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What Does the adidas Predator “Encryption” Have On Offer?

Released as part of the adidas Encryption Pack, you’d wouldn’t be too far wrong if you mistook these Predator 19+ as being part of some camo style pack. Technically, the concept of Encrypting something would be to encode a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties …

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Nike PhantomVSN “Phantom Fire” Up Close

Although it not exactly a boot that matches its “Phantom Fire” pack name, the latest PhantomVSN Elite release still packs a lot of heat on pitch. Rather than splashing wild red hot colors, Nike has unleashed a more classic a sharp black design that is highlighted with burnt orange detailing. …

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adidas X506 F50+ Remake | Up Close + Performance

+F50 Remake

Inspired by the iconic f50 TUNiT colorway that was worn by top players at the 2006 World Cup, there has been a lot of talk about the adidas X506 F50+ remake since their release a few weeks back. To be honest, not all of that has been positive, with a …

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Nike PhantomVNM “Phantom Fire” Up Close

Nike PhantomVNM Fire feature

Released as part of the Phantom Fire pack, the latest Nike PhantomVNM Elite colorway is designed to standout on winter pitches. Nike use Bright Mango as the feature color, with significant graphics labeled across the side of the boot in text format. It is a fresh new look for the …

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Initial Reaction – Umbro UX Accuro 3 With D30 Technology

Umbro Accuro 3 Up Close

If you follow the boot market closely, you will know that Umbro tend to come and go with the seasons, bringing us an inconsistent array of boot options. The current offering includes the UX Accuro 3 Pro, a boot built for control. And honestly, this is a boot that has …

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How Nike Customized The Latest “Speed Freak” Neymar Vapor!

Speed Freak NJR Mercurial Vapor

When it comes to detailing, Nike went all in on the Mercurial Vapor “Speed Freak”, as they looked to create a design that captures the energy of Neymar’s personality. Inspired by his love of motorsport, the design matches the Brazilian’s affinity for speed both on and off the pitch. It …

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New Balance Tekela v2 “Pitch Control” Limited Edition

Introduced in a metallic fade colorway, the limited edition New Balance Tekela v2 ‘Pitch Control’ takes inspiration from a DJ’s ability to “control rhythm and tempo.” We received a pair from NB and wanted to take a closer look at what they are all about. The key piece of the …

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Up Close – New Balance Furon Infinite Dark

Infinite Dark NB Furon v5

New Balance takes the Furon v5 into hyperstealth mode with its latest colorway release, Infinite Dark. Taking inspiration from the galaxy’s black holes, where gravitational pull is so great that light cannot escape, Furon players strive to relentlessly dominate everything around them. We have seen NB go into blackout mode …

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Up Close – Nike Superfly 7 “Stealth Black”

Nike Superfly 7 Stealth Black

As part of the Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 release, Nike dropped a glorious stealth black design intended to satisfy the purist fans out there. It is the version of the boot we currently have in testing, and we wanted to bring you a quick intro while we get the review …

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Up Close – New Balance Tekela v2 Pro

Tekela v2 Released

This weekend, we got our first chance to experience the next generation New Balance Tekela v2 Pro, an upgraded version of the boot designed for players that want to set the tempo. Just like the original Tekela, a soft and thin synthetic microfiber is used through the upper, offering a …

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Up Close – Pantofola d’Oro Del Duca

Pantofola D'oro Del Duca Up Close

What could be better than a pair of Golden Slippers that actually fits inside your budget? The Pantofola d’Oro Del Duca is the latest in Italian craftsmanship, built with all the quality you’d expect from a Pantofola release. Yet the price deviates substantially from the norm, dropping in at a …

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What Makes the Nike Mercurial Vapor “Victory Pack” Look So Unique Up Close?

Nike Vapor 12 Victory Pack

It is a boot you will be seeing a whole lot of at the Women’s World Cup in France over the next few weeks, the Nike Mercurial Vapor “Victory Pack.” Released to market in celebration of the tournament, Nike has for the first time added a unique unisex label to …

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Up Close – Nike PhantomVNM Elite “Fully Charged”

Nike Phantom Venum Fully Charged Pack

Already established as an elite level performance boot, Nike has treated the PhantomVNM to an electrifying new design. A dark stormy color palette with multi-shades of blue creates a dynamic effect, almost like the colors you would expect to see if you were flying through a deadly storm at night. …

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New Balance Furon V5 “Infinite Lite”, Iridescent Soleplate

NB Furon Infinite Lite Soleplate

If there is anything that adds an extra edge to a new colorway release, it is a flashy soleplate! New Balance has dropped a fresh whiteout version in the Furon V5 silo that takes advantage of its traction system with full effect. We have seen the Furon go full whiteout …

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