Whilst flashy football boots are de rigueur across the market, there is always room for a brand offering something distinctive for the heritage market.
In the past, we’ve had the likes of Pantafola D’oro and Patrick present their brand on a solely ‘retro’ platform, and the latest brand to start making noise in that corner of the market are Ryal.
Originating in post-war Italy, the history of Ryal can be traced back to founder Giulio Moriani, A former Serie B player, Moriani’s career was cut short by Italy’s involvement in World War II – upon returning home to Fucecchio, Moriani dreamt of creating the perfect football boot.
And so, he did. Moriani picked up the life of a cobbler quickly, and before long established a small artisan workshop in which to create his dream boot.
Thanks to Moriani’s philosophy of small, handmade batches crafted from the best materials, his boots worked their way on to the feet of many European players before 1960 saw Moriani name his company Ryal – after Real Madrid’s Jose Hector Rial, his favourite player.
Ryal’s Classico Moro
Today, Ryal still make their football boots in Fucecchio, Italy and – after a brief period of exclusivity to the Dutch market – have finally made their boots available worldwide again.
Even better, the brand have hit the ground running with a varied range of classically-styled football boots to entice you old-school players.
La Storia – From Ryal
Whilst Ryal have moved with the times by bringing in modern waterproofing materials like Cambrelle, they haven’t deviated from Moriani’s original vision of football boots being handmade from the finest materials.
Which is why Ryal’s top models, including the Europa, La Storia, Classico Mora, Italia and the legendary 1946, are all made from Kangaroo and Calf leather from Tuscan tanneries.
Does Ryal’s ‘handmade’ philosophy and old-school styling pique your interest?
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Love these and also Cinquestelle, Pantofola D’Oro and their more mainstream cousins Diadora and Valsport. For those of us who love the unique feel and fit, durability of leather it will probably be more than likely that these smaller, hand made companies see more business, which can only be a good thing. They do take more TLC than synthetics out there, therein lies the beauty of owning them; they become more than just a pair of boots, they become a part of your footballing life.
What a beautiful range of boots.
I would difinitely like to see more, more, more! Beautiful boots, they remind me of my all time favourite Bellotti Italia boots.
The Europa looks very similar to the Adipure IVs