I’m knocking out those vacation rambles. Again, I promise I will be done soon, but bear with.
Ramble of the Day
I was strolling through a nearby market on my first full day in Madrid, minding my own business and taking in my surroundings. I was snapped out of that by my younger sister, who screamed and then shouted, “IT’S FERNANDO!”
How she spotted a random storefront through a crowd, I still do not know. Yet, there was Fernando Llorente, the Tottenham Hotspur back up striker, awkwardly posing so the photographer could get a shot of his shoes. I walked past this picture of Llorente attempting to be a model every single day on my way to the Metro station, and once even saw a woman snap a picture of the display.
I managed to snap a picture of the display the day before I left, and while I thought the shoes looked fine, I needed to go straight to the Fluchos website for more information.
For starters, there are a series of pictures of Llorente posing in his shoes with a football, as if we needed the reminder that he is a footballer. Unfortunately for Llorente, Fluchos, and us all, the modeling shots left a bit to be desired; I feel like he looks like a different person! But let’s go back to the shoes.
There are four styles, each described by Llorente. One is the most comfortable sport shoe, while another works with any outfit or occasion. (I highly doubt there is one pair of shoes that goes with everything, but do what you must to sell your shoes, Fernando.) A third is perfect for his every day life, and the last, at least to him, has a remarkable combination of fashion and comfort.
There’s a bit of variation in the designs, with one more formal than the others, though I wonder if more variety might have been better for the collection. Three of them are casual sporty shoes, and I have to imagine the average Fluchos customer might want a couple of more types of shoes than that.
Anyway, the worst part is that these average looking shoes retail for €96 after a 20% discount on the website, which comes out to about £87 or $112. Looks like there are free returns, though, so take a chance if you dare and let us know if the shoes are any good.
tl;dr: Fernando Llorente, shoe designer and model.
Links of the Day
Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, home of Rayo Vallecano, has been closed down until October and deemed dangerous following construction at the stadium.
England have contacted West Ham’s Declan Rice though he has been capped by Ireland, according to Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s young clone — I mean son — Cristiano Ronaldo, Jr. has also signed with Juventus and will play with the U-9 team.
In case you didn’t catch it yesterday, Mikeie Reiland contextualized Son Heung-min’s participation in this month’s Asian Games for SB Nation.
Today’s longer read: Marcus Christenson interviews Kieran Trippier on life after an impressive World Cup for The Guardian