Nike Always Forward Pack – First Look

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The Nike Always Forward pack was unveiled with an on-sale date of October 17th. The pack features a blue Phantom Vision, Hypervenom, and Tiempo along with a Volt color on the Mercurial Vapor and Superfly. Always Forward will come in two waves with the second set to debut later this year.

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The Nike Always Forward colorway was focused on players being cool under pressure and took inspiration from NASA. The deep blue featured on the cleats is actually the same color used by NASA to keep astronauts calm. Knowing that takes away any excuses for panicking when you’re on the ball.

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The Volt yellow used on the Superfly and Mercurial Vapor is a classic and beloved Nike color aimed more at game changers. It has been seen on everything from Barcelona FC jerseys to soccer cleats previously. It is no accident that it is featured on the Superfly and Mercurial Vapor as they are Nike’s dedicated speed silos. It’s not hard to imagine Christian Pulisic or Tobin Heath changing the game in a flash wearing these brightly colored cleats.

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With the latest colorway already debuted on the field by Mal Pugh and Tobin Heath, you can look forward to seeing these on pitch everywhere very soon. They shouldn’t be hard to pick out.

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We take a look at who made the cut in what turned out to be a busy week of limited edition, next-generations, custom, and throwback boot spotting.

It’s that time of the week again. We take a look at who made the cut in what turned out to be a busy week of limited edition, next-generations, custom, and throwback boot spotting. From Madrid to Millwall, via Toronto and Turin. Let’s go…

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) PUMA x Pro:Direct ONE 18.1

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Hector Bellerin switched into the LDN City Pack edition of the PUMA ONE as Arsenal beat Watford 2-0 at the Emirates on Saturday. The pack was a PUMA x Pro:Direct collaboration with London influencers Poet & Yinka, and featured a design inspired by London tower blocks and the people that fill them.

Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) PUMA x Pro:Direct Future 2.1

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West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic was also repping the LDN City Pack in the capital this weekend as he switched into the Future 2.1 edition in the Hammers’ 3-1 win over former Premier League heavyweights Man United. The Future boot also featured a tower block aesthetic with a «No Ball Games» sign on the heel.

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) adidas Predator Accelerator

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Sheffield United midfielder Mark Duffy has managed to get his hands on a pair of the adidas Predator Accelerator re-releases to wear for the first time against Millwall on Saturday. In typical Predator style Duffy bagged himself a hat-trick of assists as the Blades came out 3-2 winners. These will never not look good on pitch.

John Fleck (Sheffield United) Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III

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Duffy’s central midfielder partner John Fleck was also representing the old school on Saturday as he whipped out his Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III boots. The Scotsman has been wearing the 2004 edition for the entire 2018/19 season to date. Another boot that we’ll never tire of seeing on pitch.

Cristian Penilla (New England Revolution) Nike Mercurial Vapor

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The craftiest boot spot of the week goes to Cristian Penilla for colouring in his Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 boots to look like an adidas Nemeziz. Yep, we see you Cristian. To be fair it’s not a bad attempt at all, but adidas may have a few words if he’s an official Three Stripes player. That’s if they even spot it…

Victor Camarasa (Cardiff City) Mizuno Morelia Neo II

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It’s good to see more Mizuno representation in the Premier League at any time, but especially when their boots look this sharp. Cardiff City’s Victor Camarasa was sporting the «Gold/Black» Morelia Neo II on Sunday as his side lost at home to fellow Premier League strugglers Burnley.

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) PUMA Future 2.1

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Antoine Griezmann was wearing a custom PUMA Future Netfit 2.1 boot in the goalless Madrid derby at the weekend. The design was created and hand painted by Orravan Design – the man behind numerous custom boots on the pro scene including designs for Lukas Podolski & Bakary Sako. Griezmann’s boots featured tributes to Atleti and Fortnite.

Willian (Chelsea) Nike Next-Gen

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Chelsea winger Willian switched into a blacked out version of an upcoming Nike silo in training last week. The Brazilian’s boots resemble the recent PhantomVSN series and are likely to be the new design that replaces the long serving Hypervenom line. Stay tuned…

Anthony Barylla (Zwickau) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360

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Anthony Barylla provided one the most satisfying custom Mercurial Superfly 360 designs of the weekend in the German third tier of football. A clean royal blue upper with white and matching Swooshes. Job done.

Daniele Favale (Torino) Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7

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Torino U17’s Daniele Favale played against rivals Juventus wearing the Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 7 design at the weekend. There’s some irony in playing against your biggest rivals wearing the signature boot of their best player, but it’s a smart boot, one of the best from the full collection, so all is good.

Before the new season gets rudely interrupted by a late summer international break we’re taking a look back at the past seven days of action to pick out who was wearing what. From the customs, to the limited editions.

Before the new season gets rudely interrupted by a late summer international break we’re taking a look back at the past seven days of action to pick out who was wearing what. From the customs, to the limited editions. It’s Monday, it’s Boot Spotting.

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) adidas Predator Accelerator Electricity

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Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon was back in his limited edition adidas Predator Accelerator Electricity boots last week. Puncheon slipped into the boot that was re-released in July for his side’s League Cup tie against Swansea.

Fernando Torres (Sagan Tosu) Mizuno Morelia Neo II

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Fernando Torres’ days as an adidas player look to be over as he slowly changed out of the Three Stripes in the past few weeks. The former Liverpool striker was wearing the Predator 18 but recently reverted back into the X 15.1 boots. Last weekend he moved away from adidas entirely by wearing a white/black edition of the Mizuno Morelia Neo, removing the logo for an unbranded look.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Under Armour Spotlight Pro

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The latest «Radio Red» colourway of the Under Armour Spotlight Pro boot has began the new season as the brand’s on-pitch option. Grant Xhaka was sporting the update as Arsenal beat Cardiff 3-2 in Wales. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is also wearing the colourway.

Paul Scholes (Royton Town) adidas X 16.1

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Paul Scholes was lured out of retirement at the weekend when Royton Town turned up at Stockport Georgians a player short. The former United legend’s son plays for the Manchester Premier Division side and he stepped in to make up the numbers wearing the adidas X 16.1 boots. A Nike player throughout his professional days, chances are he just borrowed whatever was knocking around.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Man City) Nike CTR360 Maestri III

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Oleksandr Zinchenko took things back to 2012 in training this week by lacing up in the third generation Nike CTR360 Maestri football boots. The CTR is arguably the most popular Nike control boot of all time, but it was replaced by the Magista in 2014. Zinchenko’s «Fresh Mint» colourway was a smart match-up with the City training kit.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360

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A drop from the Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 «Heritage Collection» was on show this week as Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wore the 2006 inspired design in training. The yellow and green colourway was worn throughout Italy’s successful 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire) adidas X 15.1

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Bastian Schweinsteiger said goodbye to Bayern Munich last week as the Chicago Fire midfielder played for both sides in his testimonial match. The German World Cup winner was wearing the «White/Semi Solar Slime» colourway of the adidas X 15.1. A boot that launched the X series in 2015.

Virat Kohli (India) PUMA Future 2.1

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India cricket captain Virat Kohli takes his side’s pre-training football match seriously enough to bring his own boots. Kohli is a PUMA sponsored player and has managed to get the brand to throw a pair of Future 2.1 boots in with his cricket gear.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) Nike Tiempo Legend 7

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Hugo Lloris indicated that his current contract with Nike may have expired last week by wearing a blacked out edition of the Tiempo 7 in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford. The Spurs keeper is presumably in negotiations about renewing his contract and isn’t keen on playing for free so to speak.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City ) PUMA Future 18.1

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Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell was sporting the limited edition launch colourway of the PUMA Future 18.1 in the League Cup last week. The black and yellow design launched ahead of first on pitch colourway to build momentum for the first generation boot.

As the 2018 World Cup blends into 2018/19 pre-season we take a look back at which players have been catching our eye with their boot choices this week.

As the 2018 World Cup blends into 2018/19 pre-season we take a look back at which players have been catching our eye with their boot choices this week. From signature flames on the biggest stage, to throwback designs in low-key friendlies. Let’s go…

Thierry Henry (Belgium) PUMA Future 2.1

Belgium coach Thierry Henry has stayed loyal to his PUMA contract throughout the World Cup. Belgium are an adidas nation and usually all coaches would wear the official brand partner, but Henry is a rare case in which he is still sponsored by a competitor brand. A blacked out PUMA Future 2.1 boot seems to be a decent middle-ground for both parties.

Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) adidas Glitch 18

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson returned to pre-season training this month wearing the Glitch 18 boot. Nelson is an official adidas Glitch player and has snagged the latest outer-skin design inspired by art of the hosts of the 2018 World Cup – Russia.

Florian Lejeune (Newcastle United) Nike Tiempo 7

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Newcastle’s Florian Lejeune is keeping things old school for pre-season by wearing a blacked out edition of the Nike Tiempo 7 boots. The French defender spent the whole of last season training in the Tiempo but switching into the Hypervenom for Premier League matches.

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) adidas Copa Gloro 17

Aston Villa will be looking to put the play-off heartache of last season behind them when they kick off their Championship campaign next month. Henri Lansbury returned to the graft wearing the «Blue/White/Solar Read» colourway of the classic adidas Copa Gloro 17.

Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) adidas F50 adizero

After booking their place in the 2018 World Cup Semi Final with a 2-1 win over Brazil, Belgium returned to training ahead of a date with France on Tuesday. Michy Batshuayi mixed things up by wearing the 2010 adidas F50 adizero edition – he’s been wearing the laceless X 18+ in games in Russia.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a serious Nike football boot collection. From bespoke golden personalisation, to every limited edition drop that hits the market. Contracted to wear the latest Nike colourways in matches, the Arsenal front man uses training to showcase his collection. His latest addition? The Mercurial Superfly 360 Heritage Pack inspired by R9 1998 design.

Orlando Pride (Carson Pickett) adidas Nemeziz 17.1
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Carson Pickett was sporting the women’s exclusive colourway of the adidas Nemeziz 17.1 this week. The Orlando Pride defender’s slick white design has unsurprisingly been picked up by numerous male players too, thanks to its simple aesthetic.

Sandro Ricci (Referee) adidas Predator Tango 18.1
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Sandro Ricci was the referee in Croatia’s penalty shootout victory over Russia on Saturday night. Ricci opted against the bespoke Copa Mundials that adidas are handing out to all officials in favour of the Tango 18.1 Predator. Yeah, trainers. It’s the World Cup Sandro, smarten yourself up and wear a pair of boots, man. This ain’t a Year 10 P.E. lesson.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) Nike Hypervenom

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge kicked off his pre-season against Chester on Saturday as England were helping themselves to a World Cup Semi-Final spot. The former England frontman was wearing the first generation Hypervenom, a boot he wore and scored in at the 2014 World Cup.

Neymar (Brazil) Nike Mercurial Vapor 360

Neymar managed to get two games out of his signature Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 «Meu Jogo» boots. The Brazilian was supplied with the exclusive design for the World Cup knockout stages but saw his journey end on Friday night when his side lost 2-1 to Belgium.