After two weeks off, we are back! So a lot has gone down in the boot world in the past few weeks, and these next few weeks will be just as exciting as what has just passed us. So to get us into the mood, how about we hit up this week’s boot spotting? From boot switches to custom boots, we have done our usual business and gathered the best boot spots the boot world has to offer. Check out what caught our eye this week.
Juan Mata (Manchester United) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX
There was two big boot switches this week, and they both featured one boot. Juan Mata made the unexpected switch from the Predator Instinct to the F50 adiZero during a late week training session for United, and he wore the boots in United’s game against Swansea. With Mata being an ex-Mercurial wearer back in his Nike days, the playmaker is not exactly going into unchartered territory with the F50. Walcott was the other big F50 switch this weekend, but a non-appearance by the winger in Arsenal’s win over Crystal Palace means we will have to wait another week until we see the winger wearing the boots in the flesh.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly IV
A bit of a change up from the man who has given so much joy to Arsenal fans this season. While Sanchez has been pretty good in keeping up with the newest Superfly IV colourways, he has made the unexpected switch from the Shine Through Superfly to the World Cup Superfly this weekend. It could be a case of Sanchez settling with one of his favorite boots, as we are sure Nike will not want one of their headline Mercurial players in the EPL to be wearing old boots for too long.
David Luiz (PSG) – Nike Magista Obra (Custom)
So this is an….interesting boot customisation. David Luiz was snapped up in PSG’s midweek encounter with Chelsea wearing a Magista Obra sporting what looks like a carefully placed black piece of tape through the instep of the right boot. We would think the tape is there to close up a tear in the boot, which is interesting given that Flyknit is meant to be a pretty strong material. Luiz should probably get on the phone with Nike to get a new pair of boots, because his boots are not really a good look…
Diego Costa (Chelsea) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX
Diego Costa seems pretty torn between boots at the moment. The Chelsea hit man has been going for the whiteout version of the past F50 adiZero in recent weeks, but he did make an appearance in the current generation F50 adiZero this weekend for Chelsea’s game against Burnley. It only lasted one half though, as he played out the other half in the whiteout F50. Adidas would want to see their man in the current F50, but it will be interesting to see how this boot saga plays itself out.
Roy Krishna (Wellington Phoenix) – Lotto
Well, working out the brand was not too hard, as for the actual boot? That is a little tougher. Roy Krishna is one of the few professionals seen repping Lotto boots week in, week out, and it seems he may have brought out a new Lotto boot this weekend. The boot does remind us of the Lotto Soloista in the way it is constructed, this could be a new speed boot offering from Lotto.
Kaka (Orlando City) – adidas Copa Mundial (Custom)
With the MLS being the retirement home of world football, Kaka is the latest player to head to the green pastures of America as he gets ready for the start of the season with Orlando City. Kaka seems to be settling in to America with a cushy pair of boots too, as the former Predator and adiPure man has settled for the trustworthy Copa Mundial as his boot of choice this season. His boots do feature one noticeable customisation though, as he has cut the fold-over tongue from the boots.
Romeo Castelen (Western Sydney Wanderers) – adidas adiPure 11Pro SL
The adidas Crazylight range may have captured people’s attention for a short amount of time, but adidas have now switched back to releasing SL models of their top of the range boots. They started it off with the rather fetching 11Pro release. It may look like an ordinary black boot on the outside, but check out that funky hit of ‘solar yellow’ on the instep! The boots caught Romeo Castelen’s eye, as he became the first player we have seen rocking the boots.
Isaka Cernak (Central Coast Mariners) – Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly IV (Custom)
The Shine Through Mercurial Vapor Superfly is the closest we will get to a whiteout Superfly IV, but the multi-coloured Nike tick meant we could not quite get a pure monotone boot. Isaka Cernak took matters into his own hands (quite literally) as he coloured in the ticks on the outstep and on the heel with a permanent marker. The result? One flashy Superfly IV that looks drop dead gorgeous…
That is it for our boot spotting today. What was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.