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 – 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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