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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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Up Close – New Balance Visaro Pro in “White/Toxic”

Visaro White Toxic Featured

New Balance welcomed in their spring collection with this bright and vibrant White/Toxic version of the Visaro Pro. The reaction to date has been very positive, with fans loving the neon lime pop that is added to a primary white upper. What provides something a little extra is the detailing …

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Up Close – Nike Free Hypervenom 2

Free Hypervenom 2 featured

A few weeks back, I took a chance and picked up a fresh pair of the combined soccer/running inspired Nike Free Hypervenom 2 FS that were listed at a ridiculously good price. In the past, I’ve been hesitant about the Hypervenom shoe series in the past – mostly related to fit …

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Adidas X15.2 – Up Close, Plus A Summary Boot Review

X15.2 Feature Review

For many players in need of an economical boot option, choosing the mid-tier release in the X15 series is the way to go. Focused on “Chaos”, the adidas X15.2 holds a very similar look to the top of the line X15.1 model, and it takes an up close look to …

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Joma Top Flex Indoor – Up Close With the 2016 Edition

Joma Top Flex

Over the past few seasons, Joma has been a brand that has fluctuated up and down between their newest releases. As we enter 2016, it seems like there is some intent for a fresh resurgence in the US, with a push to create much needed exposure. Case in point this …

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