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The Return of…Porno di Scarpe!!

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Another pair of boots for WeeFuse, Papa?!”

Today’s return of the shoe porn “feature” is brought to you by:

  • Italian football boots
  • Bargain shopping
  • Birthday/Christmas presents

You may recall that a few years ago my good, good, GOOD friend Sculptor?!? bought me a pair of Pantofola d’Oro Dream turf shoes for use in the “old man indoor” league I play in every November through March.  I have played four seasons in them and they are EVERYTHING I wanted them to be: light, comfortable, exclusive, durable, etc..  That said, I am no petite flower, so while I have taken very good care of them (the soles have never touched anything but the Field Turf I play on) they are beginning to show their age- a bit scuffed, a bit stretched out, etc..  I could probably baby them through one more season (and they will serve as able back-ups) …but I don’t have to, because, thanks again to Sculptor?!?…

…I now own these!

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The Pantofola d’Oro Piceno Vitello Ambra TF

The same sole, the same “Canguro” (you figure it out…) upper, but a little more modern of a silhouette.  There are a few other differences too.  A padded tongue, a slightly wider fit (not the worst thing give the pounding one’s feet have to endure in the course of an indoor match), and yes, that flashy gold trim!  It’s a little hard to read in the picture, but there is embossing on the metallic stripes that says “Pantofola d’Oro” on one and “ITALIA” on the other.  But, I haven’t even gotten to the craziest part yet!

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These were the “back-up” pair that Sculptor?!? got me when the pair of boots she wanted to get me mysteriously disappeared after arriving in the U.S. and clearing customs…only to show up out of the blue after she’d already ordered the indoor botos above!  So, um, guess who has two thumbs and TWO new pairs of Italian football boots?  Oh, did you want to see the other pair?!

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The Pantofola d’Oro Emidio Vitello FG

Named for Pantofola d’Oro founder Emidio Lazzarini, the Vitello FG is just…everything.  The highest quality calfskin, glove-like fit, fold-over tongue, quilted collar and forefoot, and the smell, I can’t even begin to describe the smell.  The best comparison I can come up with (if you’re an American) is the smell of a well broken-in and freshly-oiled baseball glove.  If I could get this scent in a bottle I’d slather it on like a hormonal teenage boy with a can of Axe (or “Lynx” if you’re in the U.K.!) body spray.

Also, and I can’t stress this enough, they are beautiful.  Every detail is right and the sum of those details is nothing short of perfection.  I’m sure there is a “museum of design” somewhere that would benefit greatly by just putting these on a pedestal in an otherwise empty room and focusing a soft beam of light on them.  They are just drop-dead-gorgeous.  Even if these turn out to be terrible to play in (and they won’t!) they are already in the top three (the Umbro Pele Supreme and the original Nike Tiempo Premier being the others) pairs of outdoor boots I’ve ever owned.

So, to sum up: Italian football boots (x2!), bargain shopping (Sculptor?!? paid less in total for these TWO pairs than it would cost for ONE pair of top-of-the-line “Techno-Gizmo FGs” by Nike/Adidas/Puma), and she took care of my birthday and Christmas presents in one fell swoop!

(If you haven’t picked up on it, I am some dangerous combination of “hyper” and “giddy” at the moment)

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One comment on “The Return of…Porno di Scarpe!!

  1. Sculptor?!?
    May 24, 2017

    I’m going to have quite the challenge to top this, aren’t I? ❤

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This entry was posted on May 24, 2017 by in Football Boots, Old Man Indoor, Old School, Shoe Porn, Uncategorized.
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