If you're a regular to SoccerBible, you're probably aware we're big fans of the work of Italian brand Pantofola d'Oro. So when the brand's executive Kim Williams recently visited the UK, we were privileged to find that SoccerBible headquarters was one of his destinations for an exclusive interview...
Don't get us wrong, in the modern era we love all the innovative tech, the lighweight materials and the ever changing face of boot development. But at the same time, a classic Ferrari is still a classic Ferrari and drives on the road just as any other car, which is how we think of Pantofola d'Oro. They've remained true to their philosophy of crafting football boots, and if it's served Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano, Fabio Capello, Jurgen Klinsmann and Roberto Mancini, then that's pedigree enough for us.
The opportunity to sit down with Kim was like sitting down in an Italian cafe, to hear the tales of a brand that seems intertwined with football history, and although our interview edit is around 4 minutes there's about another 20 minutes worth of similar tales!
Quite understated in their marketing and production of football boots, Pantofola dOro have spurred themselves on for over a century by their attention to detail for fine craftsmanship and their selective quality of leathers.
Pantofola d'Oro are the only football brand born in Italy that remain 100% Italian, the boots are all handcrafted in Ascoli and although this goes against the grain for modern boot construction, that's exactly what we like about Pantofola d'Oro.
Pantofola d'Oro accept there will be people who may never like their footwear, everyone's entitled to their opinions, but at SoccerBible we're amongst those who acknowledge what they're doing - remaining true to their boot philosophy. We'd love to hear your opinions on Pantofola d'Oro online, on Twitter and on Facebook.