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Nike CR7 Chapter 7 “The Final Chapter” Revealed

nike mercurial superfly cr7 cristiano Ronaldo chapters the final chapter 7 football boot soccer cleatThe 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.nike mercurial superfly cr7 cristiano Ronaldo chapters the final chapter 7 football boot soccer cleat

Chapter one, known as “Savage Beauty,” took its cues from Madeira, the volcanic Portuguese island where CR7 was born.

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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.”

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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. 852511_001_A_PREM_rectangle_1600Chapter 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. nike mercurial superfly cr7 cristiano Ronaldo chapters the final chapter 7 football boot soccer cleatChapter 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.

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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. 

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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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Adidas Release “Spectral Mode” Boot Pack 

Adidas spectral mode football boot soccer cleat pack released nemeziz Copa x predatorThe newly released “Spectral Mode” boot pack from adidas brings pastel colors to all four of its boot silos: Predator, Nemeziz, X, and Copa. They’ll be worn on the pitch by the likes of Messi, Pogba, Mo Salah, and Gabriel Jesus this upcoming season. Let’s take a closer look at each of the individual boots and discuss how you can purchase them for yourself.DnZGaCOUAAAwsDB

Firstly, the adidas Predator 18+ sports a Trace Pink upper, a Clear Orange soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. They will be worn by leading adidas athletes including Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil, and Ivan Rakitic. You can purchase them here.

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The adidas X 18+ features an Off-White upper, a Core Black soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. They will be worn by leading adidas athletes including Gabriel Jesus, Mo Salah, and Gareth Bale. You can purchase them here.

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The adidas Nemeziz 18+ boasts an Ash Silver upper, a White Tint soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. The Messi Nemeziz 18.1, which comes in a Powder Blue colorway, will be worn by Lionel Messi this upcoming season. You can purchase them here.

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Lastly, the adidas Copa 18.1 sports a Clear Mint upper, a Gold Metallic soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. We will not see these on the feet of any adidas athletes this upcoming season. You can purchase them here.

Do you think adidas did a good job with this new collection? 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. 1c74daf94202

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Three Unreleased Nike Phantom Vision Colorways Leaked

three unreleased nike phantom vision elite soccer cleat football boot colorways leaked upcoming ea sports limited edition newsSince its release in July, the Nike Phantom Vision silo has already seen four different colorways; but today, we’re going to be giving you a first look at three more unreleased, never before seen colorways. Releasing from as early as September 2018, you can expect to get your hands on some of these boots quite soon. three unreleased nike phantom vision elite soccer cleat football boot colorways leaked upcoming ea sports limited edition newsFirst, there’s the EA Sports x Nike Phantom Vision football boot that will drop in late September 2018. EA Sports and Nike have collaborated in the past on both the Mercurial Superfly V and the Hypervenom Phantom III football boots, but now it’s time for the new Phantom Vision Elite to get the special EA Sports treatment. three unreleased nike phantom vision elite soccer cleat football boot colorways leaked upcoming ea sports limited edition news
They feature a predominantly blue/purple reflective upper with the Playstation controller button design contrasting the upper in black. The lace cover is black with metallic silver detailing threaded throughout the Flyknit for an eye-catching look. The Nike swoosh on the lateral side of the boot is purple/pink in color while the soleplate is a mixture of blue/purple/pink; both the swoosh and the soleplate are also reflective. If there’s one word to describe these boots, it’s striking.three unreleased nike phantom vision elite soccer cleat football boot colorways leaked upcoming ea sports limited edition newsNext, there’s the Racer Blue/Black/Metallic Silver/Volt colorway that will release in October 2018. This colorway is much more subtle and discreet compared to the EA Sports edition. These boots feature a “Racer Blue” upper, a black dynamic fit collar, black Nike swooshes outlined in Metallic Silver, and a Metallic Silver instep and soleplate.40628576_1848347685249409_674660485127208960_oLastly, this next colorway is almost the inverted version of the previous one, and is also set to release in October 2018. It features a black upper with a “Racer Blue” instep, a Metallic Silver Nike swoosh outlined in Racer Blue, and a Metallic Silver soleplate. Pictured is the Anti-Clog version (a hardcore version of a soft-ground soleplate), whose soleplate is always black; however, the FG and AG soleplates are Metallic Silver. If you’re not a fan of flashy boots but like a little pop of color, this colorway is perfect for you.

Which upcoming colorway is your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! Make sure you 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.three unreleased nike phantom vision elite soccer cleat football boot colorways leaked upcoming ea sports limited edition news

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Jordan Brand x Paris Saint-Germain: Everything You Need to Know 

 

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We’ve already seen football and basketball culture intertwine when Jordan and Neymar Jr. had their own collaborative football boot back in 2016. But now, the Jumpman logo is going to be seen everywhere; on two special edition match kits, two football boots, and apparel. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Jordan and Paris Saint-Germain collection.

Jordan and Paris saint-german collaboration collection football boots nike mercurial vapor xii elite phantom vision eliteThe two football boots included in the collection are the Nike Mercurial Vapor XII Elite and the Phantom Vision Elite. They both feature predominantly black Flyknit uppers, blacked out Nike swooshes, red soleplates, and red detailing throughout, nodding to the prominent color on Paris Saint-Germain kits and one of Jordan Brand’s heritage colors. The Jumpman logo can be found in black at the heel and on the sockliner of both boots, and in red on the boot bags. You can expect to see Neymar Jr. wearing the Mercurial Vapor XII Elite and Marquinhos wearing the Phantom Vision Elite on the pitch.

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For the sneakerheads, this collaboration also brings a special edition Air Jordan 5 Retro featuring PSG x Jordan branding (with the Jumpman logo replacing the “A” in PARIS and placed in the middle of the PSG circle logo), a transluscent outsole, and the number 75—a postal code for Paris—near the heel. They’re available in very limited quantities, so if you’re interested in a pair, you’ve got to be quick.Jordan and Paris Saint-Germain collection collaboration kits apparel sneakers air Jordan retro 5As for the kits, they’re built on a Nike Vaporknit Match chassis and feature black and white colorways with red accents. The Jumpman logo will replace the iconic Nike swoosh on the chest. The kits will be used as Paris Saint-Germain’s third and fourth kits. The goalkeeper kit comes in bold Infrared, a nod to one of Jordan Brand’s heritage colors.

The Jordan Brand x Paris Saint-Germain collection releases on September 14, and the club will debut its Jordan Brand kit on September 18 during European competition. What do you think of this high profile collaboration? Let us know in the comments below!

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Unbelievably Fast Objects: Umbro Launch the Velocita 4 Pro

Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsProof of UFOs has been discovered—Umbro have unveiled some Unbelievably Fast Objects in the shape of their new Velocita 4 Pro football boots. 

The UFO name perfectly captures the essence of the new design, which has been created for players who value speed. The idea of Unbelievably Fast Objects has also been used as inspiration for the tongue-in-cheek campaign video. 

The light-hearted clip features West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio, who was so eager to try out these highly classified UFOs that he snagged a pair before their official release. Two Umbro “employees” who take their jobs very seriously (also known as comedians Rob J Madin and Rich Hall) were then sent to track him down and retrieve the boots by any means necessary…you can see the results here. Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsOnce you get a closer look at the new Velocita 4 Pro, it’s easy to see why Antonio was so anxious to get his hands on them. The boot has been created following extensive wear testing from players at all levels, with the aim of working with the natural movement of the foot.

The most significant change on the Velocita 4 Pro is the brand new Sprint+ outsole. Made from a lightweight Pebax® material, it features a combination of conical and elongated studs to provide maximum grip and traction. Analysis of peak pressure points and player feedback informed the new stud positioning to ensure maximum comfort and balance. Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsOn the upper of the boot, a unique tri-layer construction gives the wearer the perfect balance of security and flexibility. A bottom layer of neoprene gives a seamless feel against the foot; a ‘memory-flex’ middle layer offers stretch and flexibility; and then the protective top layer gives a snug fit. 

A common issue with synthetic uppers on football boots is that they can restrict movement due to a lack of flexibility in the material. The Velocita 4 combats this through the diamond cut outs in the forefoot, which allow the boot to flex around the natural movement of the wearer as they twist and turn on the pitch. Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objectsThe sock construction on the boot has also been redeveloped, with a new shape allowing for a better fit around the ankle and increased comfort.

All together, it adds up to an exciting boot that delivers on the idea of making the most of the wearer’s natural speed and agility. Alongside the Velocita 4 Pro, there is also a range of other models designed for different price points and playing surfaces. The Velocita 4 is available for purchase online here.Umbro Velocita 4 Pro soccer cleats football boots ufos unbelievably fast objects west ham united attack Michail Antonio

These Unreleased Nike Soccer Cleats Will Replace the Magista Silo

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If you haven’t already seen photos of these Nike football boots floating around on the internet (including on our own Instagram page), we’ll fill you in on what they are and what all the buzz around them is about. They’re called the “Phantom Vision Elite,” they feature a Flyknit lace cover, and they will replace the beloved Magista silo in July 2018.Screen Shot 2018-07-16 at 12.27.49 AM
The Magista silo has been a major part of the Nike brand since it released in 2014. It redefined how football boots look and perform, and it was marketed towards playmakers of the game. It was the first football boot to employ Nike Flyknit, truly marking the beginning of a Nike Football revolution that changed the game forever. Throughout its four-year life, it has seen one generation update (which was a pretty significant one) and it has received dozens of new colorways. However, all great things must come to an end since it will be killed off in August 2018 when the new Phantom Vision silo is set to arrive.

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While the highly anticipated Nike Phantom Vision Elite features existing technologies such as Flyknit and All Conditions Control (ACC), it also features new innovative technologies that we’ve never seen before on a football boot. Firstly, the top tier version features a “Ghost Lace” system which, in simple terms, means the laces are hidden underneath a Flyknit cover. We’ve seen Nike implement lace covers in the past with the Mercurial Vapor 5 and 6, but they were never constructed from Flyknit like they are now. The most recent boots on the market that featured a lace cover were the X 17+ Purespeed and the Messi 16+ Pureagility. Adidas has since gotten rid of the lace cover for their current X 18+ and instead turned the boot completely laceless. The Messi line, however, is completely gone after seeing just two generations, the 15.1 and 16+ Pureagility; nowadays, the name “Messi” gets attached to the Nemeziz silo when he receives his own signature colorways.Unreleased nike phantom vision elite flyknit football boots soccer cleats replacing the nike Magista silo
Secondly, the Phantom Vision Elite features QUADFIT technology which we’ve never seen  before on a football boot or even a sports shoe; therefore, we don’t know much about it just yet. If you had to take a guess, though, what do you think it does?

As with every football boot, the Phantom Vision will have a solid amount of takedown options. The first takedown will keep the “Ghost Lace” system but will have a NikeSkin upper instead of a Flyknit upper. The lowest tier will not have the Ghost Lace system at all; instead, it’ll have the traditional center lacing.Unreleased nike phantom vision elite flyknit football boots soccer cleats replacing the nike Magista silo
If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of the Nike Phantom Vision football boots, they will release in late July 2018. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to be notified when they drop. If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of the Nike Magista Obra football boots before they’re gone, you can find discounted pairs on Amazon.

Concave Volt+ Knit Soccer Cleat Review

IMG_2432After watching the big three sports brands (Nike, adidas, and Puma) implement and perfect knitted football boots, Concave is now taking a stab at it as well with their new Volt+ Knit. Featuring an advanced micro-yarn upper with a knitted “sock” design, the Volt+ Knit caters to the changing demands of the game while staying true to the brand’s identity. In typical Concave fashion, you can find Concave’s patented Powerstrike element integrated into the upper. They’re available to purchase here. IMG_2418Tech Specs

The Volt+ Knit, labeled as a “speed” boot, features a Micro-Yarn Techstitch upper that provides a lightweight, soft-touch feel without compromising comfort and durability. This latest innovation includes a fully integrated Concave Powerstrike Design that is built into the upper, including a knitted “sock” design for extra comfort. The outsole is clear print TPU injection with a moulded, oval stud configuration for high traction on all natural surfaces. F3 (Football Form Fit) unique dual-lacing system technology snugly supports players’ feet without contorting the foots natural form. The Concave Volt+ Knit football boots are available to purchase here. IMG_2417The Look

When I first laid eyes on these boots, I’ll admit it—I thought they looked like clunky baseball cleats. If I’m being honest, I still think that. For Concave’s first try at a knitted boot, it doesn’t look terrible, but since it’s considered a “speed” boot, looking clunky definitely does not help its case. Also, for $249.99, many Nike and Adidas boots arguably look much better than these. Concave definitely has their work cut out for them for the next generation of Volt+ Knit. The Blue/White/Red colorway is nice and simple; if you’re a USA, France, or England fan, you’ll probably like this colorway. IMG_2420Performance

The main feature of the Concave Volt+ Knit is, of course, the knit “Techstitch” upper. On foot, it feels pretty comfortable and flexible. The knit feels soft and high quality, and the boot feels quite durable. However, I wouldn’t consider this “speed” boot thin or lightweight. Compared to the Vapor 12 Elite, Nike’s current speed boot, these definitely feel a bit heavier, clunkier, and thicker. The touch on the ball has a decent amount of grip and feels slightly more padded than the Vapor 12 Elite. The knitted “sock” design is basically a one inch thick elastic knit ring around the ankle that lacks any sort of protective coating, making it very stretchy and soft like a sock. This reminds me exactly of the adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit from early 2016, since that boot had the same exact thing. IMG_2425Concave masterfully integrated the patented Powerstrike Design into the knit upper of the boot, a task that seems tricky considering the soft nature of the upper. Originally, I was skeptical of the plastic Powerstrike piece laying underneath the knit in the “tongue” area as I thought it would bunch up or move around, but Concave have reinforced this piece very well by stitching a supportive, padded base with a pull tab directly underneath it. However, it’s extremely difficult to tell whether this piece adds any power to your strikes (its intended purpose), and since it just creates unnecessary bulk in the laces area, it may be doing more harm than good. I’m sure this boot would look and feel a lot less clunky and bulky without this piece, but then again, the whole point of a Concave boot is that every model has this plastic Powerstrike element that’s supposed to increase shot power. IMG_2428The TPU soleplate is very durable, flexible, and lightweight. Concave has been using this material for years now, serving as a perfect example of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” The oval stud configuration provides great traction on firm, natural grass. There’s a pull tab at the back of the heel to help you get the boots on easier, but it’s completely useless because you can’t even put a finger through it. A larger, more functional pull tab would make getting on the boots much easier. IMG_2424Fit & Feel

In the beginning, it felt awkward tying the laces directly on top of the plastic Powerstrike element, but with time, I got used to it. You’re still able to achieve a snug fit and proper lockdown despite the element adding extra bulk in the laces area. When the laces are tied tightly, the knit upper hugs your foot nice and snug and provides a comfortable, secure fit. In typical speed boot fashion, the Volt+ Knit fits pretty narrow; if you have very wide feet, I recommend staying away from these boots. In terms of sizing, I recommend going down half a size to achieve the best fit possible. IMG_2421The Verdict 

There was a lot to be said with the comfortable yet clunky-looking Volt+ Knit; from the soft micro-yarn upper to the unique Powerstrike Design element, there’s a lot going on with this boot. It’s arguable whether it’s worth the $249.99 price tag. However, one thing is clear: Concave did a decent job for their first ever knitted boot but need to improve on some things for the next one. You can purchase a pair for yourself here. IMG_2413

Adidas Gloro 16.1 Soccer Cleat Review

adidas gloro 16.1 soccer cleatsA more affordable and modern version of the beloved Copa Mundial, the adidas Gloro 16.1 soccer cleat offers a soft kangaroo leather toe box, a synthetic leather midfoot, and eleven conical studs. Priced around one hundred ten US dollars, it’s a simple yet effective and affordable boot for players in search of a classic look and a comfortable fit. They’re available to purchase in a variety of colors on Amazon.

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Made for firm ground pitches, the outsole features only conical studs and a comfort frame for stability. An EVA insole absorbs some of the shock on hard, dry fields. With a soft kangaroo leather toe box, the Gloro 16.1 offers that classic leather touch while the synthetic midfoot provides stability for powerful strikes.

-Premium K-leather vamp with synthetic leather in heel for great combination of softness and stability

-Synthetic lining for a lockdown fit and step-in comfort

-Die-cut EVA insole for lightweight comfort and shock absorption

-Flexible TPU firm ground outsole with comfort frame and eleven conical studs

The adidas Gloro 16.1 is available in a variety of colors for around one hundred ten US dollars on Amazon.

IMG_1833My Thoughts

Breaking In & Fit: Within the first day of testing the Gloro 16.1 out, I did not experience any pain, discomfort, or have an awkward fit. They fit perfectly right out of the box and hug my feet nice and snug. That being said, there really isn’t a “break in” period for these boots; they feel very comfortable from the first time playing in them and only get more comfortable the more you wear them. The fit isn’t too tight or narrow; it feels pretty snug at first, but the kangaroo leather stretches over time making for a more comfortable fit that should fit most foot types. The adidas Gloro 16.1 runs true to size.

IMG_1841Performance: The Gloro 16.1 has proven to be a very good and high quality boot for its relatively low price point (MSRP is one hundred ten US dollars). The kangaroo leather toe box is pretty soft right out of the box, but gets even softer and stretches the more you wear the boots. It offers a nice padded leather sensation when dribbling or striking the ball. What’s so great about the Gloro 16.1 having a synthetic midfoot is that it’s extremely stable and supportive, allowing you to achieve maximum power when striking the ball. I had no issues with the perforated synthetic lining; the step-in comfort you get when putting on the boots is impressive. The lockdown you can achieve with the Gloro is also quite impressive. The outsole features a comfort frame for stability, and that definitely holds true from my experience testing these boots. The eleven conical studs (seven up front, four at the back) get great traction on firm, natural ground surfaces, like dry grass. They penetrate the ground well and allow you to turn easier with the ball at your feet. Note that the Gloro is not designed or made for artificial grass; it’s strictly intended for firm ground use only.

IMG_1845IMG_1851Durability & Looks: I really don’t foresee the Gloro 16.1 having any durability issues, especially since the back quarter and heel are synthetic. After testing these boots for two months, I have not found any signs of deterioration or possible durability issues. However, because the toe box is kangaroo leather, that area is most susceptible to deterioration; it’s known that k-leather doesn’t hold up too well when exposed to wet or sloppy weather. To attempt to combat this, looking after your cleats and washing them after those exposures is advised. The Gloro 16.1 definitely sports a simple and classic look with it’s “Vivid Red” upper and three adidas white stripes on both the lateral and medial side of the boot. There’s nothing too extravagant or out of the ordinary with these boots, making them a nice, basic option for all that take a liking to these. They also come in other colors such as black, white, and blue.

IMG_1866Overall, the Gloro 16.1 is a boot focused on simplicity and comfort and for a very competitive price of one hundred ten US dollars (MSRP). It’s definitely a more modern and affordable version of the traditional Copa Mundial, with much needed modern improvements such as the weight-saving synthetic midfoot and the comfort frame outsole. You can purchase a pair for yourself on Amazon.IMG_1807

Puma Future 18.1 Netfit

Puma Future 18.1 Netfit Review

Puma Future 18.1 NetfitGone are the days of endlessly searching for the perfect-fitting boot since Puma have recently come out with, quite literally, the Future. Featuring customizable lacing as part of Puma’s new Netfit technology, an evoKNIT ankle sock, and a lightweight Pebax outsole, the revolutionary Future 18.1 Netfit is one of the most accommodating boots on the market, engineered for players of all foot types looking for a truly customizable and form-fitting synthetic football boot. They’re available on Amazon

Puma Future 18.1 NetfitPuma Future 18.1 NetfitThe Look

When I first laid eyes on this Fizzy Yellow/Red Blast/Puma Black colorway, I was captivated by its brightness and unique graphics. “Fizzy Yellow,” which is drenched all over the upper of the Future 18.1 Netfit, is bright but not overwhelmingly so. “Red Blast” is the color of the Puma branding found at the heel, on the soleplate, on the pull tab, and on the lateral side of the boot, and “Puma Black” serves as the dominant color of the digital-esque graphics carrying from the upper to the translucent Pebax soleplate. Personally, I love flashy colorways so I’m all over this one, but for those who aren’t, Puma released a more subtle Puma Black/Fizzy Yellow/Asphalt colorway back in November. Besides the eye-catching colorway, the boot itself definitely looks futuristic (no pun intended). When laced up as Puma’s suggested “the speedster” or “the goal machine” lace configurations, it truly does look like a revolutionary boot with a purpose of innovating the current football boot space. The unique Netfit technology and evoKNIT ankle sock gives the Future 18.1 Netfit a modern look that will surely have players checking them out.

Puma Future 18.1 NetfitPuma Future 18.1 NetfitTech Specs

With a name as bold as “future,” the Future 18.1 Netfit most definitely comes equipped with Puma’s latest technology and features. Their new Netfit technology provides infinite lacing options for any foot shape, lock-down, or style needed, creating a custom, snug fit for top on-pitch performance. When I first learned about this new lacing system, I was intrigued by the innumerable lacing configurations and loved the idea of being able to truly customize your fit. Having tested it out, I’m an even bigger fan of the technology as it allows me to achieve the most snug, foot-hugging fit possible and look cool while doing so. However, lacing the boots does take some time and effort; some of the holes are harder to get the laces through than others, especially near the Puma formstrip on the lateral side of the boots. Also, if you’re in a rush or using too much force, I’m concerned that the lace tips could break. To prevent this from happening, you really have to take your time and be careful with lacing the boots. The evoKNIT ankle sock hugs your ankle nice and snug and makes for a seamless transition from your leg to your foot; you don’t feel one point or area where the boot starts, something you feel with a traditional low cut boot. The Pebax outsole is lightweight and features a combination of conical and bladed studs for flexibility, grip, and maneuverability.

Puma Future 18.1 NetfitThe Touch

Due to the form-fitting synthetic upper and Netfit lacing technology, the Puma Future 18.1 Netfit offers a true, solid touch on the ball. With the Netfit lacing technology laying directly on top of the upper, you get a pingy sensation when striking the ball which I really like; and if you’re worried that the Netfit technology makes the upper feel bulky, it doesn’t. The raised upper (due to the Netfit system laying on top) coupled with a thin protective coating over the toe box provides great grip and texture on the ball which is noticeable during play. Considering the touch the Puma Future 18.1 Netfit provides, I’d say it’s very similar to the first generation Nike Magista Obra which featured a Flyknit upper and sported a similar “honeycomb” pattern. Both boots offer a true, pingy touch when striking the ball.

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As I had originally hoped, the Future 18.1 Netfit was ready to go straight out of the box; there was no break in time needed. The boots feel very comfortable and lightweight on feet, and the Pebax outsole is quite flexible and springy. I like how Puma went with a mix of conical and bladed studs for the soleplate as it provides great traction on both firm ground and artificial grass, making this a viable option for players wanting a single boot to use on both surfaces. The synthetic upper begins to form to your foot after some time playing in the boots, and the lockdown you receive once you lace them to your liking is incredible. Whether you have narrow feet, wide feet, or something in between, you can definitely achieve a comfortable fit and impressive lockdown once you find which lacing configuration is the best for you. If you have narrow feet, I recommend lacing wider to achieve greater lockdown, and if you have wide feet, I recommend lacing more narrow to achieve a comfortable and not overly tight fit. Once I found the configuration that worked for me, I stuck with it, but you can feel free to change up the style if you have a special game or just want to try something different. Despite being able to customize your fit, I found that the toe box was a bit wide. This is good news for players with wide feet, but for players with narrow feet, this just means you don’t get a super snug foot-hugging fit in toe box area. The evoKNIT ankle sock aids in the Future 18.1 Netfit’s comfortable fit as it hugs your ankle nice and snug without being too tight. The sock is very stretchy and so far, it hasn’t loosened up or lost its elasticity, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to anytime soon. The Future 18.1 Netfit fits true to size as I went with my usual size seven and they fit perfect.

Puma Future 18.1 NetfitPuma Future 18.1 NetfitThe Verdict

Overall, the Puma Future 18.1 Netfit is an innovative game changer, one that offers a truly customizable fit and allows for individual creativity. They offer a clean, pingy touch on the ball thanks to the soft, form-fitting synthetic upper. Thanks to Puma’s new Netfit technology, these boots are suitable for both players with narrow and wide feet. The only problem that they presented me with was the difficulty of lacing them in some areas of the Netfit system; I’d like to see Puma improve on this in future generations. Other than that, I’m fully impressed with Puma’s innovative push forward in the boot world and look forward to seeing more of the creativity these unique boots call for. You can pick up a pair for yourself on Amazon. You can check out my unboxing of these boots here and watch how to lace them here. Puma Future 18.1 NetfitPuma Future 18.1 Netfit

New Balance Visaro Pro Soccer Cleat Review

New Balance Visaro ProThe Visaro Pro is a top end New Balance soccer cleat with a mid tier price tag. Worn by Aaron Ramsey and Marouane Fellaini, it comes equipped with a 4mm Ariaprene mesh upper, a TPU “Rotation Zone,” a Fresh Foam footbed, and more. With an array of technological features, a comfortable fit, and a very appealing price point, the Visaro Pro is a great bang for your buck.

IMG_5908Tech Specs

-4mm Ariaprene® mesh upper

-Additional wide fitting

-Bio-mechanical stud placements

-Debossed 2mm “Sweetspot”

-For use on firm ground surfaces

-Lightweight nylon outsole with polished TPU “Rotation Zone”

-Low pressure zone instep for instant control

-Medial pivot zone for supremely quick turns

-Pro-form last for unsurpassed feel and unbelievable comfort

-PU bonded top layer

-Super-Flex soleplate for exceptional ground contact

-Fresh Foam footbed/midsole provides a plush, more natural ride

-Internal heel counter

The New Balance Visaro Pro soccer cleats are available in US Sizes 6.5-13 (including half sizes) for $179.99 USD on newbalance.com.

IMG_5921IMG_5914My Thoughts

Fit & Breaking In: I have heard nothing but great things about the New Balance Visaro so I have been very excited to test them out. Immediately upon slipping your feet into the boots, the synthetic upper hugs your feet pretty snugly (especially in the toe box) and comfortably, similar to the Hypervenom Phantom. The Visaro fits true to size and offers great lockdown. My foot feels like it’s locked well into place once I tie the laces nice and tight. The area around the heel is noticeably cut lower than what you’d normally find on a soccer cleat, making for a more shallow feel on feet but you get used to it over time. The 4mm Ariaprene mesh upper noticeably becomes softer and more flexible after wearing the boots for a couple of hours. The synthetic suede heel liner is very soft to the touch and is padded for comfort. There isn’t really an actual break in period for these boots as they’re ready to go from right out of the box, but I recommend gradually increasing your wear time in them just to get used to the fit and feel of them on your feet. If you have very wide feet and are concerned if these will fit you, New Balance offers an additional wide fitting Visaro.

IMG_5903IMG_5916Feel & Touch: The Visaro Pro is more often than not compared to the original Hypervenom Phantom from Nike. The upper of the Visaro is very similar to the honeycomb pattern on the Hypervenom, and both have that waxy/grippy but smooth feel to the touch. The undistracted surface on the instep and toe box of the boot allows for clean and crisp passes and strikes. Just like with the Hypervenom Phantom, I get a powerful ’pingy’ sensation when striking the ball in the Visaro Pros. In terms of weight, the Visaro Pro weighs 10 grams heavier than the Hypervenom Phantom, but this difference is hardly noticeable on feet.

IMG_5924IMG_5904Performance: There is nowhere near as much rollover with the Visaro Pro as there is with the original Hypervenom Phantom (there are no Flywire cables to prevent rollover). The TPU plastic Super-Flex soleplate is a bit stiff right out of the box, but it becomes much more flexible after some wear time. The triangular studs dig into firm ground surfaces really well; I had no problem changing directions, making sharp turns, accelerating, or decelerating. Unlike most top end soccer cleats, the Visaro Pro’s midsole is glued in the shoe to prevent slippage; it is not able to be removed (or easily, at least). The Fresh Foam footbed offers a comfortable, cushioned ride underfoot, more so than most regular insoles.

IMG_5912Overall, the New Balance Visaro Pro is a comfortable, high quality, top end soccer cleat with an attractive price point. Normally, for a boot with these many high quality features, you’d be paying about $80-$100 USD more if it was adidas or Nike, so for just $180 USD, the Visaro Pro is a steal and is definitely worth picking up. For more information or if you’re interested in purchasing, visit newbalance.com and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.