Despite the fact that most women’s soccer goes unnoticed until the WWC and the Olympics (unless Alex Morgan is playing), yesterday’s fixture between the USWNT and Ireland saw most of the US team stepping out in the new ACC Nike footwear. Along with that, The USA’s prized winger Megan Rapinoe gave us one of the most interesting spots that we have seen in a long time (whether it be from a man or a woman). In Portland, at Jeld-Wen field, she showed off an impressive hybrid boot.
As you can see from the pictures, it looks like a typical version of Nike’s newest GS model. Rapinoe shows how valuable she is to the women’s national team and how Nike are starting to gear more marketing towards the female population by being one of a very limited group to be able to step out in the GSII. However, Rapinoe added even more to the surprise because, as you can see in the picture below, her GSII’s have a Vapor VIII soleplate! Now, whether this is a customization that Rapinoe has asked for or whether Nike built this model “just because,” it still is an absolutely one of a kind spot and a one of a kind boot.
A quick thought here is wondering whether Rapinoe’s GSII’s are made of the same material as the “normal” GSII or if she is wearing a disguised Vapor VIII in the way that many of Nike’s premier players did before the Vapor VIII was released. Either way, this is a head-scratching spot and I suppose we may never know the true nature of Rapinoe’s footwear. The current tour that the USWNT is on sees them play several more times in the next few weeks, and we will hope to have further pictures pop-up so that we can catch more glimpses of this boot. (Looks like the fantastic Megan Rapinoe felt our confusion and posted some very clear photos of her boots on Twitter…however, there is still some confusion…)
A big question for the male contingent in soccer equipment is the question of whether women specific colorways will become universally available. There have been several instances in recent history where a women’s specific color scheme has been superior to what has been released for the standard version of the boot. Although I am sure that companies are less concerned with the shift of female colorways onto everyone’s boots than their concern to allow more options for the women of the game, it is something to keep an eye on.
Is this the greatest spot of the year? Are you a fan of women’s soccer? Have you even made it this far or are you still looking at the Alex Morgan picture?