Boots

Nike Start 2020 By Launching Four Premier 2.0 Colourways

Nike have started the new decade how they finished the last by launching four brand new colourways of their classic Premier 2.0 boot. The Sunday League favourite takes on four new variations of the classic boot design, with each adorning the throwback ‘NIKE’ heel branding and leather upper.

From Hough End to Hackney Marshes to Power League, the Nike Premier 2.0 is worn up and down the country, mainly thanks to its solid and classic design but also due to the various soleplate options. The fact that these are reasonably priced compared to most new boots that launch (typically retailing at around the £100 mark) definitely helps too.

Two of the boots feature the classic Premier black upper with white Swoosh, with orange and lime detailings into the tongue and laces. The all red upper with black Swoosh and detailing is definitely the most striking of the collection while the foursome is rounded off with our favourite which is the black-on-black upper with red detailings.

Images courtesy of SoccerBible.

Pantofola d’Oro Launch The Superleggera 2.0

Pantofola d’Oro are known to be the football boot of the aficionado, the maverick and the aspiring hipster. They are typically classic in their design, premium in terms of materials and quality and classic in their colourways. You’re unlikely to find Pantofolo d’Oro launch orange and yellow colourways. The new Superleggera 2.0 is all of the above.

Redesigned to be lighter than ever, the new Superleggera 2.0 arrives in two traditional colourways; black or white. Despite the new modern upper design, the Superleggera 2.0 still offers the same classic touch on the ball thanks to the handcrafted k-leather upper.

One of the first things you notice about the new Superleggera 2.0 are those strong chevron-styled stitch lines running throughout the upper, which provides a modern look. We see a lot of similarities between this and the Adidas Copa 19. Pantofola d’Oro have also reconfigured the design so that further weight is trimmed off making this the brand’s lightest boot. Despite the more modernised upper, this boot has stayed true to its roots.

Handcrafted in Italy from the finest k-leather, the Superleggera 2.0 is exactly what a Version 2 should be: an improvement on the original while retaining the core featured of what the boot was about in the first place.

In terms of the boot itself, Pantofolo d’Oro have really honed in on the quality of the construction and materials used in the manufacturing process and have provided a stylish modern-retro boot. Sublime.

These boots are now available at ProDirect Soccer so grab yourselves a pair.

New Balance Launch New Furon V5 & Tekela V2 Colourways

New Balance have given their flagship football boot range a re-boot (pun fully intended) as they introduce a new batch of colourways to the Furon V5 and Tekela V2. Taking on a “Sulphur/Phantom” theme, the collection is a uniformed one that will introduced itself to leagues all across Europe this weekend as we return from the International break into the blood and thunder of domestic action. 

The Furon V5 adopts the more vibrant look out of the two with a “Sulphur/Phantom” design to emphasise its speed boot status.

The control-themed Tekela V2 is has a bit more of a subdued colour, being handed a “Phantom/Sulphur” look (there is a difference, promise) as the colour scheme is reversed.

The Furon and the Tekela have both been launched at the same price point of £160 and £170 for the Firm Ground and Soft Ground versions respectively.

Images courtesy of SoccerBible.

Nike Release New Mercurial Vapor – Neymar Jr Pack

Nike have created a new boot for Neymar as the PSG striker receives his first signature Mercurial design of the 2019/20 season. Dropping under the title ‘Speed Freak’ the boots have been personalised for the Brazilian.

Taking on a Mercurial meets racing kinda look, the Vapor 13 NJR ‘Speed Freak’ doesn’t follow the same template of the standard Vapor 13 design, removing the customary ‘Just Do It’ and ‘Merc’ branding to expose a blank canvas which the brand have used to include numerous Neymar-related symbols linking back to his previous nine signature Mercurial Vapors. This being his tenth, of course.

Neymar is a real divisive figure and these boots are very much the same. Personally we’re not really a fan of the boot, but hey, there will be plenty of people heading out to buy these for sure.

New Balance Launch The Infinite Dark Pack

New Balance are going for an all black boot with their latest drop as the 2019/20 season begins to take some form of shape. Dropping as the “Infinite Dark” pack, the Tekela V2 and Furon V5 are wrapped in a blackout coats which looks very smart, with blackout boots emerging as a contrasting alternative to some of the louder football boot designs.

New Balance have kicked off the new season with arguably their strongest boot range since emerging as a real player in the industry with these latest Tekela and Furon ranges. Both boots look very slick and both look very minimalist under the cover of their new black design.

New Balance have also released their new all black Liverpool FC limited edition jersey recently too which you can check out HERE.

PUMA Launch Romelu Lukaku Limited Edition King Platinum RL

Passing the crown from one generation to the next, PUMA have launched the King Platinum RL especially for Romelu Lukaku. This is a special edition boot that pays homage to the iconic boot that the Belgian’s father used to wear back in his playing days in the 1990s.

As everybody knows, Romelu Lukaku has recently completed his move to Inter Milan, and PUMA have marked the occasion my commissioning a new pair of signature-edition PUMA Kings. Created as a nod to the strikers father, Roger Lukaku, who used to wear Kings back in his playing days, the new King Platinum RL is very similar to the recently released King Platinum but with a few additional detailings.

On the product side, the PUMA King Platinum RL is the same as the standard King Platinum meaning it still features the same premium kangaroo leather upper with a 3D ‘touch’ texture. But it’s in the addition of the white detailing through the upper and on the soleplate, which is completely white, that the differences appear.

Lukaku made the move over to PUMA at the start of the 2018/2019 season and has been wearing the PUMA ONE ever since.

Lotto Launch The Laceless Solista 100 III Gravity

Back in 2006 Lotto created the world’s first ever laceless football boot, the Zhero Gravity, which was ahead of its time, but was also too radical for consumers at the time. Fast forward to 2019 now and Lotto are throwing their hat into the ring as the kings of the laceless football boot with the launch of the Solista 100 III Gravity.

There has been a seismic shift in the innovation of football boots since the Zhero Gravity first shook the market with its alien aesthetic back in 2006 (the main boots at the time were the adidas Predator Pulse, adidas F50, the Nike Mercurial Vapors and of course the Nike Total 90) with numerous brands having more recently developed laceless boots through knitted technology with arguably the first breakthrough coming in the form of the adidas Prime Knit.

Lotto have used a seamless one-piece upper to keep weight to a minimum while the knit-elastic mesh wraps around the foot for a locked-in, almost air-tight sensation.

Overall, we would say that it is a strong return for the original creators of the laceless boot, although it would be great to see this boot in the same black and green colourway as their recently released Stadio featured below. A lot has changed in football since 2006, and Lotto have patiently waited and the laceless boot pioneers are back in the game with a design that continues their legacy in style. 

Mizuno Launch The Morelia II “Blue Depths/Gold”

Taking centre stage ahead of the new season is this handcrafted, “Made in Japan” masterpiece, Mizuno have created this Morelia II in a “Blue Depths/Gold” colourway for the start of the 2019/20 season. This is so, so retro and it is great to see old school leather football boots still going strong.

The Morelia II is handcrafted from premium K-leather and carrying the standout out seal of quality that is “Made in Japan” that is stamped on the fold over tongue which feels like have jumped into a time capsule and gone back in time to the days of PES6. Everything about these boots just oozes class, and it feels like the perfect boots for the floppy haired cultured midfielder that just glides around the pitch.

Mizuno have been known to splash a bit of gold on their boots in the past with it last being used on the Rebula and the Morelia. These do feel a bit more authentic and subtle, as if it belongs on the boot, unlike the Morelia that was drowned in gold.

The “Blue Depths/Gold” drop for the Morelia II arrives alongside the new “Beta” Morelia Neo II, and where the latter is likely to be divisive for the football aficionado, the “Blue Depths/Gold” colour delivers something which we think will stand the test of time.

These boots are available now and retail at £260.

Image source – Soccerbible

Lotto Launch The Stadio ‘Made In Italy’

Following on from our Diadora article earlier in the week (available here), Lotto have taken us on another footballing nostalgia trip by re-launching their iconic Stadio boot but with a modern twist. The Lotto Stadio ‘Made In Italy’ edition in our opinion is up there as one of the best leather football boots of all time, and has been released in the Lotto original and trademark black and green colourway.

The Italian brand were one of the dominant forces in European football throughout the 80s, 90s and early 00s and the Stadio was their trademark boot. Worn by iconic figures such as Andriy Shevchenko, Gheorghe Hagi, Cafu, and Clarence Seedorf the Stadio it was a customary figure at any major International and Club tournament for many a year. That classic fold-over tongue, the bold heel branding, the splash of green, magnifico. Its great to see Lotto back.

Underneath the fold-over tongue is a patch that references the original design from 1990, but it’s all about that premium kangaroo leather. There seems to be two camps of footballer nowadays – One which like the new generation of boots such as the laceless, synthetic and knitted boots and the other which seems to long for the days of traditional, well made, good quality football boots. I think we can all agree that the latter has been somewhat neglected in recent seasons, but we expect this re-release could join the traditionalists and the new generation of players together in their appreciation of the style of the Lotto brand.

Pick up the Lotto Stadio ‘Made In Italy’ football boots exclusively at prodirectsoccer.com

adidas Launch The ‘Hardwired Pack’

adidas have just launched their ‘Hardwired Pack’ in advance of the upcoming 2019/20 season. The Three Stripes have really gone for bold colourways for these boots to kick-off the new campaign in statement style and really make a statement this season.

When adidas pack bold colours on their boots, people usually stand up and take notice and we think this is what will happen here with the “Hardwired Pack”. The Predator, Nemeziz, X and COPA collectively cater for all types of players and it will be exciting to see the brand’s full squad of professional players as they move from pre-season to the full football season.

We think the Predator 19+ is stunning and is really striking with its “Bright Cyan/Black/Solar Yellow” colourway. This is a boot designed for the playmaker and has already been spotted on the feet of leading adidas Predator players including Mesut Özil on Arsenal’s USA tour. A very commendable effort from adidas on what is their headline football boot.

The new-generation adidas Nemeziz 19+ kicks off its first full season since its arrival in May in a very bold “Shock Pink/Black” which is certainly the most distinctive selection from the new pack and perfectly caters for the showman and the flamboyant. The Nemeziz still holds a unique design when it’s off-foot and fits like a glove around the foot when on. There will be no mistaking these boots when the likes of Roberto Firmino and Jesse Lingard open the season with them in August.

The COPA 19+ boats the most traditional and minimalist styling (despite the colourway) from the “Hardwired Pack” as adidas slap a “Solar Yellow/Black” colourway across its upper, with the customary black Three Stripes on the instep of the boots.

The X 19+ is a very similar colourway to the Predator 19+, sporting in a “Light Blue/White/Black” colour scheme with another metallic soleplate.

Pick up the adidas ‘Hardwired Pack’ at prodirectsoccer.com

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