In the second SR Podcast, we started to discuss the death of the speed boot and whether one of the most popular types of boots in the world is starting to falter. There are some that think the boot is still going strong, but there are just as many that believe that the speed boot is slowly dying. Where do you fall on this boot debate?
The current climate in the boot-world has become massively competitive. It has seen experienced boot buyers start becoming massively educated and making extremely educated decisions when buying their next pair of match-day boots. This has caused many to turn away from the ultra-lightweight boots and seek boots that, although not “heavy,” are superior in comfort. Players and fans alike have mostly decided that one/two ounces is not going to make any difference in your speed on the pitch, and we have all started looking for boots that boot that provide something else for our game instead of a non-existent speed boost.
In the podcast we dug down to the root of what we want to occur (or, continue occurring) in the Speed Boot market. We want updates- we want new- we want progress. The reason the Vapor VIII has been so successful is because it captured the imagination of the world. It was a huge change from the previous Vapor and it presented us with a boot that, despite durability issues, we were all curious to try. We wanted to feel the “peach-fuzz” and we wanted to see what the stud configuration did…and we remained as interested despite the boot changing upper multiple times. We can only hope that the upcoming Vapor IX continues to impress in the way that the VIII did.
Where do you think the Speed Boot is heading? Have you fallen in love with a speed boot? Out of love with a speed boot? Should boot companies stick with a proven formula, or take risks in the effort to provide us with something new? Leave your comments in the section below.