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When i play football i am not known for my fancy footwork, i don't have many skills, i am lacking in flair. However, what i do have is a no nonsense attitude where i can do the basics and do them well. The Adidas World Cup football boots optimizes this attitude and is iconic with classic players.
Starting with the design, the classic three stripes of Adidas in white against the black leather stands out beautifully and you instantly know that this is a World Cup boot.
The classic design is crafted with K-leather (kangaroo) which allows the player to generate striking power with extra velocity. The base is made from a solid yet flexible plastic unit with removable screw in studs. The studs that come with the boots are perfect for soft ground conditions. The studs are easy to remove and replace and the stud remover comes in the box. The black laces weave through 14 holes to provide a secure feel allowing your foot to feel as one with the boot.
Inside the boot is pure comfort. Soft cotton surrounding the foot with the cushioned sole prevents any blistering or sores. As soon as your foot enters the boot it feels like a warm, soft hug from heel to toe.
For a leather boot these are surprisingly light allowing you to quickly get up to top speed and terrorize defenders.
I cannot fault these boots. With care (washing and dubbin) these boots will easily last over a season. At £95 you are better off splashing out on these as a cheaper pair will not be as good and will last as long.
A bad workman always blames his tools, with these boots you will have no excuses!!!!
Prices vary from around £80 to £110 online and in stores. I paid £83.99 for mine, which in comparison to many boots on the high street these days is not a bad price. Especially considering the materials and style of boots.
The world cups have always been a traditional styled boot. Black K Leather with white trim, true retro style. Personally I think this style of boot is what is missing from football pitches up and down the country. Although I am not against coloured boots, I much prefer the simple styling of a black pair.
This is where the world cup stands out above many boots I have personally tried. The sole plate is well attached to the upper, although it minimally comes away, as it does on most boots, it is not a point of weakness and I have never had a pair break in that part. The leather is thick enough to not slice open under pressure from a stud or blade.
The K leather is a comfy option when it comes to football boots, there is enough padding to protect the foot and the upper shapes nicely to your feet after a few outings. Blisters from this boot are a minimum in comparison to Nike Vapors or other plastic boots. The only criticism I have in the comfort stakes are the 6 stud configuration. This seems to have a negative effect on the arches on my feet, it seems to stretch and pull on my arches in comparison to boots with more studs.
Other pros of this boots are the long laces which can wrap around the boot. Keeps the foot secure in the boot whilst playing.
The boots get fairly heavy in wet conditions, the K leather soaks water up at an alarming rate!
My favourite boot of all time is the Addida Copa Mundial (some of you may have seen my review) but my second favourite is the Adidas World Cup football boot. It is essentially the harder brother of the Copa Mundial.
I love the World Cup boots because there are simple. They are black leather with three white Adidas stripes and 6 screw in studs (on each boot). There are so many boots on the market now and I can't stand the synthetic materials used and find they actually cramp or blister my feet.
Although these boots are simple there are crafty beautifully and fit snuggly around my feet. They are made out of tough K leather (kangaroo) which allows you to generate extra power and speed when striking the ball (and possibly skip). The K leather is light and makes the boot easy to run in.
The sole is made of a tough plastic with six studs. This makes the boot perfect for soft ground conditions. The difference between these and the Mundial's are the studs and sole as the Mundial's are moulded studs. The Mundial's sole is more flexible which I find more comfortable. However; when a pitch requires full studs I would not rather wear anything but the World Cups.
For me a football boot is all about how you feel in them and how you perform in them. I feel at ease in the World Cups and find I don't have to worry too much about finding my touch. It is almost as they feel part of me which may sound weird.
The stitching on the boot is tough but like any boot will eventually give way. I tend to find that the boots will tend to last around 2 seasons before needing to be replaced.
These are always available a good sport shops (and some bad ones too) and cost in the region of £60 - £80.
All in all this is the perfect boot for soft ground conditions.
Having hung up my boots for the final time I thought it was a good idea for me to remember some of the football boots I have have owned throughout my career. At the age of 30 I have officially retired from competitive football and now I am going to enjoy my Sunday mornings by relaxing rather than that early morning wak up call.
These boots are a real classic and I was glad to hear they are still around so other people can enjoy them too. They have been around on the market for a number of years now and show no sign of them becoming instinct the competitive world of sports equipment.
This is because in my opinion the stylish way they are made. With the standard 4 stripes they stand out and there is still something smart and unique about a black pair of boots. An original colour the have kept to tradition rather than marketing themselves with different colours. They have a small upper but if pulled down shows the old addidas symbol. This gives the boots a lovely retro feel and add to its authenticity.
They are also very light so that means that they are easy to play in and make themselves good to wear. Their flexibility also helps you to turn quickly and because of the soft leather I was able to control the ball better. The fact they do not hold water and are sleek means this helps them to stay lightweight too.
You can now pick a pair of these up for around £40 however when I brought them I paid £80 for them so this makes them a real bargain. The only negative is the fact that they are quite a narrow fitting boot so if you have wide feet then you may find these a tad uncomfortable. I did have a similar problem however I was able to loosen the laces so they could fit ok. I would certainly be careful though and you are not really going to be able to tell if they do hurt your feet until you actually use these for a game.
Overall I really liked these. Because of the narrow nature of them they were not my favourite however now you can pick them up for half the price you used to be able too then these are a snip.
These are classic football boots in both design and feel. These boots have been worn in various forms by legends of the game over the years, from Franz Beckenbauer to Bobby Moore, from Joe Cole to myself. It's easy to see why too. I bought mine four years ago and after wearing them a lot week-in week-out they are still very comfortable and they are in good condition. This is despite my reckless playing style I may add, my boots can often be seen flying into a sea of studs and they always come out unscathed. This is the best thing with these boots, they are extremely hard wearing and durable. They may cost are a fair, at £64.99 on amazon it's not the cheapest pair of boots but they do last a very long time. I mean if you divide how many years I've been playing in them (four years) by how much they cost now (£65) you get £16.25 a year, which is remarkable value. I'm sure if you are reading this you are like me, you are frustrated yet laugh a lot at all the people who buy super expensive, ridiculous coloured boots which fall apart after a few months. These don't and they are more comfortable too.
The leather is hard-wearing yet soft on the foot. Your foot fits snugly into the boot and the leather forms itself around your foot after a few uses which makes the fitting ever more comfortable. The sole is nice and comfortable, you don't feel all the studs through it which can often happen with new, flimsily built boots which are everywhere nowadays. The sole does wear out however, although it only started doing this recently for me, so four years of use before it started doing this is very good. This is probably due to me playing on some frankly ridiculous pitches more than anything!
What I like about these boots is they are unassuming. You turn up on a football pitch with them on nobody is going to have an opinion on you. This is good for two things, number one you won't get singled out by the other team for having girly boots. Number two, they won't expect you to be any good, so on that rare occasion I am any good it's nice to see the surprise on their faces! That said, I really do like the classic, plain look of these boots. The adidas stripes do look great against the plain black boots.
The studs are very easy to change with a regulation stud changer and the holes in the boot can fit the vast majority of studs if you ever need to change them. However I have never lost a stud and unless you play on concrete, which would be silly but also quite funny to watch, you won't have any problems.
These boot's are truly excellent boot's. They are made with truly great leather which are tough and can stand any weather without any leaks(as most boot's seem to do nowadays).As you may know Adidas make some quality fooball equipment such as the well known predator boot which many quality players wear.But I can honestly say that these boots are the top of the football boot league.The leather is what make these boot's so good,as you may be aware when buy a new pair of boot's it can take a while to break into these boots.I know from experience that these boots will feel like you've been wearing them for years.They are very soft and will mould to your feet almost straight away.They also look good whichever strip you are wearing these boot's accompany it very well.You may think these boots look a bit old,but that is a sign of quality as if these boots were'nt good enough,they would have stopped production years ago. Also the price,i do think thses boots are a little too exspensive but as you play in them more and more it feels like you are not wearing anything on your feet at all. Also you very rarely see these boots in a sale,it's just like a quality car they do not reduce the price,and as these boots are quality boots they are not going to do the same on these either. These boots really are the pick of the crop.