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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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Up Close – Nike Magista Obra BHM

Nike Magista Obra BHM

They came, they saw and they sold out. It wasn’t an unexpected story when the colorful Nike Magista Obra BHM arrived this morning, as each of the available pairs was claimed within the first 10 minutes. Besides the importance of the meaning, the visual design really seems to have resonated with …

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Up Close – Neymar “Ousadia Alegria” Hypervenom Phantom II

Ousadia Alegria Hypervenom featured

Two different boot designs but one key message; welcome in ‘Ousadia’ and ‘Alegria’, or Neymar’s new custom Hypervenom Phantom II. It has taken time to come to fruition, but the dynamic 24-year old Brazilian now has his own signature line-up that embodies the joy and self expression of living and playing soccer. Bruno …

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Up Close – Puma evoPOWER 1.3 Presentation Case

evoPOWER 1.3 Presentation Case

Something that Puma continually do really well is produce quality presentation cases to showcase their latest masterpieces. Earlier this week, we got to taste the new evoPOWER 1.3 firsthand, as they arrived in this up-style, vibrant colored box. Coming off the heels of the special edition Camo version, this new evoPOWER 1.3 …

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Up Close – Under Armour Speedform Goes Black/Graphite

Under Armour SpeedForm Black Graphite

Coming off their most successful year to date, Under Armour has placed a stealth design on their best performing boots to date. And these boots are a real winner. The UA Speedform CRM gets the treatment, with a Black/Graphite/Neon color scheme gracing the upper of the boot. The actual pattern on the …

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