While we have been shifting uncontrollably in our seats during this international break, itching for the return of Premier League football. But at least the international break has provided us with several unique boot spots, as we have seen one or two stars constantly and out of their some new boots and some interesting customised boots. Take a look at what caught our eye this week.
Neymar (Brazil) – Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII
Could Neymar’s honeymoon period with the Nike GS be over? While the Brazilian hotshot has been the only Nike-sponsored athlete allowed to wear the eco-friendly Nike GS, we spotted him in the old ‘Clash’ colour way Mercurial Vapor VIII this weekend as Brazil took on South Africa. Considering most of the ‘hype’ over the GS has now moved along, Nike may have told Neymar to start promoting the regular Vapors over the concept boot.
Mesut Ozil (Germany) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero
It has been one of the bigger boot switch stories we have seen this year, but the ‘will he won’t he’ situation regarding Ozil took another turn as it has been revealed that Ozil knocked back a €20m contract extension with Nike. It will be interesting to see what Ozil eventually settles with, but he took the whiteout miCoach F50 adiZero for its first competitive game on the weekend as Germany took on the Faroe Islands.
Mohamed Ahmad (UAE) – Nike GS
It seems there are several professional footballers besides Neymar who have managed to get their hands on the Nike GS. While we saw Sunderland star debut his own Nike GS boots in the boot spotting from last week, Mohamed Ahmad of the UAE has also been able to get the boot that is limited to only 2012 pairs. We wonder how many other athletes we are going to see making the ultimate football fashion statement by wearing the Nike GS.
Luis Ramires (Peru) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero
When the Lionel Messi special edition miCoach F50 adiZero was first released, it was originally released just for the Barcelona superstar. It has not stopped quite a few athletes getting the Silver/Infared colour way for themselves like Luis Ramires. However, we have not seen many athletes within Europe wearing the boots, it seems athletes outside of Europe are buying up their pairs of the UCL themed miCoach F50 adiZero.
Shane O’Neil (Colorado Rapids) – Pele Sports Trinity 3E
The Pele Sports Trinity is probably the boot that everyone wants to try, but ends passing up the opportunity to properly use the boot. The strange stud configuration only drives people’s curiosity of the boot, but Shane O’Neil has been one of the brave few in wearing the ultra light Trinity 3E. The new Trinity 3E is ever so slightly different to the original Black/Neon Yellow colour way, with measures taken to make the boot more durable with the new model.
Marcelo (Brazil) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero
Mesut Ozil is not the only Real Madrid footballer who may be making a move from the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII to an adidas football boot. Marcelo has also been seen wearing whiteout miCoach F50 adiZeros in the last training session before Real Madrid broke for the international break, and he brought out the boots for Brazil against South Africa, with the boots also sporting some blue laces that we think look really good on the clean whiteout adiZero.
Mike Havenaar (Japan) – adidas Predator LZ (Custom)
While footballers customising the soleplates on their boots is not overly uncommon, Mike Havenaar has customised the sole plate on his Predator LZs, but we cannot work out what he has actually done to the soleplate of his boots. The original Predator LZ launch colour way comes with a blue soleplate, but Havenaar strangely has a white soleplate on his boots. We are not too sure whether this could be an exclusive thing done to LZs sold in Japan, but it is something we would love to clear up on.
Yuichi Komano (Japan) – Puma Para Mexico Lite?
It looks like a boot we all know and love, but there is something we cannot quite put our finger on when it comes to Yuichi Komano’s Pumas. It looks a lot like the White/Red/Limoges Puma King, the strange studs suggests to us that it is not the regular version we see in Europe. We think that Komano could be wearing the Para Mexico Lite, but we do you guys know what Komano is wearing?
That is it for our boot spotting article this week, what did you see from the weekend football action? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.