Japanese brand Mizuno has released a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Collection of the MORELIA to celebrate the success of a boot that embodies the concept of a "lightweight, flexible, barefoot feel." The keepsake, set in a collectible presentation box, includes the very first complete reissue of the original MORELIA (Runbird) and the latest models of the MORELIA II and MORELIA NEO. Virtually unchanged for three decades, the MORELIA exemplifies Mizuno’s sheer persistence in football boot design and is yours to own now from Pro-Direct Soccer. Click to learn more.
The very first Morelia, released in 1985 with its original Runbird branding, has been identically reproduced in a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary edition using the original moulds, materials and lasts. The finest kangaroo leather provides a quilted, luxurious feel, while the stitch lines in the upper offer a secure fit and enhanced sense of touch. A Graded Pebax sole plate offers enhanced flexibility and durability with exceptional weight benefits, and a classic moulded multi-stud pattern reduces pressure and provides excellent foot holding and comfort.
Billed as the lightest ever boot made of Scotchgard-coated kangaroo leather at 180g, the MORELIA NEO is truly the ultimate boot. It incorporates a rounded outsole with a shape that virtually wraps the foot, perfectly holding the sole for an improved barefoot feel. The second feature of the NEO is the difference in hardness levels between the toe and heel areas of the sole. Because soft resin is used in the toe area, and hard resin in the arch to heel area, only the toe section bends for a truly natural barefoot feeling.
Originally released in 1991, the MORELIA II is the ultimate boot for maximising the potential performance of each player. With its improved sole plate that uses a new material, the second generation MORELIA is now more advanced to elevate its fit and barefoot feel. The upper is made from a single piece of kangaroo leather for an enhanced touch that communicates even subtle contact with the ball to ensure precise control, while its Wave Fit Lacing System allows players to make the upper snug on the foot.
At Mizuno, a simple mission statement exists: to let nothing stand in the way of putting the world's best sporting equipment in the hands of athletes. This dedication to sport, and to advancing athletic performance within it, is something that the brand has been committed to ever since Rihaci Mizuno opened his first sports shop in Osaka, Japan in 1906. At the top of the Mizuno range is the Japan Edition Morelia, which continues to be one of the finest handmade boots in the world and the recipient of the most meticulous attention to detail.
Morelia was designed by Toshiyasu Yasui (Yasuisan), based on Musashi Mizushima's feedback that "top players in Brazil wanted boots soft and light enough to fold up into a suit pocket".
The second generation Morelia model was a further evolution in lightweight flexibility. It was worn by many players in the inaugural 1993 JLeague season and became a favourite in Brazil and Italy too.
Released as a special edition for the 2002 World Cup in Mizuno's homeland, the first nonblack Morelia was worn by national team player Hirokaki Morishima when he scored against Tunisia.
Rivaldo wore Morelia in his early years as a professional in Brazil and then in Spain with Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona where he won the Balon D'Or. Created exclusively for 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo in pursuit of an even lighter boot, the Wave Cup included pioneering cushioning and stability technology – the Mizuno Wave.
Paris SaintGermain and Italy midfielder Thiago Motta has worn the Morelia for his entire career. He is not paid to wear them. He chooses to because of their quality and performance.
The result of years of perfecting the art of crafting elite performance footwear, Morelia NEO stays true to the core concept of the original Morelia. Launched in 2012, it is Mizuno's lighest ever leather football boot.
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