Anyone ENJOY using 8-stud removable cleats? What about 12 fully removable and interchanges studs? Have you even seen anything of this sort? OK Yes. You might think I’m talking about the Adidas Tunits…But does anyone remember these?
Some of you old-timers might know of the Diadora Morpho. I would say these were one of the first cleats that founded the concept of versatile and customizable cleats. These boots came out over a decade ago, and features 12 removable studs. Their construction is that of a 6-stud removable cleat (standard Soft Ground Cleats), except there are 12 of them (standard Firm Ground Cleats). You can say they were the first breed of soft ground and firm ground cleats. At the time, they were quite innovative and they intrigued many, but the costly price tag on a pair of these boots made them a lot less appealing. The need for such a specialized cleat, with endless transformations wasn’t too strong, as playing conditions didn’t call for such specific catering. Plus, from my experience with these cleats back then, i ask myself…Was it really necessary for me to change stud that often for more or less the same fields I played on? Not so much, but it was fun to do it!
Much like the Adidas Tunits now. Do you really need that much specifications and customizations? Not so much, but it’s fun to do it!
So, to the Diadora Morpho’s. Shout out to a Cleat that shed light on the concept of customization, individualization, and versatility.
Also in my books, as cleats that founded the Spirrs Guys Catergory of “not-necessarily-all-so-necessary” Cleats.