So it’s time to get some new Astroturf boots and you’re tired of all the standard futsal and five a side options. You want something a bit different. A quality product, with a great pedigree and a classic look. Well, if that’s the case (And you’re willing to pay for it) the Pantofola d’oro Platino Canguro Outdoor Ambra could be the answer. Handcrafted from the finest materials and worn by some of the greatest players to ever play the game, Pantofola d’oro have nothing to prove when it comes to heritage and pedigree. But it’s a brutal market out there, even for Astro boots. So in an age of Kanga-lite and PowerLast, how does such an unashamedly retro option stack up?
Pantofola d’oro means ‘Golden Slipper’ and after a few times wearing these I can see why. The Platino’s are supremely comfortable straight out of the box, thanks in no small part to the high quality kangaroo leather upper. Because these are the Astroturf incarnation the soleplate is relatively flexible, meaning they required almost no real breaking in period. All in all they are a pleasure to wear.
As comfortable as the Platino’s are (and they are very comfortable) I’d say this does impact performance. Generally they perform well, with the soft leather providing a responsive touch and feel. The traditional ‘pimpled’ soleplate provides good grip on all artificial surfaces, which is not something that can be said for other high-end Astro’s I’ve tried. However, after a sustained period of play I have noticed the boots start to feel loose and unsupported, almost certainly because of the soft nature of the upper. I found this also impacted my ball striking and believe the boot would benefit from some of the structured design elements found in other high end boots. These may seem like minor quibbles, but I think it’s fair criticism considering the price.
To call the Platino’s a ‘heritage’ boot is quite the understatement. These are old school to the extreme. All black with minimal white detailing and the classic fold-over tongue, they really are a throwback. The retro styling certainly won’t be for everyone, but for those still wearing Copa Mundials or Kings, they do retain a certain charm.
At around £100 these are probably the most expensive Astro boots available in the UK. For that you are getting a quality product, hand made with premium materials. However, if you’re looking for innovation and a wow factor (Which is important) I believe there are better value alternatives.
TOTAL: 13.5/20 67.5%
Overall I love my Pantofola d’Oros, but would I buy them again? At £100 probably not. However, if you can find them cheaper they are certainly worth considering.