Creative Soccer Culture

Global Boot Spotting

International competitions on two continents have provided the large bulk of this week’s Boot Spotting, bringing our weekly dose of new releases, special editions, throwback classics and custom creations. Let's see who caught our eye...

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Neymar (Brazil) PUMA Future Z 1.1

Neymar has been doing Neymar things over sin the Copa America, wowing with his incredible footwork. And that footwork has also brought to attention the new signature 'Brazil' colourway for the Future Z 1.1 that he has been wearing as the Selecao have raced to two convincing wins from two.

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Ronaldo (Portugal) Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Spark Positivity

Ronaldo's quest for the Golden Boot at the Euros continued, with another goal in his signature Mercurial Superfly 'Spark Positivity' boots, this time coming against Germany. May need to take the name to heart after the final result against the Germans though...

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Laszlo Kleinheisler (Hungary) Nike Mercurial Vapor XII

Group F at the Euros was meant to be the group of death, with Germany, Portugal and France leaving Hungary with no chance of qualification. Well, the Hungarian's obviously didn't get the notice, upsetting the applecart by holding world champions France to a 1-1 draw. Man of the match Laszlo Kleinheisler caught the eye not just for his play, but for his choice of boots, lacing up in the Nike Mercurial Vapor XII 'Euphoria Gold'. This coming after he wore adidas F50 Adizero I in Hungary's opener against Portugal. Enjoying the stage...

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Attila Fiola (Hungary) Nike Mercurial Vapor 14

It may have been teammate Laszlo Kleinheisler that got the man of the match award, but it was Attila Fiola who got the all important goal against France, and he did so in the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 'Black x Prism' – an understated colourway that's not often seen on the big stages of world football.

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Reece James (England) Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro

Trent Alexander Arnold may not have made it to the Euros with England this time around, but it seems Under Armour were determined to have representation in that right back spot, with Chelsea's Reece James – formerly a Nike man – wearing a clean new colourway of the Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro in England's 0-0 with Scotland.

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Robert Lewandowski (Poland) Nike Phantom VNM

The Lewandowski boot saga continues to roll on, with the Poland talisman flirting with Adidas in training, though sticking with his trusted Nike Phantom VNM for matches. Although he did make a change during the Spain game, switching from the 'Future Lab' pack into the 'Neighbourhood' pack. An inspired switch as it led to him scoring Poland's goal in the 1-1 draw. Poetic as that would've been Nike's pack for the Euros had they not been delayed...

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Adam Nagy (Hungary) Nike Premier II

Back with the Hungary squad, and Adam Nagy chose to go with the sheer comfort of the Nike Premier II for his side's opener against Portugal, although he did switch out into the Tiempo part way through the match.

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Yusuf Yazici (Turkey) adidas F50 Adizero IV

Turkey became the First Nation to exit the Euros following a drab showing. But Yusuf Yazici caught the eye in his side's 2-0 loss to Wales, lacing up in the adidas F50 Adizero IV.

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Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew) adidas F50 Adizero I

Away from the Euros, and over in MLS Columbus Crew's Jonathan Mensah wins this week's award for best kit/boot combo, combining his side's look with the adidas F50 Adizero TRX in their "Sun/Black/Gold" colourway in the 2-0 win over Chicago Fire.

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Pedro Santos (Columbus Crew) Nike Mercurial Vapor NBY

Sticking with the Columbus Crew and their match with Chicago Fire, and winger Pedro Santos showed off a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor, personalised on the Nike By You platform. It featured a white base with gold details popping through.

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Anthony Caceres (Sydney FC) adidas F50 Adizero V

Heading to Australia, and Sydney FC's Anthony Caceres trained in the “Core Black/Silver” adidas F50 Adizero V from 2015. It originally dropped alongside the wider "Solar Red" look, but this understated option was the better of the two in our opinion.

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