Paul Pogba – Nike Magista Obra
He wears what he wants. Paul Pogba has been one of the stars of this season’s cleat spotting, never failing to impress with his ever-increasing collection of custom cleats. This week Pogba took the pitch in another custom Magista Obra, this time featuring a number of symbols on the upper. Reminds us a bit of Mario Balotelli’s newspaper inspired Puma evoPowers…
Memphis Depay – Under Armour
Under Armour have nagged a big one with Memphis Depay. After announcing earlier this season that Memphis Depay had joined the brand, UA would have been beyond delighted that Manchester United announced this week that the PSV man would be joining them this summer. Depay has been wearing a yet to be released cleat since he joined the brand, rumoured to be their next speed offering. No doubt that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him, and Under Armour come next season.
Moussa Sissoko – adidas Primeknit 2.0
With the Primeknit no longer reserved for a very select few players, this week saw a selection of ‘others’ switch into adidas’ latest offering. One of them was Newcastle man Moussa Sissoko who switched out of his usual adidas adiZeros and into the Magista competitor. An interesting choice, especially as we observed two weeks ago James Rodriguez going the opposite direction and switching out of the cleat at half time.
Mituo Ogasawara – New Balance
New Balance have slowly been adding to their list of contracted players, and have now made a splash in Japan. Leading the NB charge is Kashiwa Antlers’ Mituo Ogasawara who was wearing an intriguing blacked out prototype. It seems as if Ogasawara’s black out is considerably different to the one’s that we’ve seen on the feet of the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Marouaine Fellaini, with, especially the leather upper, suggesting that this could be a completely different silo.
Stephen Lichsteinier – Puma evoSpeed Dragon
Stephen Lichsteiner is the latest Puma man to have switched into the new evoSpeed Dragon. Released alongside an evoPower Dragon colourway, Puma have made its spring offering a particularly ferocious one, in line with the intensity of the latter stages of the season. Lichsteiner joins Marco Reus, Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Aguero in the cleat.
Brek Shea – adidas adiZero
After failing the ultimate test of a football player (can they do it on a wet and windy night in Stoke?) Brek Shea is back to rebuild his some-what damaged reputation. Shea has joined his Orlando City teammate, Kaka, in switching into a blacked out adiZero cleat. It’s been a relatively recent switch, with Shea having worn a non-blacked out version of the cleat as recently as the beginning of March. We’ll see if it’s a long term switch or merely one during contract renegotiations.
Heather O’Reilly – adidas Predator Instinct
Though we’ve yet to catch site of the great looking Nike women’s world cup colourways, Heather O’Reilly provided us with a worthy alternative in the form of her miAdidas Predator Instincts. The USWNT midfielder was spotted during the friendly against Ireland in the sleek looking predominantly gray colourway. Understated, but not too understated, we like it.
Neymar – Nike Hypervenom Next Gen?
Finally this week, we’re ending with a potential next gen spotting. Big Nike and Hypervenom man, Neymar was spotted training in this mysterious black out. The Hypervenom has yet to be given the Dynamic Fit collar treatment, so we’re putting our money on this being the silo’s next generation. The fact that Neymar has started training in them also suggests that we may be seeing their launch relatively soon. Watch this space!
That does it for this week’s Cleat Spotting! See something we missed? Let us know!