Soccer cleat launches are some of the most anticipated in the industry. The brands look to their top players and big moments to release updated colorways and technical advances.
The number of releases has increased over the last couple of years and can make it hard to keep up with what all the fuss is about. This list will help you know what is the latest and greatest.
2018 Cleat Releases – July
A classic light grey is the colorway update for the Nike Raised on Concrete Pack. It provides a new look for the Mercurial Superfly, PhantomVSN, Mercurial Vapor, Hypervenom and Tiempo Legend silos.
A new classic black colorway for the main Nike silos is the focus of the Nike Stealth Ops Pack. The design was a more traditional approach after the matte white with bold color of the Just Do It Pack. A welcome change heading into the fall season.
The adidas Team Mode Pack will have players ready for fall soccer. The updated colorways stay true to the tradition of each silo – Copa, Nemeziz, Predator and X – rather than taking a themed approach for the entire pack.
The Puma Uprising Pack features updated looks for the Future 2.1 and ONE silos. The brands major stars will wear the colorways.
New Balance unveiled the next phase of their premier cleat development with the launch of the Furon 4.0 and Tekela 1.0. The Furon 4.0 was released in Orange/Aztec Gold gradient colors while the Tekela highlighted a light blue gradient.
The adidas Shadow Pack was the first release for the brand post World Cup. It is only an update of the colorway with a stealthy black finish returning. Each silo featured a distinct pattern on the upper.
The Nike PhantomVSN cleat silo was created to enhance the play and vision of a new breed of creative midfielder who aims to control the game and determine the outcome. It replaces the NIke Magista silo.
The classic and somewhat clunky looking adidas Accelerator is back at the World Cup. After making their debut for the 1998 World Cup, adidas unveiled an updated electrifying edition of the old classic.
The latest Nike release to highlight one of the brand’s top players and one of their top cleats. The Neymar Jr ‘Meu Jogo’ Mercurial Vapor made its on-field debut in Brazil’s match against Mexico and were a flashy part of the forward’s play during the tournament.
2018 Cleat Releases – June
After releasing the CR7 Born Leader cleats earlier in the year, Nike unveiled the limited edition Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 6 cleats when Portugal advanced to the knockout round of the World Cup. Only 154 pairs were made. That number represents the number of games Ronaldo played to become Europe’s highest goalscorer.
The adidas Predator 18+ Telstar was a limited edition release intended to compliment the unveiling of the Telstar Mechta ball, the World Cup knockout round ball. The Predator 18+ Telstar was not worn by any players on the field, however.
A cool look that some fans commented looked better than the ball itself.
The Puma Illuminate Pack was the Leaping Cats offering for the 2018 World Cup. A iridescent teal and grey colorway was applied to the updated Future 2.1 silo and the new ONE 1 silo. The bold look surprisingly had a subtle look on the field.
2018 Cleat Releases – May
The adidas X18+ update announced the new Energy Mode range followed by the rest of adidas Silos getting the Energy Mode treatment. The adidas Energy Mode Nemeziz 18+ 360 was in electric orange while Lionel Messi’s custom colorway was solar green. The Predator 18+ was in yellow/black while the Copa silo was in yellow/red.
A special soccer cleat is a requirement for a special tournament like the World Cup and adidas launched the X18+ Energy Mode pack for the occasion. It was the first time the silo went laceless to improve player speed. The cleat had a special unveiling with Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Liverpool’s Mo Salah set to wear them in the Champions League final, the last competitive match before the World Cup kicked-off.
Nike is famous for their Just Do It slogan and the simple but impactful 3 words took center stage on one of Nike’s biggest releases of the year. The Just Do It pack was released for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. the Cleats for all of Nike’s silos were treated to a matte white upper with bold and colorful soleplates. The design featured a triangle made of 32 stripes with each stripe representing one of the competing nations.
Nike released a limited country range of the cleats that included the national flag of the big national teams they sponsored in Russia.
Paul Pogba is one of the top names in soccer and increasingly in fashion. The Manchester United and France midfielder has his own style on and off the field and is not shy about sharing the look so this collection was a no-brainer. A signature adidas Predator 18+ was at the heart of this collection which also included turf shoes and apparel and the ‘PP’ branding.
2018 Cleat Releases – April
Puma’s suede shoes are a timeless fashion statement and to celebrate the looks 50th anniversary the Leaping Cat took the look to the field with the Puma Future Suede Pack. The limited edition release (with only 1,350 pairs globally) was released in a red version and black version.
This limited edition collection was more art than an every day playing cleat. Nike collaborated with artist Virgil Abloh to create a limited edition range of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 and a one-off pair of the Mercurial Superfly VI for Kylian Mbappe.
Maybe the look was just what Mbappe needed to build momentum heading into the World Cup, as the France forward was a key to Les Bleus winning the title and the player winning the Young Player Award at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
To highlight the moments of brilliance down the stretch of the European domestic league season, Puma launched the Frenzy Pack. The cleats featured a bright green with complimentary ‘Deep Lagoon’ blue colorway and just enough shimmer to make the cleat and great moments shine.
2018 Cleat Releases – March
A busy month for adidas, with the Deadly Strike pack their second release of the month after the Nite Crawler pack. The pack featured new colorways for the brand’s top silos – Copa, Nemeziz, Predator and X.
The Mercurial colorway dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo reaches the 6th chapter and focuses on the #7’s role as the captain of the Portugal national team. The timing could not have been better and was the first nod to the upcoming 2018 World Cup from a cleat launch. The cleat has a great look and it complimented both the Portugal home and away soccer jerseys, we thought it paired better with the Portugal 2018 away World Cup jersey.
Copper is the inspiration for the New Balance Conduction pack. The metal is ideal for conducting power and the cleat provides a similar charge when striking the ball. The Colorway is used for the Furon and Visaro silos.
An insane textures colorway (that ran over onto the cleat laces) to compliment the bold orange detailing to create a crazy cleat and the 3rd new look for Puma’s Future silo. The cleat provides a personalized fit with the NetFit lacing system.
The Nike Mercurial is one of the most popular cleats on soccer fields around the world and it made its debut ahead of the 1998 World Cup (hard to imagine it has been that long) with Ronaldo pulling on the cleats. The 2nd edition of the ‘What the Mercurial’, the limited edition boot had a tonal black paintjob to put fear in the minds of defenders.
Who doesn’t like a nice black soccer cleat? The adidas Nite Crawler pack is focused for the folks who like a dark and stealthy look on the field. The pack provided a paintjob for the Predator 18+, Nemeziz 17+ and X 17+
2018 Cleat Releases – February
The Nike Mercurial Superfly headlines the swoosh’s line-up and so it was held back from the initial launch of the Fast AF Pack (more on the name and what it means below) so that it could make its own statement.
The delayed launch was fitting with the Superfly celebrating its 20th anniversary and with some new technological features bundled with the new cleat.
But what advancements are included?
Nike Flyknit returns with a newer generation that ‘eliminates the soleplate altogether’ according to Max Blau, Nike’s VP of Football Footwear. The Flyknit is infused with Nike’s All Conditions Control (ACC) and the Dynamic Fit Collar returns but with a lower profile.
Sorry but this limited edition pair of cleats was limited to 1. And that pair went to Harry Kane for knocking in his 100th Premier League goal. His entire goal haul has come wearing the Nike Hypervenom silo so it was fitting for the special look for the North London club’s #10.
2018 Cleat Releases – January
The adidas Cold Blooded Pack gave the first new colorway for the Predator 18+ and new paintjob for the Nemeziz and X 17 cleats. The colorway utilized the famous colors of the Predator placing the bold white in the leading role with red and black applications completing the look.
Fans of the swoosh were eager to see the brand’s first launch of the year and were forced to wait until late in January for the Nike Fast AF pack. The release included an updated Total Orange/Dark Gray colorway for the Hypervenom, Magista, and Tiempo cleat silos. But stealing the show was the name which most fans were reading as Fast As F**k although Nike was quick to assure fans it stood for Fast Audacious Football. We’re not sure we falling for that one.
New Balance unveiled new paintjobs for their Furon 3.0 and Visaro 2.0 silos. The new looks featured a bold Hi-Lite and Maldives colors.
The adidas Copa silo is the best selling cleat silo of all time and got a facelift to get 2018 started. The classic soccer cleat got some modern updates to provide better support and comfort but retain the classic edge. The cleat still features a combination of K-Leather and synthetic material to give players the best of both worlds.
The 3-Stripes opened the year with the first offering. And to get some buzz, it was a limited collection, the Lone Hunter pack. The cleats featured an orange and natural colors camouflage paintjob and was geared to the player that wanted to make their own mark as none of adidas top athletes were wearing the look.
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