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The last pair of boots I had ripper, whilst on the football pitch, so I decided to get something a bit different when shopping. CTR's come in a range of colours, models and prices. The newest model has 4 different price ranges that vary depending on what level you play. As my team resides only 4 leagues down from the women's premier I opted for Maestri's, usually about £90-120, and the 2nd best to buy aimed at club processionals or semi-professional players. Cheaper models such as the trequartistas are available from£20-£65, but are made from different materials and have slight differences such as the placement of the nike badge, studs, the boot soles and the comfort within the boots. You usually find cheaper boots are stiffer and harder to break in as they contain more plastic. The Maestri's I purchased were black white and orange, a great stand out boot, and cost £95 from sports world (the best place to purchase). The boots are made from kanga leather. An elite boot, usually between £180-£260 can also be purchased and the price is usually so high as the sole's are made from carbon fibre. These are the boots you see the like of Premier league players wearing.
I have to say, these are on the best pairs I have ever had. The shape fit great to my foot, and the leather was not to stiff to be uncomfortable but also not to flimsy to be destructible. One of the first stand out qualities is the grip the insole provides with a grip pad. Great for midfielders with quick and skilful feet. The inside is padded by the toes, meaning it's rare to get blisters or sore feet. The boot is also a great shape and fit's almost any foot, unlike mercurial vapours that tend to be longer and narrow. The design is also appealing, it would be hard to say the boot's aren't offered in an individuals favourite colour. Along with this, nike offer an id range meaning you can create you own, despite at a hefty price for the personalisation. The studs are sturdy and i opted for moulded studs that are usually worn in dry conditions, but they also come in rounded sg studs that are ideal for rain. The one problem I have had with the model i chose however is in very muddy condition's I tend to slip, however this has only happened a minimal amount of times. I also found that the boots are strong but also lightweight, another plus for any quick winger.
All in all, amazing boots. At first I was strictly predator, but now I want my next pair to be another set of CTR's.
With style and elegance these boots look the part but have they got the stability to last a whole season?
So you are in the market for a new pair of boots and want to know if these are any good. In order to write a good review I will base my opinions on what is important to me in the hope you can draw your own conclusions.
There is no doubt these boots are extravagant and will get you noticed on the field. The whiite trim apart it is also easily recognised by the huge swoosh that makes it stand out. What I tend to like is quite a large tongue so when I was playing in these it did seem to take an edge of the style some what but overall you are bound to get positive comments in the changing rooms like I did.
I have quite wide feet so wearing narrow boots can be uncomfortable. Having tried them on in the shop they seemed ok however there is nothing like playing games to test them out. All in all I did not have any issues really. The first few games they were a little tight but that is the same with most boots and once they were worn in they wore very good.
Having played through matches in varying weather conditions I felt they gripped really well even in the middle of winter. I was injured for a short while so this has reduced the number of games I have played and despite the positives to begin with I have noticed they have started to wear slightly around the toe. They should last me for the rest of season without them splitting completly and it maybe because I drag my foot after I strike the ball but you still want them the last even if I was paying the price I did.
Now this is where you have to make a decison. This is the important part. Well at £35 then for me this is a great price for a pair of football boots. You will be able to get good use out of them and because they are Nike you are going to look good too. Well that is untill the ball comes to you.
Well the football season had arrived and with that my Sunday team had also started too. Having not played all through the summer I was really looking forward to it and also to get the extra exercise.
--The Fallen Footballer--
Match day arrives and I have a pair of special edition Champions league adidas predator boots (the ones kaka used to wear) running up and down the left side of the pitch (not very fast and not for very long) when all of a sudden the bottom part of my boots collapse and the studs have detached from the actual boots. Thankfully there wasnt long left and I came back with my foot still intact. Off to the shops to purchase a new pair.
--The Journey to the Boot Room--
I had religiously looked online to find a nice pair that were for my needs but looking and feeling the actual boots are very different so off I went to Sports Direct (see review), it was my turn for my girlfriend to wait for me as I shopped. :-D
They were loads to pick from, from Messi's Adidas F50i to Eto's puma boots to Ronaldo's Nike Vapours. However some were either priced well out of my budget (the adidas and Nikes were around £100 and I was looking for around the £30, Funds were low and pay day was a long way away!), so it was a choice between Wayne Rooneys Nike T90 Lasers or Cesc Fabregas Nike CTR360 Liberettos (In Red and Black). The T90s were a little bit cheaper and felt ok but the look of the CTRs were more interesting and only slightly more expensive, so off I went to ask the gent working there for a size 8.5. Before I knew it he came with the pair of firm ground boots. I dont like the studs on the soft ground boots and prefer the blades on the firm ground (pictured).
Now them being football boots I get them half a size bigger (I actually an 8), this is so when I put on the thick football socks it wont feel like I got a pair of boots too small. Thankfully I was buying a pair of socks, so I put them on and then the boots and My God they were comfy. The fit was perfect! Not a toe squashed, the arch of my foot pushed in, nothing. It felt like I had a pair of black and red socks on, if was that comfortable. They were also quite light which was good and it would give me better movement on the pitch. Even my girlfriend liked them. Sold!!!
The Day of Judgement arrived and I was ready! I had got my kit on and then the boots. I even colour co-ordinated as my kit was Red and black too :-D. One of my team mates saw these and though nice. He needed a pair and so I told him how comfortable they where and also that he could buy them in half sizes too. His eyes lit up!
Anyway back to me and my boots. Warm up was the usual jogging streching and a little passing and moving to get going. The boots were amazing every touch I took was great, I felt like I had more control of the ball and was hitting the ball cleanly and very accurately. Was I in contention for Man of the Match already??
Well..... No. I play left back so not much happened my end. Running with these boots was effortless due to its weight or weightlessness. I felt more assured with these boots on passing was more accurate. I felt comfortable in these and my movement was good and my passing I flet was more accurate during the game to. My control (which for some reason is terrible) even felt improved. 90 minutes up and although I didnt play like Roberto Carlos I felt like I played well. Oh and we won by the way.
Overall I would highly recommend these boots for anybody who needs a new pair. The fit for these boots are great, you feel more assured in them and feeling assured will give you confidence and hopefully improve your performance knowing that you have the boots for the job.
You can buy these boots in pretty much any sports store. Colours vary from Red and Black (my ones), Black and White with the Yellowish tick or now Silver and White with a Blue tick. No doubt more colours will probably come out for the World Cup. Prices also vary from the low end of around £30 to the higher end of around £100 and come in either soft ground (studded) boots or hard ground (blades) boots depending on your needs.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it, I'm off to strut my stuff on the pitch. Before you know it I'll be in the highlights of Match of The Day!!