Neymar – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II
The big, albeit expected, spot this week was Neymar’s switch into the brand new Hypervenom Phantom II. Almost a complete overhaul from the first Hypervenom Phantom released two years ago, the latest Hypervenom Phantom is the first Nike cleat to combine a Flyknit Dynamic Fit Collar with an enhanced mesh upper (though Neymar was wearing a very customised version of the cleat). Released as part of the wider “Silver Storm” pack, expect to see other Nike players switching into their new colourways in the near future. All in all, a fresh new look for the Hypervenom.
Abby Wambach – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Abby Wambach was among a plethora of players who gave us our first glimpse at the brilliant Nike 2015 Women’s World Cup pack. Though released almost a month ago, Nike held off on letting its players switch into the colourways until the immediate lead up to the tournament. Designed to match with the USWNT home kit, we’ve got nothing but praise for this pack.
Christen Press – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II
‘Repping the Women’s World Cup Hypervenom Phantom II was Wambach’s teammate Christen Press. Released more recently than the other three colourway to coincide with the official launch of the new Hypervenom, we won’t be surprised if we see a couple of male players switching into these come after the World Cup.
Lionel Messi – adidas f50 adiZero
Messi wore the adiZero for the very last time during Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey final victory over Athletic Bilbao. adidas’ poster-boy has been given something of an upgrade in the midst of the brands reshuffle, with a silo to himself. Dubbed the Messi15, it categorises the inability to put him in either the “chaos” or “control” categories that adidas have created. We bet one Cristiano Ronaldo is feeling pretty jealous right about now…
Louisa Necib – adidas X15
Speaking of adidas’ overhaul, Louis Necib gave us our first glimpse at the adidas X15. adidas have done away with the Predator, adiZero, adiPure and NitroCharge, replacing them with two (three with Messi’s) cleats – the X15 and the Ace15. Necib is evidently an early adopter of the cleat dubbed as “chaos”, boasting the title of the first player to switch into the X15, let alone wear its official Women’s World Cup colourway.
Mika Chunuonsee – adidas Predator
Wasting no time after winning the Premier League title, Chelsea hopped over to Thailand to play a post-season friendly against Thailand All-Stars. Catching our eyes was Mika Chunuonsee’s Predators. The half Welsh, half Thai defender has evidently taken to adidas’ customisation service, miAdidas to produce this solid-looking colourway.
Morgan Brian – adidas adiPure 11Pro
Sticking with custom jobs, USWNT midfielder Morgan Brian had the chance to show off her very own miAdidas creation. Using the overall design of the 11Pro to perfection, Brian went with a great looking white/lime/black upper complemented, of course, by the American flag.
Harry Kane – Nike Hypervenom Phinish
Like their London rivals, Tottenham also jet-setted of for a post-season friendly come the end of the season with a short trip down under. Harry Kane scored the winning goal as Spurs beat Sydney FC 1-0 and was wearing the Hypervenom Phinish while doing so. Unlike Neymar, Kane was wearing a fully kitted out version of the Hypervenom, FlyKnit and all.
That does it for this week’s Cleat Spotting. Which is your favorite out of the bunch? Let us know in the comments section below!