Ho hum, international break. These things do not exactly cut it hey? Oh wells, while I was certainly entertained by things other than football during the international break (gotta love Ultra Miami…), we do kick off with an amazing game of football next weekend (Arsenal vs Liverpool baby, that is going to be a scorcher!). But until then, what about a boot spotting to review the international break? Retro boots, custom boots, plus a cheeky ‘wearing-two-boots-at-the-same-time’. Check out what caught our eye this week below!
Lawson D’Ath (Northampton) – adidas Messi Pide de Barr10 10.1
Who says you need cannot wear the signature boot of a footballer? Lawson D’Ath has been the first player besides Messi to wear the Argentine’s signature Messi Pide de Barr10 10.1, the offshoot boot made just for Messi. It seems we always have footballers who wear the signature boots of Ronaldo or Messi, but I guess when you find a player inspirational, you would probably wear the signature colourway of that bloke right?
Gavin Hoyte (Gillingham) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom (Custom)
Sometimes, you cannot get a boot that matches up with your team’s kit. So why not just go and make your own boot? Gavin Hoyte has hit up NikeiD to create his own White/Blue Nike Hypervenom Phantom, which matches up with his Gillingham home kit perfectly. See how the boot has 23 near the heel? We sure not quite sure why he has that on there, because his number is 31, not 23. Could be that he has borrowed the boots off the bloke that wears 23 too…
Marcelo Sarvas (Colorado Rapids) – Diadora DD-NA 2 GLX 14
Diadora is one of those companies who keep plugging out new football boots, but they do it without making too much noise. The Diadora DD-NA 2 GLX 14 is hardly a blip on the speed boot radar, but it is a notable release from Diadora. The boot tips the scales at 180 grams, and the boot reminds me of the first generation F50 adiZero. Plus it comes in a slick White/Black/Yellow colourway, a nice little boot being rocked by Marcelo Sarvas.
John Requejo (USA) – Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite
This takes me on a little bit of a trip down memory lane, which will be a bit of a recurring theme in the next few boot spots. We were all pretty sad when Nike discontinued the CTR360 range for the Magista, but in saying that, the Magista is a pretty damn good boot (the Obra is still my favourite boot on the market today). The CTR360 Maestri II is from the glory days of the CTR360, especially in the rather cracking Royal Blue/Dark Blue/Orange/White being worn by Roquejo. Credit to the young fella keeping the boots in such good shape, they look truly excellent on the pitch…
Richard Menjivar (El Salvador) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX (Custom)
Did you guys see that the poor boys from El Salvador had the wrong anthem played for them before their game against Argentina? Awful mistakes by the bloke on the music at FedEx Field, but on to the boot spot. Richard Menjivar gave us a peak at his pretty tidy customised F50 adiZeros, which have given a blue and white lick of paint. The boots would actually match up pretty well with the Argentina kit too actually…
Sebastian Sorsa (Finland) – adidas Predator adiPower
Ahhhh the adidas Predator adiPower, some say it is the last Predator to have the old school Predator elements still in tact, but there is no denying how good a boot it was. So much so that Van Persie trolled adidas for a whole season and plundered 26 goals wearing the boots during the 2012/13 season, even though the Predator LZ was out at that point. In fact, it was the very same slime colourway being worn by Sebastian Sorsa that Van Persie wore during that epic season. It is nice to see the adiPower still out on the pitch, and it is certainly an interesting choice of boot from Sorsa.
Tomoaki Makino (Japan) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX
I love it when we get these every few weeks, the good old ‘wear two different boots at the same time’. This time around, we have Tomoaki Makino not wanting to be a part of the majority in wearing the launch colourway F50 adiZero, so he has also made his own custom White/Red F50 on miadidas and matched it with the regular release F50. The custom F50 is effectively the launch colourway, except in reverse. That is kinda cool…
Harry Kewell (Team Carragher) – adidas Predator Mania
While he is not making the odd TV appearance or doing promo work for clothing brand Politix, Harry Kewell makes his way into the rare testimonial game. I do not know if he brings out the super gorgeous Predator Mania each time though, and these beauties have been around for over 10 years now. Definitely a boot from Kewell’s collection, and credit to the bloke bringing out a special pair of boots in a game that celebrated two special Liverpool players (Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher).
That is it for the boot spotting today, what was your favorite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.