The way our Football Boots look has come a long way since the days of the black leather uppers of the Copa Mundial and Patrick Gold Cup – with the likes of the adidas F50 adiZero and Superfly II utilizing special textures in their bold graphics to enhance performance and feel on the ball.
But can the design on boots go too far? We think that’s a question of personal preference, but there’s certainly been some that push the boundaries of good taste!
Let’s take a look at some of the best!
adidas +F50.6 Tunit YY
Definitely a handful of the wildest football boots you will ever see, the Tunit YY series take their design from Japanese artist Taishi Hayashi drawings of 4 different animals; the Tiger, the Wolf, the Eagle and the Dragon – we can’t help but feel these crazy cleats might have been a subtle inspiration on the new Nike CR Safari!
When the Tunit was launched in Early 2006, adidas really pushed the idea of the building your own football boots, and as a promotional exercise they asked top adidas streetwear designer Yohji Yamamoto to build his ideal F50’s.
All four designs of these football boots were put on a strictly limited edition release of 1000 and selected pairs even shipped in this magnificent display cage – awesome!
The Nomis NXGEN Spark‘s potential for wildness was truly realised. The ‘Sunset Waffle’ design you see before you was a demonstration of Nomis’ new NXGEN technology, that could allow perfect prints of graphics and designs to be applied directly to the leather.
The plan was to allow famous artists, designers and even members of the football boots-buying public to get their designs and patterns put onto their footwear.
Unfortunately Nomis ceased operations before the scheme could be implemented fully, meaning that we’re left with these sole crazy patterned football boots, and a haunting sense of what could have been!
Puma v1.06 Unseen Green
Puma’s first foray into the speed boot market was definitely a bold one, made even more bold with this Unseen Green launch colourway for the v1.06!
Whilst probably a bit tame by today’s standards, these camouflage football boots made a splash back in 2006 thanks to their unusual all-over print.
This is a great example of a company really showing off their technology, as Puma’s unorthodox microfibre canvas upper allowed the Puma design team to be much more creative than when working with more stubborn materials such as K-Leather or some varieties of synthetic leather.
Back in 2007, Kelme rocked the Kameleon, featuring a luxurious one-piece K-Leather upper, the Kameleon was classic football boots-styling with a crazy multi-tone sheen to them.
Unlike the Chameleon adiZero, which was built around the colour purple, the Kameleon covered a full range of colours, from Black to Brown, Green to Gold and Purple to Pink under the right light – this picture we got from an old catalogue really shows them off best!
Do you think you know of some even wilder football boots?
Drop us a note in the comments and we’ll hunt down some images for the next edition!