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Nike have released an all-new collection of football boots today, and it’s titled the “Always Forward” pack. Headlined by a Volt Mercurial, the rest of the pack, the Phantom Vision, Hypervenom Phantom, and Tiempo Legend, is drenched in “Racer Blue.” Take a closer look at the new boots here.Returning to the Mercurial is one of Nike’s most popular colors, Volt, complemented by black for the Nike swoosh, the Mercurial branding, and the soleplate. Volt was last seen on the Mercurial Superfly IV and Vapor X back in February of 2015 so a bright, full Volt colorway like this one is long overdue.The Phantom Vision unites Racer Blue and Metallic Silver for a stunning yet subtle colorway. The soleplate and instep triangle zone, a signature element of the Phantom Vision, are decked out in Metallic Silver, giving off a clean, industrial look. The dynamic fit collar and the Nike swoosh are black while the Flyknit upper is drenched in Racer Blue.
The Hypervenom sees a similar arrangement of colors as the Phantom Vision with the only exceptions being the blacked-out heel and the white Nike swoosh. The Racer Blue upper and Metallic Silver soleplate remain the same.
The Tiempo returns to blue for the first time since November 2017 when Nike released the Ice pack, a boot pack that was released in conjunction with the Fire pack, displaying red “Fire” colorways of all four silos against blue “Ice” colorways. The “Always Forward” Tiempo sees a Racer Blue upper, a black Nike swoosh and soleplate, and Metallic Silver accents.
The new Nike “Always Forward” pack will be available on Nike.com from October 17.
News flash: the female hand is not built like the male hand. In fact, it’s different in four distinct ways: the female hand is more narrow, has a shorter pinky finger, has a longer thumb, and has closer-in-length pointer and ring fingers. To ensure that females get the best fit out of their goalkeeper gloves, Keepher Soccer makes female-specific gloves so women no longer have to wear gloves designed for men. Let’s take a look at the different models the brand currently has on offer.
1. Adira Pro Match Glove
Their most recent glove model, the Adira Pro (in Hebrew, Adira means a female who is great, mighty, and powerful) features a neoprene construction for a comfortable and flexible fit on hand. A negative cut ensures a snug fit in the fingers while 3.5mm of Giga Grip palm latex allows you to hold onto every shot with ease while not sacrificing on durability. A double wrap wrist strap provides security and support in the wrist area. They’re available to purchase here.
2. Nemow Pro Match Glove
One of the brand’s most popular glove models, the Nemow Pro is equipped with professional level Contact latex so you can grab onto every ball safely and securely. A hybrid cut between flat and roll finger gives you a comfortable fit in the fingers while five removable fingersaves ensure your fingers don’t hyperextend during play. A double wrap wrist strap allows you to achieve a tight and secure fit in the wrist area while the air mesh body and soft latex backhand enhances breathability and comfort of the gloves. They’re available to purchase here.
3. Hera Match Glove
Women were not allowed to participate in the first Olympics; therefore, the Hereaen games were created and dedicated to the goddess Hera. This glove is dedicated to all female goalkeepers who choose to play such a demanding position. It features 3.5mm of turf/hard ground latex, a latex that’s extra durable for competing and training on turf or hard ground. The Hera also features a negative cut, a double wrap wrist strap, a neoprene wristband, and five removable fingersaves. They’re available to purchase here.
4. Duenna Match Glove
The Duenna match glove is a tribute to all women that choose to protect the net for their team. It’s equipped with a snug-fitting negative cut, 3.5mm of Giga Grip latex (the latex is pink on one palm and yellow on the other), and a double wrap wrist strap for a secure fit. It also features five removable fingersaves to prevent hyperextension of the fingers. They’re available to purchase here.
5. APD Match Glove
Designed for the everyday goalkeeper who trains hard, plays hard, and rests hard, the APD glove comes equipped with a snug negative cut, a double wrap wrist strap, a comfy neoprene wristband, and five removable fingersaves. This glove also features 4mm of Giga Grip latex, a grippy yet durable latex that performs well in all weather conditions. They’re available to purchase here.
6. Cynisca Match Glove (Purple)
Cynisca was a Spartan princess warrior, so this glove allows you to battle and be graceful at the same time. Featuring a roll finger cut and 4mm of Giga Grip latex, the Cynisca offers a secure fit in the palm and a great grip in all weather conditions. This glove is also equipped with a double wrap wrist strap, a neoprene wristband, and five removable fingersaves. They’re available to purchase here.
7. Cynisca Match Glove (Blue)
Last but not least, the Cynisca blue features the same visual design as the Cynisca purple, but in different colors. Where the Cynisca purple is decked out in purple and black, the Cynisca blue is decked out in blue and pink. It’s equipped with a snug negative cut, 4mm of Giga Grip latex, a double wrap wrist strap, a neoprene wristband, and five removable fingersaves. They’re available to purchase here.
Are you a female goalkeeper? Are you annoyed with having to wear gloves designed for males? The team at The Soccer Reviews highly recommends checking out Keepher Soccer; we’ve had female testers try out their goalkeeper gloves and they’ve had nothing but great things to say about them. You can read our Nemow Pro review here and you can check out Keepher’s YouTube channel here.
The Medusae 3 Elite, Umbro’s latest boot release, is the football brand’s first ever laceless leather boot. It combines the touch and speed of the previous generations of the Medusae with an innovative one-piece k-leather upper. By stripping out the traditional lacing system, the Medusae 3 Elite really proves less is more.
Leather boots are part and parcel of Umbro’s DNA, with the Umbro Speciali an icon on the pitch since 1992. But the new Medusae 3 Elite is far removed from the traditional leather boot, with every element designed for functionality in the modern game.The Manchester-based design team spent two years perfecting the boot, speaking with professional players who asked for a lighter boot with an extended leather vamp for a better touch and feel for the ball. If an element didn’t add comfort, improve fit and feel, or aid performance, then the design team simply took it out. The result is a sophisticated leather boot that’s laceless and light:
Umbro’s lightest ever leather boot, weighing just 170g
The laceless upper is one large piece of k-leather vamp designed to increase the strike area and smooth out a greater surface area of the foot. The seamless construction of the leather upper over the forefoot creates a comfortable feel without any uneven surfaces for the foot to rub against
An engineered knitted collar with TPU heat-welded support zones provides a responsive fit and enables easy foot entry, whilst maintaining stability and security in the heel area
Debossed flex grooves follow the stitch lines of the iconic Speciali. They provide flexibility, whilst maintaining a secure ‘locked-down’ fit
Additional padded zones in the collar and silicone grip pods in the heel provide extra security
The lightweight and rigid Pebax outsole features a unique combination of conical and specifically shaped studs to ensure maximum grip and traction for speed in all directions. The stud position and geometry have been designed based on player feedback and analysis of peak pressure points during movement
The Medusae 3 Elite comes in a black, white, and marine green colorway and will be worn by Umbro players including Portugal’s European Champion Pepe, U.S. women’s team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, Peru’s Edison Flores, and Chile’s Esteban Paredes. It will be seen on pitch for the first time in this week’s internationals.
Initially limited to 24 pairs in each country as a reference to Umbro’s foundation in 1924, the Medusae 3 Elite ($225) drops October 19th and is available on umbro.com. It will be on wider general release early 2019.
If you haven’t already seen the incredible deals on soccer cleats people are finding at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, and Burlington stores across the nation, we’ll fill you in on some of the best finds from this week and how you can snag some of these deals for yourself.
If you’ve been out of the loop, people have been finding top tier (and mid and low tier) soccer cleats at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, and Burlington stores across the United States for far below their regular retail price. It’s been a phenomenon, with people frequently visiting their nearest locations in hopes of finding a pair of boots. The chances of actually finding a pair of top tier soccer cleats are very slim, though; it’s a hit or miss. However, when you do find them, they’re guaranteed to be heavily discounted.
If you’re looking to actually play in the boots you find and not just collect them, chances are even more slim that you’ll find them in your size, so don’t show up to these stores expecting to find $250 soccer cleats in your size for $20; it takes patience, persistence, and, quite honestly, hope. Many bargain hunters collect the boots they find or flip them on eBay for more money. With that being said, let’s get into some of the best finds from this week.
1. Black History Month Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
First up is the limited edition Black History Month Nike Mercurial Vapor XI. Originally released in January of 2018, they’ve officially hit the shelves of Burlington, the retailer where these were found at for a mere $24.99. That’s a pretty hefty discount from its original $254.99 retail price. They’re currently listed on eBay by resellers for over $100 so to find these at a fraction of the price is not only incredible, but very rare.
2. EA Sports Nike Hypervenom Phantom III
Next is the EA Sports Nike Hypervenom Phantom 3. Another limited edition release, these boots have found their way to the shelves of Marshalls where they’re being sold for just $19.99 (regular retail price is $300). Originally released in September of 2017, the EA Sports Hypervenom 3s were individually numbered and limited to 3000 adult sized pairs and 1000 youth sized pairs, which makes them an even more rare and incredible find. They’re currently listed on eBay by resellers for well over $200, with some asking as much as $400 per pair.
3. Floodlights Pack Nike Magista Obra II
Last is the Nike Magista Obra 2 from the Floodlights Pack, a football boot pack released on October 3, 2016. These boots retail for $275 and have now been found at a Marshalls store for just $24.99, 11 times cheaper than their regular retail price. If you’re serious about finding awesome deals like these, here are a few things you should know.
Do you want to snag similar deals for yourself? It’s unlikely you’re going to find these exact finds, but often times when there’s a certain boot at a few locations, they’re most likely at many locations across the nation. Whether you’re looking to flip them or collect them, here are some tips from Elmer Hernandez (@ehdeportes on Instagram), a football boot bargain hunter:
The best days to look for finds are Monday through Friday.
Marshalls and Burlington stores usually restock in the morning.
Ross stores usually restock in late morning or early afternoon.
Go as often as you can, and even more often when you start to find a pair or two.
Ask the store manager when they get in new shipments and when they put stuff out on the shelves.
If you have finds that you want featured in next week’s ‘best finds’ article, email us or DM us on Instagram! Also, listen to our new podcast where we interview professional soccer players, coaches, and entreprenuers in the soccer space by clicking here.
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Inspired by the colder and darker days of the winter season, Puma’s flagship silhouettes, the ONE and the Future, receive a blue and silver color update as part of the new Stun Pack. Take a closer look at the new football boots and find out how you can purchase them for yourself.
The Stun Pack PUMA Future 2.1 Netfit sports a “Silver/Peacoat” colorway with a silver, chrome-like finish. It’s set to be worn on the pitch by the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, and Marco Reus from October 11th.
The Stun Pack PUMA ONE 1 sports a “Blue/Silver/Peacoat” colorway with a predominantly blue upper. It’s set to be worn by PUMA endorsees including Romelu Lukaku, Olivier Giroud, Sergio Aguero, and Hector Bellerin from October 11th.
The PUMA Stun Pack is exclusively available for pre-order at select retail partners and will be available on PUMA.com on October 11th. Do you like the new colorways? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for daily photos of the latest and greatest soccer cleats. Also, listen to our new podcast where we interview professional soccer players, coaches, and entreprenuers in the soccer space by clicking here.
Unfortunately, we’re all used to the cheap, thin foam insoles that come inside every new pair of soccer cleats (even the $300 ones). They lack arch support, cushioning, and comfort, something soccer players shouldn’t have to play without. Therefore, Currex have created the CleatPro insole which features an improved forefoot pad for comfort, an anti-slip top surface, and a triple layer cage construction for breathability. Simply put, they’re not your average cheap insoles; they’re way better. We put them to the test to see how they feel and perform underfoot.
Currex’s new CleatPro insole is equipped with an anti-slip top surface and an improved forefoot pad for comfort, speed push, and rapid acceleration. It’s specifically designed for all field sports, such as football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and rugby, and all court sports, such as tennis, badminton, squash, volleyball, and pickle ball. A triple layer cage construction allows for optimal breathability underfoot while Poron foam in the rear and forefoot absorb shock.In addition, the insole features a decoupled heel which allows the heel to remain stable while the arch naturally pronates. It’s designed to reduce foot pressure and fatigue, improve performance, and prevent injuries by reducing stress on joints, ligaments, and tendons, the cause of many injuries in the foot, knee, and hips. All sizes (low, medium, and high profile) differ in density and size of the arch support to respect different forces and weight of players. World class soccer professionals like Rafinha Alcántara currently use Currex CleatPro insoles, and, in regards to the design, the lines on the left and right insoles are together the passing lines of the final goal from Mario Götze in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Talk about a design with meaning!
To fit the insole to the exact size of your cleat, the insole is designed to be trim to fit. If the CleatPro insole is too big, place your current cleat insole on top of the CleatPro, use a pen to mark the edge, and cut the excess material with a scissor. CleatPro insoles come in three different sizes (low, medium, and high profile) to cater to your exact arch, flex, and knee shape. They’re available to purchase here.
The big question is how do these insoles stack up against the other replacement insoles currently on the market? Are they better or worse? The short answer is yes, they’re much better…let us explain why.
Firstly, unlike custom orthotics that are usually too bulky and stiff for soccer cleats, the CleatPro insoles are thin and have a low enough profile to fit into any soccer cleat—any brand, any model. During my testing period, I found it very convenient to slip them in and out of different boots and have them fit perfectly in each one. They’re nearly as thin as the stock insoles that come with your cleats but are much more comfortable, durable, and supportive.
All you need is one training session with the CleatPros underfoot to see why they’re the insoles you’ll never want play without; the comfort, grip, and support is immediately noticeable. You do have to pay somewhat of a pretty penny for these insoles, though…they cost fifty US dollars per pair. If you can bear the cost, why wouldn’t you want something that’s much more comfortable and supportive than what you currently have?The white arch support element (which comes in three different heights—low, medium, and high profile) on the underside of the insole is thin yet strong and flexible, making for a very comfortable experience underfoot. Because it’s flexible, it can bend in the direction that your cleat is bending, therefore producing proper flex and foot movement; the last thing you want is to have your game messed up because your cleat is flexed, but your insole is not. Once you discover what your arch height is for these insoles (watch this video to figure it out), you’ll no longer have to live with excess or dead space inside the boot, something you might not have even noticed before but makes a sizable difference when it comes to comfort and overall fit.The silicone-like grip element placed on top of the liner is located in three different key areas; at the forefoot, the midfoot, and the heel. By tackling all three “zones” of the foot, it grips it very well, preventing any slippage on the top surface of the insole. This is something you likely won’t find on any other soccer cleat replacement insoles.The mesh liner is soft to the touch and has proven to not only be comfortable, but durable, too. On the bottom of the insole, Currex have incorporated a Poron foam insert into the heel for shock absorption and cushioning. They’ve also incorporated a denser, rubber-like foam at the base of the forefoot for even more cushioning. Despite inserting foam pads into the underside of the insole, Currex have managed to keep the insole lightweight (it’s just slightly heavier than the cheap, bare bones stock insole) and thin; this just goes to show that you can have both comfort and thinness, a combination we don’t usually see from custom orthotics.Without a doubt, the Currex CleatPro insoles are worth the money because of the comfort, arch support, cushioning, and grip they provide; they provide all of these things better than any other soccer replacement insole currently on the market, all while maintaining a low profile so they’ll always fit into any pair of soccer cleats. These are insoles you buy to immediately replace the stock ones with, so if you’re looking for a new pair of boots but trying to stick to a budget, keep the price of these in mind…it’s safe to say you won’t regret spending the fifty bucks on these.
Luka Modrić was just crowned the Best Male Player at this year’s FIFA Awards, so Nike are celebrating him with his own special edition Mercurial Vapor boot. Take a closer look at the eye-catching boots and learn about some of his most recent accomplishments in football.
The Croatian midfielder led his national team to their first ever FIFA World Cup final just this summer. He also won the UEFA Champions League for the third consecutive year with Real Madrid this past season. Now, he’s defeated both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Award, something that hasn’t been done by any player since 2007 when Kaká took first place, Messi took second, and Ronaldo took third.
His special edition boot features a multi-chrome, iridescent upper with touches of green, white, and gold included in the color palette. Other features of the boot include lightweight plates under the forefoot and heel, which are contoured to maximize comfort and control.
Nike recently announced that the boots will not be releasing to the general public, so unless you’re Luka Modrić, you won’t be wearing these shiny special edition Mercurial Vapors anytime soon.
Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to throw your goalkeeper gloves in the washing machine and dryer? Or if it’s safe to clean them with dish soap? Or how you can make them last longer? We answered all of these questions and more in our latest episode of The Soccer Reviews podcast.
The Aztec soccer ball made by Chaos Soccer Gear is exactly that: chaotic. Featuring 32 panels covered in unique art that tricks your eyes into looking every which way, the Aztec is 100% hand-stitched and has a dimple surface for less drag, more controllability, and coated protection. We put this $80 ball to the test to see how it holds up after heavy use on the pitch.
The Aztec soccer ball looks like no other soccer ball we’ve seen before; visually, that is. We’ve seen a 32 panel design many times before, most notably on the Select Brilliant Super and Numero 10 soccer balls. However, no soccer ball has looked as remarkable, eye-catching, and unique as this one.
The Aztec’s 100% hand-stitched, 32 panel design makes the ball tight and strong, and its unique dimple surface offers reduce drag, more controllability, and an extra protective coating for an enhanced playing feel. Four layers of polyester measuring 1.5 mm thick ensures durability and a proper bounce. It has a butyl (synthetic rubber) bladder for a perfect combination of contact quality and air retention. Made to FIFA specifications by experts who are Business Social Compliance Initiative and Fair Trade certified, this soccer ball is perfect for outdoor grass and indoor/outdoor turf, and comes with a two year warranty for shape and size. The Chaos Aztec soccer ball is available to purchase here.
You can’t talk about this soccer ball without first discussing its visual design. Simply put, it’s all over the place; literally. Covered in a medley of symbols and drawings from the Aztec civilization, you don’t know which way to look when your eyes land on it. I’ve been testing this ball for a few weeks now and my eyes still look in every which direction when I glance at it. That being said, this unique design surely isn’t for everybody; if you’re a fan of eye-catching soccer balls, the Aztec from Chaos Soccer Gear is right up your alley. Before you drop $80 on a new soccer ball, though, it’s important to know whether or not it’s worth that price tag.Upon holding the Aztec in your hands for the first time, you immediately notice the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into making this ball. You can see all 32 panels firmly sewn together and you can feel the dimple surface as you roll the ball around in your hands. As an added bonus, Chaos Soccer Gear throws in a free carry bag for convenient traveling. Without a doubt, the quality of this ball is definitely up to par, but how does it feel during play?The first thing you notice when you start kicking it around is how solid it feels while juggling, striking, and passing. The Aztec really is a sweet ball to strike and, surprisingly, it feels quite similar to the top brand official match balls that cost upwards of $100. Like I mentioned earlier, the quality really is there. Unlike those top brand official match balls, though, this ball retains air quite well, and that’s a good thing. It’s inconvenient to keep having to pump air into the ball, a common characteristic of high end match balls; they leak air faster because of the materials used for the bladder. Thankfully, the Aztec provides the best of both worlds: match ball performance and great air retention.The textured casing improves the aerodynamics of the ball and provides protection for the Aztec-inspired design, something I was initially skeptical about. When a soccer ball has an intricate design, it can usually rip, peel, or get ruined when the ball endures heavy use if there’s no casing or coating protecting it; on the Aztec, there’s an extra coating to protect the unique design so it doesn’t get ruined. Chaos Soccer Gear made sure to cover all bases in the creation of their latest innovation.After putting this ball through its paces, it’s clear to see where it stands in the market; costing $80, the Aztec is an affordable, high quality match ball that gives the top brand $100-$150 official match balls a run for their money. Should you get one? If you’re in the market for a quality soccer ball that’s worth every penny, then most definitely. You can purchase one for yourself here.
The final chapter of Cristiano Ronaldo’s signature boot collection is here. Dubbed “CR7 Chapters,” a new colorway of his Mercurial Superfly has released every season starting from late 2015, telling a story about a certain point in his career. As Cristiano said himself, “the boots reflect what I am. They put part of my history in the boots.” This week, Nike have revealed his final one: “Built on Dreams.” Let’s get into the details and how you can purchase them for yourself.
Telling the story of his athletic journey from the very beginning, Nike announced in October of 2015 that they would be creating seven chapters of the Mercurial Superfly for their poster boy, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chapter one, known as “Savage Beauty,” took its cues from Madeira, the volcanic Portuguese island where CR7 was born.
Chapter two, known as “Natural Diamond,” focuses on Ronaldo’s move away from home as a child to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He has called leaving home at the age of 12 the “most difficult part of my career so far.”
Chapter three, known as “Discovery,” took inspiration from the game Ronaldo played for his Lisbon club that ended with him signing with Manchester United—a move that changed his career forever.Chapter four, known as “Forged for Greatness,” recalls his shift to wearing the number seven; this was insisted by his manager at the time, Alex Ferguson. As a result, Ronaldo forged his game and physique during his many years in Manchester.Chapter five, known as “Cut to Brilliance,” was inspired by Ronaldo’s brilliance on the pitch and unmatched goal scoring. He scored in his first game with Real Madrid in 2009 and hasn’t stopped scoring since, becoming the fastest to score league goals at every imaginable milestone: 50, 150, 200, 250 and counting.
Chapter six, known as “Born Leader,” nods to his record for most captaincies of his country, Portugal. Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time on February 6, 2007, at just 22 years old. “Born Leader” focuses on his role as the captain of his national team.
Chapter seven, known as “Built on Dreams,” is the culmination of the storytelling and pays homage to the player’s number 7 in the forefoot graphic, and also nods to the memorable carbon fiber boots of the past.
The CR7 Chapter 7 Mercurial is available September 20 on nike.com.
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