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Global Boot Spotting

It's the last Boot Spotting edition of 2018. Yep, it's New Year's Eve, and annoyingly it falls on a Monday so we owe you one of these. Here's the pick of the custom, throwback and unreleased boots that we've picked out from Christmas Eve onwards. Have a good one, stay safe, and Happy New Year.


Guray Vural (Akhisarspor) adidas F50 adizero

Guray Vural took things back to 2014 in the week by slipping into the penultimate edition of the adidas F50 adizero series. The "Solar Orange" colourway was a statement drop for leading players in the run up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


Duane Holmes (Derby County) adidas Predator adiPower

Duane Holmes was another player sporting throwback adidas boots this week as the Derby County man laced up in the Predator adiPower silo from back in 2011. One of the most popular tongueless Predators, the adiPower will go down as a success in a time where the Predator series wobbled.


Victor Camarasa (Cardiff City) Mizuno Morelia Neo II

Victor Camarasa opted for the Morelia Neo II from Mizuno's latest "Wave Cup" collection last week. The clean white and blue silhouette with gold heel detailing honours Rivaldo’s stunning boots from the 2002 World Cup. The only goal of the game in the 90th minute away to Leicester was a decent afternoon's work for Camarasa.


Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) PUMA Future 2.1

After signing for the brand earlier this month, Vincent Kompany has switched into the PUMA Future 2.1 silo. A self confessed fan of leather boots, the Man City captain was nailed on to wear a leather version of the ONE 19.1 for us, but he's been playing in the "Glory Pack" Future since signing for the brand.


David Silva (Manchester City) PUMA ONE 19.1

Kompany followed his Manchester City teammate David Silva to PUMA, and the diminutive playmaker has opted for the ONE 19.1 series. That shimmering rose gold upper of the "Glory Pack" is undoubtably one of the most aesthetically pleasing colourways of 2018.


Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) PUMA Future 2019

Liverpool centre half Virgil Van Dijk looks set to join Silva and Kompany at PUMA in the new year. The big Dutchman has been training in a blacked out version of the next-generation Future boot in recent months, and is odds on to make his switch from Nike to PUMA official in January.


Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) Nike Mercurial Vapor 360

Wilfried Zaha looks to be another man on the move. The Crystal Palace winger appeared in a blacked out version of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 against Chelsea on Sunday, sparking speculation that his time at the Swoosh has come to an end. Other brands will no doubt be on red alert.


Sadio Mane (Liverpool) New Balance Furon

Another forward in blackout boots this week was Sadio Mane. The Liverpool man is the lead player for New Balance and was seen at Melwood training in the next generation of the Furon series. Expected to be the brand's first move of 2019, the Furon update will be worn by Mane as Liverpool chase down the Premier League title.


Philip Billing (Huddersfield) adidas F50 adizero

Huddersfield's Philip Billing was sporting some throwback adidas F50 adizero boots as his side visited Old Trafford on Boxing Day. The launch colourway of the 2011 second generation adizero was a bold one, and one that still stands out on pitch almost 8 years later. Where has that time gone?


Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield) Nike PhantomVSN

Billing's Huddersfield teammate Mathias Jorgensen was sporting some Christmas custom game away to Fulham at the weekend with his complete whiteout editions of the Nike PhantomVSN. What he'd do to get a sheet as clean as his boots right now... Huddersfield lost all 7 of their games in December.

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