Some epic cleat spots to check out this week. Let’s get started.
Hakan Calhanoglu – adidas adiZero 99g
Hakan Calhanoglu was the unlikely player chosen to wear the lightest cleat ever for the first time in a professional match. The up and coming freekick maestro debuted the adiZero 99g during Bayer Leverkusen’s 4-0 win over Hannover. Released largely as a concept cleat demonstrating how light a cleat can get (really, really, light) the 99g were released only in a UK 8.5 with 299 pairs available worldwide. An incredible cleat from adidas, but not one that we will be seeing all that many switching into.
Mario Balotelli – Puma evoAccuracy MB45
After a long wait, Mario Balotelli finally officially debuted his latest exclusive cleat, the Puma evoAccuracy MB45. Puma unveiled the cleat a couple of weeks ago, expecting Mario to debut them against Arsenal, but it wasn’t until this weekend that he actually got to wear them in game. An intriguing new release from Puma and we can’t wait to see what they do with it next.
Francesco Totti – Nike Tiempo Legend
Francesco Totti’s stint with his bespoke Nike Tiempo Legend has come to an end. Nike released the very special Tiempo Legend V Premium at the end of February, especially for Francesco Totti. It was the perfect cleat for the Roma legend, combining class, comfort and great performance. Now with the launch of Nike’s “Intense Heat” pack, the higher powers have dictated that Totti has had to stop wearing the Legend Premium’s meaning that he’s now switched into the laser/total orange. Just not the same if you ask us…
Cesc Fabregas – Puma evoPower Dragon
Just in time Chelsea’s crunch match against Manchester United, Puma launched its new limited edition cleat, the evoPower Dragon. Cesc Fabregas was the man given the honour of debuting them, with Dante set to switch into them for his midweek Champions League action. A great colourway that looks set to become a must buy for any avid cleat collector.
Aaron Lennon – Nike Mercurial Vapor
Aaron Lennon has been in resurgent form ever since his January move to Everton. The speed-demon has been wearing blacked out Nike Mercurial Vapor X’s since the beginning of the season, and looks no closer to signing a deal with any brand, let alone Nike. A strange one, especially as he used to be a prominent face of the Mercurial brand.
Jordan Morris – Nike Mercurial Vapor
Don’t we all wish we were Jordan Morris right now? The Stanford sophomore scored his first goal for the USMNT in a 2-0 win over Mexico as he became the first collegiate player to start for the U.S. in close to 20 years. The 20 year old was wearing the Stealth Pack Mercurial Vapor, released right after the World Cup. Being a collegiate athlete, Morris can’t sign with any of the big brands, but we’re sure they’ll be on his tail right after he graduates.
William Yarbrough – Under Armour Clutchfit Force
Mexican born American, William Yarbrough, made his second USMNT appearance against Mexico, again coming on a substitute for Nick Rimando. Yarbrough was, by our estimates, the only USMNT player wearing Under Armour, as he played the second half in the white/black/yellow UA Clutchfit Force.
Luis Suarez – adidas Primeknit 2.0
Luis Suarez was spotted wearing a very, very, exciting cleat in training. Billed the “best fitting cleat in the world” Suarez was training in the new adidas Primeknit 2.0, a follow up to the first edition that pipped the Magista as the world’s first knitted cleat by a matter of hours. Suarez will be, as he was with the first Primeknit, the main player wearing the cleat and will officially debut them in European action this week. Adidas claim this isn’t merely a continuation from the Primeknit released last year, but a completely fresh addition. Fingers crossed.