Oh boy oh boy, after a week like that, it is very clear that the football gods are smiling upon us right now. With two rounds on EPL action in one week, the dropping of some gorgeous boot colourways and Nike gearing up for the launch of their next big boot, Christmas has come early for boot fans this year! While I am also hoping Santa eases the threat of relegation for Norwich City, putting together another boot spotting is the least I can do to show I have been a good boy! So as usual, we have thrown together the boot world’s best spots from this week’s football action. Check out what caught our eye this week.
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) – adidas F50 adiZero TRX
He may be back from injury, but that does not mean Robin Van Persie became acquainted with the new F50 adiZero during his term on the sidelines. Ever since his move to United, adidas have been finding it difficult to convince the striker to wear their boots. It is commonly known that Van Persie has been sporting a custom made F50/Predator adiPower hybrid since the start of the season, could this be the reason as to why Van Persie has stuck by his old F50? Who knows…
Kevin Nolan (West Ham) – adidas adiPure 11Pro
He may not be the highest profile Puma endorser, but have we detected a slight lash-back by the pros endorsing the Puma King? Despite being a faithful Puma King wearer, Kevin Nolan has made the surprising switch to the new adiPure 11Pro. The 11Pro being quietly updated by adidas a few weeks ago, but the response from the professionals so far has been fairly positive, and the mix of classic looks and new technologies is very impressive. Mark my words, we think the adiPure 11Pro could be a late contender for the most improved boot of the year…
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – Warrior Sports Skreamer S-Lite
From the word go, Warrior Sports have shown off some of the, ahem, ‘boldest’ boot colourways on the market in an effort to make sure they are seen in the boot world. So we were fairly surprised with the apparent change of heart by Warrior when it came to their new Skreamer and Gambler colourways, and I know that my colleague Andrew has fallen in love with the later colourway. The Skreamer looks good on the pitch too, with head Skreamer endorser Vincent Kompany showing off the boot during Manchester City’s midweek fixture against West Brom.
Sidnei Sciola Moraes (Perth Glory) – Puma evoSPEED 2.2
Boot fans are generally accepting of most football boots, but could Sidnei Sciola Moraes be a boot nerd dedicated to the Puma evoSPEED? The Perth Glory forward has been sporting the rarely seen Silver/Green/Violet Puma evoSPEED 1 colourway for the past few weeks, but he has since made a move to the just as rare Yellow/Blue/Poseidon evoSPEED 1.2. Moraes is actually the first player seen in the new boot, but it is interesting that Moraes has bounced from one rare colourway to another.
Elroy Pappot (FC Utrecht) – Nike GS II
While we are on the topic of boot fans, the Nike GS II is one of the bigger releases for boot collectors this year. With higher numbers of the boot made available compared to the original Nike GS, it means you will not feel so guilty if you start playing in the GS II! Maybe that is the mindset of Elroy Pappot, and bar the loss of the ‘A’ in the ACC logo running along the side of the boot, he has kept the boot in pretty good condition. Everyone loves a limited edition boot release, so keep your eyes peeled for an up and coming release just after the New Year…
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) – adidas World Cup
I will be honest, I love my boots jam-packed with technology as much as the next guy. But sometimes, it is good to see the good old traditional boots that paved the way for these modern boots to be spotted on the pitch. While Lee Cattermole has been rocking the adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 for this season, he took it old school this week and brought out the adidas World Cup, being the only outfield player besides Jonathan Walters in bringing out one of the boots from adidas’ ‘classic’ range of boots. Without being disrespectful to Cattermole and Walters, we could not imagine a young go-getter like Januzaj or Townsend wearing the Copa or World Cup, it is fitting that players like Cattermole and Walters are wearing them!
Jeronimo Neumann (Adelaide United) – Pele Sports Trinity 3E Sheone
Before I get onto the boot spot itself, is Jeronimo potentially the most awesome first name for a footballer ever? He is wearing a pretty awesome boot as well, it deserves so much more than lurking in the background of a photo. The bold design of the Pele Sports Trinity 3E Sheone makes the boot instantly recognisable, and Jeronimo has topped it off with a green pair of laces to make it stand out that little bit more. Gotta love someone rocking a boot you do not see too often…
Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) – Nike Tiempo Legend V
Wojeich Szcezesny, Nike are not going to be overly pleased with you. While we will be unveiling the Nike Tiempo Legend V later this week (on Thursday to be exact), Wojeich Szczesny has let the cat out of the bag and wore the boot in training prior to Arsenal’s match against Everton on the weekend. While ‘heritage’ boots are normally released in conservative launch colourways, it seems the new fad is to launch bright launch colourways to make sure people know about the boot (just take a look at the launch colourways of the adiPure 11Pro and Puma King). While we cannot go into the specs of the boot until Thursday, rest assured, there is a fair bit to be excited about when it comes to the Tiempo Legend V.
That is it for our boot spotting today, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.