Rating the Brands for 2020

A Truly Bizarre Year The Boot Industry had its work cut out for it this year. It did ok but a lot of the problems that have followed the industry for years now were only accentuated by the craziness that was 2020. Overstocking, flooding the market with releases, limited releases for days and a general […]

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GaijinBootBlog’s 2020 Boot Awards

This year will be remembered for a lot of reasons. Its been absolute chaos in just about every aspect and this is before even getting into the boot industry itself. We’ve seen remakes, rereleases, colourways for cancelled tournaments, and an incredible deluge of regular releases. Even for people who don’t normally pay too much attention […]

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Ryal Artisan 2.0 Review

The Italian-made boot Par Excellence Its almost a bit of a stereotype now. Classic leather boot in black, handmade in Italy with a classic soleplate. It’s a formula that is becoming more common as more and more smaller brands become more well known and bigger brands try to capture that unique selling point. One might […]

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Where resellers get (some) of their Stock

Kind of like regular retailers Over the past year we have all seen resellers pick up stock that was either product that had already dropped out or the market and even some pro issue stock. It did seem a bit confusing where this stock had come from. After all, a lot of these products were […]

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Some Things Look Better as Time Goes On

Leaving a Legacy At the start of this year, adidas launched the Predator 20+ Mutator. It featured a return to what fans had been wanting for years – the return of grip elements. Along with the top of the line laceless model, adidas finally released something else that people had been going on a about […]

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Adidas’ Stroke of Genius/Madness

A crazy idea with incredible impact The football boot enthusiast community exploded with surprise earlier this week with the launch of adidas’ Memory Lane pack, which brought back revamped versions of the much-beloved adiZero series. Even crazier, each different colourway was a product of adidas’ designers working directly with different retailers. While some of adidas’ […]

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How Pantofola D’Oro Got its Groove Back

A Lesson for any small company Pantofola D’Oro used to have a committed cult following in the boot world. They were always known as a company that made beautiful, high-quality, and comfortable football boots. About five or so years ago, they began to lose this image when they began to start having boots that were […]

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Why Limited-Edition Boots are like Supercars

And not in the way you think There has recently been more focus than ever on limited edition boots and part of this is because it seems like we are constantly seeing more and more limited drops over the past several years. As part of this, there is also an increase in collectors of said […]

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Travelling without Moving

Like spinning tires in mud over and over again Shout out to @SFGSoccer on Instagram for the article idea In the past few years there has been a lot of releases that are either remakes or colourway call-backs to boots from the past 20-odd years. This has been a boon for a lot of people […]

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The Problem with Resellers

Err on the safe side. As mentioned in a previous article, the past year has an extraordinary rise in the amount of resellers around especially on Instragram. Every week it seems that there are several new sellers popping up. Although this is a great thing if you are looking older boots, there are several drawbacks […]

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