Creative Soccer Culture

Global Boot Spotting

Taking a look back at a week of Champions League deciders and derby day drama we pick out the best of the custom, latest, limited edition and throwback football boots on show. It's Monday, it's Boot Spotting. Let's go...

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Sadio Mane (Liverpool) New Balance Furon 4.0

Sadio Mane gave his first ever signature New Balance Furon 4.0 boots a run out this week. The Senegalese forward wore them first in Liverpool's Champions League defeat to PSG in the week and then again in their late derby victory over Everton. The colourway is inspired by the flag of Senegal and the official title 'Bambaly' is Mane's home village.

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Etienne Capoue (Watford) Nike Mercurial Superfly IV

Etienne Capoue opted for launch colourway of the Nike Mercurial Superfly IV as he was sent off in Watford's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday. It's the boot that kicked off the Dynamic Collar game for the Superfly, and a colourway that was worn throughout the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Miguel Samudio (Gallos) Nike Tiempo 7

Nike launched an alternative Tiempo Legend 7 colourway last week that stood alone from any modern 'pack' release. The "White/Black/Gold" drop hasn't been dished out to their leading Tiempo players but Gallos' Miguel Samudio snagged a pair to wear at the weekend.

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Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) PUMA Future 2.1

Allan Saint-Maximin is the latest player to use PUMA's Future 2.1 silo as a laceless boot. PUMA actually released the silo to allow players to lace up their boots in various different ways – it wasn't intentionally designed as a laceless boot – but a number of players have opted for the slip-on feel including Marco Reus.

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Scott Davis (Slough Town) adidas Predator Instinct

Slough Town bowed out of the FA Cup at the second round stage on Sunday after a home defeat to Gillingham. Scott Davis was the pick of the boot spotting action as he laced up in the final edition of the 2015 adidas Predator Instinct before the iconic silo made a laceless comeback a couple of years later.

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Javier Pastore (Roma) Nike Mercurial Vapor 360

Javier Pastore has moved on to his third Nike silo of the season by wearing a blackout version of the Mercurial Vapor 360 against Inter Milan on Sunday night. Pastore was in the PhantomVSN up until this week and the switch to a blackout could perhaps signal that his Nike deal expired at the end of last month.

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Edmond-Paris Maghoma (Tottenham) adidas Glitch 18.1

Spurs youngster Edmond-Paris Maghoma gave us a first glimpse of the next adidas Glitch outer-skin pack in the week by slipping on the graphic design against Inter Milan. The black and white pattern is completed with red stripes and soleplate for another serving of Glitch game. Expect it to drop in the coming days...

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Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360

Rodolfo Pizarro has taken customisation into his own hands by painting some graphics onto his Nike Mercurial Superfly 360. The image of the Joker's face appears on the outstep of the Monterrey man's boots, but it looks to be wearing away after being worn for a couple of games.

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Eberechi Eze (QPR) Nike Mercurial Superfly GS 360

Kylian Mbappe was the man Nike selected to wear the Mercurial Superfly GS 360 upon launch last week. The other 2017 pairs sold out in minutes with QPR's Eberechi Eze bagging a pair to wear in the Championship at the weekend as his side lost 3-2 at home to Hull.


Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) adidas Nemeziz 18

Lucas Torreira was one of the heroes for Arsenal on Sunday in the North London Derby by putting in a Man of the Match performance sealed with the last goal. Torreira wore the Nike Mercurial during the game but had previously trained in a blackout edition of the adidas Nemeziz 18+ during the week.

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