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Up Close – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Neymar x Jordan

Hypervenom NJR x JORDAN featured

They are back! Earlier this week, Nike re-released a limited number of the highly popular and super exclusive Nike Hypervenom NJR x JORDAN. It is a case of “back by popular demand” as the initial collaboration release sold out within hours. There is a touch of class about these, highlighted by exquisite detailing …

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Up Close – “Pitch Dark” Nike Superfly V

Mercurial Superfly Pitch Dark featured

Coming off our comprehensive review of the Nike Superfly V, it made sense to follow-up with an up close look at the second colorway release in the series. This Black/Total Crimson version was released as part of the Pitch Dark Pack and provides a stealthier look in the speed focused …

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Up Close – Nike Magista Obra 2 “Black Pack” Reaction

Magista Obra 2 Pitch Dark

Just released yesterday, we were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the very first pairs of the second Nike Magista Obra 2 colorway. Swaying right across the color spectrum, this release is vastly different from the intro version. Although it looks like a Blackout, the upper actually …

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Up Close – adidas Ace16+ PURECONTROL, Mercury Pack

Ace16+ Purecontrol Profile

As part of the recently released Mercury Pack, adidas introduced a Chrome version of Ace 16+ PURECONTROL. It is a standout look that is intended to take center stage on pitches at Euro 16. A Silver Shimmer style paint job is added across the upper of the world’s first high-performance laceless knit boot. …

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Up Close – Mizuno Wave Ignitus 4 MIJ

Wave Ignitus 4 MIJ feature

The latest from Mizuno brings a touch of class with a splash of extreme attitude as the Wave Ignitus series takes on the “Made in Japan” label. If you a modern boot that oozes quality, the Wave Ignitus 4 MIJ is about as futuristic next generation as you will find. And …

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First Look – Under Armour Spotlight “Prototype”

UA Spotlight Prototype Released

Typically reserved for elite athletes, Under Armour treated us to a prototype pair and early access of their latest boot, UA Spotlight LE FG. Spotlight is a boot specifically designed for players that base their game on speed and acceleration, released with the tagline All Eyes on Speed. This prototype pair features a Blackout style …

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Puma evoSPEED SL – Green Grass in 3D

evospeed sl 3d grass featured

When it comes to creative visual boot designs, Puma are not afraid to produce distinctive releases. One of the latest is this pair of Puma evoSPEED SL that feature a 3D Grass pattern across the upper. For those that remember the Puma V1.06 “Green Grass”, this is a modern reproduction with an …

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Up Close – Detailing the Nike Superfly “Radiant Reveal”

Radiant Reveal Hypervenom Featured

As part of the Radiant Reveal pack, this latest Nike Mercurial Superfly colorway features a visual profile that allows them to truly stand out. The one thing we have learned about the Radiant Reveal pack to date is its all about bright lights with faded detailing. Here, it is a …

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Up Close – Adidas Ace 16.1 “Fluid Black” Edition

Ace16.1 Fluid Pack Featured

Given Adidas’ recent introduction of two entirely new boots to the Ace silo (PURECONTROL and Ace 16.1 Primeknit) you’d be forgiven if you thought the updated version of Adidas’ original control boot has fallen a bit by the way side; because it definitely has. While everyone and their dog has been wearing …

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What is the Puma evoSPEED “Fresh”?

evoSPEED Fresh featured

Puma’s marketing strategy of late has been to focus on a smaller number of silos, with plenty of new releases that carry a signature title. Case in point their latest introduction in the form of a technically advanced boot called evoSPEED Fresh. Not only does this boot take on a new upper …

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Up Close – Nike Hypervenom Phantom “Radiant Reveal”

Nike Hypervenom Radiant Reveal Pack

The latest pack released from Nike focuses on summer colors, allowing players to shine as nights get brighter and there are more hours to play. As part of the new Radiant Reveal Pack, the Hypervenom Phantom is a boot that stands out immediately. Featuring a clean white upper base and a rainbow pattern …

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Under Armour Alter Ego Collection – “Superman’s Speedform” vs “Batman’s Clutchfit”

Under Armour Superman vs Batman

Earlier this week, Under Armour introduced a special collaboration with Warner Bros to help celebrate the new “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie. It is called Alter Ego, and to the soccer world that means comic strip style print placed across both of UA’s key boots; Cluchfit and Speedform. …

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Up Close – Tech Craft Mercurial Superfly “Achromatic”

Achromatic Superfly featured

The third generation of Tech Craft has arrived, with Nike choosing a cleaner Achromatic style for this one. Achromatic, which means “without color”, produces what is basically a Black/White design. This is about as pure and clean as you will find on any Nike boot, especially when you factor in how they …

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Up Close – Under Armour Speeform’s Fresh Red/White Edition

Under Armour have been making a splash in the boot world over the last 2 years. The company has been aggressive in challenging the major manufacturers by signing up some dynamic young players to sport their boots; I’m thinking specifically of Holland’s Memphis Depay, Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka and Canada’s Janine Beckie of the …

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