The releases may have died down, but that doesn’t mean this week’s cleat spotting is any less exciting. Check out the best of what we spotted throughout this past week.
Theo Walcott – adidas f50 adiZero
Almost overnight Theo Walcott made the switch into the adidas f50 adiZero, officially marking his new status as an adidas man. Walcott had been a pretty prominent Nike Mercurial wearer prior to the switch, making this a huge catch for adidas. A little weird to see Theo in the adiZero, but one can’t deny they go great with the Arsenal kit.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Nike Mercurial Vapor
In an attempt to keep up with the huge amount of momentum gained last weekend for his new campaign with the World Food Program, Zlatan Ibrahimovic took to the pitch in midweek and this weekend wearing cleats carrying a special message. Written on his, now usual, blacked out Nike Mercurial Vapor, was the slogan of the campaign “805 Million Names”, highlighting the fact that 805 million people are suffering from acute hunger.
Samir Nasri – New Balance
We like the game you’re playing, New Balance. Samir Nasri showed off his new, slightly modified pair of the mysterious New Balance cleat this weekend. In the same way that Aaron Ramsey’s pair have Arsenal red detailing, Nasri’s bespoke pair have been given a sky blue makeover. A great little touch from New Balance leaving us wondering: who’s next?
Lukas Podolski – adidas f50 adiZero
Lukas Podolski made the switch into the new adiZero in true Podolski fashion, wearing a customised pair of the new speed cleat. With a design seemingly inspired by the Inter Milan home kit, this is a great little miadidas creation. Interestingly enough, Poldi only wore the cleat for one training session, switching into the more conventional release colourway the next day.
David Luiz – Nike Magista
David Luiz was sporting an unconventional pair of the Nike Magista Obra in midweek. Playing against his former side, the Brazilian looked to have layered black tape over the instep of one of his cleats – suggesting maybe that they had torn soon before kick off. An interesting spot, certainly something that we haven’t seen before.
Juan Mata – adidas f50 adiZero
Juan Mata joined Theo Walcott in the f50 adiZero this week. While not as surprising of a switch, considering Mata previously wore the Predator Instinct, it was definitely one of note. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled on Mata in the coming weeks to see if this is a permenant switch, or if he just wanted to give the adiZero a run out.
Thibaut Courtois – Nike Magista
Thibaut Courtois became the first player that we’ve spotted in the brilliant new black/volt/blue Magista colourway. Released rather quietly alongside the Nike Highlight Pack, this is a worthy alternative to the no holds barred green/total orange colourway, albeit one that we don’t expect we’ll be seeing much of.
Miguel Layun – Nike Superfly
Finally this week we end on a Superfly customisation job, courtesy of Miguel Layun. The former Club America man, on loan at Watford from Granada, was sporting a bright orange and green NikeID Superfly colourway this weekend. Layun joins the growing number of players that we’ve seen wearing customised Superflys, although his definitely isn’t the best we’ve seen so far.