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Global Boot Spotting

Let the frantic fixtures of the festive season commence. We take a look back at the past seven days to see who was wearing what. From throwbacks, to custom colourways, to limited edition designs, here's who grabbed our attention with their footwear last week...


Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) Nike PhantomVSN x EA Sports

Kevin De Bruyne made his comeback from injury on Saturday lunchtime against Everton wearing the limited edition Nike PhantomVSN collaboration with EA Sports. The Manchester City playmaker was joined by Juventus' Federico Bernardeschi in the special edition design as Nike dished out the boots to selected PhantomVSN players.


Michy Batshuayi (Valencia) adidas X 18.1

Look a little further down from Phil Jones' majestic game face and you'll see that Valencia striker Michy Batshuayi has added a custom bat graphic to the heels of his adidas X 18.1 boots. A smart and alternative customisation from the Belgian frontman as his side beat United 2-1 in the Champions League.


Jesus Navas (Sevilla) New Balance Furon 4.0

Jesus Navas was sporting a mystery New Balance colourway on Sunday as Sevilla beat Girona 2-0 in La Liga. Navas has previously worn numerous blackout versions of New Balance boots as he sorted the finer details of his contract out with the brand, but looks to be back on track by switching into this previously unseen design.


Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) Nike Tiempo Legend VII 10R Elite

Mauro Icardi switched into some limited edition magic in training this week by wearing the Nike Tiempo Legend VII 10R Elite. Just 1,000 pairs were released in October as a tribute to Ronaldinho and his old boot design and Icardi bagged a pair to add to his collection. The Inter striker often trains in the more comfortable Tiempo or Premier before switching to the Hypervenom for match days.


Tsukasa Shiotani (Al Ain FC) Nike Tiempo Legend 7

Nike disrupted the pattern earlier this month to drop a Tiempo Legend 7 colourway that stood away from the usual full silo packs. The "White/Black/Gold" combo has quickly been snapped up by a number of lower-profile professional players including Al Ain FC's Tsukasa Shiotani.


Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite

Sergio Ramos made a surprise return to the fourth generation Nike Tiempo Legend series at the weekend as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 at the Bernabeu. The white and gold comb is a smart match up for the Real Madrid home kit, but it remains unknown why Ramos decided to dip into his archives to pull them out this weekend.


Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) Mizuno Wave Cup Legend

Last month Mizuno launched the Wave Cup Legend: a faithful recreation of the boot that Brazilian playmaker Rivaldo wore at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Not many expected it to be seen on pitch, but Leicester's Shinji Okazaki knows class when he sees it.


Angel Gomes (Manchester United) Nike T90 Laser IV

Angel Gomes took things back to 2011 last week by wearing the fourth-generation Nike T90 Laser series. The boot launched when Gomes was just 11 years old but the Manchester United youngster has managed to grab a pair to match up with the United home kit. Proper Rooney flashbacks, that combo.


Erik Lamela (Tottenham) adidas COPA 19.1

Erik Lamela is the latest adidas player to have a dabble in the new generation COPA 19. The Spurs midfielder has been switching between the Glitch and X series all season but turned out in the laced COPA 19.1 as his side sealed qualification from the Champions League Group Stage with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.


Marko Marin (Red Star Belgrade) Nike Mercurial Vapor 360

Marko Marin dipped into the Nike Mercurial Heritage iD pack in the week as Red Star Belgrade took on Paris Saint-Germain. The all silver design was launched in the spring and was a tribute to the Nike Mercurial Vapor worn at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

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