Monday, 23 August 2010

Johan Cruyff: King of trainers?

I have a confession to make.

Despite Johan Cruyff being one of my favourite ever footballers, I had no idea he had his own clothing range.

Consider my head hung in shame.

In fact, the brand dates all the way back to 1979, when a still very much in his pomp Cruyff was turning La Liga defenders inside out for Barcelona.

The range includes a stack of leather trainers, including the iconic Astro - creating for five-a-side courts and astroturf, The Recopa range and a batch of designs inspired by Arsenal's very own Dutch Master, Dennis Bergkamp.

Some models are a little too shiney for their own good. Imagine the sort of trainer worn by teenager Portugese exchange students and you would not be far off.

But don't let that put you off. Much like the man himself, there are some shoes here which exude a simple yet beautifully swaggering style - not least the Vanenburg (pictured).

At times hit and miss as a label and occasionally lacking the subtlety of the better, iconic Adidas or Puma offerings, but for someone searching for a more unique range, Cruyff is well worth a look.

Just stick to the simple single colour or two tone designs.

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