Now that was a nice weekend, hey? It was lovely to have Premier League back on our TV screens once more, and boy oh boy did it deliver. But of course, there is only one way to cap off your Premier League weekend, and that is with a raft of boot spots courtesy of the Instep! Check out the biggest spots from the week just passed, from boot switches to customised boots from all over Europe.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – Puma evoSPEED 1.3
3 different pairs of boots over the space of a month and a half? Laurent Koscielny definitely seems to be a little unsure about what boots he is going to wear this season, with the Frenchman sporting the adidas Predator Instinct during the World Cup, the Nike Tiempo Legend V during pre-season games and the evoSPEED during Arsenal’s first game of the season against Crystal Palace. The evoSPEED is a rather unorthodox choice for a centreback, but Puma will probably be pretty happy with seeing another Arsenal player deck themselves out with Puma gear from head to toe.
David Silva (Manchester City) – adidas adiPure 11Pro II
The number of adiPure 11Pro wearers in the Premier League is slowly becoming numbered, but the heritage boot has seemingly gained support from one of the midfield wizards of the EPL. After several seasons in the leather F50 adiZero, David Silva has jumped ship to the adiPure 11Pro II. Considering that Silva has moved from one leather boot to another, perhaps Silva was willing to let go of the lightweight feel of the F50 if it meant taking on a gorgeous no-nonsense leather boot. Either way, they match his Manchester City nicely too!
Neill Collins (Sheffield United) – Nike Magista Opus (Custom)
Even though Nike have only just released a new range of blackout football boots, they still did not quite satisfy Neill Collins. Collins has gone for a funky Black/White/Red Magista Opus that matches up perfectly with his Sheffield United home kit. It is interesting to note the number of players who have settled for the Opus (or Vapor) over the top tier versions of the respective boots that feature the ‘Dynamic Fit Collar’. We will be analysing the popularity of the Opus and Vapor amongst Premier League footballers in an article over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) – adidas Predator Instinct
It seems that the players who are rocking the adidas Predator Instinct are really only settling for three colourways: the ‘Battle Pack’ Predator from the World Cup, the retro-tastic ‘Predator Red’ colourway or the cool ‘Solar Blue’ colourway. Which is why it is rather refreshing to see Adam Clayton go for the Running White/Black/Infared colourway, the boot that is a different take on the same pattern from the ‘Battle Pack’ Predator. We wonder how Adam Clayton managed to get the boots so early, considering they were only launched last week and are restricted to the US market…
Maruoane Fellaini (Manchester United) – Warrior Sports Gambler Pro II
While they do not get the player support of a ‘big three’ boot brand, we still respect Warrior Sports for still going out there and updating their boots on a fairly regular basis. But in the standard Warrior Sports style, the new Gambler Pro II is absolutely unmissable on the pitch in a Hi Viz colourway. Maruoane Fellaini carried on his association with Warrior Sports with the Gambler Pro II, a boot made with ball control and comfort in mind.
James Chester (Hull City) – adidas Nitrocharge 1.0
Compared to the final day of the last season, there are 5 new football boots from the ‘big three’ that hit the pitches on the opening day of the 14/15 Premier league season. That is a sign of how fruitful a summer it has been for boot fans, and the updated Nitrocharge 1.0 is the newest boot to receive an update. There are not too many players who wear the Nitrocharge in the Premier League (especially after losing Steven Gerrard last week), but ensured the Nitrocharge was represented on the opening weekend of the Premier League, and the Hull City defender scored a winning goal to boot too. That goal really hurts when you have James Chester on your Fantasy Premier League bench too (ouch…)
Igor Picusceac (FC Amkar Perm) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX Messi
The boot was made for Lionel Messi in mind? Igor Picusceac does not care, with the FC Amkar Perm striker rocking the latest signature Messi F50 adiZero. A Messi F50 adiZero is always that little bit special, with this one paying homage to the Argentine superstar by spreading out just some of the superlatives used to describe the talents of the man. Interestingly, Picusceac has worn the boots in a competitive fixture before Messi himself, but we do expect to see him wearing them in Barcelona’s pre-season friendly against Mexican champions Club Leon (if he plays, that is).
Dane Edwards (Wolverhampton Wonderers) – adidas adiPure 11Pro II (Custom)
Custom boots always catch our eye when it comes to finding boot spots from the weekend, and Dane Edwards has hit up miadidas for his White/Black/Green creation. Bar one or two exceptions, adidas have been rather aggressive with their adiPure 11Pro II colourways so far, so that could be the reason why Dane Edwards has gone for something a little more pedestrian when it comes to his boots for the 2014/15 season.
That is it for our boot spotting today, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.