This past Fall, the folks at Diadora decided the time was right to drop a whole new line-up of boots on the market. The updated series features some revamped classics, such as the Evoluzione and the Maracana, while it also features an extremely new type of bizarre technology in the form of the Cambio PU. As well as that, we are treated to a pair of Speed boots in the 6.4oz DD-NA.
When we hear the name Diadora, most of us will associate it words like “comfort”, “value” and “durability”. The question is have they been able to continue that trend with the updates they have added to the current line-up.
We have had a chance to review each of the new boots, check them out here before we give you our final recap on each down below.
Definitely the best boot out of the current selection. Diadora make a bold move by moving into the Speed category, something they have avoided in the past. Comfort is the key to the brands success and moving into the lightweight category can cause so many issues. At 6.4oz, there is a definite level of effectiveness to what has been produced and released to market. I’m a very big fan of these boots and they will deliver for players that decide to invest in a pair. Retail for $130.
Where to find your pair of Diadora DD-NA.
Rather than messing with a tried and trusted formula, Diadora looked at the positives of the Maracana and modified in several areas. Rather than a K-Leather upper you instead get a full-grain calf leather upper. And on the soleplate, they have switched from a bladed configuration to a conical. The latter is the most important switch and brings the range back to a more traditional, heritage release. Retail for $95.
Where to find your pair of Diadora Maracana L.
Evoluzione 2 K
There is definitely some improvement on this version over the original, with the textured forefoot adding that little extra grip as you get on the ball. It seems like Diadora punched out the pattern and the added definition is a positive. Otherwise, they perform very much the same as the original version did. Retail for $140.
Where to find your pair of Diadora Evoluzione 2 K.
Italica K Pro
Visually, these boots are a real winner when it comes to fans who like the old-school look with some added contrasting stitching. The leather, which is a Kangaroo skin, really feels as soft and supple as it looks. There is that coating the covers it and adds more of a slick feel. Through testing, it seemed to play a role in a pretty average touch with not much grip. Other than that, they perform well. Retail for $109.
Where to find your pair of Diadora Italica K Pro.
Unfortunately for Diadora, this boot is a definite “AVOID”. After testing we found out that this boot was modeled off a failed release from another Asian brand that went to market a few years back. Comfort is the primary issue and these boots really don’t provide any sort of positive reaction. Because of their plastic nature and the thin soleplate, they are extremely unstable and most players will find they are unreliable. The only Diadora boot I have ever seen that I’d recommend as “worth avoiding”! Retail for $75.
Where to find your pair of Diadora Cambio PU.
If any of you have had the opportunity to test any of the latest Diadora releases, leave your feedback below so we can check it out and share it with others that might be contemplating picking up a pair.