With the Premier League now officially over and La Liga coming to an exciting end, domestic football in Europe is slowly winding down ahead of the World Cup. The excitement that accompanied this weekend’s results was complemented by some great boot spots, and we are here to show you the best of the lot!
Vincent Kompany had the privilege of lifting the English Premier League trophy for the second time as Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the title. The occasion was doubly significant as the City captain was wearing the recently released Warrior Skreamer Pro II for the first time. Released alongside two other new offerings from Warrior last week, the release colourway goes pretty well with City’s sky-blue kit and will be the boot Kompany wears at the World Cup.
The footballing world said goodbye to a true legend this weekend as Javier Zanetti played his last match to cap off a glittering career. Inter’s captain since 1999, Zanetti has been at the club for an astonishing 19 years and bid an emotional farewell to the San Siro against Lazio. The Argentinian was wearing the adidas NitroCharge 1.0 during his last match, a boot vastly different to what he probably wore when he made his Inter debut back in 1995.
Joe Garner scored what may well be the best Football League play-off goal of all time during the first leg of Preston North End’s Leauge One play off semi-final (if you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out!). Garner was wearing the Nike Hypervenom 1.0, a fitting boot considering the incredible nature of the strike.
While Umbro released the impressive UX1 last week indicating that the brand may be on the rise, its speed boot, the GT Pro has not seen an update since 2012. The last GT Pro released, the GT Pro II, was worn by the likes of Kyle Walker and Connor Wickham but has since mostly disappeared from pitches. As a result, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw the lime/turquoise GT Pro II pop up in Brasil on the feet of Henrique.
We are loving the kit/boot coordination shown here by Mark Stein. The winger, who plies his trade in Germany’s third division, was spotted in an obviously customised pair of the adidas Predator LZ. Stein has had the boots personalised to go perfectly with his side’s blue and white kit.
Even though the Nike CTR360 Maestri line has officially been retired, most players have yet to switch out of the third edition of the boot. Very few players however, with Kulik being the exception, are still wearing the second edition of Nike’s first ever control boot. The Rubin Kazan man was spotted in the great looking release colourway of the Maestri II that was released back in 2010.
Conca has done a pretty incredible job at whiting out his Nike Tiempo Legend IIs. While Nike has released a full white-out colourway released by for its heritage boot, this is such a great white-out that you almost have to squint to see the distinctive swoosh on the instep. The disguise is helped by the fact that Conca has seemingly cut off the fold over tongue that was on the Legend II.
Up and coming England star Thomas Ince, was the second Premier League player to debut a new boot from Warrior this weekend. Crystal Palace’s Ince was wearing the new Warrior Superheat colourway, featuring a design markedly different from that on previous editions of the speed boot.