Thanks to the folks over at Pele-Sports, I have a pair of the 1970’s that will go into testing this week, with a full and comprehensive review to follow pretty soon. But before we get to the release, I wanted to discuss some things stemming from comments I have read.
First off, a lot of people are complaining that “Pele-Sports are just Nomis“, which I feel is an irrelevant point. Pele-Sports are a new company who do have some ex-Nomis designers working with them. But that by no means these are knock offs as they hold some very new technology. I have read comments pointing out the fact that they are similar in style. But without testing them, they can not be predetermined as a flop. Going forward, lets forget about the whole Nomis debate and focus on the actual boot and the Pele-Sports range for what they offer.
The second thing I wanted to cover is the debate about Pele only putting his name to business partnerships that fail. Well here is my opinion. Pele was good at one thing – scoring goals. And to score goals he used his feet. Thus, Pele must know a thing or two about what equipment is needed to perform on the soccer field, right? It has already been proven that he is 100% behind the company and was involved in the design of this range, so I don’t believe this is all just a marketing gimick. If someone said they were going to name football boots after you and having millions of kids around the world wearing them would you want them to be horrible boots?
To date, I have not tested them out on the field yet, so for all I know they could be very below par/average boot, but just like you I want to have no reservations going into the review! What I can tell you about the 1970 right now is that they look really slick, and the black design offers a very simplistic look that stays away from the current flashy designs. In my opinion, this is a great move by Pele-Sports (they also have an all white version for those of you that want something different!)
In the 1970 range, the entire upper is kangaroo leather. In addition, it’s one piece, to minimize seams. The leather also undergoes 150 separate processing steps, which is pretty crazy once you think about it. Some of the steps include:
- Hi-tech polymer treatments provide permanent water resistance, yet preserve breathability.
- A permanent branding process prevents fading and keeps the K-leather color-fast.
- A secondary tanning process protects against sweat damage.
- A friction enhancing treatment is impregnated in the fiber structure of the leather. This means it won’t wear off, like a coating treatment.
I will have a lot more information with the actual review, stay tuned for an update soon!