The end of the football season is nearly here, and yes while we will be a little bit sad that the end is nigh, everything is starting to get that little bit more exciting. Champions will be decided, teams will be faced with relegation, this is what football is all about. But today, we will take a step back from the pitch and check out the hottest boot spots this week of football had to offer. From boot switches to new boots and custom spots, this week had it all. Check out what caught our eye this week.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX
Is it just me or does it seem the launch colourway F50 adiZero has had a longer life on the pitch compared to the average F50 colourway as of late? Bale, however, has had special access to F50 colourways, and the newest boot to hit the feet of the Welsh superstar is the Solar Green/White/Black colourway. It may be a little while until we see the boots again on the pitch though, the winger went down with a calf injury only minutes into Madrid’s weekend game against Málaga. Must admit I was partially surprised to see Ronaldo show concern for his team mate, I’m pretty sure the media has been hyping up a fued between the two players at one point…
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – Puma evoPOWER 1.2 Dragon
It has been a half decent debut season in Chelsea colours for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has played his part in what is shaping up to be a title winning season for Chelsea, something which was pushed home with Eden Hazard’s winner over Manchester United. Cesc played the game in the all-new “Dragon” evoPOWER 1.2, which bears it’s name because of the awesome dragon-scale print and the Japanese word for ‘dragon’ on the heel (being half Japanese, I instantly approve of all that!). Cesc normally customises his boots with the sole plate from the Puma King, however we cannot tell if he has done that this time around.
Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) – adidas adiZero 99g
Little clouds on your feet with studs on, that’s probably what it would feel like wearing the new limited release F50 99g, which re-wrote the record books as the lightest production boot of all-time when it was released last week. Here is a problem though, the boots only come in a size US8.5, how many top end footballers have feet that small? Adidas did find someone though, and Hakan Calhanoglu has been given the pleasure of being (to our knowledge) the only official adidas player wearing the 99g F50. You would be hoping Calhanoglu didn’t get any strong tackles coming his way, the 99g F50 is the last boot on the planet to offer adequate protection…
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) – Puma evoACCURACY 1 MB
You know, Cesc was not the only player to wear a new pair of Puma boots this weekend. Well, actually, it has been about 3 weeks since the evoACCURACY 1 MB was launched, but the continual omission of Balotelli (whether it be because on injuries or form) has meant we have finally been able to see the new evoACCURACY hit the pitch. What is the difference between the evoACCURACY and the evoPOWER? The evoACCURACY has a larger surface area for what Puma says should lead to more accurate kicking. Because, you know, Balotelli could probably do with the all the help he could get…
Dimi Petratos (Brisbane Roar) – Nike Magista Obra (Custom)
Players customising their boots with a black permanent marker is nothing new. But the way in which Brisbane Roar’s Dimi Petratos has had his boots done up is something pretty different. The youngster has coloured about 75% of his boot, and from the distance it looks like the black section is an extension of the Dynamic Fit Collar. A strange customisation from the boy, but you know what I really thought the first time I saw the boots on TV? His boots really look like the Nike GS II, does anyone else see that?
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – adidas Primeknit 2.0
The F50 99g is the start of a new ‘Limited Release’ pack from adidas, and over the next few weeks you will see the boys and girls from the Three Stripes release a few limited edition boots that only the very fortunate are able to get a hold of. Next up will be a relaunch of the adidas Primeknit, which adidas have rather creatively called the Primeknit 2.0. Just like last time, Luis Suarez will be given the honour of being the player to wear the boot to the masses, and he trained in the boots late last week with an expected debut sometime this week. The heel of the Primeknit 2.0 is certainly what sticks out to me, which is said to follow the shape of the foot for a more anatomical fit. Hmmm, I guess that kinda makes sense?
John Hutchinson (Central Coast Mariners) – Puma evoPOWER 1.2
When it comes to players going for their colourway of choice for the Puma evoPOWER, it has been a pretty unanimous decision in favour of the Peacoat colourway. John Hutchinson is one of very few players who has decided to settle for the White/Black/Hawaiian Ocean Puma evoPOWER, and while it may just be seen as a typical pair of white boots, there is something about white and blue boots that always makes me turn my head…
Ben Pringle (Rotherham) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom (Custom)
It is amazing that when you just change one little thing on a general release boot, it instantly gives a whole new dimension to the boot. Take what Ben Pringle has done to his normal ‘Shine Pack’ Hypervenom Phantom, the Rotherham midfielder has coloured in the normally crimson coloured Nike tick with a black permanent marker. The result? A sharp white and black Hypervenom, finished off with a blue outsole. That is a classy football boot.
That is it for our boot spotting today, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.