We are well overdue another addition to the Cleatology collection, so I pulled out these Lanzera Super Pro 94 boots to profile. This is the type of release that brings back vivid memories of when boots were created for comfort and durability, with no flashy colors needed to get them off shelves. What a great way to kick off the week!
As per the name, the Super Pro 94 was part of the Mondiale Collection that was released in 1994, right before the kick-off of World Cup 1994. It was the first World Cup ever held in the United Sates and Lanzera took advantage by releasing a range of shoes and clothing dedicated to US soccer players. At the time, it was a super successful campaign and the boots lived up to the much aligned hype.
Highlight of the boot is unquestionably the full-grain leather vamp. To touch, it is exceptional soft and super smooth. Even after being in storage for nearly 20 years, the upper still feels buttery soft and I can tell they would offer superb feel on the ball. Trust me when I say that I am super tempted to take these out of the box for a test run, but for now they keep their “never worn” status.
What offers the most unique feature to the boot is the tongue. Quite the opposite to current day releases, it is very well padded and positioned to sit comfortably around the ankle. And it is also stitched on both sides, so you actually need to wriggle your foot into the boot. Once they are in, you are set and ready to play for 90 minutes.
Sadly, somewhere along the line Lanzera decided to discontinue boot releases like this one, and it is a real shame. A lot of players I have talked to about their boots rave about the quality they offered and in an arena where lightweight, synthetic uppers are “winning”, releases like these are craved. You can still find Lanzera products available, with clothing and goalkeeper gloves still setting the tempo – but their boot line-up lives in the past.
Right now, I actually have 3 pairs of these boots in my possession, with several different stud configurations included (FG, SG and and Indoor pair). The question is, who would be interested in a pair if I put them up for giveaway?
Let me know in the comment section below and why they would make for a valuable addition to your collection!