Back in around 2008, I was writing a post for an unnamed website on Toni Kroos as his potential to become one of the top players in Europe. Since that time, he has continued to prosper, although he has had a few injury setbacks along the way. With the recent speculation surrounding his contract at Bayern Munich and potential big money transfer this summer, he again entered my eye-line. Then, while researching a piece for Sneaker Report this weekend, I discovered something about his choice of boots and it has seriously elevated my personal opinion of him!
While top players around the globe are finding any excuse to fit themselves in new boots and wild colorways, Kroos has been wearing the same range since 2010. Yes, I typed that correctly. Not only that, he has been wearing the exact colorway of the Adidas adiPure IV for the past 28 months. The adiPure IV was released back in December 2010 and Kroos was one of the very first players to slip his feet into a pair. It was September 2011 when he found the Zero Metallic/Black/Matte Gold colorway and it seems like it was love at first site, with Kroos choosing to wear them ever since.
In a world where players and brands seem to change their looks each week, it is extremely refreshing (and encouraging) to see a player find a boot he likes and stick with it. Ultimately, money talks and that is primary reason we see top players switch so often. I consider Kroos to be among the best, so he is most definitely choosing his own personal boot choice over money. By sticking with an older model boot that is not available anymore, he is not really useful to Adidas other than the fact he is wearing their logo. Players that change with the times are the ones that get the big money and it takes a true professional who respects his own game to stick with what works for him. And there have been plenty of occasions where players have “upgraded” to the newer version of a boot, only to struggle to adjust.
One prime example was Wayne Rooney and his switch over from the T90 Laser III to the Laser IV. Again, money talks and he ultimately made the transition. Robin van Persie is another example, as he stuck it out with the Predator adiPower for an extended period. In the time since, Adidas has started to personally modify his shoes to replicate the visuals of newer releases.
The best part of all this is the fact that the adiPure IV is a version of the adiPure that I have most respect and time for. In fact, it is the release in the range that we rate most highly thanks to its comfort and great fit. It actually received 5-stars on the SC101 Rating scale and is a boot I have in storage, ready for a fresh run out. For those interested in catching up on what they offered, you can check our review here.
Yes, there have been a few occasions where Kroos has worn other boots, but he continually returns to the adiPure IV. For example, just this past October he was spotted testing a blackout version of the now released adiPure 11Pro. This seemed to be a random occurrence during training sessions and it was probably more to do with player feedback to Adidas than anything else. And then in January 2013, he actually wore a pair of adiPure 11Pro for one game before again switching back his trusted pair of adiPure IV.
Kudos to you Mr. Kroos – we respect and salute your decision to be one of the few players currently in the game to break the trend and stick with what works for you rather than companies and their marketing. In a sense, you are the professional that represents the everyday player who finds a boot they like and sticks with that silo for an extended period (primarily because we can’t all afford to buy the latest releases).
For those interested in a pair of adiPure IV, you can still find them on eBay!