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Bryan Byrne

The mastermind behind the revolution that is SoccerCleats101. Bryan started this website back in 2008 and has been testing boots on a daily basis ever since. Check out our About Page for more details on Bryan and the website.

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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How to Bid on Brek Shea’s Custom #OrlandoStrong Boots

These are definitely worth featuring. Brek Shea, who has a definite artistic nature, created a custom pair of #OrlandoStrong boots to help spread the message of #NoMoreHate. The LGBT Pride flag colors cover the boots, with a heart sitting on the forefoot of the right and a pulse symbol sitting …

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Do adidas Know What Boots Gareth Bale is Currently Wearing?

Gareth Bale Boots Up Close

Given the role he has played in getting Wales to the knockout stages of Euro 2016, you won’t be surprised to hear there has been an upsurge in interest surrounding everything Gareth Bale does. His performance has been solid and his return of 3 goals in 3 games leaves him …

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Nike Hypervenom Phinish II – Boot Review

Hypervenom Phinish II Review

How many of you took a double look when you first saw the new Hypervenom Phinish II? Built in the same fashion as the original Hypervenom release, it seems that Nike took on player feedback and reinstated one of the most popular uppers found on a boot in recent times. …

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adidas celebrates EURO 2016 With Limited Edition “Paris Pack”

Adidas PURECONTROL and PURECHAOS Paris Pack

Earlier today, adidas released a set of colorways that pays homage to France; the host nation of UEFA EURO 2016.  The Paris Pack, which will be a limited edition collection, is available in both ACE 16+ PURECONTROL and X 16+ PURECHAOS, as well as a set of street style shoes in both …

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Dimitri Payet And His “Mercurial” Boots

Dimitri Payet Soccer Cleats

The star of the show at Euro 2016 thus far has most definitely been Dimitri Payet. The French midfielder made a name for himself at West Ham last season and has cemented his place in a very solid French side thanks to some quality performances. Goals in both group games to …

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Are There Durability Issues With the Tiempo Legend 6?

Nike Tiempo Legend VI FG

Over the past few weeks, we have received many emails and social media messages in regard to the durability of the Nike Tiempo Legend 6. It has become a common theme, with players reporting the upper separates from the soleplate after only a few wears. Obviously not an ideal situation. When …

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Diadora Brasil Italy OG – Boot Review

Diadora Brasil Italy Boot Review

A few months back, Diadora started teasing the fact they were ready to drop something a little extra special for the Summer. They were not messing around on this one, with the Diadora Brasil Italy OG hitting market in Early May. Right before release, we received a neatly packaged, special edition pair. …

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What Soccer Boots Are Actually Worth +$250?

Top Tier Soccer Boots

I’ve had some interesting conversations lately surrounding boots and one question that stood out was based on whether or not high-end boot price were worth the money. If I HAD to buy a pair that cost +$250 or more, which pairs would they be? Given the current market, and the fact I’m always …

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Reconnecting With A “New-Old” Hypervenom

Hypervenom Phinish 3 featured

As part of the Spark Brilliance pack, Nike has released a completely reinvigorated Hypervenom silo. It is a brave move from Nike, but one that I know a lot of fans appreciate and has already shown signs of paying off. It is the reintroduction of a 3-D, dimple textured, NikeSkin upper on the …

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How To Choose Between the Nike Superfly V and Vapor XI

Vapor vs Superfly Compared

Visually, they offer a striking resemblance. But outside of that dual color appearance, the Mercurial Superfly V and the Vapor XI are completely different boots. From the upper material to the style of cut, Nike has created two new type of performers that explosive style players can look to take advantage …

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Adidas X16+ PURECHAOS – Boot Review

adidas X16+ Purechaos FG Review

Geared towards players who can change the game in a second, adidas introduced the X16+ PURECHAOS as a feature boot for this summer. What better platform to showcase their latest advanced release than at Euro 2016, Copa America and the Olympics. And they set an immediate statement thanks to the chrome upper finish, …

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NJR X Jordan Collection Available For Limited Time!

NJR Hypervenom

It is one of the hottest collaborations in recent times, and its availability is only going to run for a few days! From now through 6/6 11:59 PM EST, that is for just 3 days, the NJR Jordan Collection will be available on soccer.com. Even more important to take into …

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Under Armour Spotlight – Boot Review

UA Spotlight Prototype Released

Set to be a direct replacement for Speedform, the Under Armour Spotlight is a fresh new silo intended to provide players with a much more dynamic type performance. Rather than the tricky contoured design that distinguished its predecessor, Spotlight takes on a cleaner, rounded forefoot shape. They also comes with an All Eyes on …

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