How good is the Premier League right now? There are so many questions to be answered, what is Chelsea going to do to rebuild? Is Manchester City seemingly untouchable now that they have secured De Bruyne? Is transfer deadline day going to throw up a few surprises? Then you realise it is an international break next week, now that sucks. But to get you through the blues, the Instep is here with our weekly boot spotting round up! We round up the best boot spots the football world has to offer, check out the spots that caught our eye this week.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – Under Armour Speedform
Okay, I know, Memphis gets a lot of the spotlight when it comes to our boot spotting articles. But it is simply because of all the blokes in Europe, he (along with Paul Pogba) has the most interesting taste when it comes to boots. Memphis wore the clean white leather colourway of the Under Armour Speedform, which is the only boot Memphis has worn in the past 2 months that is available for the general public to buy. It is a beautifully clean colourway, and is probably one of the best looking boots available on the market at the moment.
Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV Leather
I have been lamenting the lack of footballers who are wearing boots from the wonderful Nike Tech pack in the past few weeks, but Bakary Sako has answered the call. Sako joins Alexis Sanchez as the only player in the Premier League who is wearing the leather version of the Superfly IV. Considering the boot combines an old school leather upper with the flash modern technology of the Superfly, it is surprising that so few footballers have made the switch to the new boot.
Lee Holmes (Exeter City) – Nike Mercurial Vapor X CR (Custom)
So it seems the blackout Academy pack that Nike released last season was not quite what Lee Holmes was looking for in a blackout Vapor X boot. Instead of going with that easy option, Holmes has decided to grab the Vapor X CR and black that out, which is easily identifiable by the bold CR logo on the heel. By the looks of it, Holmes has certainly hit up a professional to black out his boots, as the end product looks a lot better than some of the DIY efforts that we see!
Didier Digard (Real Betis) – Lotto Zhero Gravity VII 200
Bold colourways are the norm these days, and Lotto have certainly joined the trend with the latest colourway for the Zhero Gravity, Lotto’s entry into the competitive speed boot market. Didier Digard is a number of players, mostly in Spain and Italy, who have been seen wearing the new boot during the start of the season in mainland Europe. The boot also matches up pretty well with Digard’s Real Betis kit, whether that was a factor in Digard’s boot choice, we will never know!
Bobby Reid (Bristol City) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom Neymar
You have to be pretty brave to wear the signature boots of a world class player in all of its intended glory, but Bobby Reid has done just that as the Bristol City midfielder was snapped up in the Liquid Diamond Hypervenom Phantom Neymar. This is the latest Neymar-specific Hypervenom release, and it followed the gold Hypervenom the Brazilian superstar received last year. It could be time for a new Neymar signature Hypervenom pretty soon, only time will tell…
Shaun Carlos (Lions FC) – adidas Messi 15.1
Speaking of players wearing boots made for superstar players, Lions FC’s Shaun Carlos has been seen in the Messi 15.1 during his side’s FFA Cup game against Perth Glory. No other player in the world can say they have a boot silo dedicated to their name, and Carlos is actually the first player we have spotted in the Messi exclusive boot. The boot can arguably be seen as more of a direct evolution for the old F50 adiZero, as the shape and make of the Messi boot is extremely close to that of the F50. A new Messi 15.1 colourway is expected to be launched very soon, and trust me when I say it is a gorgeous colourway that will go down very well with boot fans.
Andre Bonotto (Lions FC) – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV (Custom)
Now we jump over to Carlos’ teammate, fair to say the semi-pro outfit hailing from Brisbane has some pretty interesting boots being worn amongst their ranks. So while Lee Holmes showed us what a properly done pair of blackout boots can look like, here is an example of what will happen if you grab a black permanent marker and go nuts on the boot. The boots end up having a slight silver metallic finish about them, not the full blackout effect that I am sure Bonotto would have been after when he first had a go at his boots.
Alexandr Hleb (BATE Borisov) – Puma V1.06
Can you guys believe Hleb is still playing? It has been that long since I have seen him, I truly thought he was retired or something like that…but the 34 year old has given us one hell of a retro boot spot too. The midfielder is still rocking the Puma V1.06, which was launched way back in 2007, we cannot quite believe Hleb’s pair is still going strong, considering the main drawback for the boot was durability. The micro-fibre upper and wrap around lace system made the V1.06 hailed back in the day as a top, top boot. Plus I love how much more simple they look compared to what we have these days…
That is it for our boot spotting today, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.