Bah, curse international break. We have been deprived of our regular club football fix, but the compensation in return has been decent: fantastic boot spots! In proper Soccer Reviews style, we are the first with the best boot spots from this week’s international action. From boot switches to retro boot spots, take a look at the boot spots that will have the boot world talking this week.
Tom Cleverley (England) – Nike CTR360 Maestri III
We might as well kick off with the boot spot that will definitely cause a stir through the football boot community this week. Fresh from making an appearance in the promotion of the adidas Predator LZ, it seems Tom Cleverley has sensationally made a switch to the direct rival of the Predator LZ, the Nike CTR360 Maestri III. Judging by what appears to be some customisation on the outside of the right boot, it looks like Cleverley has made up his mind when it comes to what boot he will wear for the rest of the season.
Danny Welbeck (England) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero
Tom Cleverley was not the only England player to signal his intentions of making a move to new footwear this week. While we have seen glimpses of Danny Welbeck wearing miCoach F50 adiZeros since the start of the season, it is only now that Welbeck has made the permanent switch to the boot in competitive matches, having worn the Nike T90 Laser IV for much of the season. Welbeck wore the boots in last week against Newcastle, but gave them a nice international debut with a double for England.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – adidas adiPure 11Pro (Custom)
Everyone knows that Bastian Schweinsteiger was never a fan of the adiPure 11Pro, and it is only now that while we have been mentioning that Bastian is wearing adiPure IIIs disguised as adiPure 11Pros, it is only until now that we have seen a decent photo of him wearing them in a competitive match. While we did see Schweisteiger wearing some interesting blackout boots in training last week, the German is definitely making the most of his adidas contract in demanding K-Leather adiPure 11Pros.
Jonathan Orozco (Mexico) – Under Armour Blur II
While a goalkeeper wearing speed boots happens occasionally, it is not too often that we see any players, no matter what position they play, wearing UA speed boots! Player uptake of the Under Armour Blur II has been relatively skimpy, and Jonathan Orozco is the first player we have seen in a long time wearing the boot. Featuring a microfiber upper and a lightweight TPU outsole, the Blur II is yet another option in the diverse speed boot market that could be on the verge of death.
Jordan Henderson (England U21) – Nike CTR360 Maestri III
The decline of Umbro has become more and more apparent over the past few weeks. After losing Pepe to Nike and not deciding to renew John Terry’s contract, Jordan Henderson is yet another former Umbro endorser who has switched boots this season. Despite making appearances in both the CTR III and T90 Laser IV this year, it seems Henderson has settled for the ‘control’ boot option.
Jeronimo Neumann (Adelaide United) – Pele Sports Trinity 3E
While his surname may be Neumann, he is more commonly known by his first name and has ‘Jeronimo’ on the back of his jersey, which we think could be one of the coolest names in football. Besides his awesome name, Jeronimo has definitely gone down an unworn path when it comes to his boot selection, being one of very few footballers to wear the Pele Sports Trinity. It is the boot that everyone is curious about, but very few footballers have taken the risk in picking the peculiar boot.
Victor Ayala (Paraguay) – adidas Predator LZ SL
Predator LZ SL spots are few and far between, so we have to include them in our boot spotting articles when we see them! But of all the Predator LZ SL boots we spotted in the past, all of the players were wearing the Black/Electric/Infared colour way. Victor Ayala has opted for the much brighter Electric/Black/Infared colour way, arguably the brightest colour way available in both the regular Predator LZ and the LZ SL.
Kyle Walker (England) – Umbro GT II Pro
With the abundance of speed boots available on the market, there are not too many footballers around settling for the Umbro GT II Pro. Unfortunately, we think the GT II Pro does not offer anything remarkable to make people stand up and run to their nearest sports store to buy the boot, but Kyle Walker seems content with his new pair of Green/Carbon/White GT II Pros.
Alejandro Chumacero (Bolivia) – adidas F50.7 Tunit
While we do get the occasional retro Nike Mercurial Vapor boot spot, retro adidas F50 boot spots are definitely a much rarer occurrence! It seems every F50 we see on the pitches today belong to the adiZero family, yet this is the first time in a long time we have seen a footballer in the F50.7 Tunit. Made famous for being one of the very few fully customisable boots available on the market, Chumacero has done very well in keeping his boots in such good condition!
That is it for our boot spotting article this week. What was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.