200 PUMA World Cup (Weltmeister) (3)

Size UK9 Made in West Germany

英雄たちが愛した歴史的スパイクVOL.27 ~プーマの大定番・ベルトマイスター編~

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The West German moulded football boots that represented Puma in the early 1980s were the Weltmeister and Cesar Menotti. This is a catalog from those days (around 1982), and probably a few years after the Weltmeister was released, it is already described as a long seller (sales started around 1974).

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Weltmeister (above), Below is the Cesar Menotti. I think that the soccer cleats of this era cost more than 20,000 yen and were only available in the specialty soccer store. 

Probably, after that, there is a record that it was sold until the J-League started (1993), and as a football boots, it was an amazing long-selling model, but the PARA MEXICO is already the Guinness level (Producing from 1985 to 2019).

Also, the Caesar Menotti is hard to see in this photo, but it has 10 studs (usually 12). Both models are made of high quality cowhide called box calf (Calf skin).

God, of course, used the “Weltmeister” (and similar models) and wore them in the 82 and 86 World Cups. 

Thumb efbc93Against Brazil in the ’82 tournament (left). Are these boots really fit his feet? The one on the right is against Italy in the ’86 tournament. It’s the only time God scored a goal in the World Cup with the moulded boots. This one seems to be normal and fit his feet with the normal way of clipping the laces. It might be a special model of kangaroo leather (Maradona Pro 1), not Weltmeister.

After becoming a collector in recent years, this was one of the models that I would love to get my hands on, but as it turns out, this is the only authentic West German-made one I’ve found yet.

It looks like it was originally in a vintage sporting goods store in Italy.

The sole was already deteriorating and the price was very low when it was listed on ebay, but I was still in the early stages of collecting and noticed it after it was sold.

Later, I was able to get this through an Italian acquaintance, but I remember it was so expensive I wanted to cry.

I should have won the bid on ebay a little earlier….

The inside of the heel is labeled “1380”, so it is indeed a Weltmeister in Japan, but the leather from the late 80s feels more like kangaroo than box calf.

The sole was about to disintegrate at any moment, but since it was original, it was left intact.

However, because the PARA MEXICO was discontinued, I was anxious about how long I would be able to get a sole replacement, so I had it replaced at will.

It’s as good as it gets. Thanks to Puma Japan.