Here we go again. The week of football has come and gone, and The Instep is here to give you your lowdown on this week’s biggest boot spots. We have our usual assortment of boot spots this week, from new boots, custom boots and boots that a little retro, we have scoured the world to find only the best boot spots. Check out the spots that caught our eye this weekend.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV CR (Custom)
We had to wait one week longer than we originally anticipated, but Mr. Ronaldo finally stepped out in the latest Mercurial made for the man himself. The ‘Savage Beauty’ Superfly IV was given it’s on-pitch debut during Real’s midweek UCL fixture against PSG, but Ronaldo is yet to get himself on the scoresheet whilst wearing the boots. Ronaldo has also had his boots slightly modified from the standard retail edition of the boot, with Ronaldo’s boots featuring a slightly shorter Dynamic Fit Collar.
Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) – Mizuno Morelia Neo
Things have been a little quiet at Mizuno as of late. The Japanese brand goes about it’s business quietly, but if you ask those in the know, they pump out some of the highest quality boots on the market. This is 100% backed up by the Morelia Neo, which is in my top 3 favourite boots of all time (yup, they are that good). Hulk has given us a sneak peek at what seems to be the next Morelia Neo colourway, this time in a cool, minimal White/Blue release. The spiffy little release will surely be unveiled soon, but it is a classy little boot from the company based in the Far East.
Milos Trifunovic (Newcastle Jets) – adidas Messi 15.1
You do not need to be Lionel Messi or hand selected by the great man himself to be wearing his boots. Milos Trifunovic has gone for the rather left field boot choice of the adidas Messi 15.1, the first signature Messi 15.1 colourway that was launched earlier this year. While the Messi range has gone on to release a few more colourways, the inside word is that the colourways are about to get a whole lot crazier compared to the Metallic Ice/Bright Yellow/Core Black launch colourway. You have been warned.
Cheye Alexander (Aldershot) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Leather
It was the FA Cup first round proper this weekend, and while the big boys are still a round away from entering the fray, we get to see some of the little teams that we do not see too often. Take Aldershot and their versatile defender Cheye Alexander, who was snapped up in the Tech Craft Pack Hypervenom Phantom II, a boot which has not seen too much representation amongst the professional ranks.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) – Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly IV CR (Custom)
CR7 was not the only one to bring out the ‘Savage Beauty’ Mercurial Vapor Superfly IV this weekend. Yannick Bolasie upheld his reputation as a boot fan by wearing the new boot for the first time in Crystal Palace’s shock win over Liverpool. However, Bolasie has made a slight amendment to his boots, as he has removed the CR7 logo on the heel of the boot. Bolasie is clearly not a bloke who wants to be seen wearing the signature boots of one of the world’s best players, but at least Bolasie has taken less time to score in the boots on the pitch than the man the boots are meant to represent.
Alan Smith (Notts County) – adidas Predator Powerswerve
Remember how I mentioned the FA Cup always throws up a few interesting boot spots? Arguably the most fascinating boot spot from the famous competition came from Alan Smith. The ex-Manchester United midfielder is now plying his trade with Notts County, and he brought out the retro adidas Predator Powerswerve for his side’s FA Cup fixture against Salford City FC (which, in another Manchester United link, is the club owned by the likes of Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt). Salford City got up over Notts County in arguably the biggest ‘cup-set’ of the weekend.
Ruben Gabrielsen (Molde FK) – Nike Mercurial Vapor III
Surprisingly, Alan Smith does not get the award for the most retro boots of this week’s boot spotting. The honour does to Ruben Gabrielsen, who gave us an absolute peach of a boot spot by bringing out the retro-tastic Mercurial Vapor III during Molde FK’s midweek Europa League tie against Celtic. The third generation Vapor just passed it’s 9th birthday, and it is a wonder that Gabrielsen has held on to his boots for so long. I doff my cap to you sir.
That is it for boot spotting today, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.