New Balance has created a very special edition Tekela v2 release that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the SOCCER.COM websites existence. It was 10 years after the company was founded as Eurosport, when a future thinking decision was made on Nov. 14, 1994 to secure the SOCCER.COM domain.
Since then, it has become the #1 US retail website for players in need of new boots. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you out there that share a connection with the brand, the original Europort catalog and everything the family owned company has on offer. They have become an institution within the US soccer community.
Design wise, there boots are absolutely hot! Featuring a Risk Red and Silver styling, this colorway symbolizes all of the shared values between both brands. Both are proudly family-owned and American-born.
There is an entire SELECTION of intricate detailing right across these boots that makes them one of a kind. Flip them over and you’ll see the words “innovate” and “inspire” on the soleplates as a representation of those values guiding the company at every step and present at New Balance, too. As a nod to their parents, who fostered a teenage dream of starting a soccer business, the Moylans’ parents’ initials are found on either aglet (lace tip).
Even beyond the cleats themselves, touches continue to tell the story. The Tekela comes in a premium presentation box in that striking red with a special note hand-signed from the Moylans and a commemorative medallion coin with the SOCCER.COM and NB brand logos. Each one is individually numbered, one of 94 as a nod to the 1994 founding year, and decorated with stars, stripes and shamrocks for the family’s proud Irish American heritage. New Balance wanted to do something special as a callout to 1994 and ultimately decided upon a medallion after Mike uncovered a few he had saved from 1994 FIFA World Cup United States
“We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating our site’s 25th-year anniversary with a boot design of such quality,” SOCCER.COM Co-Founder Brendan Moylan says. “When New Balance approached us with the idea, we were blown away. This is the perfect boot to mark the celebration.”
The New Balance SOCCER.COM 25th anniversary cleat will be available exclusively on Monday, Nov. 18th in limited numbers.