A lot of attention this week went to the launch of the all new Predator LZ, and it’s fair to say that the Blue/Red/White Predator LZ seemed to be everywhere on pitches all over the world! While we couldn’t keep our eyes off a lot of the Predator LZs, there were other boot spots this week. Come with us as we go over this weekend’s best boot spots.
Robin van Persie (Arsenal) – adidas Predator LZ (Custom)
The Dutch superstar wasn’t seen in the promotional White/Orange Predator LZ, and it seems adidas had to force Van Persie to ditch the adiPowers and into the new Predator LZ this week. Interestingly, adidas have managed to customise Van Persie’s Predator LZs with the soleplate from the old Predator X, as opposed to the triangular ones found on the regular release Predator LZ. Considering Van Persie has been wearing customised soleplates on his adiPowers, there’s seemingly something about the old Predator X soleplate that he can’t get away from.
Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) – adidas Predator LZ
Blue/Red/White seems to be the main Predator LZ colourway of calling for the majority of players around the world, but it seems a lot of people are forgetting adidas have also released a Infrared/Running White/Black colourway. We knew that the Infrared colourway would look fantastic with Liverpool’s kit, and it seems that Kuyt is thinking the same thing, as he brought out the alternative colourway in Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Stewart Downing (Liverpool) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero
Much like what they did in South Africa, adidas is going to release the same colourway onto their adiZero, Predator and adiPure ranges, so we’re going to see a flood of Blue/Red/White adidas football boots on the pitch at Polkraine. While the Predator and adiPure colourways have been released, the adiZero colourway technically hasn’t been released yet, and Stewart Downing was very lucky to get a hold of the colourway before nearly everyone else.
Chris Burke (Birmingham) – Puma V1.11
Last year’s Project Pink event in support of breast cancer turned out to be a huge success for Puma, and it’s seen Puma release the new White/Navy/Pink V1.11. Despite the huge support the Project Pink event got on the pitch last year from various footballers around the world, we haven’t seen anyone wearing the new White/Navy/Pink V1.11. Birmingham’s Chris Burke was seen stepping out in the largely feminine colourway, and it’s still everyone’s favourite colour that they love to hate!
André Schürrle (Bayern Leverkusen) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero
Stewart Downing wasn’t alone in prematurely debuting the EURO 2012 colourway for the miCoach F50 adiZero, as Bayern Leverkusen forward André Schürrle also seemingly brought his miCoach F50 adiZeros out a week early. The blue SprintWeb against the shiny red SprintSkin upper makes the boots really stand out on the pitch, and we can’t wait to seem them dotting the pitches of Polkraine this summer.
Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) – Mizuno Wave Ignitus II
The Mizuno Wave Ignitus range has become one of the boots that everyone wants to try, simply because of the famed ‘Mukaiten’ panel, which is said to help you knuckle the ball. Mind you, it helps when you have one of the world’s best free kick takers, Keisuke Honda, wearing your boots! While this colourway was released a few weeks ago, this is the first time we’ve seen Honda wearing the Green/Black/Pink colourway. Interesting colourway, but it contrasts pretty badly with Honda’s CSKA kit.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – adidas Predator adiPower
Steven Gerrard is one of the iconic faces behind the Predator range, yet he wasn’t seen in the new Predator LZ at Wembley against Chelsea on the weekend. Even though we saw Gerrard training in the Infrared/Running White/Black colourway last week, Gerrard decided to pull out his Black/Warning adiPowers for the FA Cup final. We wonder if the lack of a leather upper or a PowerSpine might be the reasoning behind Gerrard’s decision to snub the Predator LZ this week.
Cheik Tiote (Newcastle) – Nike Tiempo Legend IV
What a season Cheik Tiote and Newcastle have had. A brilliant season has seen Tiote suddenly becoming one of the world’s highest rated defensive midfielders. But we thought Tiote’s footwear this week was rather strange, as the Ivorian wore the White/Red Tiempo Legend IV on one foot and the White/Green Tiempo Legend IV on the other. Both boots are the same, but it provides a rather strange contrast with a green Nike tick on one foot and a red one on the opposite foot!
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – adidas Predator LZ
Aaron Ramsey dropped a hint last week that he would be making the switch to the Predator LZ after wearing blackout versions of the boot in training. After making the switch from the Predator range to the adiPure 11Pro earlier this year, he’s made the transition back to the new Predator LZ this week, much like a few of his Arsenal team mates. We wonder how long it will be until Ramsey decides to change his footwear again!
May Mahlangu (Helsingborgs) – Puma V1.10 SL
Remember earlier this year when Tottenham’s Benoit Assou-Ekotto was wearing a Predator adiPower on one foot and miCoach F50 adiZeros on the other foot? It seems he set up a bit of trend, as Helsingborgs’ May Mahlangu wore the White/Blue V1.10 SL on one foot and the Parachute Purple one on the other foot. Even though they’re the same boots, it’s a very, very strange clash of boots!
That’s it for this week’s boot spotting. What was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.