How are we already half way through the World Cup? With 32 games played, and 32 left to play the World Cup has flown by thanks to some incredible football. As always the action was accompanied by some great boot spots, the best of which we have collected below.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Easily the biggest boot spot of this last week is Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch into a modified version of the Nike Mercurial Superfly. Ronaldo Seems to have shunned the “Dynamic Fit Collar” seen on the regular Superfly, opting instead for a more traditional version of the boot. While at first glance it is easy to mistake Ronaldo’s boots for the Vapor X, the FlyKnit upper suggests otherwise. A very intriguing switch and we will certainly be keeping our eyes peeled to see what Ronaldo settles on for Portugal’s hugely important match against Ghana.
Jermaine Jones – Nike CTR360 Maestri III
Jermaine Jones scored an absolute stunner of a goal to give the United States’ a shock 2-1 lead over Portugal in Manaus. Jones, one of a few German-born Americans on the USMNT was wearing the CTR Maestri III throughout the game, despite the fact that Nike have officially replaced the boot with the Magista. While Nike released a limited edition black out to give the Maestri a send off, the Crimson colourway worn by Jones was the boot’s last general release.
Esteban Granados – Lotto Solista
The Lotto Solista is a boot that we ironically have not seen much of this World Cup. Dubbed the World’s first “light up” football boot because of its reflective upper, only a few players including Costa Rica’s Esteban Granados have been spotted in the boot. Lotto actually released a special World Cup Solista colourway, featuring tribal print, but Granados has gone for an alternative colourway released back in May.
Miroslav Klose – Nike Hypervenom Phantom
Miroslav Klose etched his name in World Cup history by scoring his 15th finals goal, a feat equalled only by the great Ronaldo. While Klose is no longer a regular in the German squad, the fact that he was on the pitch for two minutes and scored with his first touch just shows how useful he is. Rather fittingly for the occasion, Klose was wearing the Nike Hypervenom Phantom, a boot designed with deadly strikers like himself in mind.
Javier Hernandez – Nike Tiempo Legend V
Chicharito seems to have nabbed a customised Nike Tiempo Legend V colourway. The Mexican striker flirted with the Mercurial Vapor X for his side’s first game, and then popped up wearing this intriguing Legend V for the match against Brazil. As no colourway with a black swoosh, white upper, and green tongue has been released thus far, Hernandez must be wearing one he has custom made.
Shinji Okazaki – Mizuno Basara
Another World Cup boot that we have yet to see much of is the Mizuno Basara. From what we can tell the speed boot is being worn exclusively by Japan star Shinji Okazaki, with other Mizuno athletes opting for the Morelia Neo. The Basara was released in the run up to the World Cup, and features an exciting “Prime Skin” synthetic upper and a groove at the midfoot that allows for greater agility.
Benoit Assou Ekotto – Under Armour Clutchfit
Simply put, you are not going to find any other player wearing this Under Armour Clutchfit colourway. In keeping with his eccentric nature, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was kitted out with this exclusive Cameroon Clutchfit colourway for his side’s match against Croatia. While certainly a flashy and “out-there” colourway, compared to his old habit of wearing a different colourway on either foot this is a big improvement from the QPR man. Unfortunately, as the boot had both the Cameroonian and Croatian flags embroidered on the side, we are not too sure if we will see this colourway again.
Marouane Fellaini – Warrior Gambler
Fellaini gave the suitably Belgian-coloured Warrior Gambler World Cup colourway its debut in his country’s first match against Algeria. While Fellaini did score a goal, it was no thanks to Warrior’s control boot as it was scored in typical fashion with his head. Fellaini was not the only Belgium player in Warrior boots, as captain Vincent Kompany wore the Skreamer II.
That does it for this week’s Cleat Spotting! Cheers to another great week full of football!