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?
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.
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?