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TRUSTED from the Sunday League to the Champions League.

That’s the tagline for a Scots entrepreneur who has worked for his mates to global stars such as Thiago and Antonio Rudiger.

Ryan Park of Boots N Pieces has customised boots for Scotland’s top players
Thiago Alcantara has also sought out his services
James Tavernier is another one

Ryan Park, 32, from Leith in Edinburgh, started up Boots N Pieces during the Covid-19 pandemic and has never looked back.

He now counts several of the Scotland national team amongst his clientele as well as Rangers captain James Tavernier.

Park quit a steady job in finance to exploit a niche gap in the football market.

Boots N Pieces offers players the chance to convert their studs from plastic to metal. Many boots are sold only in firm ground (FG) or artificial ground (AG) stud styles, which are made of plastic.

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But for most players – especially top pros – they need soft ground (SG) studs, made of metal.

Boots N Pieces also offers a blackout paintjob service, whereby Park paints over the colours of a player’s boot in all black to give them a cool aesthetic.

He also provides personalisation, with players able to get their name (or a loved one’s), initials or mottos onto their boots.

And for those of a certain vintage who love a tongue strap (popularised by the Adidas Predator cleat of the nineties), Boots N Pieces has you covered there too.

Park now averages around 100 pairs of boots PER WEEK offering his various customisation services.

“It was during Covid. I just had a lot of time on my hands,” he said via the Edinburgh Evening News.

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“It was a wee hobby I picked up again after doing my own boots about 10 years ago when I played for Leith Athletic. I used to black out my own boots as our strip was mostly black and I thought it looked pretty cool.

“So in July 2020 I started customising boots and over the next couple of years it turned into a proper business. I worked in investment banking so this was a big career change.

“By the end of 2020 I had professional players getting in contact, with Paul Hanlon at Hibs the first top level player to ask to get it done.

“A year and a half later I left my job to go full-time with the business.

In case you haven’t worked it out, the company name is a play on the famous dance anthem by Artmesia, Bits & Pieces, which is used by the Scotland national team when goals are scored at Hampden.

Now that Park has catered for the likes of Billy Gilmour, Lyndon Dykes, Ryan Christie and Ryan Jack, he is well-aware of how things have come sort of full circle.

He ranks former Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago as the best player he has done work for.

But there are some other top names on the list too.

He said: “I have now done a lot of the Scotland players’ boots, which is surreal.

“I would say though that the best player I have worked for his Thiago at Liverpool. He has won everything in the game, a top, top player. I have done five or six pairs for him now. It’s crazy.

The most popular service is for Boots N Pieces is stud conversion
They also do blackouts of boots – this is a before…
…And after

“I’ve also had Brazil and Tottenham forward Richarlison wear my boots. And German international Antonio Rüdiger was wearing my boots in a game on Sunday night. As I have got a partnership with Under Armour now and they supply his boots. Hopefully they will be the first of many brands I work with.

“I would never have got to the stage I’m at now if it wasn’t for professional players posting by boots conversions on social media. A lot of my growth has been word of mouth.”

On the company’s Instagram account, he regularly posts pictures of players playing in the boots he has customised.

Rangers pair Tavernier and Borna Barisic are two of those to have featured.

And, as the client list grows, what next?

“The next steps are taking someone on to help me cope with demand, building a team, and then down the line looking at other locations,” said Park.

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“There are so many opportunities out there. I could probably tailor the same designs to golf shoes, cycle shoes, all kinds of sports footwear. I have already been doing rugby boots for the Scotland national team. I went out to their training at the Oriam, set-up in a room and did some of the players boots for them there and then.

“I can do a studs conversion in half an hour to 40 minutes. A blackout takes a bit longer as they have to dry. But the studs conversions is definitely the most popular service I offer.”

Ryan customises around 100 pairs of boots a week
The company also personalise boots with initials, names and mottos
Ryan Jack is another customer
Former Celtic star Ryan Christie, now at Bournemouth, with his custom boots

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