UPDATE: WIN A PAIR OF THESE BOOTS!
I’m in the fortunate position to have a pair of Warrior Skreamer K-Lite boots pop through the door, and in an even more fortunate position that I have two feet to try them on and give them a run through.
Here are how Warrior decribe the boots:
The Sell: Add the furious power and deadly accuracy of Skreamer to your game. Pull on Warrior’s first football boots and be fully equipped to exploit What Lies Within. Featuring breakthrough design and technologies, Skreamer is here to change the game
The Colour: Black / Spicy Orange
The Detail: kangaroo vamp, deep lace system, embossed thorax cage, murderhole cutouts, carbon x-bow shank, arrowbed insole, pebax outsole, SkreamFree construction, HeelShield heel counter, ClawTex blades*
* The ones I have are metal studs, with a free fist to screw / unscrew the studs as you see fit.
Here’s a video from Warrior Football’s YouTube channel.
Here are words from FeintZebra himself…
Colour: Black / orange.
Details: Embossed leather, boot laces, holes in the back, metal studs, insoles, side laces, no stitching inside and a carbon bottom.
To be fair, football boots as I remember them, have changed somewhat over the years. I started off playing football on muddy pitches with people one hundred times better than me, with a pair of very cheap Dunlop football boots, as they were the only ones my parents could afford. Such was the level of poverty that, when I lost a stud, I had to adjust the rest just so I could stand up properly in them.
As you can imagine, I never progressed in the football world.
I didn’t play for the school team as I was pants (or if I did, it’s since been wiped from my mind for the very same reason). Although I did go on into my adult years and play five-a-side every week, it’s of little consolation; I now sit in an office doing office work whilst footballers are probably still in bed, paying more tax weekly than I earn in a year.
Had I believed all the advertising about football boots that we now see, I’d be the next David Beckham, married to a skinny “singer” and living a life of luxury with millions upon millions of pounds in the bank. I’m not (although I am married to someone skinny with millions and millions of pounds in my Monopoly bank). That’s nothing to do with the advertising though – it’s more to do with what lies within… and unfortunately for me, I’m about as skillful as a dead fish trying to escape from a hungry seagull.
But that’s enough about me… Back to the boots.
The first thing that struck me is how different they look to the Skreamer Combat. I was expecting a white, blue, black and orange number to pop through the door, but instead was delighted to find a lovely pair of black and orange – or burnt orange should you wish to get technical – boots, waiting for me.
The outer boot is a mix of Kangaroo leather (yes, that’s right – those cute little things that jump up and down in Australia) and microfibre. Parts of the shoe are embossed with what some would call a tribal pattern, similar to that of the Liverpool third kit. The difference here being that it doesn’t look out of place and makes it far more attractive, so much so that it would be a shame to get them dirty on the pitch.
The holes on the back – oddly named as ‘murderholes’ – are clever, allowing you to adjust the boot without having to squeeze your fingers down the back of the heel, which stops you from making a fool of yourself on the pitch when you get your fingers stuck (we’ve all been there, haven’t we?). There’s even a protective bit at the back so if someone kicks you in the heel, you don’t have to roll around on the floor like you’ve been shotgunned at point blank.
The laces veer towards the outside of the boot running up most of the length, leaving the inside free for you to curve the ball into the top right hand corner of the net. You also have some of those holes on the tongue (murderholes again) to allow you to adjust the tongue without hassle.
The inside of the boot has no stitching, meaning that there is no chance of rub in an awkward place from a cotton strand that has managed to wiggle its way free. The insole of the boot is soft and feels lovely to the bare foot as well as the socked foot. It also gives you the impression that you are walking on air.
Finally across the bottom of the boot you have a carbon plate that gives your foot stability whether running, walking or tap dancing around in the 6 yard box. Being a cyclist, I appreciate a bit of decent carbon, and this is no different. It allows the boot to shed a bit of weight whilst giving a rigid support across the bottom of the foot.
Overall, this boot is an attractive boot, offering a beautiful fit and it feels far too comfortable to be a football boot. If they removed the carbon bottom and studs, I’d be quite happy wear these as a pair of slippers around the house.
When my five a side boots give up the ghost (which isn’t too far in the future), the first boot I will try on is the Skreamer Combat TF, because if they are anything like this boot, then I’m the next David Beckham (just older, fatter and worse at football).
If you are in the market for a new boot, give them a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. As a certain ex manager of Liverpool FC would say: “Kwality”
I’m off to start a rumour about Fellaini joining Liverpool based soley on the fact that Warrior Sports, shirt creators for Liverpool FC, have signed him up. Someone out there will believe me.