Just by looking at Alex Song’s different colored boots you would be forgiven for thinking that the West Ham man has gone totally rogue. In actual fact, Song was wearing the Puma King Top 98 DI, a seriously limited edition boot boot created in honor of his cousin and famous Cameroonian footballer, Rigobert Song.
In the 1998 World Cup, Rigobert became the original wearer of mismatched boots by wearing two different colored Puma Kings, one (you guessed it) yellow, and the other red. A great release from Puma, made even cooler by Alex Song wearing it.
Nigel de Jong – adidas Nitrocharge 1.0
Nigel de Jong made the curious switch out of the recently released black/white/flash orange Nitrocharge 1.0 and into the old Battle Pack one from the World Cup. We suspect this was probably a one-time switch, but nonetheless we will be keeping our eyes peeled on him just in case he does make a move away from adidas.
Kieran Gibbs – adidas f50 adiZero
Kieran Gibbs was unveiled two weeks ago as adidas’ latest signing. The Arsenal defender has, as one would expect, been put into the f50 adiZero and initially wore the Supernatural colorway. Against Liverpool, however, Gibbs switched out of the Supernatural and into the far less popular black/white/neon orange colorway released back in July. A far better colorway looks wise, but we wonder what adidas would have thought of the switch.
Alexis Sanchez – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Gibbs’ Arsenal teammate, Alexis Sanchez also made a boot switch against Liverpool. Sanchez had previously been wearing Nike’s latest colorway, the ‘Shine Through’ Mercurial Superfly but switched out of it and into the old laser orange one. The laser orange colorway definitely works a treat with Arsenal’s away kit, and we think that may be the reason behind the switch.
Toni Kroos – adidas adiPure 11Pro II
Even though Toni Kroos is one of the most high profile wearers of the adiPure 11Pro, the Real Madrid star has yet to make the switch into the recently released next generation of the boot. Throughout the Club World Cup Kroos remained in the old adiPure 11Pro that he has worn for some time now and we do not expect him to make the switch any time soon. Like compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger, Kroos seems to be extremely particular about the boots he does wear, with his 11Pros often featuring a lot of customization.
Carlos Tevez – Nike Tiempo Legend
The mystery surrounding Carlos Tevez’s sponsorship future has ended – he’s not going anywhere. Tevez popped up in the “Shine Through” Tiempo Legend after spending a couple of months in a blacked out version of the boot. Contract negotiations between Nike and Tevez presumably took longer than either side expected, hence the reason why he switched into the blacked out version.
Ilkay Gundogan – Nike Magista Obra
One player whose future remains uncertain is Ilkay Gundogan. Gundogan was wearing a ‘proper’ version of the Nike Magista Obra up until about the end of last month, after which time he switched into a blacked out version of the boot. Gundogan joins an ever growing and unprecedentedly large number of players who are on the look out for a new sponsorship deal.
Charlie Austin – Nike Mercurial Vapor
We end this week with good ol’ Charlie Austin. The in-form striker again proved the difference for QPR as he scored a hat-trick from 2-0 down to beat West Brom. More importantly (for us at least) was the fact that he was wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor “Shine Through” colorway while doing so. Austin had been wearing the classic Mercurial Vapor I prior to this week, but the customization on his considerably newer Vapor indicates that Nike have signed him up permanently.