We are on the home stretch to the end of the season now, and after a quick breather for the international break, we had a compulsive week of football action to throw ourselves straight back into the brink. But of course, recap the week the only way we know how…a good old SoccerPro boot spotting. From boot switches to retro boots and a few custom boots, check out the big spots that caught our eye this week.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV CR (Custom)
He was the headline boot spot in our article last week, but when you are Cristiano Ronaldo, you go through quite a few boots every year. Ronaldo has gone from the Quinhentos Superfly IV to the latest installment in the CR signature series in the stunning deep royal blue colourway. The boot, which is reminiscent of the Galaxy Vapor VIII released a few seasons back, marked a happy debut for Ronaldo has he scored the winning goal in El Clasico. As always, Ronaldo’s boots feature the slightly shorter Dynamic Fit Collar, per the superstar’s request.
Jamie Vardy (England) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Camo
What a time it is to be Jamie Vardy. Two goals in two games for your country, and with Leicester now tipped to pull off the impossible, Vardy can now count being a headline player of a boot to add to what has been a stellar season for him. Vardy is the only player we have spotted in the Nike Camo Pack so far, with the striker opting for the Camo Hypervenom Phantom II. The aglets of his shoelaces have also been coloured in the colours of the Union Jack, and if that is not being a little patriotic, then I do not know what is!
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – adidas X15.1 SL and 15.1
He may have been the first to wear the X15.1 SL prior to their official release 2 weeks ago, but it seems Benzema might not be 100% behind the boot that brings next level lightness to the X15.1. Benzema did wear the SL in the first half of El Clasico, but he brought out the standard X15.1 in the second half of the game (and scoring the goal of the game in the process). The boots are easily distinguishable by the heel of the boot, the SL features a black heel while the standard X15.1 is all white around the heel. We have a feeling that most players will stick to the X15.1 and that we will not see too many players in the SL model.
Miguel Samudio (Paraguay) – adidas Gloro 15.1
So I know Paraguay players feature in 3 of my boot spots this week, but I cannot help it when the team wears such awesome boots…Samudio is one of the first players we have seen rocking the Gloro 15.1 in the classic Blue/White colourway. Essentially the updated version of the Copa Mundial, it is great to see such a simplistic boot like the Gloro still cutting it amongst some of the world’s best footballers. But the Gloro 16.1 cutting off the fold-over tongue is a bit of a disappointment…
Richard Ortiz (Paraguay) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX
This is taking us back a bit, remember the adidas F50 adiZero Prime? The second generation of the old F50 adiZero range? While Ortiz is not wearing the Prime himself, he is still wearing the White/Pink/Cyan F50 adiZero that is about 5 years old. It is a wonder that Ortiz’s boots are still in such good shape (well, considering how long ago they were released anyway), but man these things look so different compared to the X15.1 we have now…
Derlis Gonzalez (Paraguay) – Nike Mercurial Vapor X (Custom)
Now these are an awesome pair of customised boots. Derlis Gonzalez has gone next level when it comes to his Mercurial Vapor Xs, which have been hand painted by artist Lili Cantero. The graphic has been inspired by the Paraguay flag, as well as the phrase “our culture and our strength”. It is extremely rare to see footballers where hand painted boots, making this little spot from Derlis Gonzalez that little bit more awesome.
Alejandro Faurlin (QPR) – adidas Predator Absolute
Is this a retro boot spot or what? Alejandro Faurlin has pulled out a peach of a retro boot here, the wonderful adidas Predator Absolute in the iconic white and gold colourway is arguably one of the most iconic Predator boots of all time. This had everything that made the Predator great: the leather upper, the Predator element built into the boot, the gorgeous fold-over tongue. Fair to say that it is easy to see we have fallen in love here…
That is it for our boot spotting today, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.