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.

A Retrospective Look at the CR7 Mercurial Chapter Series

As the seventh design drops to complete the current signature series, we’re taking a look back at every chapter of Cristiano Ronaldo x Nike Mercurial storytelling. Serving as a prestigious timeline of success and recognition, the CR7 Chapter series marks out the movements of a maestro.

This ain’t the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Nike dominance. There were signature CR7 boots before this series and they’ll be more exclusive treatment after it, but as the Chapter line is wrapped up we revisit a series that celebrated Ronaldo’s achievements while serving as the tools to create more astounding history.

Chapter 1 «Savage Beauty» | The first chapter of the CR7 signature line dropped in October 2015 when Nike announced the seven part series with the «Savage Beauty» design. Taking inspiration from the volcanic island of Madeira, where Ronaldo was born, the boot took on a lava laden print.

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Chapter 2 «Natural Diamond» | March 2016 brought the second installment of the series as Nike dropped a design that focused on Ronaldo’s move away from is childhood home in Madeira to Lisbon, on a quest to become a professional football player. Turned out alright, that quest. Chapter 2 is a contender for top spot in our book.

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Chapter 3 «Discovery» | The third chapter recognised Cristiano’s fateful game for Sporting Lisbon against Manchester United on August 6th, 2003 — a match that convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to bring the explosive teenager to Old Trafford. The boot dropped in November 2016 with a split colour combo and signature branding.

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Chapter 4 «Forged For Greatness» | The CR7 Mercurial series powered on through to Chapter 4 as Nike recalled his shift to the iconic number seven shirt at Manchester United. Launched in April 2017 it’s a boot that he wore in the Champions League Final against Juventus in Cardiff. A 4-1 win and two goals. Done.

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Chapter 5 «Cut To Brilliance» | Ronaldo’s world record £80m transfer to Real Madrid in 2009 served as the inspiration behind the Chapter 5 design. CR7 switched into the design for the first time in Real Madrid’s Champions League games against Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur in September 2017. Up there, this one.

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Chapter 6 «Born Leader» | The penultimate chapter of the Cristiano Ronaldo Mercurial series dropped ahead of the 2018 World Cup as Rondalo switched into a design that focused on his role as captain of his national team, Portugal. A nod to Portugal’s historical sea exploration sat within the Swoosh, and the captain’s “C” was incorporated into a raised applique of the sphere.

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Chapter 7 «Built On Dreams» | The final iteration, Chapter 7, is the culmination of the series storytelling and pays homage to the Ronaldo’s number 7 in the forefoot graphic, and also nods to the memorable carbon fiber Mercurial SL boots of the past. A bright red to silver gradient adorns the upper, and exclusive CR7 branding is found throughout.

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Nike Present Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

Nike have launched Odell Beckham Jr’s second pre-game cleats for the 2018/19 season with a design that honours the Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldo. Yep, that 1998 Mercurial pattern is unmistakable on any court or pitch.

Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

The flood-red colorway features an upper inspired by the iconic Nike Mercurial boot worn by Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup, when the world saw the rise of one of football’s most prolific offensive talents. Transformed into an American Football fit product, the cleat’s lightweight traction plate fetures a modern upgrade with a Nike carbon fiber plate.

Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

The Odell Beckham Jr. Special Edition Mercurial cleats were worn by OBJ during the pre-game of the New York Giants’ away game against the Dallas Cowboys on September 16. More cross-over sporting goodness. Building on a week that saw PSG and Jordan link up for a ground-breaking collaboration.

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.

The New Paul Pogba Predators by Adidas

In our humble opinion Adidas Paul Pogba Predators are a gorgeous boot, having extensive lines and shaping, as well as two colours which go perfectly together – metallic grey and burgundy. While the player has faced some controversy over his future with the Red Devils in recent weeks, the world’s leader of sportswear have recognised the French player’s ability to create stunning moves from even the poorest of balls.

Adidas Paul Pogba Predators

Around the ankle appears the burgundy colouring which features the commemorative letter ‘P’ with light grey lines pointing towards the point of the boot.

Adidas Paul Pogba Predators

Three slightly diagonal, vertical stripes appear on the outside of the boot in this similar light grey material which almost link up with the grey which boarders the burgundy top.

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While the subtle pattern of the top and sides of the boot are perfectly suited to such a sharp design, it is the underneath which really demonstrates the harsh metallic theme which these boots opt for.

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On the heel the word, ‘Predator,’ is seen, demonstrating the stealth and frighting boldness which the brand seeks to imply.

new 2018/19 adidas Juventus away jersey released

Reigning Italian champions Juventus today revealed their new 2018/19 adidas away jerseys. New signing Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine star Paulo Dybala will look good in the new kit’s classy off white and gray tones, officially dubbed «pastel sand» by adidas.
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With the 2018-19 Juventus away jersey, adidas continues the street-inspired style also seen in new kits for Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The Italian giant’s glorious past is referenced by the henley button collar, while the club’s classic black and white colors make a subtle appearance in the sleeve cuffs.

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adidas designer, Francesca Venturini, shed some light on the jersey creation process; «Working with Juventus, the history of the club serves as both inspiration and ambition. Our goal is to take the iconic design elements associated with the club and inject them with contemporary style that makes the jersey work for fans in the street just as well as players in the stadium. With this new sand away kit, we have produced a design that is both classical and contemporary and gives a fresh new look to a famous jersey.»

 

nike football drop gold tinted phantomvsn gold boot

Nike drop their first limited edition take on the PhantomVSN by releasing just 1000 pairs of individually numbered «Gold» designs. A premium perception of the youngest Swoosh silo.

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Nike replaced the Magista series with the Phantom Vision last month by launching three standard colourways of the new silhouette. The blackout «Stealth Ops» was joined by the on-pitch «Raised on Concrete» pack, and an alternative «Rising Fire» design, but now Nike have turned their attentions to the limited edition market with a restricted drop that lands in shimmering style.

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Nothing is more limited edition that a golden suit of shine and Nike have wrapped that metallic look across the instep to highlight the passing technology. The party continues down below as the soleplates are dipped in liquid gold for the most premium of finishes.

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Each pair of the Nike PhantomVSN «Gold» boots are individually numbered from 1 to 1000. The bespoke number is engraved on the golden soleplate as it lifts just above the heel area.

The 20 best kits of the 2018/19 season

20. ARSENAL, AWAY kits

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This season’s set are likely to be the last Arsenal kits made by Puma, with Adidas in line to take over for the 2019/20 campaign. The home jersey isn’t to our liking, but this ‘Peacoat’ and ‘High-Risk Red’ number (purple and red, to you and FourFourTwo) is very pleasing on the eye.

19. LIVERPOOL, HOME kits

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Liverpool delivered in glorious fashion last term with a darker red kit, and they’ve sensibly decided to stick with a winning formula. Critics may claim there’s little difference between this and the 2017/18 version, but the Merseysiders and New Balance deserve credit for resisting the temptation to tamper. It could even be argued that the improved collar makes this shirt a slight upgrade.

18. Juventus, home kits
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Juventus have shifted from six stripes to three this season – a potentially risky move, but one that’s paid off. Having Cristiano Ronaldo around to model it can’t have done the shirt’s popularity any harm.

17. Lyon, home kits

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A relatively simple design, this classy Lyon shirt neatly encompasses all three of the club’s traditional colours. The red shoulder pads are the standout feature, and the French outfit deserve a bonus point for having a congruous sponsor’s logo.

16. Derby, home kits

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Umbro have nailed their sleeves this year, highlighted in this pleasingly simple design of Derby’s. ‘32Red’ is a deeply unsatisfying sponsor which appears needlessly large here, granted, but the rest of this effort is spot on for Frankie Lamps’ lot.

15. Newcastle, away kits

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Look at this kit and try not to picture David Ginola jinking down the wing, or Les Ferdinand smashing home a finish. Impossible. A retro offering inspired by the iconic 1995/96 Magpies side, the only thing missing is a return for former sponsor Newcastle Brown Ale. Fun88 just doesn’t have the same ring to it – and it doesn’t taste as good either.

14. Huddersfield, home kits
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Huddersfield produced three shocking strips last time out, but this home kit is very strong. Simple but striking, it even features a terrier badge first used in the 1970s in place of the normal club crest. Consider yourselves redeemed, folks.

13. BAYER LEVERKUSEN, AWAY kits

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To mark the 30th anniversary of their 1989 UEFA Cup triumph, Leverkusen have released a commemorative kit as their change strip for the upcoming campaign. Red and black diagonal pinstripes on a white canvas is something we’re completely on board with.

12. Roma, home kits

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Lovely stuff from Roma, who’ve shown a willingness to learn from their Champions League victors Liverpool by adopting a darker shade of red. The yellow collar and Nike swoosh are important flourishes, and the graphic design – a nod to the chainmail armour donned by soldiers in ancient Rome, of course – is subtle and complementary, rather than distracting and overbearing.

11. Galatasaray, home and away kits

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A snazzy effort from the Turkish outfit, whose distinctive yellow and red halves have once again delivered. This is a particularly clean design with no unnecessary graphic patterns on the front, and we’re big fans of the sleeves being the opposite colour to the body. Good work.

10. Inter, home kits

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Everyone makes mistakes in football, so the true test is how you respond. Rather than repeating the same error they made last year, when Inter’s kit resembled a barcode, Nike have bounced back with a gorgeous return to the classic black and blue stripes. Lesson learned, we hope.

9. Tigres, home kits
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This is a difficult one to explain with words; a cluttered kit with about four too many logos (is that a tribute to a London tube station on the right breast?) and a zig-zag pattern – supposedly inspired by Russia’s 2017 Confederations Cup shirt, of all things – which makes your eyes hurt after a while. But just look at this shirt and try to tell us it’s not beautiful.

8. Crystal Palace, home and away kits

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As any Tottenham fan will tell you, it’s difficult to get the fade effect right. Palace have managed it, though, ensuring their home top still looks good without the accompanying shorts. The return of the sash for their change strip is another pleasing development, although the jarring sponsor’s logo prevents a higher placing.

7. Chelsea, home kits
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When you’ve only really got one colour to work with, it can be difficult for clubs to produce distinct designs year after year. Chelsea’s 2018/19 uniform is a fantastic example of how to mix things up while remaining true to your identity; those subtle red and white horizontal lines are a unique feature among Premier League clubs.

6. WOLVES, HOME kits
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Wolves are back in the big time and aren’t exactly keeping quiet about it, having spent the last few weeks snapping up half of the professional footballers in Portugal. Yet the most pleasing thing about their summer has nothing to do with transfers and everything to do with the welcome return of a classic English kit. The West Midlanders moved back to a lighter, more traditional shade of gold to mark their return to the top flight, although if we’re being picky, the notes of grey in the sponsor’s logo are a little off-putting.

5. Boca Juniors, home kits
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You’d have to seriously screw up to produce a poor Boca Juniors kit. Mercifully, Nike haven’t done that. There’s nothing revolutionary about the 2018/19 edition, but that’s undoubtedly a positive. Why would you mess with such a classic?

4. Aston Villa, home kits

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We might be seeing a bit more of a lifestyle/football crossover with future kits after this. Aston Villa have joined forces with British clothing brand Luke 1977 for this year’s effort – and the results are suitably delightful. The two gradients of claret coexist in beautiful harmony, while both sleeves and collar are elegantly classic. It’s no wonder that Villa reported an 180%+ uplift in pre-order sales compared to last season.

3. Fulham, home kits

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Fulham have marked their promotion in style, releasing the best kit of the 2018/19 Premier League season. Inspired by outfits worn in the late 1990s, this shirt possesses the optimum balance between black and white, and the central horizontal strip is a sight to behold.

2. Sampdoria, home kits

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Sampdoria’s success in the shirt stakes is well established by now, but this iconic design never gets old. A predominantly blue jersey with a white, red and black band running across the centre, the Blucerchiati’s kit also stands out for its badge: a centrally placed shield with no words or other overt reference to the fact it’s symbolising a football club.

1. Kaizer Chiefs, home and away kits

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Oh yes. Kaizer Chiefs have produced two delightful kits for the current season: first, a gold home jersey with black strips which represent “traditional spears rising together to create a sense of motion and unity on the field”. The second is a stunning purple-bodied, black-sleeved change strip with some fetching splashes of gold on the collar, crest and Nike swoosh.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 6 Elite “What the Mercurial”

When the Nike Mercurial line debuted in 1998 everything was shocking; the colors, materials, even the athlete who inspired it, were truly beyond any preconceived expectation.

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Nike What The Mercurial Superfly VI

Twenty years later, that element of shock and awe hasn’t dissipated. After all, the Mercurial has regularly shifted and constantly evolved to follow through on the promise it was built to deliver: faster football. To do that and to help athletes at all levels score countless goals — the boot has regularly broken, rebuilt and broken the mold.

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Nike What The Mercurial Superfly VI

The second What the Mercurial (following the initial 2016 release) is no exception. With the 2018 Mercurial Superfly 360, complete with advanced Flyknit as its base, the boot begins life at the pinnacle of football innovation. Though simple in its monochromatic aesthetic, the What the Mercurial also advances the Mercurial silo’s lineage of progressive graphic application.

Here’s how:

1. The Mercurial 360’s Flyknit yarns have the capacity to be molded into a variety of textures and shapes.

2. This allowed designers to create a 2D graphic incorporating icons of the Mercurial lineage and translate it into a 3D element of the boot’s design.

3. The 3D design is created through a mold that heats and presses the design into the Mercurial 360 knit.

 

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Nike What The Mercurial Superfly VI

This process allows for distinctive nods to past boots and celebration of iconic Mercurial elements without compromising touch.