2015 was particularly active in terms of soccer footwear. New Balance landed strongly with two silos, adidas changed the game, Nike revamped their existent silos, Puma introduced new versions for theirs and other brands kept innovating. The year is coming to an end, and we want to take a look back on this amazing year and choose the best cleats that saw the light from January to December.
From speed to control, here’s our selection of the best 10 cleats of 2015:
Top 10 cleats of 2015
10. Nike Women’s Magista Obra – 2015 marked the first time in history when Nike produced a cleat pack specially designed for Women, just in time for the Women’s World Cup that the USWNT would win back in July. The first pack was a success, and the American brand did not hesitate about designing a second part, including an astonishing combination of black and bright crimson for the Magista Obra, set to be used Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn.
9. Under Armour Speedform Military Camo – Under Armour gained some extra notoriety earlier this year when their biggest soccer ambassador, Memphis Depay, signed for Manchester United during the summer transfer market. The Dutchman is the perfect face for the Speedform cleats, designed for the fastest players with lightweight material and an explosive traction system. These shoes look great, but the special edition Military Camo colorway stood-out a lot thanks to their eye-catching design.
8. Puma evoPOWER 1.2 POP – Speaking of impressive designs, there was no way that the stunning Pop Art evoPOWER wouldn’t feature in this list. This silo honors its name by implementing the latest technologies to offer flexibility, exceptional ball touch and increased shooting power. The comic and POW! style suits them pretty well, and we’ve seen the likes of Yaya Touré and Olivier Giroud piercing rival nets with rocket-like strikes.
7. New Balance Visaro – New Balance has returned to soccer, and they did in fashion, unveiling two totally new silos: Furon and Visaro. The first are designed to take chances, while the latter are for those who make chances. The Visaro found their way into this top 10 thanks to their stylish design, with a clean look and technical features perfect for the elite play. They’ve had a few colorways since their release, but if we had to choose one, we’d pick the fantastic Baltic/Serene Green combination.
6. Nike Hypervenom Phantom II – The original Hypervenom cleats were received with critical acclaim when they were released two years ago, but the ever-changing nature of soccer and athletes made an upgrade necessary, thus were born the Hypervenom Phantom II. The new generation of Hypervenom features the successful Dynamic Fit Collar, combining it with a mesh upper and more solid sides for perfect fit and touch. We’ve seen the likes of Neymar and Robert Lewandowski tearing apart the opposition with their deadly agility while wearing these shoes.
5. Puma evoSPEED SL – Lighter than ever, that’s how we came to know the newest iteration of the famous Puma racing silo. The evoSPEED SL feature a lightweight synthetic upper to let the fastest players run freely on the field, delivering support with the redesigned Speed Frame (visible through the outer fabric) and a new soleplate. Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Agüero, Marco Reus and others have shown us the true meaning of speed.
4. adidas X 15 – Everything, even if we love it, must meet an end; that’s what happened with our dear f50, 11pro, nitrocharge and predator silos. The game has changed and adidas showed us that the new generation of players needed something different: Ace and X. The X cleats are made for players who bring chaos to the pitch, and their stunning design is proof of that. We can’t get tired of seeing Luis Suárez, Karim Benzema and Thomas Müller toying with rival defensive lines with deadly skill supported by the great technical specifications provided by these cleats.
3. Nike Tiempo Legend 6 – Hypervenom was not the only fan-favorite Nike silo to get an upgrade this year, as the timeless Tiempo Legend evolved into its 6th generation. The leather is there, now wrapped around a cage without needing quilting; combined with a redesigned and integrated tongue to better the ball feel and comfort without sacrificing their iconic look. Andre Pirlo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Jerome Boateng are some of the players who share our love for these cleats.
2. adidas Messi 15 – The two kinds of footballers designated by adidas apply for every player but one: Lionel Messi needed to have a silo of his own. The messi 15 cleats are built to win, designed with the help of Messi himself to fulfill all of his needs on the field. Their stunning appearance is proof of all the technical innovations applied on these shoes, like the x-ray messiTouch surface or the cage-like messiFrame featured on the exterior. As expected, Lionel Messi is breaking all the records standing on his way with his signature cleats.
1. Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 – Savage Beauty – We reach the end of our top 10 with one of the best cleat designs in recent years: CR7’S “Savage Beauty” Mercurial Superfly. The concept behind these cleats is clear: to honor Ronaldo’s origins with a lava graphic inspired by his hometown of Madeira, Portugal. The stunning design also serves as a visual show of the natural and deadly ability within CR7, who broke a few records this year and established himself as Real Madrid legend by taking Raul’s place as their all-time top goalscorer. Each year a new design inspired by CR7’s life will land, and we cannot wait to see what Nike is preparing for next season.
Some other cleats narrowly missed a place in this top 10, like the game-controlling adidas Ace 15 or the chance-taking New Balance Furon, but we are sure all of the final 10 made it to the list fair and square. Next year will bring great things, and we cannot wait to share them with you.
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