When a new brand appears in the marketplace, they’re usually trying something mind-blowingly innovative. Think Concave, Zygo and the like. But here’s a brand resurrecting a classic name by – surprise, surprise – making classic football boots. This is the Cruyff Sports Cruyff Match.
Coming straight out of Johan Cryuff’s native Holland, the Cruyff Sports brand is actually one with some weight behind it – rather than a latter-day cash-in.
Worn by Marco Van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and – of course – Johan Cruyff himself during the 1980′s, the Dutch brand was well-regarded for it’s solidly-constructed, great fitting football boots – as well as the signature ‘C-Flash’ up the side of the upper.
The brand was then pushed into the background, before making an unlikely boom in the world of futsal – creating highly technical small-sided shoes for the most demanding and skilled players.
As their marketing tagline says, though, the time has come for Cruyff to ‘Return to the Football Field’ once more with the gorgeous Cruyff Sports Cruyff Match football boots.
A descendent of the original 1980′s shoe, the Cruyff Sports Cruyff Match is very much a heritage football boot that combines the classic and modern into a very sleek offering indeed.
Seamlessly blending Italian Calf Leather and K-Leather, the Cruyff Sports Cruyff Match is optimised to offer stability and touch on the ball for the most demanding players.
In a similar manner to the way the new Nike Tiempo Legend IV works, the midfoot and heel of the Cruyff Sports Cruyff Match is premium calf leather, that offers more lateral stability and protection than K-Leather, whilst the Kangaroo Leather sraps around the front of the boot to offer an unmatched ball feel and first touch.
The whole boot is lined in a special breathable nylon that allows heat and moisture to be wicked away from the foot whilst playing, and the sole is designed with added support in the areas that take the most impact to improve comfort and reduce stud-pressure.
Whilst these classic football boots don’t feature the ‘C-Flash’ from the first Cuyff Sports boots of yore, it does feature the signature of Johan Cruyff himself, which the brand say “Is a refe-
rence to his inspirational past as player, coach and lover of football”.
We like to think it’s just the Legendary Dutchman giving the Cruyff Sports Cruyff Match his seal of approval.
Finally, all Cruyff Match football boots are produced in Italy as a tribute to their long tradition of handcrafted boots.
Available in Black/White/Gold or White/Black/Gold and priced at €129.95 – around £113 or $185 US – Cryuff Sports have put themselves at the lower-priced end of the premium boots market, pitching them against the likes of Mizuno and Umbro.
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