Inzaghi Filippo

Match Worn Boots

Milan A.C. 

Did you Know?

These boots were used by Filippo Inzaghi during the first half the 2002-2003 season including during the Champions League game against Deportivo La Coruna which took place at the Riazor Stadium in La Coruna on September 24th 2002 that marked the first Inzaghi Champions League’s hat-trick in his career while Milan defeated Deportivo La Coruna 4-0. These “weird” boots are kind of unique for the following reason: Inzaghi was sponsored by Nike until the end of the Fifa World Cup “Korea & Japan 2002”. Once the Nike’s sponsorship ended, the player had no sponsor from September to November. So he played with his “old” Nike Tiempo boots just unstitching the Nike logo on side. But Nike Tiempo had a very visible and recognizable white strap on heel and on boot’s tongues and with Nike logo on sole. So Inzaghi was playing without an official Nike’s logo but with an highly recognizable boots on his feet. While he started discussing his further new sponsorship with Diadora he was asked to hide as much as possible every Nike marks on boots so the player made the A.C. Milan kit men to hand paint the whole boots with a black paint. So he started playing with these total hand made black-out boots. It happened for few games before, once he signed for Diadora, he wanted the A.C.Milan kit men to convert this unbranded boots in to a new Diadora’s boots, gluing a Diadora logo on side. Filippo Inzaghi was a very superstitious player so at the beginning he didn’t want to change his boots for a new pair of Diadora boots so he simply to converted the old pair of Nike Tiempo in to a newer Diadora ones. Inzaghi was very attached to these boots because they marked his first Champions League hat-trick of his career so once he got his regular new boots, he removed the Diadora logos from the Nike Tiempo in order to keep them unbranded, hand painted right in to a frame. They are now a significant piece of our collection and there are still very visible all the signs we just talked about. The unstitching signs belong to the former Nike logo. The unglued signs belong isntead to the following Diadora’s logos.