International breaks are fantastic for bootspotting. Many manufacturers choose to release their new colorways while players from the smaller footballing nations bring out unique boots that were rare to begin with or that we haven’t seen in ages. In this edition there are some new Adidas, old Umbros, and an unreleased pair of Nikes. Oh my.
Fahad al-Ibrahim – Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III CR7 Safari
Don’t recognize the boots? That is the new Nike Mercurial Vapor colorway that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear when Nike officially announces them soon. Fahad al-Ibrahim has decided not to wait for them to become anywhere near official and gave them a run out over the weekend.
David Silva – adidas adiZero F50 miCoach
Most players wearing the new F50s have opted for the Lionel Messi special Red/Yellow colorway but not David Silva and Spain teammate David Villa. They’ve gone for the alternate Red/Black/Yellow colorway which looks good in its own right.
Tarmo Kink - Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly I
Rather than taking the al-Ibrahim route with a brand new boot, Estonia’s Tarmo Kink has matched his something blue kit with something old in the yellow Nikes that he wore, a boot that’s 3 generations old now.
Andrei Stepanov – adidas adiZero F50
Another one from Estonia but in this case, Stepanov’s boots (right) are only slightly outdated. It looks like he’s applied some Sharpie to the normally purple surface in order to turn them into a sweet looking pair of Black/Electricity/Orange boots.
Abd Elgadir Bakri – Umbro SX Valor II and Isaac Insid – Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III
A double spot from the Sudan v. Uganda match as both players trotted out onto the pitch in boots that have gone into hiding just about everywhere else. Abd Elgadir Bakri on the left is rocking Umbro SX Valor II’s from early 2009 while Isaac Inside on the right has put on the Silver/Red predecessor of the T90 Laser series. Old school, kind of.