(Yes, thats me in the white/grey jumper. Picture: SoccerBible)
So just over a month ago I was lucky enough to be invited by the Pro:Direct team to attend the 130th Anniversary event being hosted at Pro:Direct LDN.
The setting for the event was perfect, just off the trendy Carnaby Street lies the Pro:Direct store and upon arrival I was greeted with some classy Italian red wine and copious amounts of Italian meats being professionally served (safe to say I was already in heaven without seeing a boot).
The event was also great for a bit of networking, I got to meet up with fellow boot collect Josh Bray (BWCboots) and also some pretty big names such as Adrian Lake Pro:Direct co-founder, Demy De Zeuuw Balr co-founder, Daniel Cordas, Antonio Cabrini Italian WC Winner and various other people.
The event lasted all day and once the evening got underway this is when I finally got my opportunity to get my foot measured, a completely new thing to me as this is my first ever pair of M2M boots.
Once I had my foot measured (and mocked for its shape/size) I sat down with Alessandria, the translator who would explain my design to the Pantofola craftsman who spoke very little English.
So to start with I had to choose what boot I wanted to have, this had already been chosen in my head but I had the choice between the brand new Emidio Italia Vitello, Squadra, Dream or the classic Lazzarini. There was only ever going to be one choice, the Lazzarini.
Now with my boot decision made I had to choose the colour for the upper and the material, out came a massive back catalogue of all the different colours and leather variations, I ended up choosing the classic white kangaroo but added a grey heel for a slight contrast and to make my boots look unique.
Next was the laces, I decided to have the classic white laces as standard but also have a pair of back up laces in grey which I’ll use when I wear the boots as white laces never last long.
With most of the upper now complete we move on to the sole plate, as I rarely play on natural surfaces so I decided it had to be a FG plate and with this I thought I would give the brand new soleplate I try.
Now on to the finishing touches, the personalisation I have gone for was fairly simple. On the instep of each boot I have my signature which is actually upside down on both boots but as my signature upside down kind of resembles the number 16 (my lucky number) I’ve actually grown to like this. The other personalisation is on the outstep and this is the Pantofola branding embossed in to the leather as I feel this adds a classy touch.
So that’s my boot, 100% unique to me and my feet.
I’ve said this a few times but once more wont hurt, thanks a lot to the guys at Pro:Direct who hooked me up with this amazing experience and product, honestly never thought I’d be lucky enough to experience what some pros get done.