2008 was a year in which numerous pairs of cleats, created by a number of soccer brands, were released upon the world. Nike released the hot-seller, Mercurial Vapor IV’s, Adidas released the latter half of their F50 collection, and Lotto brought the Zhero series. Different styles of boots were produced, ranging from the Adidas F50.8 to the Diadora LX K Pro. The Soccer Equipment Reviews Team is bringing to you, the 2008 Soccer Cleats of the Year.
5. The newest soccer brand in the world, Concave, produced one of the most revolutionary cleats of all time with their flagship model, the PT-1. The PT-1 was able to slip in at number five, all because of how new the idea of their cleat was. The PT-1, features the patented Concave element, which claims to improve power and accuracy, brings out a whole new playing field for soccer brands attempting to produce the most innovative cleats of all time.
4. Coming in at number four is the Diadora LX K Pro. Diadora created a cleat with supreme comfort that is leaps and bounds ahead of many other soccer cleats’ comfort levels. The LX K Pro also is one of the lighter, and water repellent cleats in the market. The Diadora cleat also has a great, classic look about it, rejuvenating old school soccer cleats. The cleat was first worn and previously worn by Italian and Roma star, Francesco Totti.
3. While all the talk was on Lotto’s Zhero Gravity, the true star of the brand’s show remained unheralded. The Lotto Zhero Evolution Due was released under the shadow of the innovative Gravity, however the Evolution Due is the better cleat in the SER’s Team’s eyes. The Evolution Due comes at a steal, for only $139.99, which is half the price of the Zhero Gravity. However, the cleat itself is a great one, featuring Lotto’s Twist n’ Go technology, and an amazing sense of comfort. The cleat is worn by 2007-08 Bundesliga Golden Boot winner, Luca Toni.
2. After creating an innovative collection of soccer cleats, the F50 series, Adidas overhauled the look and specs of the F50.6 and 7, creating the F50.8. The F50.8 immediately draws attention to the foot, because of its sleek look, featuring the Alles Klar see through heel. However, the main reason that the F50 collection grew to be such a powerhouse in the soccer cleats’ world is because of its ‘Tune Your Game’ capabilities. The F50.8 has two insoles, three stud sets, two sock liners, and a number of different colored uppers to choose from and change whenever the player feels like it. The F50.8 was able to notch runner up for 2008 Cleat of the Year, because of the changes a player can make to suit his needs. Lionel Messi was the first to wear the F50.8, and is currently wearing the predecessor, the Adidas F50.9.
1. And Soccer Equipment Reviews winner of the 2008 Soccer Cleat of the Year is the… Nike Mercurial Vapor IV! Nike may have succeeded in creating the best cleat collections of all time with its Mercurial Vapor collection. The cleats have always been the most modern cleats at the time of its release, and nothing was different when their latest model, the Mercurial Vapor IV’s were released. The Vapor’s were released as the lightest soccer cleats in the world, weighing a few ounces lighter than other cleats at the time. The cleats have a smooth lace cover, which helps create the perfect image of a sleek, modern cleat. Nike’s cleat actually looks aerodynamic, making soccer players salivate even more over the cleat. The Nike Mercurial Vapor IV is worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, recently crowned FIFA Player of the Year.