From brand new colorways, to out of this world customization and everything in between it was a week of boot spotting that had it all. Lets get started.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – adidas f50 adiZero
Super Zlatan gave us the biggest clue as to where his future allegiances may lie by wearing a badly blacked out version of the adidas f50 adiZero this weekend. In a surprising turn of events, the PSG star recently ended his high profile relationship with Nike. The ensuing rumors suggested he was on his way to Puma, but now it seems that adidas have stepped in to pick him up — a big, big, signing for the Three Stripes.
Lionel Messi – adidas f50 adiZero
When we featured Lionel Messi in last week’s boot spotting, we predicted that adidas would launch a bespoke colorway to mark his latest, record breaking, set of achievements. They did exactly that. While Leo wore his new colourway in a scrappy 1-0 win against Valencia, we suspect that come next weekend he will be back in his ‘regular’ customized f50 adiZero.
Salem al-Dosari – Nike Mercurial Vapor X
What do you do when you can’t pick which out of two colorways you should wear? Well, as Salem al-Dosari has demonstrated, you just wear them both. The Saudi Arabian was spotted wearing two different Nike Mercurial Vapor X colourways as his side lost in the Gulf Cup final against Qatar. al-Dosari’s combination is relatively tame to some of the others we have seen, most notably Benoit Assout Ekotto who wore the adidas adiPower Predator on one foot, and the f50 adiZero on the other a couple of seasons back.
Frank Lampard – adidas adiPure 11Pro
Frank Lampard mysteriously remained in the now ‘old’ adidas adiPure 11Pro for both of the matches he took part in this week. The fact that Lamps is without a doubt one of the 11Pros most prominent wearers combined with his not switching makes us think that his relationship with adidas may have come to an end. We will definitely be keeping our eyes peeled.
Vincent Kompany – New Balance
Vincent Kompany became the latest player to switch into the mysterious New Balance boot. The Manchester City captain was already a big Warrior Sports player so the switch was to be expected eventually. Now that Kompany has switched into the New Balance boot, the number of players actually wearing Warrior boots has dwindled considerably. Is this the beginning of the end for the brand?
Khairul Fahmi Che Mat – Puma evoPower MB45
Even though it looks as if Mario Balotelli has switched out of his personal evoPower colorway, other players were bound to adopt it for themselves. One such player is Malaysian goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, who was spotted in the Italian inspired boot while on international duty.
Jermaine Jones – Under Armour Clutchfit Force
Jermaine Jones was spotted in the unofficial USMNT Under Armour Clutchfit Force colorway during the Revs Eastern Conference championship winning game. The colorway itself was actually released before the World Cup, but unfortunately at the time none of the USMNT were actually sponsored by Under Armour. Better late than never, right?
Bakary Sako – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Finally this week, Bakary Sako has proven that footballers get paid way, way, too much money. As a way of celebrating his 100th game for Wolves, Sakho commission a pair of Swarovski crystal-encrusted Superflys. The result is this out of this world customization job that features the Wolves crest, his signature and the number 100, among other things all in Diamonds. Unfortunately for us, Sako had the sense not to wear the boots in game as he switched into a more conservative customized colorway.