We haven’t had a week of cleat spotting like this one in quite a while. From brand new releases to some great customization with a spot of New Balance in between, here’s all we spotted this week.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV
Messi who? Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year and marked the occasion by turning out in a very special pair of the Nike Mercurial Superfly IV. In fitting fashion Ronaldo scored in them during both of the games Real had this week. Featuring encrusted micro-diamonds (yes, diamonds), this is yet another incredible looking bespoke colourway for CR7.
Sergio Aguero – Puma EvoSpeed 1.3 Kun
Its a bit of a surprise that its taken Puma this long to get Sergio Aguero a signature evoSpeed 1.3 colourway. Months after Mario Balotelli was given his, made the switch into the evoSpeed 1.3 Kun for City’s big game against Arsenal. The switch wasn’t permanent however, as he switched out of them at half-time.
Gareth Bale – adidas adiZero next-gen
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both prematurely switched into the next gen adidas adiZero this weekend. The boot is getting its official release this coming week but has fast become another of adidas’ worst kept secrets – although an intentionally bad kept secret. Keep your eyes peeled on 365 WSS as we bring you all the details about this fascinating new release (and others) in the coming days!
Aaron Ramsey – New Balance
We like the game that New Balance are playing. The brand kitted Aaron Ramsey out with a slightly less white-out boot this weekend as they begin to slowly reveal the release colourway for the much-anticipated first boot. Colourway aside, there’s no denying how similar the upper of the boot looks in comparison to the Nike Hypervenom Phantom.
Jonathan Pitroipa – Nike Mercurial Superfly
The African Cup of Nations kicked off this week, hence the disappearance of a majority of African stars from leagues around Europe. Burkian Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa caught our eye with this customized Nike Mercurial Superfly. A gold and black upper certainly make this one that’s not for the faint of heart.
Alexandre Song – Pantofolo D’Oro Lazzarini
Alex Song was the complete opposite of Pitroipa. Not only was the Cameroonian not at the African Cup of Nations (he wasn’t called up) but he was also wearing the super understated Pantofola D’oro Lazzarini. Song has been having fun with his boot choices as of late, so its great to see him give some playing time to this incredible leather brand.
Abdulwahab Al Malood – adidas Nitrocharge 1.0
The Asian Cup has continuously churned out great boot spots. Bahrain’s Al Malood spotted here in the adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 Hunt, a boot unique primarily in the fact that its glow in the dark. Released back in November alongside Hunt versions of adidas’ three other silos we haven’t seen much of it on pitch at all.
Bader Al Almotowaa – Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII
We end this week as we started it: with a CR7 Mercurial. Except this time not worn by Ronaldo but Bader Al Almotowaa of Kuwait. This white/volt/crimson colourway is arguably one of the least popular of all the bespoke CR7 colourways to have been released, with Ronaldo himself not even wearing it all that much.