Creative Soccer Culture

Global Boot Spotting

As we edge slowly towards a return to action on European shores, the action is still going strong in other parts of the globe. That plus prep for this summer’s Euro 2022 sees plenty of new and upcoming releases on display, along with some special editions and throwback classics. It’s Monday, it’s Boot Spotting. Let’s go…

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Leah Williamson (England) Nike Tiempo Legend IX

The Lionesses are putting their final prep in ahead of their Euro 2022 opener on Wednesday, and skipper Leah Williamson is one of many players to have made the switch into the Nike Bonded pack colourway for the tournament. The Arsenal player laced up in the Tiempo Legend IX.

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Beth England (England) adidas Predator Edge .1 Low

Sticking with the Lionesses, and it's not just the Nike players who are sporting a new colourway, with adidas athletes rocking the as-yet unreleased and unnamed new summer styles. Beth England wore the Predator Edge .1 Low in training.

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Mary Earps (England) adidas COPA Sense +

England no.1 Mary Earps provided a good look at the new COPA Sense + colourway, which will obviously be a part of what is set to be a very vibrant pack release.

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Ben White (Arsenal) adidas X Speedportal .1

Another sighting of the next generation adidas X Speedportal, completing the upcoming pack, and this time it came courtesy of Arsenal defender, Ben White.

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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Mizuno Morelia Neo III β

Once you get over the image off Hector Bellerin back in the striking new Arsenal kit – as skipper no less – and that alongside the appearance of the new Premier League ball, you can take note of Bellerin's Mizuno Morelia Neo III β, in that sleek silver colourway. Beautiful.

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Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal) PUMA Future Z 1.4

A first sight of the PUMA Future Z 1.4 'Liberty' on the feet of a male athlete, with Arsenal's Omari Hutchinson wearing them in his side's 5-1 preseason victory over Ipswich. The PUMA x Liberty pack feature bespoke LIBERTY floral patterns and customised logos complementing the PUMA branding, released ahead of Euro 2022.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) Nike Phantom VNM

Could've filled the whole week's Boot Spotting with Arsenal's behind-closed-doors preseason friendly with Ipswich. Another returning player alongside Bellerin was Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who wore the Phantom VNM from the 2019 Nike Victory Pack.

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Brian Lozano (Santos Laguna) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR

Bit of a goal-fest down Mexico way, as Santos Laguna and Monterrey went toe-to-toe in an entertaining match that ended 4-3 to Santos. Brian Lozano harnessed his inner Ronaldo by notching the winning goal from the spot in the 91st minute, doing so in the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR, originally released back in 2013.

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Benji Kikanovic (San Jose Earthquakes) adidas adiPower Predator TRX

Benji Kikanovic bagged a brace for San Jose in their 2-1 over Chicago in MLS, and he did so in 2012's adidas adiPower Predator TRX.

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Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew) adidas F50 Adizero

Columbus Crew were able to hold Philadelphia Union to a goalless draw this week, and chief in that shutout was Crew captain, Jonathan Mensah, who was wearing the adidas F50 Adizero in the "Black/Silver/Lime" colourway.

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Sean Johnson (New York City FC) Nike Phantom GT II

Finishing off this week, we look to the perfect kit/boot combo, with New York City stopper Sean Johnson matching his awesome club kit with the 'Blueprint' Phantom GT II for his side's 2-2 draw with Atlanta United.

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