We have already seen our new season colour ways come and go, now it is time for the companies to bring out the boots that will see us through winter. It seems there are new boot colour ways popping up on pitches around the world, and a Nike colour way was given it’s full debut this weekend. Soccer Reviews takes a look at the best boot spots from this weekend’s football action, as well as the midweek European football boot spots that stood out to us.
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) – Nike CTR360 Maestri III
While the new ACC colour ways for the Vapor VIII, T90 Laser IV and Tiempo Legend IV were given two weeks head start, this week marked the moment Nike finally allowed the White/Green/Volt CTR360 Maestri III to be fully debuted. While Tevez was rather slow in updating his boots at the tail end of last season, the Argentine was quick to move to the fresh, unique CTR 360 Maestri III colour way.
John Terry (Chelsea) – Umbro Speciali III Pro
Soccer Reviews tries to be as accurate as we can when we take a punt on a boot switch, but we might have missed the mark when it comes to a potential John Terry boot switch. The Chelsea star has not had his Umbro contract renewed, and images of the defender giving away a pair of Umbro Speciali IIIs after last week’s game against QPR led to us anticipating a switch. But he brought out another pair of Speciali III Pros this weekend, so a boot switch might be a little while away for JT.
Joe Hart (Manchester City) – Umbro Geometra Pro-A
Nike are not the only company bringing out new colour ways at the moment. While we may see Umbro athletes dropping off the company (seemingly) every week, Joe Hart is one of few players who has stuck by the company’s products. Hart debuted the new Black/White/Red Umbro Geometra Pro-A in Manchester City’s midweek game against Borussia Dortmund, with the keeper being the one of few footballers wearing Umbro’s control boot in the Premier League.
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) – Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite
We have all seen the perks of being sponsored by Nike, and Andrea Pirlo is taking full advantage of those benefits. While the general public is restricted to having the TPU soleplate on the new Soar/White Tiempo Legend IV, Pirlo has arranged to have a special pair that has a carbon fibre soleplate. The ‘Clash’ Tiempo Legend IV was the last Tiempo that was sold to the general public to have a carbon fibre soleplate, but it will be interesting to see whether Pirlo’s boots also come with Flywire through the mid-foot.
Chris Pontius (DC United) – adidas miCoach F50 adiZero (Custom)
Did you see several MLS footballers sporting pink laces on their boots this weekend? In support for Breast Cancer Awareness month, MLS footballers have thrown their support behind the cause by putting pink laces on their boots. But a number of stars have customised their own pair of miAdidas boots that will be worn throughout October. Chris Pontius has settled for a simple boot that not only supports breast cancer awareness, but also has a red tongue in support for DC United. You can also see Aaron Maund’s Vapor IV in the same photo, a spot we featured last week.
Jermaine Jenas (Nottingham Forest) – Nike CTR360 Maestri III
While the majority of Nike endorsed athletes were patient enough to not bring out the White/Green/Volt CTR360 Maestri III until this weekend, the boot was prematurely debuted in a competitive game in a midweek Championship game. Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas brought out his shiny new boots a few days early, making him the first footballer to wear the boots in a competitive game when many footballers were told not to bring the boots out until Saturday.
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) – Puma EvoSpeed 1
While we normally see athletes switching into entirely new football boots at the start of the season, it has taken Gael Clichy several weeks to move to a new brand. Clichy this week signed for Puma after being seen in several different boots this season. While fellow EvoSpeed 1 wearers Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero stuck to the Orange/Charcoal/Green colour way, Clichy was one of very few players to be seen in the new Silver/Green/Violet EvoSpeed 1 colour way.
Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) – adidas adiPure 11Pro SL
It is not too often that we see players in the Premier League wearing SL versions of adidas boots. While we saw Brad Friedel wearing adidas Predator LZ SLs last week, Norwich City’s Jonathan Howson is one of very few players in the Premier League to be seen in the new White/Silver/Gold adiPure 11Pro SL. Player uptake for the adidas SL boots have been poor amongst the professional ranks, with many professionals sticking with the heavier regular versions of adidas’ boots.
Mickael Landreau (Lille) – Kipsta
While we do see your occasional small football boot brand been worn by your odd professional, French brand Kipsta (who are based in Lille) have somehow gained some relatively high profile endorsers. Mathieu Debuchy and Gianni Bruno have been seen sporting the mysterious Kipsta boot this season, and it seems Mickael Landreau has also agreed to wear Kipsta boots this season. Very little is known about the brand and the boot, there is nothing on the Kipsta website about the boot being worn by the Lille players.
Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC) – adidas adiPure 11Pro (Custom)
Blackout boots often drool class, so it is fitting that Alessandro Del Piero has made the move to a blackout pair of football boots. The silky Italian made his debut for Sydney FC this weekend against Wellington Phoenix, and while he closed out his Juventus career in the White/Black/High Energy adiPure 11Pro, and Del Piero has either got his hands on the limited edition blackout release of the adiPure 11Pro or blacked out his boots from last season. The boots look fantastic either way!
That is it for the boot spotting article this week, what was your favourite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.