Another week, another cleat spotting. Here’s the best of what we spotted in a week full of international fixtures.
Tomoaki Makino – adidas f50 adiZero
Maybe its a fluke, but in our minds Tomoaki Makino has pulled off a pretty great kit/cleat combination. The Japanese international popped up in two different f50 adiZero colourways, one red and one white, that match the Japanese flag perfectly. Normally we never really understand why players choose to wear a different boot on either foot, but in the case of Makino it seems to be a stroke of genius.
Robbie Keane – adiPure 11Pro
Robbie Keane has officially switched over to adidas. The LA Galaxy and R.O.I. captain had, up until the end of last season, been a Nike man but has since switched allegiances. Keane was spotted in the increasingly popular adiPure 11Pro. The 11Pro seemed to be a lost cause prior to this latest generation being released, and adidas seem to have well and truly brought it out of the ashes.
Harry Kewell – adidas Predator Mania
We love a good testimonial game. Not only because it brings together some of the legends of the game but also because they always guarantee a great cleat spot like this one. Former Liverpool man and Australian legend Harry Kewell dusted off the beautiful adidas Predator Mania’s for Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher’ testimonial match. The Predator Mania are now just over ten years old, making it even more impressive that he seems to have kept them in near pristine condition.
Mario Balotelli – Puma evoPower
Mario Balotelli wore the Puma evoPower for the last time in a while this weekend. Just today Puma launched the boot that Balotelli will be exclusively wearing from now on, the evoAccuracy MB45. Featuring a larger kicking surface and a print that provides additional grip and control, this is the latest member of the evoPower family. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for Balotelli’s first appearance in the evoAccuracy.
Lee Casciaro – Nike CTR360 Maestri
Lee Casciaro made history as he scored Gibraltar’s first ever competitive goal. A policeman in his day-to-day life, Casciaro made history while wearing the Nike CTR360 Maestri III, the last generation of Maestri prior to its replacement by the Magista Obra. A great moment for Gibraltar, and a fittingly great cleat
Erik Hurtado – Nike Mercurial Superfly
We seem to be averaging one customised cleat a week this season and this week is no different. Vancouver’s Erik Hurtado provides the custom job this week with his ultra-bright Mercurial Superfly IV. Hurtado hasn’t tried to do anything overly complicated and has even covered over the Nike Swoosh in his quest for simplicity. Definitely one of the brighter custom jobs we’ve seen thus far.
Lawson D’Arthur – adidas Messide Pide de Barr10
Messi, who? A week after we spotted Messi debuting his latest signature cleat, the Pide de Barr10, Northampton’s Lawson D’Ath has taken the liberty of switching into them. Its always a bit strange to see one professional wearing another’s personalised cleat and this case is no different, especially as Messi only started wearing them himself. Nonetheless, props to D’Arthur who either idolises Messi or thinks he is Messi.
Fatmire Alushi – Nike Mercurial Vapor
Finally this week, Fatmire Alushi jumped the gun. Alushi pre-maturely switched into the “Intense Heat” pack released earlier this week, opting for the crimson Mercurial Vapor. While Nike unveiled the colourways last week, players were only meant to switch into them after the international break – a memo that Alushi evidently never received. Personally, we’re not complaining about getting a sneak peak at what the likes of Alexis Sanchez will be switching into in the coming weeks.
That does it for this week’s Cleat Spotting! What were your favorites out of the bunch? Did we miss something? Let us know!