The Heritage category showcases the classy and stylish releases from 2010, football boots that are designed to deliver the ultimate in ball touch and feel. As you'd expect, there's a strong showing from the Puma King, Nike Legend and adidas adiPure, but there were also a couple of boots that have caught the eye during 2010.
Here are the Heritage Nominations featuring football boots released in the 2010 calendar year:
The adiPure is still in it's infancy compared to the likes of the King and Legend. But in a short space of time the adiPure has gained a popular following, with the likes of Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Bastian Schwiensteiger and Frank Lampard all wearing the 2010 editions. The boot has gained a reputation for comfort thanks to a soft kangaroo leather upper, which for the adiPure III's combined with asymmetrical lacing and a stand-out heel counter.
The King Finale just crept into the 2010 Awards as a December release, although it's worth remembering the Diego Finale was released in October. The Puma King is one of the most iconic boots in football, and the Finale versions have been warmly received due to the wider last and the redesigned toe-area.
A brand new Elite version of the Legend was released during 2010, which featured a synthetic upper for the first time. However, Nike still released a standard version which retained a K leather upper, and for the Legend III had a redesigned tongue. The Nike Tiempo Legends have suffered due to the popularity of the CTR360, but have they retained a loyal Tiempo fanbase?
Pantofola d'Oro football boots have gained a cult following due to their classic style, high quality craftsmanship and comfortable uppers. In 2010, the brand celebrated 125 years since the old Lazzarini's cobblers shop was founded in Ascoli Piceno, and to mark this the Lazzarini football boots were released. Throughout their career Pantofola d'Oro have stayed true to the principles and standards that have seen them forge such a popular niche in the boots market.
Exported from the home of World and European Champions Spain, Joma have a great reputation on the continent. The Total Fit 91 football boots are the pinnacle of the range, thanks largely to an upper constructed using a single-piece of material. These Total Fit Ultralight boots are the only nomination in the Heritage category to feature a synthetic upper, although the boot does have it's origins in kangaroo leather uppers.
So there you have the nominations for our Heritage Football Boot of the Year 2010. We're sure there's plenty of opinions on the boots nominated, it's a tough one to call but we think we've selected the top five most popular heritage boots for 2010. Now it's time for fans to show their support for their favourite football boots, REGISTER YOUR VOTE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN THE 2010 SOCCERBIBLE BOOT OF THE YEAR...
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The SoccerBible Awards are open to everyone. To register your vote, simply complete the required details (your name, email address and boot choice) and submit. All votes will be collated and the winners will be announced at the end of the year.
Voting closes at midnight GMT on 20th December 2010. Normal SoccerBible competition terms and conditions apply.