggoal

Growing up in the 70s n 80s was special and every Xmas, me and my 3 brothers got new boots, kits, trainers and tracksuits. The first boots I ever got were Beckenbauer Supers. Used to wear them playing for my first team, under 9s. Then I got some Patrick Keegans when he played for Southampton. Ha, got the Southampton kit too...also made by Patrick. Third pair I got were Nike Tiempo with a gold swoosh. Dad bought me them for my 11th birthday. Came in a little black pump bag. Can remember some classic boots. Not like the overpriced, multi coloured, flimsy efforts you get today. Wearing anything 'flashy' would get you some serious attention of the kind you could do without on a Sunday morning. Imho, footy boots should be black. I'd never have worn any of the boots of today if they'd have been out when I was playing. Puma King were prob my fave boot though. Started wearing Puma after seein Maradona wearin them. Anyone remember Puma SPA King? They had bright yellow markings on the sole and a little wedge under the heel. Or SPA Real......the same but white on the sole. They even did a pair with red. Then there were the Le Coq Sportif boots most of the Everton players wore around 84-85. They had a full white heal which I thought looked pretty cool. Bit different. Only Adidas World Cup and Copas have retained much of their original quality so they would be my boot of choice if I had to buy a pair today.

Nick_A_How
Nick_A_How

My first pair were when I was about 10 and my old man bought me a pair of Puma Maradona's. I don't think the brand or player fronting th boot had anything to do with the purchase for my dad, it was all down on price. They were on sale. haha I loved those boots, my dad used to make me rub dubbing into them constantly to stop the mud from sunday drying them out. Obviously as a young 'un, we grown fast and I soon became to big for my Maradona's and I was quickly onto my first Puma Kings. Now I finally felt like a Pro, as it seemed most top players were wearing them at that time. I still have a huge soft spot for the Kings, and while they don't look as 'classic' as the originals if I was to buy a pair of boots now, I'd be inclined to go looking for a pair of them.

Inch1985
Inch1985

I'm a complete sucker for old style retro boots and was recently offered a pair of "Bellotti - Tornado Tacco Fisso's" (as in my profile pic)   ... So i bought them , not so much for the look but I happen to have a pal with the surname Bellotti. 

 

Before buying them though the guy claimed these particular pair were worn by Di canio back in he's charlton days blah blah blah so i decided to research when I got home to see if that was true and to find out alittle about them, And It turns out I cannot find a thing about these boots, what they were or are worth and whether anyone played in them?

 

Has anyone heard of this make, the boots or even better could provide me with any memories/info on them?

tompasp
tompasp

hummels. we won the cup. 1994. i scored a penalty in one of the shootouts. my Dad was watching from inside the car behind the goal.  i shut my eyes hit it and heard it hit the stauntion.  (jimmy hill).  Those were the days.  I had no real choice in getting these boots, they were the cheapest and I needed a pair of boots for our match the next day.  Never slept a wink and was completely terrible on the pitch.  

 

Valsports. Mam bought me a new pair twice and a couple of my mates bought them on my recommendation.  They were basically Ronaldo ones but cheaper and as light as running shoes.  I had bright yellow boots, and I didn't care.  My mates went for the Gold pairs and when my mate scored he took off the boot and pointed at. class.  

 

Wish I'd been aware of the great players and their boots but I was stubborn and if my boots weighed over 10 grammes I sent them back, predators, adidas world cup got sent back.  I remember friends having the lotto ones, I've gone through pumas, V-Konstruct very good, but bought them basically for balance and toughness (not aesthetic reasons).  

 

I've now got a pair of puma kings and a pair of nike's that weigh nowt and make me run like usain bolt in my head. But in conclusion my yellow Valsport Pro boots are my favourite boots. Now remember having a pair of puma paul gascoignes as my first boot.

 

 

wolvesgav
wolvesgav

My best mate was a child progidy went to lillshaw with defoe captained england under 19 youngest player to play in europe for villa stephen cooke his name so he was like god n what he had we followed.so it was puma king in 93 and i did like them it was the tag folding down that i loved i paid 30 for them.but the first i brought without following were the first predator they were quality didnt curve the ball but the extra rubber meant you could reli whack it,they will stand the test of time and there has never been a boot technology since that has made that impact .these pink nike boots are riduculous even more so whe worn on crap players,i dnt think you can beat a classic black base colouri paid 100 for the predators

Ringo
Ringo

New balance as a kid (robbos boots) then Nike (Ronaldvino boots), now gone back to adidas copa mundial now I can afford em!!

wolvesgav
wolvesgav

My best mate was a pro a bit of a prodigy went to lilleshaw captained england under 19s i think played first team for villa but injurys wrecked his career now.29 and out the game stephen cooke his name was, but i remember in 93 he had puma kings so we all followed and i begged my mum for some and paid 30 pound which was a lot then and i loved them it was the tag coming down what was so cool,but like i said they were just because my mate had them.thre first pair i got for me was the first predator i didnt think they curved the ball but you could definatly get more power.behind the shot i paid 100 pound for them n i would have to say are the best boots ever and will stand the test off time ,all these coloured nike ones now are a joke and look stupid cant beat a classic black base colour

Natalie Henderson NUWFC
Natalie Henderson NUWFC

I think they've ruined the classic predators. They were always my favourite. I've only ever wore Adidas boots. Never tried Nike, puma, umbro etc. Not keen on all the new styles and bright colours. My favourite boots when I was young were the cream predators with the little black stars on the back. Also the white and blue 'David Beckham' preds. Nowadays, I stick to my coaching boots... Adidas Copa Mundial. Comfortable, Classic & Legendary!

nuwfc
nuwfc

Like you Joey I think Predators were the ones to have.  But price played a big part and what could be bought for Birthdays or Christmas.  My first boots were like Pit boots with big rugby studs.  Not that good for skillful football but great for getting stuck in and running thrugh the often mud pie fields the council / school called football pitches.  Oh those were the days !  The kids of today don't know how lucky they are. Ha Ha.  @nuwfc 

Daviebhoy10
Daviebhoy10

My 3 favourite boots growing up were;

1. Puma kings

2 . Reebok integrity pro (inspired by Mr Integrity himself - Giggsy)

3.. Adidas predators - the original ones

 

Gp93afc
Gp93afc

1.nike tiempo air legend - nothing has ever fit me better 2.original total 90s - used to think they were so cool with laces on the side and the 90 in a circle 3.some red mitres which matched with my arsenal kit when I was about 7 years old and I scored 8 goals in the park woo!

JimSwanFox
JimSwanFox

Copa's were lighter than kings so touch always felt better, yet they were still a solid boot. World cups in winter and my dad's Copa's in summer. For school I wore the kings cos they were solid for rugby. Top three I've fell in love with... 1. The real (fat Brazilians) r9s 2. The predator accelerators 3. First vapours- until someone stood on your toe!

housegangsta
housegangsta

My Top 3 boots I've had are :

1. Adidas World Cup 82's.  These are the perfect football boot.  I tried Puma King's but they were too narrow for my foot.

2. Ligne 7 Sochaux.  The first boots I ever had with the WOW factor!  At 13, that was everything!!!!

3. Adidas Mistral. First boots I had in under 10's and I remember them fondly.

Other's I remember were Adidas Profi' the first non black boots I saw, essentially blue version of world cup 82.

Puma Dalgleish, a moulded boot I craved as a kid!

I could go on but won't.A brilliant topic Joey!!!!

SwimForLuca
SwimForLuca

A Pair of  Umbro boots were the only ones within budget, and to be honest, I think Michael Owen is still wearing the exact same ones now!

Vaughanwills
Vaughanwills

First ever pair bought for me were a pair of Patricks from Woolworths - lasted ages. Was given a pair of 2nd hand Gola's which I wore for one match and had to come off because of the terrible blisters they gave me so had to go back to the Patricks. Best ever pair - Puma Kings with the fold over tongue to match favourite player at the time Robbie Fowler.

maffyu
maffyu

1. Umbro Xai 3

2. Copa's

3. Umbro Pele's

4. Adipures

5. Joma (can't remember the model but v comfy)

Kevjames75
Kevjames75

My first memorable pair were Patrick keegans, I proudly lace them up every Saturday as an 8 yr old playing under 11s as back in the early 80's when I first started under 11's was the youngest age group around. Love them boots legendary! I also had a cracking pair of puma maradona's the most comfortable boot I have ever worn, shame my feet grew so fast that season meaning I didn't wear them for long.

Bennogfc
Bennogfc

My top 3, I'm going to have to go for Nostalgia at the top, the boots I scored my first goal in, a beautiful pair of Gold and White Predators. 2nd my first personalised boots, the red Nike Vapours with the gold tick, remember opening them and seeing my name embroidered on them, most gorgeous boots I've ever owned. 3rd, my favourite colourway, the recent Nike 360's in my beloved Gills Blue and Black.

Embrahammy
Embrahammy

Always been Puma Kings but had a pair of Patrick Kevin Keegans in the early 80's that came close

Bobbyengland
Bobbyengland

It's simple ! The 3 that have stood the test of time and never changed,while others seem to change weekly! They are 1. Adidas world cup, 2. Adidas copa-mondial, 3. Puma King. I wish I could get my lads to listen to me lol, is all about the bluey/pink/orange for them!- put em right for me joey!

S24GAF
S24GAF

As a young kid, Puma Chico WM. Like the old Puma Royal, but with white and black sole instead of yellow and black, very rare. The gold stripe Nike Tiempo, and Le Coq Sportif Roma 8, as worn by Zico. As an adult, Puma King, best boot ever made.

wills67
wills67

Stanley Sceptre Patrick Super Keegan And then I finally achieved my nirvana of getting some of those Adidas boots with the squiggly white pattern on the sole and fold-over tongues (plus a proper Tango ball)!

PaChalkWhite20
PaChalkWhite20

My favourite boots had to be the predator manias '02, they had everything, the symbolic black & red colours, a tongue (getting rid of it was a real shame) & more importantly it had the feel of a proper boot. I remember when I got my first pair, Didi Hamann. He would play some sublime passes and even better tackles. I was fasinated by the boots. Needless to say I modelled my game around him, and them boots were a must... My tackles were off sometimes, but the boots needed to be able to leave a mark, and they did!

Opsgraham
Opsgraham

Do you think certain boots these days can cause injury? I've ruptured both my crutiate ligaments and I'm positive it was down the the blade design in the boots

Armchairfootballfan
Armchairfootballfan

1 - a pair of 'Patrick' boots. (1st ever pair - mid-80's)2 - Nike Tiemp (after watching Cantona and Scholes wearing them)3 - Addidas Copa's (last the test of time and you need them as comfortable as possible when you get to my age!)

jay_scott_7
jay_scott_7

The predators before it stopped being about the leather and more about weighing less. The latest pair have turned into f50's, so they're not the same anymore. I wonder how players like gerrard feel having to wear the feather weight boots due to sponsoring because in my opinion it's a completely different boot to what is used to be. Probably going to go back to adipure with my next boot. Although currently have a pair of pantafola

bradleynhulme
bradleynhulme

Got to be my current Adidas Copas! So comfy and the ball just seems to stick to them! Great for passing and striking the ball. Saying that my previous pair were some f50's, couldnt trap a bag of cement with them on! Too lightweight and no grip! Next pair of boots will probably be the Puma Kings, heard a lot of good stuff about them.

scaryduck
scaryduck

Patrick Super Keegans. They did not make me super, or like Keegan.

S24GAF
S24GAF

Remember SPA King and SPA Real, Had SPA Real. Was a Puma lad growing up because of Kenny Dalglish, Had Puma Royal, Puma Chico WM, like Royal but with white sole, and Puma Stepstar. Still wore Puma Kings up to 3 years ago when I stopped playing.

edkens
edkens

 @Ringo The Ronaldinho R10 Tiempo Legend's (white with gold tick) were my fav. Adipures at the moment but soft spot for copa mundials/kaizers.. Would love to hear an opinion or two on pantafolas

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