Recently we presented on our website a new product brought to you by Under Armour: another composition for Spotlight model, you can take another look at it HERE. Today, we’d like to show you another one, this time more garish.
As we said in the mentioned article, this model is very similar to the Speedform model, it seems to be inspired with it. The sole and the heel counter are exactly the same, though the upper is different, because it looks to be synthetic. But what is most important in this case, is how the boot looks.
It’s a yellow/black composition and it is far more attractive than the previous one. We love garish colours, and here we can see a lot of that. There are some bits which are more toned-down, there are some which are crazy. Yellow brings life to this colourway and black adds character and seriousness. We can’t skip the red elements either, because they are a perfect complement for this design. Visually – a hit, which can make up for the poor construction.
Today’s model is a rare guest on our website. That’s not very surprising, because neither the shoe nor the company which makes it are as popular as Nike or adidas. Now, however, we’d like to present you a new, black/white colourway for Under Armour’s Spotlight. The same model in CAMO version appeared once in one of TEPY TALK episodes, which you can watch HERE.
Apart from our Youtube channel, the presented shoe was described on our website as well, when we showed you THESE two colourways of it. One of them is really similar to the one we’re focusing on today. The leading colour is black, supported by white (in the other colourway it was the other way around). The black on the inner side seems brighter, more gray-ish. The sole is also the same colour and these areas are covered with an extra layer of something like that looks like glitter. Even though the colours are rather a classical, typical mix, the shoe still looks good. Not breathtaking, but good.
The construction, on the other hand, is definitely the opposite. It’s not that the boots are badly cut, but they are very similar to Speedform - the sole and heel counter are practically identical. The upper is synthetic, made as a typical speed-boot. All in all, we have a bit of a paradox – the shoe is something new, but nothing new at the same time.
One of the almost forgotten models of the last few weeks is Puma evoPOWER Vigor, which was released on the same day as Nike’s Hypervenom. It didn’t stand a chance against the stronger competitor and hence it didn’t get much spotlight.
Since then, we have published a few leaks and we fear this may be the only recognition the boot will get in Poland, because we don’t expect to see much of in on a pitch. Today we’re presenting a leak of a future composition. There’s been a lot of such info recently, we wrote about two other upcoming colourways in THIS article.
White, leather Vigor which is today’s star, looks very well. We think it may be a really good shoe, just like previous evoPOWER, but it could use some promotion. Leather editions of Puma’s cleats are always a celebration, which means that we can expect good quality material. We are impressed with the way designers working for the company respect white colour. It has been visible in a special form in almost every model made by the Germans.
One of the most important recent changes in footballers’ footwear concerns Ronaldo. It wasn’t drastic, like entirely changing a sponsor, but now he uses a different colourway of Mercurial. And yet the difference was easy to spot, because until now CR7 was playing in a special, limited Vitorias, which he has just replaced with a green composition from Radiation Flare pack. And there may be another change coming!
We have mentioned this colourway before and it’s likely that it’s next in line to be worn by the Portuguese. We don’t expect Cris to be using a standard, serial colourway too soon again, so this must be another composition made for his very own boots. The next “Chapter”, a boot made for Ronaldo to tell his story, will probably be released around February/March.
The said composition most likely harks back to the World Cup played out in South Africa in 2010. We think that the boot, which you can see in turf version, hides many secrets, for example the insole, which is always designed to add some more details to the story told by Nike. We wonder what that detail could be this time.
This is a very interesting subject. Puma intends to shut down both EvoSpeed and EvoTOUH, replacing them with Puma ONE. You can see it again HERE.
The question we still need answered is whether the brand has any special plans for saying goodbye to such an old model, especially when we consider its intention and earlier cleats such as V1. We think we might have just found a trace!
In the picture you can see a leak of one of the future colourways for EvoSpeed. This is one of the cheaper models, which doesn’t fit this special occasion very well, but we’re expecting to see other versions, such as 1.7 or 1.7 SL, too. The design is really original. It could be the special ‘curtain call’ release, but then again the company is known for making such unique compositions almost on a daily basis. We’ll just have to wait and see.
In one of the previous articles we showed you an upcoming colourway for one of Puma’s models, Evo Speed FRESH. It’s a special edition released every now and again, which can pride itself not only with minimal weight, but also with better resistance and incredible designs. Today we’re continuing this topic with a new leak and comparisons.
The last leak, available HERE, reminded us of adidas’ Blue Blast and this one is strangely similar to the green composition made by the same company, which you can see HERE on Ace 17.1 Primeknit. That’s weird! We don’t suppose they intentionally copied adidas’ designs, but the coincidence is quite funny. Especially since this composition will probably be released in March as well, earlier than the other company’s green cleats!
Can you think of another association with this design? That’s right, this composition made for the new generation of FRESH looks exactly like the launch one from the previous. Having both pairs in a collection would be a real treat – it seems like Puma is quite good at making these.
Another jokingly named article! Recently all the new leaks remind us of cleats already in offer, made by the same or another company. adidas' green X 16+ Purechaos became “green blast” in our eyes and now new Puma’s release has been given an unofficial name after the competitor’s composition.
Not so long ago we were praising EvoSpeed Fresh: it’s extremely light, slightly more solid than SL and unspeakably beautiful. You can take another look at it HERE. And now we think we can already spot another composition on the horizon. Most likely it will be released in March, quite a long time after the previous FRESH edition, which means that this time we’ll be dealing with a newer generation of EvoSpeed.
Or at least in theory, because the changes are only symbolic and both generations are hard to tell apart. We can see however, that the upper is now covered with some form of varnish to make the shoe more waterproof and hold a foot in a correct position (or at least try to do it better). We like this colourway a lot, even though it’s very similar to the one adidas released in January.
Fans of Hypervenom are still stunned by the blue-white Phantom III DF, so for today we have prepared something very similar. Leak of the future colourway of Hypervenom III (below) brings up the question about the future female Nike collection.
The company seems to be set on releasing white boots, an idea which we like a lot. White collections have always been successes, the best example of which is Shine Through pack with a memorable Superfly IV. Now we have two related compositions, so probably one of them is meant for ladies, just like in Radiation Flare pack. But which one is it? Can you see any clues?
Recently there’s been a lot of greens on TEPY.PL – and no, it wasn’t the green of dollar bills coming towards us from YT, but the green of new compositions of adidas’ cleats. Most of them should be available in two months, perfectly timed for spring matches. Last time we have shown you X 16+ Purechaos and a similar X 17.1 (HERE). Now get ready for another model!
In the picture you can see one of the newest three-striped boots, Ace 17.1 Primeknit. The “short” version of this model has been in the profile picture of TEPY.PL 2 fanpage for many months. This edition looks stunning and we can’t even describe how much we’re eager to see them in action. Unfortunately, that won’t happen any soon.
We noticed, that adidas is really trying to use original colours this year. They have already released Blue Blast pack this January, now there are some green cleats coming, and also orange ones, which you might have seen in THIS leak of composition for Ace 17. And let’s not forget about brilliant, white CAMO – CLICK.
So far, we have seen three compositions made for cleats from the new generation of Hypervenom: the launch, green/orange one, the green/green Tech Craft and slightly forgotten orange/grey female one from Radiation Flare pack. Today we’re presenting the fourth one, bright as the company’s future.
This is a rare mix of blue and white. When did we last see a mix of these exact shades? It must have been when adidas used them for Predator Powersave or when Nike for their Legend IV. Both boots are not the youngest ones at all and that’s why the design looks so fresh. This is our favourite colourway so far and many footballers playing for clubs which use the same colours will be glad to buy it. Personally, we think it would be a perfect choice for Chelsea’s players – if the colourway doesn’t turn out to be a female one, that is.
Recently Nike has surprised us with a new Tech Craft release, or rather the fact that it will consist only of Hypervenom III. Now we’d like to present another leak which is a bit unusual. It seems like the company will make a habit of creating solo editions, because we have just found two unannounced compositions for Tiempo Legend VI. And ONLY Tiempo!
As you can see, both are rather toned-down. They don’t have any garish elements or extravagant design. On one hand, they resemble the spirit of this model perfectly, on the other they seem somehow recycled. We have already seen a similar composition made for Premiere. That’s why in this case we don’t find the colourways half as interesting as their background, because it’s starting to look like Nike may have a new marketing strategy. That would mean even more interesting premieres!
We can see two explanations. One: Nike has decided to start releasing single editions, a practice which until now was reserved for very special, limited colourways. Two: what we’re seeing is in fact a part of Tech Craft pack (which is hard to determine in case of Tiempo) and we should expect leaks of Mercurial and Magista soon.
In the previous article we have shown you a green version of adidas X 16+ Purechaos, which should hit the market in approximately two months. We have mentioned that they remind us of another product and today we’d like to tell you something more about this connection. This is another colourway for X 17, the next generation of X series.
The first composition created for this model was yellow; you can take a look HERE. One of the next compositions clearly resembles this one, but adds some dark greens to the yellow. As a result we get a really interesting colourway, which definitely caught our eyes. Details such as a yellow border of adidas’ logo are what makes this design so special and boots the general reception.
Not surprisingly, the next generation of X bases on the success of its predecessor and therefore is not much different from it. The question is: will it be more like Puma and their EvoSpeed, which didn’t bring much to the table, or will it be like Nike’s Superfly V, which was visually much alike the fourth generation, but the difference in performance was huge. Well, we must wait and see.
As you all know, Nike has recently released their Radiation Flare collection. Obviously, the most important boot in the packet is Hypervenom III, the premiere of which we attended in Munich; you can watch our relation from these events HERE and HERE.
Today we’ll be talking about it too, because Nike has just added an option of personalizing this model on NIKEiD. From now on, it’ll be possible to order them in more unique versions just like the rest of the collection.
The upper can be designed to have two colours or one, like in standard version. The knitted part (the outer one) is available in three colours, the rest of it (the inner) as many as eight. The laces are also available for customization and can be ordered in one colour or a mix of two (and there are many colours we can pick). Swoosh and the front plate can be coloured, but unfortunately the sole is set to be black.
We have a choice of three options: FG (for wet, short grass), SG-Pro (wet surface) and AG (artificial grass). We can also choose between flags of thirteen countries, unfortunately Polish one is not among them. We can’t really understand why, given that Nike is a sponsor of our national team and Robert Lewandowski is the face of Hypervenom line. Other available options are pseudonym (five letters) or initials.
The interesting thing is the price: standard Hypervenom III costs 1249 PLN, personalized – 1209 PLN. It was always the other way around, and it seemed logical, that we had to pay more for a special version than the normal one.
Puma doesn’t slow down after releasing two special colourways from “Derby Fever” collection and presents another, this time a serial one. You already know it, you have seen it HERE. In our opinion it should be called black/white, but well... somebody at the company thought differently.
The presented model is evoTOUCH, the construction of which we discussed many times before. That’s why now we’re only going to focus on how they look in this release. The design is minimalistic, but despite the simple colours it really seems promising. Black with white accents looks stunning. Puma’s logo is also covered with something glistening, which creates an even better effect. The colourway does have a certain spirit.
In the article we mentioned earlier we stated, that this is the prettiest evoTOUCH we’ve seen so far. And we’re going to stick to that, now even more firmly than before.
We have been waiting so long for blue-pink X16 from adidas’ Blue Blast collection (or at least that’s how we feel about it, but it always seems like the time runs more slowly when we’re waiting for something we like)! But now the waiting is over; we can buy it and move on to other collections.
One of the most interesting ones scheduled for the next few months is the one we jokingly called “Green Blast”. It’s just as bright and pretty as the recently released colourway, but obviously the name will be completely different. In the picture above we present the top quality model, 16+ Purechaos. Its beauty is undeniable, and they remind us of another interesting titbit. We’ll tell you more about it soon.
As you all very well know, a few days ago another derby match was played out in London, where Chelsea players showed their supremacy. We mentioned this meeting when we showed you a special colourway from “Derby Fever” made for Arsenal’s player, Hector Bellerin. A footballer from Chelsea’s team, Cesc Fabregas, also was honoured with a special composition from Puma. We announced it before many times, you can read the article HERE.
The presented model is Evotouch and it’s the second time we’re seeing it in the “Derby Fever” series. The previous one was made for Santi Cazorla, you can take a peek HERE. We won’t focus on their construction, instead let’s discuss the design.
Obviously, the colours of the boot, blue and white, are connected with Fabregas’ club. Other symbols have found their place on the upper as well: there is a lion on the outer side of the right shoe, a reference to Chelsea’s emblem. On the left one, geometrical shapes represent Spaniard’s creativity and unconventional moves on a pitch. Under the laces there is a “LONDON DERBY” signing and another text “DERBY FEVER” in a little circle on the side. When it comes to visuals, there is not one bad thing we can say about this release.
We’re expecting to see this edition (of course in limited numbers only) in shops soon.
Today, we’re continuing the subject of adidas’ “champagne” collection. We mentioned it already last week and showed pictures of Copa 17 and 16+ Purechaos. Now we’re going to present some more photos of other, even more interesting models.
Let’s start with the one, which is (surprisingly) the less exciting in comparison. This is a special Ace 17+ Purecontrol composition, which evidently harks back to some traditional boots from the legendary series adidas shut down a few years ago. But...
Every now and again the company tries to make up for that mistake by presenting unique releases of their old cleats. Some time ago we saw refreshed Predator Mania, Precision and their first classical, dark composition from 1994. Now it’s time for the second most popular, white/black/red composition created for the remake of Predator Mania. Should we be expecting any more surprises?
This is an interesting piece! We mentioned recently, that adidas is going to release a two-model UCL collection made for the Champions League and unofficially called “dragon” after the design. We were honestly surprised when we found out, that not only the two boots we mentioned before will be available in this composition, but also special editions of an indoor and a turf!
And it may be even more surprising for our readers, because the boot is barely available in Poland, so many of you might have not known that there exists X 16+ Purechaos indoor or turf. A great model, one of the most interesting ones actually, and unfortunately it’s almost impossible to buy it anywhere in our country.
Now adidas will release a special edition of it, and the design is a bit different from the one created for the cleats. It’s not the first time that Court and Cage models (or TANGO, as we should now call it) look differently from their cousins. And we think that’s good, the more originality and freshness!
One of the most interesting upcoming premieres is a special pack which adidas has prepared for the Champions League. Today, we’d like to remind you about it with some new pictures, of what we like to call the “dragon pack”.
That’s not the first time the mythical creature has found its place on the German company’s boots. Most often they accompanied special Yamamoto releases, which regularly appeared in F50 series, from Tunit to adizero V. This model has not been made in cooperation with the Japanese designer, but the dragon is still a part of the upper. The boot is mostly white, which makes for a nice change.
Just like the last time, cleats from X and Ace lines are being released, we don’t expect to see any other models in this composition. That wouldn’t be the first time adidas does that, the gold edition was also launched this way. Although... there may be one more surprise... Follow TEPY.PL and you’ll know what we’re talking about soon.
It was only last week when we showed you a leak of this model and said that we’re expecting to see it released at the end of February. But it turns out that Nike didn’t keep us waiting this long and presented the new edition of their youngest child just before Valentine’s Day. Maybe they figured out that, with the right, fast distribution, many girlfriends will have enough time to buy it as a present for their boys. Well, we wouldn’t mind getting such a gift. And probably many girls wearing male sizes wouldn’t either ?
It’s quite unusual, that the model has only been available since two weeks ago and we haven’t even seen its second standard colourway yet, but we’re already getting a special one. As you probably remember, Tech Craft pack consists of leather versions of boots which are normally synthetic. Apart from Tiempo, that is, which usually gets premium quality leather instead of normal one (and we must admit that release was a big success on that field). The thing is, we shouldn’t really be discussing other lines here, because it seems that we won’t get them anyway!
This is a weird situation, since this Tech Craft pack is actually not a pack at all and consists of only Hypervenom, instead of all models. As always, it will only be available in top quality, professional versions: Phantom III and Phantom III DF. That is understandable, but why was only this one model released? In the past, there was only one situation, when a smaller pack was made (without Tiempo). But that was on a completely different scale and soon after Nike announced that an earlier released colourway for Tiempo fits the pack. But this time there are no other versions for Magista, Mercurial and Tiempo, and it’s not likely to change.
Nike is well known for keeping things close to their chest, but even they wouldn’t be able to stop all three models from being leaked for this long. The only explanation is that they wanted to create an even bigger hype around Phantom III and create this solo version.
As we’ve written before, we’re not the greatest fans of the colour of this edition of Hypervenom, but we’re still very intrigued and excited about the release. Unlike most of you, we’re more curious about Phantom III, the one without the Dynamic-Fit collar. That’s because we already have the best option, but the “short” one remains a mystery. Apart from that, Nike usually makes the uppers of leather editions a bit different than the synthetic ones. Will it be the case this time as well?
A few months ago Puma started releasing special colourways from the “Derby Fever” series. Some of the stars who received their own, personalised models are Cazorla, Griezmann and Veratti. Today we’re returning to the subject with another composition, this time for Héctor Bellerín.
The footballer is currently playing for Arsenal London, which had a game against Chelsea this weekend. Did you know that the first match of those two teams was held 110 years ago? But let’s focus on what’s most important: the boots! This is evoSPEED 17.1 Sl.S, its construction is the very same as in the standard model, so we’re going to just focus on the design.
It’s inspired by the Bellerina club colours, so it’s mostly red and white. Puma’s logo is black, there’s a “Derby Fever” signing on the side, “LDN Champions” under the lacing. Texts and patterns surrounding the heel create a very interesting visual effect. What more can we say: we really like the composition and we’d really love to have a pair of such shoes.
Soon they should be available in shops, sold only in small quantities – it’s a limited edition after all.
Today we’re talking about NEMEZIZ again. The new line presented by adidas will be launched in June and it keeps revealing some secrets to us. You have seen quite a lot of colourways by now, launch, white one dedicated to Messi and an orange one. And here comes another!
Can you see something unusual? Take a closer look at the heel and compare it with older leaks. Different, isn’t it? In earlier versions, NEMEZIZ had an internal heel counter, now it external as well. One of our readers has sent us a message, which may contain an explanation for the mystery of these cleats.
In the message, there was a link to female adizero IV on eBay. What’s interesting, that model had a sole from adizero III. adidas often manipulated the designs of female cleats, giving them elements different than in male versions. We think that may be the case here: what we’re seeing right now is a female colourway, which seems even more likely, when we think carefully about colours.
Every year there always comes a moment, when the normal cycle of premieres is interrupted by something different. adidas has mastered the art of surprises and releases a few special boots quite regularly; for example gold X and Ace, presented in premium levels – Purecontrol and Purechaos. This year, the most popular motif seems to be “cleats for Champions League”.
It’s hardly surprising that adidas decided to fully use the possibility of making such boots; they are a technical sponsor of the tournament after all. But usually it turns out, that the name of the model comes only from the moment of release and the design of the shoe is not much connected with the event itself. The only Champions League detail is in most cases a logo on the sole. Which, of course, doesn’t mean the shoe is ugly!
It’s quite the opposite, actually. As far as we know, both X and Ace are being released this time, and while Ace seems dark and typical and quite similar to the Blue Blast collection, we have absolutely fallen in love with X. A completely new mix of colours and a cool idea for the graphics – it seems to be a breathing fire dragon! We wonder what the back-story of this design is.
In the last few articles we were describing new NB cleats and noticed that their leather cleats are released in different colourways than the synthetic versions. But it turns out that in some cases they may release both boots in the same designs every now and again, just like adidas or Nike.
Apart from the sea of negative opinions about Visaro II, we did manage to find some positives as well, a nice composition used for Furon II which will be released soon. Today we’re presenting another one, which seems to be a twin brother of the launch colourway of the refreshed Visaro.
The performance of this model may not be breathtaking, but the design definitely catches an eye. And now, when we know how ugly the new Visaro is, old Furon seems even prettier than before. But the general effect reminds us of a middling girl surrounded with ugly friends and we’re not really sure if that’s what we’re looking for when buying new cleats.
Another titbit from adidas! There has been quite a lot of them recently: first a special edition for the World Cup, then gold Messi 16 and now this. We’re glad to presents two leaks of what seems to be another special release.
In the pictures you can see two models: the first one is adidas X 16+ Purechaos, the other is Copa 17. The name of the composition (if this actually is the official name; there hasn’t been an official announcement yet) fits the colour perfectly. White uppers of the boots really do look a bit like the pale shade of champagne. Red and black details, so typical for adidas, complete the design perfectly.
If you think this colourway looks a bit familiar, you are right. In 2000 a similar composition was released for Predator Mania. Do you remember THIS leak? A re-edition of this legendary model will be released along the presented cleats. That’s the icing on the cake we’re waiting for!
Recently we wrote about new colourways for Messi 16 line and presented 16.1, the professional model used by Messi himself, which is a bit surprising, given that there is another higher quality level available. The top shelf model is 16+ Pureagility, which has covered laces just like Purechaos. And like all top models (well, perhaps apart from Purecontrol, which we’re not very fond of) it always looks amazing.
No surprise then, that the upcoming release also looks stunning in its “plus” version. It’s absolutely beautiful! We knew from the beginning, that gold colour is going to make is a hit, which is a rare situation when it comes to this line, signed with the name of the famous footballer. And in this case we don’t have the awkward feeling we had when Neymar received is gold Phantom I for World Cup in Brazil: “too soon”.
Gold cleats made for a footballer are a way of honouring the best of the best and should not be awarded too easily. Ronaldo (R9) has his own pair, so did Beckham and Zidane. We have no doubt that Messi deserves a similar treatment and should wear his special model with pride. It’s a shame though, that the chrome effect is no longer a part of the sole for this model. That would make the boot even better.
As usual, the closer we get to the premiere, the more leaks we see. A few months ago we were shocked by news that a new adidas’ model, NEMEZIZ, is soon to replace Messi. We have shown you many pictures of the upcoming model since then, so you probably already have your first opinions on the subject. Today we’re adding some more materials.
In the pictures you can see 17.1. We know that there is going to be also a 17+ model, though the name has not been revealed yet. The upper remains a mystery as well. Everybody is expecting it to be as subtle and beautiful as in Pureagility or Purechaos. Let’s hope that some pictures get leaked soon, so that we could confirm our ideas.
It’s probably the first time we see a mix sole, which looks surprisingly boring actually. Instead, we focused on a much more interesting upper, another attempt of making a “sock-y boot”. It this photo we can see that it’s one-piece and coherent and that the material seems elastic. Let’s hope that it’s also well-cut and will fit a foot well.
In one of our previous articles we showed an upcoming generation of New Balance Visaro II and we called it the ugliest boot in history, criticizing both the design and the general quality. Today we add some gasoline to the fire and present a leather version of the said shoe.
It appears that leather versions are released in different colourways than standard ones. That’s not very surprising, since the very idea of New Balance making cleats seems to be some kind of an experiment, so it’s not likely that they should bother themselves with creating more editions and offering a choice – no one is going to need that. Just like in the last generation, the constructors simply decided to add leather as an extra layer on the upper, so that it fits the pattern of the synthetic versions.
The upper is divided into two parts: the front is leather and the back is synthetic. The material may be partly different in this edition, but its possibilities have not been fully used. The back still seems too thick, so how exactly does the shoe benefit from using leather? The idea of making boots of mixed materials is to take what’s best of each one of them, not the other way around.
After a few positive words said about New Balane and their Furon II, which we presented HERE, we have to return to the familiar pattern of writing about disappointments. A new boot from a new generation - a new embarrassment. With no pleasure at all, we’re attaching pictures of New Balance Visaro II, a fresh release of one of the company’s launch models.
What can we say... You can see the boot, you know how we feel inside. Before we release the whole load of hatred, let’s stay objective for one more moment and see if we can find any interesting technological novelties hiding under the ugliness. That could make up for the poor appearances, as we always reminded that the quality is the most important factor. Can you see anything innovative or valuable? Well, we can’t either. Quite the opposite, actually.
The upper of New Balance Visaro II is covered with concave and convex hexagons. The shapes could really help with controlling a ball, if it wasn’t for the weird construction. In the front part the polygons are concave, separated with a thick, bulging line. On the sides the shapes are convex.
We can’t see any practical use for this solution. The pads on the front are small and won’t be much help with receiving a ball (if they will be help at all that is, we don’t know yet if they are actually soft). The ones on the sides, however, are only making the boot thicker – it’s not like we’re going to receive anything with our heels. On top of all, that the material looks stiff, so we can only imagine how terrible the upper made of three of four layers of it must feel. We haven’t seen the boot in real life yet, but this time we think we can already announce the verdict: a capital punishment for this one!
Visually the boot is grotesque, mostly because of the horrible sole. It looks like taken from an orthopaedic shoe. We have never seen such a lack of taste and understanding of clients needs. NB seems to be living in a different world, a one where football is not very popular and no one bothers to do any research before designing a product. NB Visaro II is dead and buried even before its release.
In one of the previous articles we described special colourways for X and Ace which adidas is preparing for the Champions League. As it often happens, we deliberately omitted Messi, which usually gets a different design. And now there is also Copa 17, which makes filling gaps in our calendar of leaks even harder, because we still have no news on this model. But our intuition tells us, that when X and Ace are launched in UCL versions, Messi will get this look: adidas is going to release a new special colourway for their greatest star.
Because of the new model, NEMEZIZ, we can start counting down Messis’ days (and colourways). Who knows, how many designs made for this model we may get. We know that we’ll see this gold one, which are bound to be a hit, given their original colour.
We don’t know the date of release ULC collection, but this Messi will be launched probably before the end of this month. For everyone interested in buying this model, such as ourselves, this may be one of the last chances.
You know what we think about New Balance and their cleats: a mid-level company, which stands somewhere far away in the crowd, following trends instead of creating them. There is nothing special about their products, nothing that would make them a real competition for the leading brands. But every now and again they do deserve a complement.
Because of a certain leak we can pay them a few right now. We’d like to present one of the future colourways for New Balance Furon II. The second generation of this line, which was very exciting at first, was rather quietly launched a few months ago. But this new colourway reminded us, that the visual aspect of this model deserves praise. The boot is attractive in general and this very composition makes it even better. Well done!
It’s not the first time we see a mix of white, silver and lime on cleats. It was used before for the legendary, limited edition of Vapor. Also here, though it may not be as visible in those pictures, there is a lovely chrome effect on the sole. It’s a shame that we’re not likely to see this gorgeous model in Poland, because of the terrible work of the distributor.
In Poland the phenomenon of evoPOWER Vigor is not really visible, but in countries where Puma is more active, the second colourway has already been released. And many more are being prepared; you might have already seen some of them on our website. Today we’ll share two more products from evoPOWER line, which are to be released in the upcoming months.
The first one is one of those releases which make us fall in love with the brand. If we had to name one thing we like most about Puma, it would be their special editions, which during the years have become their distinctive feature. The evoPOWER Vigor you can see above has a very original colour and construction. Did you notice that sides of the upper don’t have little holes, unlike the standard edition?
The other surprise is another pair of cleats from the “Derby Fever” collection, made especially for the stars wearing Puma’s shoes in club derby. This model was designed for match Arsenal vs. Spurs in northern London and the player wearing them will be Olivier Giroud. We’ll see the boots in real on 29th April, when the match takes place. We’re waiting!
What an interesting piece of news! It proves that we were right about the regularity of leaking cleats from new Hypervenom generation, but also (unfortunately) about the colourways. Though, in this case our redaction may forget for a moment that we prefer garish colours.
Soon we’ll see another Tech Craft pack, a collection of four models released in leather. As usual, we find the most recent model the most interesting as well, because we haven’t had a chance to see it in TC version yet. It seems like the material used for the new Phantom III DF TC is quite similar to the one from the previous generation, which is a bit of a shame, because it was definitely not the highest level. It felt for us like “leather” was only used as a word to catch attention, not to provide real quality. We’re not really expecting these new black-green cleats to show anything spectacular in this area – let’s hope we’re wrong.
But we do like the colourway! A few bright elements and lovely mix of black and dark green is a very original idea, we can’t remember the last time we saw something like this. And that’s already a big complement. Pure class and elegant look. Well done!
And another good news is that now we know we should also expect three other models to be leaked soon. We’re waiting for Mercurial, Magista and Tiempo.
In one of our previous articles we described a new Hypervenom colourway, to-be-released in February/March. Now we’re continuing with the subject and a NikefootballX boot. This model gives us some insight into the producer’s plan, which wasn’t clear before because of the new Hypervenom’s “young age”.
Usually every “x” series would have a different colourway from all the other serial compositions, only sporadically all the boots would share a design. First HypervenomX Finale, which Zaki showed you multiple times, is obviously similar to, for example, an FG version of the boot, but all the rest of them could have been made in different styles.
All the indoors and turfs from HypervenomX are the same colour as cleats. Does that mean that the diversity of different types of boots, which we so valued, is gone? Let’s not draw any conclusions too fast, we’ve seen some traces but it’s too soon to be sure of anything.
Last week we reminded you of two Mercurial colourways by posting some pictures of indoors. Today, we’ll show you another two models from this series, only this time better quality levels, and one completely new boot, probably planned for release in the second half of 2017. Ladies and gentlemen, Superfly V.
The first one to discuss is already familiar Cristiano Ronaldo colourway, launching towards end of February. Earlier we have shown you Vapor XI AG in the same design and as we said back then – the better quality of a boot, the prettier the composition. This Superfly V is one of the boots we like most, when it comes to premieres of the next few months.
And this is something completely new: an unusual colourway, especially for Mercurial series. When describing a female Radiation Flare collection, we mentioned that Superfly looks just like a Magista Obra from few years ago and now we think that it’s even more visible in a male collection. Two boots inspired by the past? We like the idea.
Recently we wrote about a new, interesting model: X 16.2 Trainer. We figured out they are shoes for walking or perhaps some other similar activities, created in a cleats-design. Now, Ace also has received its own version of the new invention in a most recent colourway.
The boot in the picture is Ace 17.1 Tango. The name doesn’t contain anything connected with training, and even though the design is clearly inspired by cleats, we don’t think it really has the spirit of football. The shoe was made more to look good and not necessarily to be practical, which is definitely not an approach typical for any football boots.
Ace 17.1 Tango have been available for quite some time, so perhaps some of our readers had already tested their quality themselves. If you’d like to share your opinions, write an e-mail to our redaction or simply leave a comment under a post on FB.
It seems that the biggest piece of the leaks-cake gets Hypervenom III, at least when it comes to Nike. One mystery is solved: the orange-gray colourway is a part of a female collection, but there are some others remaining, still waiting to be put on a timeline. Today’s new model is a Phantom, a black-chrome design with red accents.
It’s probably going to be the first black HV3, because in theory it’s released in February-March. We don’t think it’s likely that Nike will surprise us with another, never-seen composition this soon. Recently, the youngest offspring of the American company has arrived on NIKEiD and so we know now, that colour-accents for this series are transverse stripes on the heel and the front part of the sole.
As always, we like the idea of using chrome colour. It’s a shame, that Nike gave up on the idea of releasing three colourways in a row, which would use the same three colours and swap their order. That could mean Phantom in chrome colour! But we understand, that creating such an effect on a Flyknit upper must be a hard task, if possible at all.
The boot is really pretty, we just hope that Nike won’t start releaseing all of their colourways in dark shades now – we have already seen quite a lot of these last autumn.
Mercurial series has recently been in the spotlight, not only because of a very bright colourway, but also because another player, Neymar, started (officialy) using Vapor. As far as we know, the Brazilian will also get his special designs in this series (check out THESE indoors), but the number one of the line remains CR7 and it’s not likely to change in the next few years. Today we discuss the upcoming “Chapter 4”.
We have shown you this composition many times but never on a Vapor and never in an actual photo. A top quality level is always more visually attractive; it has a better shape and some elements are better visible, such as the stripes running across the upper. The model presented in the picture is Vapor XI with an AG sole. Only now we have finally approved this colourway.
Let’s discuss some details, which we couldn't see clearly before. CR letters are carved out in the upper’s material, 7 is glued on the top and has a characteristic, silver colour. We still wonder whether connecting the boot with a collection which Nike released for Mundial in South Africa is a good idea. What is the direct link with the Portuguese? Are there some other details we have missed?
At the beginning of the year, FIFA Football Awards took place, during which the best players in the world were acknowledged. We all know, that Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded his fourth Golden Ball, which is one of the reasons Nike has released a special colourway dedicated to him (you can read about it HERE). But how many of you know who the best female footballer of 2016 was? That’s Carli Lloyd, an American player, who was also treated by Nike with a special colourway.
We won’t discuss this model in detail here in terms of technology and quality; you can find everything you need to know about it in our review HERE). In short: it’s one of the best, if not the best model available. Let’s talk about the colourway instead, dominated by “Wolf Grey” colour with splashes of blue and silver. On the outside there are some inscriptions, most importantly one of Carli’s favourite motivational quotes, written in blue on the area of the shoe which touches a ball most often. On the heel there is also a silver “World Player of the Year 2016” text. All in all, the visual side of the boot is rather satisfying.
We don’t think this model will be available anywhere, it’s only meant as a special honouring for the American footballer and a way of saying thank you for winning this prestigious title.
This is really interesting news, given that Nike has recently released a similar boot in terms od character and construction. adidas announced a new composition for Ace (we don’t know anything about the premiere date), which looks very much like the most recent orange Obra II. Below you can take a look at 17.1 Primeknit.
In the past few weeks there were very few leaks of cleats planned for a distant future, so we are really happy that we managed to show you one now. Visually it’s a very good composition. We think this model is most likely to be released in September, just after the summer holidays. What’s interesting, it’s likely to be launched at the same time as first leaks of the next generation see the daylight (assuming that adidas will release it a year after the previous one, as they did the last time).
One of Instagram users has just reminded us of an upcoming Mercurial colourway. Given that we have seen Nike’s most recent collection, we think this is a tease of the next one, arriving with the next “chapter” on board.
Let’s start with the standard version of two indoor Mercurials in new colourway. The one above was scarcely seen in leaks. The next Vapor or Superfly is white-red (or maybe pink-white, it depends on a light). It reminds us of the “Clash” collection made for EURO 2012. This is without a doubt one of the most interesting colourways prepared for the next few months.
And that’s another boot, harking back to another tournament – and probably on purpose. Nike released a similar colourway for World’s Championship in South Africa in 2010. This is the next chapter of Christiano Ronaldo’s story, which you might have seen on TEPY.PL on cleats and indoor MercurialX Proximo.
This is a typical story of a boot, from the first leak to the premiere, unless we’ve missed something. A few months ago, we presented cleats which looked like a prototype of new evoPOWER Vigor. What’s unusual, they were black with white and pink knitted elements. And now, one of the serial compositions looks very much like what we’ve seen back then.
Nowadays it’s becoming more and more popular to put some colour to the prototype, “blackout” models. That way it’s still possible to hide the details of the construction, but also draw our attention. We think that in this case designers decided to use some elements from the official colourway.
It’s the first edition of evoPOWER Vigor which is released in darker shades. In both other editions, CAMO and launch-one, more garish, visible colours were used with good results. This new colourway will fit the tastes of people with classical tastes, even more so because this is a leather edition. And, what’s really important, this leather is not glued to some kind of a cage, but sewed with soft foam. Soon, this solution will only make us smile to our memories.
This model was a big surprise for us and our fans. After the premiere of Copa 17.1 we felt really sorry about the end of Gloro. Just a few months earlier we discussed a rare, mysterious Gloro 15.1! adidas has not stopped making that model, even though it comes from an earlier generation, so every now and again we see them releasing limited quantities of new colourways. This is a similar situation.
As you know, there is a model called Copa Gloro 17.2, a mix of Gloro 16.1 and Copa 17’s design. The result is a very good boot taking positive aspects of both “parents”, giving us the brilliant quality of Gloro 16.1 in a reasonable price.
The main news is of course a leak of a new colourway. We’d also like to add, that if there is one thing the boot lacks, it’s the “1” after the dot. Quality is the most important aspect, but still most customers are likely to buy a product which is supposedly a pro version.
We’re still in the mood for indoor shoes! We have shown you a special edition of NikefootballX inspired by Air-Max, we have shown also Puma’s evoPOWER and today we’d like to talk about something more exotic. We’ll take a look at Under Armour’s Clutch-fit turfs and discuss a changing status of this brand.
Clutch-fit is a series which focuses on providing good control; it was once compared with Magista, before it turned out that they are rather different quality levels. As usual, the turf version is nothing like normal cleats, because it lacks most of the upper-solutions typical for this line. Instead the unevenness is probably a result of using special, white in this case, paint.
What’s interesting, since recently Under Armour is selling in Poland.
Did you know, that recently in London a premiere of evoPOWER Vigor took place? The launch colourway (or even two of them, if you include CAMO) is now officially available and it’s time to start focusing on other future releases. One of them is an orange colourway, which we have shown you before.
We have seen it on cleats and we even found out that it will be released along another EvoSpeed, also orange and probably one of the last ones before (!) the series is shut down. We like to refresh some older subjects with new information and photos, such as this one of an indoor.
The lower quality levels have sometimes some positive aspects, even more if they fit your preferences well. evoPower, thanks to making the upper slimmer, are more slender and graceful, a bit like “ballet” cleats, very thin and flat football shoes. We know that many of you are very fond of such solutions. If the sole is well designed and does the job (yes, we know that these are turfs), this could be a very interesting, cheap option.
Tomorrow, you can expect absolutely brilliant news on Ace 17, but today we something almost just as good. It’s one of the most interesting colourways we’re expecting to see in the near future. You have already seen it on X Purechaos, but it’ll also be available in Ace version, including Purecontrol you can see below.
The name CAMO comes from camouflage, in this case it reminds us of a winter military uniform. The term is covering more and more interesting designs, especially the ones made by Puma, and brings something fresh to the world of cleats. In this case, the upper is covered with white and gray polygons.
At first, the boot may seem completely white and only after you take a closer look you can fully appreciate its beauty. This is a standard, serial colourway, so we are sure than soon we’ll see a lot of it on a pitch. And we’re really glad about it, because recently normal, white designs have been surprisingly rare. This model will surely look great, because white synthetic always draws attention.
Nike likes to hark back to their own models. That’s not really surprising, when we consider their long, rich history, full of market-shaping boots. Some of them are immortal and still very popular, others have become icons of the business. One of such legendary models was Air Max, which was an inspiration for last year’s special Nikefootball edition.
Soon we’re going to see another release: Magista nad Hypervenom (and maybe other models as well) will be presented in colourways representing different Air Max models and their designs. Street versions are also planned, so you will be able to get shoes both for playing football and for a journey home.
For us, the most interesting treat is HypervenomX Proximo. It’s a model we’ve seen only on a premiere in Munich and still has some secrets waiting to be discovered. We adore this limited colourway, it may be dark, but it has a real spirit.
We don’t know yet, if we should expect also Finale, the lower-shelf model or perhaps TiempoX and MercurialX. The only occasion when an incomplete collection was released was a special editioin for CR7, but this case is completely different.
In this article we’re going to focus on a boot much more interesting than most of those we recently showed. Partially that’s because it won’t be released any soon and partially because it’s a descendant of the greatest hit of the last year. How can we not be excited? Even more so, because we have a surprise.
We mentioned a few times already about adidas X 17.1, which will probably be released just before summer holidays (as usual). The next generation won’t be a revolution, more of an evolution, and not a fast one either. The cleats will have the same shape and general construction. At first we thought, that they will only be available in synthetic, but apparently they will also be released in leather.
Today we’d like to show you that version in a familiar colourway. As we see in the picture, not only the material was changed here, but also construction: the instep hardening is much smaller than usually. But the greatest difference is the front m=part of the shoe.
Standard version was until now typically sewed leather with an extra foam layer, but now adidas to build X differently: put a modern “cage” in a shoe and glue leather to it. The same solution was used for adiPure, Legend VI and Ace 17.
Recently, adidas presented a special edition of Ace, signed with a name of one of the last year’s best players, who also happens to be an interesting personality when it comes to cleats. Paul Pogba has been seen wearing unusual boots many times and we got a bit upset when we found out, that he made a deal with adidas, because he will no longer receive unique colourways from Nike. But adidas also has some treats for us, such as this new, special colourway.
As expected, the top model, lace-less Ace 17+ Purecontrol, is a part of this edition. The new composition harks back to the previous generation, when Pogba was given his first “own” model. The upper was then mostly black, this time it’s covered with an interesting pattern. As far as we know, this model is not available in Poland.
This edition includes not only cleats but also more rare (and therefore more interesting) indoors and turfs Purecontrol. An indoor boot without laces is something we’d love to test, especially in the new generation, which is theoretically improved in terms of stabilising a foot. We also noticed that BOOST system was used in a sole. How interesting!
And there is also a shoe made for walking, we don’t even know how to call it – there’s no way we’re ever going to see or be able to buy it anywhere. Visually it’s rather impressive, as most adidas’ shoes do nowadays. Their “lifestyle” boots are a hit and we’re still not bored with them.
NikefootballX series, consisting of premium versions of indoors and turfs, is usually released in a different colourway than cleats. We can’t remember the last time all the shoes received the same composition – until now. And what a splendid coincidence, because we absolutely love this collection, so both cleats and trainers are bound to fit our tastes.
It seems that Nike will release X Finale and Proximo in the same shades as the normal shoes. We have found a picture of MercurialX Proximo confirming our words. It’s going to be green, just like Superfly V. If that’s not just one exception, we’re expecting to see also orange MagistaX Proximo, green TiempoX and, of course, HypervenomX Proximo II looking like the one in the video HERE.
As a bonus we’d like to show you also indoor and turf standard versions of lower level Tiempo, Tiempo Mystic TF and IC. We’re in the middle of the season for this kind of footwear and many of you may plan summer-camps where you will need this type of shoes, so we have a feeling this is going to be a bestseller!
Another collection was released by Nike and its brightest star is without any doubt Hypervenom Phantom III, followed by every other model introduced as a novelty. The buzz around the premiere is huge, but we managed to divide our attention and check out green Mercurial and same-colour Tiempo. And in our opinion, the entire new collection looks stunning.
We have seen leaks before, but now, a few days before the official launch, we decided to bring them up once more. At any other point of the year, with a different set of competitors, this orange Magista Obra II would certainly be praised by everyone, even though in reality they are the last on the list of reminders. But still, they are much better than the ones from Dark Lightening pack, at least when it comes to our tastes.
Magista returns to bright colours, which we haven’t seen since its premiere (with a little exception, garish indoor/turf composition from Floodlights GLOW pack). Everything that followed was rather dark, usually a mix of dark greens and blues and various shades of gray. There was also Elite Pack with a white upper, but that Obra wasn’t too remarkable. We’re sure that this orange version will stay in our heads longer.
Before the premiere of the new Hypervenom we speculated about a finale of the previous generation. We know, that we can expect something extra from Nike, when it’s time to say goodbye to one of their models. This time, it seemed that the last colourway we were going to get for the second generation was just black, leather design from Tech Craft pack. But in the end it turned out, that another composition had been prepared. It’s not breathtaking, but it’s surely a treat for every cleats-fan.
One of the most interesting footballers in the world of cleats is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese is truly a fan, just like we are, and was seen wearing incredible cleats multiple times. When playing for France, he got himself Superfly with little jewels, then, after moving to BVB, he put the club’s logo on the upper, probably with the NIKEiD system, or perhaps with Nike’s own help. This time there can be no mistake – the brand has custom made this surprising model just for him.
For the Africa Cup of Nations the French-born player was given a pair, which is now officially the last design made for Hyprvenom Phantom II. It’s a unique, black-gold colourway. The swoosh is covered with little stars, the sole has a colour typical more for adidas’ shoes. On the side, as usual, there is a personalisation.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reminds us a little of Pogba, who also changed his cleats all the time and had some special, one-of-a-kind colourways made just for him.
The cleats we’re describing today are a bit unusual. Mostly because it’s the third colourway for Ace and we still haven’t seen this particular model. Ace was not a part of Chequered Black pack, but Ace 17.1 was available in Red Limit. So why haven’t we seen the low version of it?
You can see this version now, above, showed in colourway from Blue Blast pack, which is not longer a mystery because last week footballers started using it on a pitch. We don’t know, if the problem is with our Polish market or if other countries suffer from it as well, but the low-cut model from in launch colourway was hardly available in many places.
We hope that with this design everything will go back to normal, especially since we’ve been very fond of this model since the first time we saw it. New Ace 17 is completely different from previous generations, bringing together an X-like construction and some fresh solutions. In our opinion, this is the most interesting model from the entire series.
Recently, a lot has been written about the soon-to-be-released adidas’ collection, but this time we’d like to take a look at what’s further ahead. Especially since today’s model is definitely one of the currently most popular ones and the colourway is just as interesting and pretty as the one presented earlier. This description fits only one type of a boot: one of X series.
Here it is: the top model, X 16+ Purechaos, which we have showed you in one of the previous articles in Blue Blast colourway. This white design with grey accents is a perfect choice for people who are not keen on garish colours but don’t want to buy black cleats either. We have called it CAMO, after “camouflage” and a few other, similar compositions (especially the ones offered by Puma), which automatically show up in our heads as we’re looking at it.
White cleats made with all kinds of knitted materials are a rarity, because they are simply hard to wash properly and it doesn’t take long before they lose their charm. One of the exceptions was Superfly V Vitoras designed for CR7, but the Portuguese will probably use them only once or twice, not to mention that most people who bought this limited edition won’t actually use them on a pitch.
Purechaos is not a lost cause, however, because most of the areas which usually touch a ball and are hardest to wash (including laces) are hidden under a synthetic cover. We described the top adidas’ model in THIS video.
As promised, we continue to present leaks of indoor versions, but this time we have something much more interesting than the previously described low version of Puma’s turfs. We’d like to show you trainers and turfs of one of the middle-class models: MercuralX Finale. But the model is not important, what matters is that this is the first official colourway made for Neymar!
Since recently Neymar has been using Mercurial again (or rather has been doing it officially now). When he played in Santos he used Superfly, but now his choice was Vapor. That’s why it’s possible, that MercurialX Finale is actually the top model for this colourway.
This design is stunning and we bet it’s going to be a huge hit. It’s hard to say what the inspiration for creating such a composition was: five stars are a “pointer” to Brazil, the rest of the shoe is somehow connected with important events and places from “Junior’s” career. We weren’t drawn towards other versions of this model, but this one we’d love to acquire.
Today we’re presenting new adidas’ shoes, which were released some time ago. We’ve never mentioned them before on our site, but we’re still certain that you will find them familiar in a way, because they are basically a mix of two other well know boots. The model is called Copa Gloro 17.2 and was designed as a cheaper alternative for leather Copa 17, the top level model.
The upper, taken from Copa 17.2, is made of coarse-grained veal leather and provides softness and comfort. The sole is also borrowed from the same model. The tongue with its rubber band, however, was clearly inspired by Gloro 15. So in general this model is Copa 17.2 with Gloro’s tongue.
The colourway is a classical mix of black and white. The official name is white/night metallic/black. It’s quite ordinary and doesn’t surprise us with anything; the only interesting element is the graphics on the sole, white with black patterns.
We think the idea of joining these two models is good. The shoe is now a perfect solution for those who can’t afford Copa 17.
Nike’s brightest star of the past few days was without a doubt new Hypervenom, but the rest of the upcoming collection doesn’t look shabby at all either. Apart from blue-pink Phantom and red Magista (we’ll come back to this one!) the greatest hit is Mercurial.
Today we’re quickly reminding you the green colourway for Superfly V. This year Nike stopped splitting the design into outer and inner part of the upper, everything is even. For the previous generation of Superfly two similar compositions were made and they were so popular, that every single pair was bought just hours after they arrived in shops! We think this edition may be a similar case, even more so because the fifth generation has proven to be even better than the previous one; we wrote about is in a review HERE.
Our previous article about Ace 17+ Purecontrol from the Blue Blast collection, was dealing with a completely new product, but this time we only want to remind you about a shoe we fell in love with a long time ago. We publish so many articles that sometimes we lose track of what we have already posted, but in this case we are almost sure, that we’ve never showed you this top model of X.
We mentioned it before; we even liked it so much that we created a mix of this colourway (with some elements from its upper) and Nike’s Superfly V. You can see the results of our little experiment HERE.
A lot of pictures have been leaked already, but as the premiere is getting closer we see more and more of photos showing its real colours. Were the previous versions just samples and this one is a final product? Or is it only a matter of light? Either way, this blue shade seems darker than before.
A few years ago, nobody would believe, that Poland can have a footballer, who is not only world-famous and regularly participates in the Champions League, but also is a star of one of the football footwear lines. You know, that we are absolutely crazy about cleats, so this kind of accomplishment is almost just as important for us as winning in the greatest tournaments. Soon, Lewy is about to change his cleats again and become even more important than Neymar himself in this field. That’s why we thought it could be a good idea to look at all the boots he used: since he was only “Bobek” until now, when he’s a superstar wearing Phantom II.
On the Internet you can find plenty of stories about Robert’s career. His mother remembers his youth as a constant pursue after a ball and a complete lack of interest in other childish games. The first club he seriously played for was Varsovia, and fortunately for us, there are some pictures from that period, on which his cleats are visible. We have found some photos showing little Lewy wearing Nike shoes. Just as you could expect, he was using Tiempo series, probably still more often on the backyard than a real pitch.
In his first club matches, our boy was also wearing some kind of low-level Puma model. Apparently Lewy has seen many corners in the world of cleats. That should be a lesson for everyone – if you want to become a great player, determination is more important than expensive boots, you can start from scratches and still succeed.
The next chapter in his history is Znicz Pruszków. Lewandowski was living away from his hometown for the first time, and the level of the game here was significantly higher at that point, especially for a teenager. Lewandowski’s preferences turned in favour of adidas, in some of the earliest photos from those days we see him wearing - surprisingly - F50 TUNIT (the ones which can be put together from different elements). We have seen Robert using black-white and black-yellow uppers.
And then came the era of adiPure, though we should mention that earlier he had a short adventure with Predator Powerswerve. At this stage we are already talking about professional models. Lewy was never a dandy and clearly preferred more toned down compositions, dark or sometimes white, back then both shades not considered extravagant anymore. Usually he chose leather versions, which makes us think he may have a rather wide foot.
After moving to Poznań he was still using adiPure. In most cases he was seen in black or white, sometimes also blue colour sets, which fitted his club’s t-shirt best. The redaction of TEPY.PL had a pleasure of watching Robert live in many matches, when he was already scoring dozens of goals. Adidas was definitely his choice and we think he already had a kind of agreement with the company, because his cleats were personalised especially for him, with a flag and a nickname.
During his last years in Lech Poznań, Nike became interested in our footballer. And when they became interested, they prepared a contract for him. Lewandowski started playing in T90, in Laser III model. It was a short acquaintance, but still many important meetings were played out with it. And still in the same shoes, Lewy became a Borussia Dortmund player. He might have changed a sponsor, but his preferences remained the same – calm colours, always matching his clothes (so for his matches in Polish national team he used white-red compositions).
Then he moved on to Laser IV. It was becoming more and more apparent he was almost always using the most recent colour sets, also the more garnish ones. The most memorable are probably the orange ones, made of a different than usual material, in which Lewy scored four goals against Real Madrid. We also recall Laser IV released for EURO 2012 with great fondness, because our redaction had a pleasure of seeing and touching those very boots just an hour before they were passed to Robert.
When T90 series was shut down, Lewandowski switched to its successor, Hypervenom series, Pantom model. At this point Lewy was already a well known player, so he became a big part of the advertising campaign. Of course, it was still Neymar who ruled the roost, then there was Ibrahimović, and then Robert with other players, such as Isco. From that point his importance as a player was growing faster than ever. He used dozens of colour sets, even one of the limited editions. At some point the BVB forward was also using a special composition created for him with NIKEiD. He was one of the very few included in this action.
In the moment of premiere of the second Phantom, Lewy was definitely one of the top players, as good as Neymar really. He played in every composition apart from Tech Craft. The most memorable event from this period in cleats-history is when a special colour set was made for him, the first Polish footballer ever to get such a treatment. Many motifs from his life were included in the design, such as Polish flag, the eagle from the national emblem and a judo belt (his father was training judo). Only a few pairs were released. Still, Neymar was given this honour many times, but...
Exactly! Not so long ago we mentioned, that the third generation of Hypervenom is coming, and since Robert is now in better shape than ever and Neymar has not been using Hypervenom for a long time (instead he plays in Mercurial), we think Lewy may become a sole leader of this line, which would put him ahead of players such as Wayne Rooney. Isn’t that amazing? And that could mean more and more special editions made for Robert. Perhaps even the premiere of the new HP will be organised in Munich. We hope so, for the benefit of our excellent footballer.
On January 16'th 2017 Nike presented the newest cleat from the Hypervenom series. Just as we expected the leader of it is Robert Lewandowski. Besides him in the representative team we have guys like Klose, Rashford or Cavani. Although they are world-wide know football brand;s, it's Robert who became the no.1 one man, one of few in history that became a leased of a entire silo. Robert;s way is a history of great success. We have written it now with pen, but with his football boots.
Recently we have created an event on Facebook, connected with promoting a new adidas’ collection, Blue Blast, which will be released at the end of January. But it seems like we made a mistake in that article. We showed Ace 17.1 Primeknit, which in fact belongs to one of the future packs. The upcoming Ace won’t have so many black elements as the one we presented earlier, instead we can expect a lot of whiteness.
A good example of which is the main character of this article, a blue-purple-white composition for the top model, Ace 17+ Purecontrol. “Seventeen” is a relatively fresh product, so every new edition makes a huge difference for everyone who decided to buy adidas’ youngest baby. It’s nice, that a chrome sole (at least partly) is still used in the new generation. But the most vital element is the top of the upper.
As you remember, in a launch colourway adidas introduced a bit of chaos by presenting a boot which was basically the same as the previous generation with minor changes. What’s most important, the part which was always causing many problems, the stretchy top of the collar and inner side of the upper (we mean the part on the inner side of a foot), have not been fixed. So the big question about Ace 17+ Purecontrol Blue Blast is whether it’s really going to look like the one in the picture.
Yesterday in Munich we attended the premiere of new Hypervenom III. After testing them on a pitch we moved to the studio for an official presentation. Robert Lewandowski wasn’t the only star present, Klose, Rashford and Cavani were also invited. We recorded a lot of material, which is currently being edited, and soon we’ll be able to show you on our YouTube channel everything we experienced. For us, the main designer of this model, also present during presentation, was just as big a star as all the footballers. That’s why before we present all the fun connected with the event, we’ll share with you our first impressions on the Phantom III DF.
The shoe is definitely lighter than its predecessor. Its shape and thickness have not been altered, but changes in the construction and materials used for the upper result with a boot which is less similar to models like T90 and more to modern, light Mercurial. In this case – Superfly V.
The upper is entirely made of Flyknit, that’s why it feels comfortable and fits well, just like the mentioned Superfly. There are no extra elements such as thicker layers with holes for the lacing system. Instead laces go directly through fly-wire fibres (which harden when force is applied to them), sticking out of the upper. This design is often used now in running shoes, as the main designer told us. The previous generation used 1.5 metre of fibres and this one, despite being much lighter, uses three metres!
This system allows perfect fitting, especially in the middle part of the shoe. Differences between Hypervenom and other lines “with a sock” are most obvious on the front, top part of the upper. This area is not as stretchy as in Superfly. The surface is not as smooth and is covered with diamond-shaped unevenness. Just like in Obra II, they are only made of Flyknit, which means there are no artificial elements sticked between the material and Nikeskin, the layer which prevents the boot from stretching too much. The diamond themselves made it a bit harder, but still...
The upper is much softer than before. Even in Phantom II the material was changed not so long ago, as we pointed when talking with the designer. The front part of the boot fits toes far better now, it’s not too high anymore and adapts to the shape of a foot. That’s a very positive change.
Some elements characteristic for Phantom III are the texture of the upper and the sole. The former provides some new possibilities: good enough feeling of a ball for everyone who doesn’t like wearing paper-thin layers of material and hardening (not stiffening!) the big area used for shooting. Of course, after using the shoes for just an hour it’s hard to say for sure, but we think the sole is perfectly balanced between being elastic and rigid. It becomes almost unnoticeable element of the game. And luckily, even during a match we did notice how lovely the launch colourway is :)
Nike’s new Hypervenom 3 football boots were designed to do two things above all else: cut and strike. With these critical components of goal scoring in mind, Hypervenom underwent a radical makeover that includes a shift to Flyknit and the introduction of a new plate. “This is a finisher’s boot,” explains Max Blau, VP of Nike Football Footwear. “Every component of this boot was built for goals.” The emphasis on scoring is most evident in the strike zone of the boot, which contains multi-layered Poron® foam pods integrated into a Flyknit upper. The pods are rate dependent, creating a dampening soft touch at low velocity contact, but activating rigidity when striking the ball with high velocity to create a firm launching pad for a true strike.
The pods in the strike zone are 2mm thick. The visible texture built into the rest of the Flyknit upper is hollow, flexible, and designed to enhance touch. The texture is also a nod to the scaly upper of the original Hypervenom boot that launched in 2013.
“We wanted a softened, flexible upper on Hypervenom 3 and knew Flyknit was the best way to achieve this,” explains the boot’s designer, Dylan Van Atta. “By designing down to the pixel, we’re able to bond the texture only where necessary to keep it supple for comfort and touch.”
To provide a customizable fit, Hypervenom 3 leverages three meters of Nike Flywire cables (the previous Hypervenom had one meter) within floating channels that can be adjusted to preference via the lateral lacing system. This enables the player to fine-tune the fit at each loop for more precise lock-in to support lateral cuts.
Further lateral stability comes from Hypervenom 3’s new Dynamic Fit Collar, which features a redesigned agility cuff. “The prominent bones in your ankle are offset by up to 10mm and Hypervenom 3 mirrors this,” explains Van Atta. “Lateral cutting can subject ankles to an extreme angle and this boot was designed with that in mind.”
For players who prefer a low-cut boot, Hypervenom 3 is Nike Football’s first boot to feature Flyknit in a low-cut version. Hypervenom 3 is also the first Nike Football boot to feature the entirely new, Hyper-Reactive plate that combines a flexible Pebax® material in the forefoot with a sturdier nylon material for support. “The Hyper-Reactive plate has been in development for six years,” states Van Atta. “We drew inspiration from Nike Free to create a more flexible forefoot that stays in contact with the ground while the heel is lifted for sharp cuts.”
Building off of Nike Football’s Traction Revolution, Hypervenom 3 also features a new, FEA data-informed traction pattern built for lateral cuts at sharp angles. “We leveraged hexagon studs for rotation and push-off so players could cut confidently,” explains Van Atta, “while incorporating sidewall chevrons for lateral and medial traction.”
Internal traction has also been taken into consideration with a Nike Grip sockliner that helps limit shifting of the foot within the boot.
At 196g, Hypervenom 3 is 17% lighter than its predecessor. “We crafted over 200 prototypes before achieving just the right balance for what players are trying to achieve,” concludes Blau. “With a sharp focus on a ‘cut and strike’ style of play, we’ve built the ultimate finisher’s boot.”
Hypervenom 3 will be available on Nike.com January 30, 2017 in the Poison Green/Hyper Orange colorway.
In THIS article, published during our first hours in Munich, we promised a competition in which you’ll be able to win the brand new Hypervenom Phantom, which you can see in the picture. While Zaki is running with Klose and testing the new model (if things are going according to the plan), you can take a chance to guarantee yourself a pair of Nike’s youngest children.
We don’t know yet, when the official release date is set for, so we can’t tell you when we’ll be able to pass the prize to you, but we can tell you for sure that Nike promised us to deliver one pair for our readers as soon as possible. So, what do you have to do to participate? Let’s do it just like we did in Madrid two years ago!
Since yesterday we’ve been posting on our fanpages content connected with #Hypervenom and we’ll surely continue to discuss Lewandowski’s new cleats at least until Wednesday. Your task is to like every piece published about Hypervenom on these fanpages: TEPY.PL, ZAKI, futbolsport.pl and Maciej Zakrzewski’s private profile. You also have to like or follow all of the mentioned pages.
The winner will be randomly chosen this Thursday from all the people who fit the criteria described above. We wish you good luck and we throw ourselves back into work on $HV3!!!
In January, when we still remember about our New Year’s resolutions, we try to improve on every possible field and it’s natural to expect, that companies which produce sports equipment should feel the same way. After all, it’s them who started this race of innovations and now they have to compete with each other in incredible speed, for our and their benefit. When it comes to the biggest, most popular companies we can see their effort almost every day.
Trying is important, but it doesn’t guarantee success, it takes also good ideas and solid execution. In the past we spoke disapprovingly about New Balances actions. Firstly, taking over Warrior caused a disappearance of many good models. Then there is also the question of their brand being known worldwide and having huge possibilities, but not showing any interesting products on the football shoes’ market.
What you see above is another generation of Visaro, which will soon appear in spohs. It’s a leather version; in previous generations it has never been particularly pretty and it doesn’t seem like this one is going to be any better. And trust us, the synthetic version is even worse.
For the next few articles we have prepared an unusual series about upcoming colourways. Unusual, because we won’t describe top models, instead we’re going to focus on indoor versions of the shoes. It’s January, so we think many of you may be interested in seeing such things. Just remember: most of the presented shoes will be released long after this year’s snow is gone.
However, this model, Puma evoPOWER VIgor in TF version, may be an exception. We’re expecting them soon, and to be honest we even fear they may be released before we publish this article. Either way, the sole presented here can be used 365 days a year for intense football, whatever season it is, so it won’t be wasted :)
It’s a standard product and doesn’t differ much from the previous generation of evoPOWER or any other line. Its visual aspects are similar to the top level’s, more than construction and quality. And the top model so far seems a really good product.
As you have probably figured out from the long list of leaks, the redaction of TEPY.PL represented by Zaki, who has been publishing his history with Hypervenom on his fanpage, has left today to... attend the premiere of the next generation! This is the moment when we can officially reveal, that Nike invited us to an event during which the new Hypervenom are going to be presented. And if we’re talking about #hv3, there can be only one place where this event can be held: in Munich!
In the next two days you’ll surely follow every form of our social media to see what’s happening out there. You can also expect a contest, maybe even a few. We have a few ideas and who knows, maybe you’re going to be the first person after Zaki and Lewy to try on the new Phantom. Stay tuned, we’ll be posting more information soon.
So far we checked in a hotel and we already know what we’re going to publish. We’re going to spend some time with Robert, probably even more than once. But he’s not the only star we’re going to meet. If the weather doesn’t surprise us, tomorrow Zaki will have a chance to test the new Phantom III with Miroslav Klose. And that’s still not the last famous name on our list!
But of course for people as crazy about cleats as we are, the footballers are not as important as the shoes! We have seen them in many leaks but we know very well, that Nike can surprise us and we’re dying to see if they will this time as well.
We have received two sketchbooks with the first official materials on the new Hypervenom and one of them we’d like to give you. So here is the first competition: in the comments below the post on our Facebook fanpage, informing about this article, post a picture showing your Hypervenom. One of the contestants will get the sketchbook. And who knows, maybe we’ll be able to get you an autograph of the master as well.
Recently we have spent a lot of time following adidas’ newest products, especially the X line with a new 17.1 model. But this is not the only treat that the three-striped company has prepared; let us not forget about the new NEMEZIZ model, filling in for Messi. You can read more about them HERE.
Above we’re presenting one of the lower versions in a never seen black and white composition. It’s definitely not one of the prettiest compositions, we don’t like this version, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. And another one is...
White X 17! In this case it’s probably 17.3. Pay attention to the SAMPLE sign on one of the shoes. Two models in similar colours make us think we should expect an entire white collection, with a special, different complementary colour used for each model.
If you follow our fanpage you know that a new titbit has arrived recently. When our redaction is almost certain about a date of release of a new collection, we organise an event in which you can declare that you would like to buy a given shoe and by clicking “going” show how much you like it. This way we are able to prepare better discounts for you, when the time comes.
The first one of such events was created for adidas’ Blue Blast, which will be released towards the end of January. If you’re interested, you’re welcome to join us HERE. The boot in the picture above is something you know quite well already: new Ace 17.1 Primeknit, in their third (already!) edition. What you see below is much more interesting.
It’s a standard “short” version of Ace 17.1. Footballers use it and we have seen them in countless leaks of Red Limit pack, but they somehow missed Polish shops. We hope that this one will be more available, because the new composition fits our tastes perfectly.
A few weeks ago we presented a leak of the next generation of the currently most popular cleats, adidas X. Model 17.1 won’t be much different from the previous generation. Looking at some earlier pictures of blackouts we deduced that a different material was used for making their upper. And today we can take a closer look at them in these real life photos!
In full colour we can confirm now, that the boot is indeed almost untouched by modifications. The material may be different, but the shape remains the same. We wonder how much the boot is “stuffed” on this picture and how would the upper look like without the inside extras. Would it flop a little? Is this meshwork this soft? Or are we just getting carried away with our dreams? It does happen every now and again :)
Above you can see one of the lower quality levels, probably 17.3. We think the lack of big changes can be forgiven once, especially in case of such a brilliant boot. We really like this colourway, we enjoy garish things. What’s interesting, not long before the premiere of X 17.1 adidas will release another green X from the previous generation. We’ll write about them soon!
Not so long ago we have written about Mizuno’s situation after they decided to shut down Basara and Wave Ignitus. Today, we’d like to share with you a new colourway for their most popular model, Morelia Neo II. When it comes to the second generation, we were the first ones to show you its leak, which you can see HERE.
The differences between the first and the second generation are scarce, at first sight you might actually miss them. Morelia Neo I was released a long time ago, so we were expecting a lot of changes in the next model but we didn’t get any. Unfortunately, we were left disappointed, because the new model doesn’t feel new at all.
But there is something that may save the boots at least to some extend: the colourway. This one is incredible! We are really impressed, especially since the Japanese brand is known for releasing repetitive compositions which all look alike. The key in this design is clearly the gradient, which makes the shoe look amazing. The leading colour is blue: brighter at the back, getting darker closer to the front. It reminds us of Messi 16. The logo of the brand is white; there are also some green accents here and there. The composition is called “MAZARINE BLUE”. We are surprised and pleased, that Mizuno decided to create something different from the simple designs they usually offer.
In one of our articles we presented you Messi 16.1 in a special, gold, colourway, which is going to be released in March 2017. In the same article we mentioned another premiere, saying that we’ll return to it in another article. And here it is!
Take another look at them one more time and think about what we can expect from adidas in the upcoming months. The new Messi are definitely a most unusual boot, but in this picture they seem a bit underexposed. There is going to be another brilliant colourway, similar to this one, for X 16, with a brighter shade of blue.
In our last article on the first release of adidas X 17.1 we mentioned about another green composition, made for the current generation. Today we’ll take a closer look at it and make a suggestion, that if you’re going to buy new cleats this spring, this is the model you want to spend your money on.
The lovely bright/dark green X 16 above are of course Purechaos, the highest level. In this composition we are willing to forgive the lack of chrome effect on the sole, because it’s just so gorgeous anyway. We are in love with them and we’d really like to buy a pair. In high probability this is one of the best colourways of the upcoming year.
X 16.1, the cheaper but still professional version without cover on the laces is also magnificent. Now we’re going to have a serious problem, because adidas is flooding us with models we’d love to buy: there is also the blue-pink X 16.1 from Blue Blast collection.
Since Paul Pogba joined adidas, the company has been treating him like a royalty. Small wonder they offer him so many great cleats; it’s been known for a long while that the French is crazy about football boots and enjoys playing with them, an example of which can be a long, rich history with Nike’s Magista Obra. The German company will soon release the second special edition of Ace made for ManU’s star.
Here they are: a very special colourway for Ace 17+ Purecontrol. The first one of those was made for the previous generation and released in limited quantity. We think this one may follow the same rules, which means we won’t see lower versions, not even Ace 17.1. It’s a sad news for all fans of the footballer, and definitely for their wallets.
With a new year come new premieres and impressions on new models, but also some fresh leaks. Most of them are connected with cleats which are to be released in the following 6 months, sometimes we can even surprise you with some news about a product even a year before its premiere. In this case we’re talking about a standard-timed leak, but the shoe is definitely the most interesting imaginably.
The boot is Nike Mercurial Superfly V, which will be released sometime in the summer, about a year after it first premiered before the EURO 2016. We know now, that Nike plans to launch Legend VII eighteen months after the premiere of the previous model, not two years as usually. If they intend to do a similar trick with Mercurial, we’ll be able to enjoy some fresh leaks of Superfly VI at the same time as the premiere of this colourway.
We can see one significant difference in the design of this shoe: there’s a big Nike inscription on the inner part of the upper. It looks a bit like Vapor XI, which was premiered in December – could it be a suggestion about Nike’s future schedule? Nah, probably it’s just our crazy minds are creating some conspiracy theories. Either way, we like this new inscription, perhaps partly just because of sentiment. With it, the idea of dividing of the upper for the inner and outer parts is abandoned.
This composition adds a new colour to the fifth generation’s palette: something “goldish”, between yellow and orange. This boot is a part of a collection consisting of four models, so we can expect to see similar Hypervenom, Magista and Tiempo – not the old one, but the seventh generation!
Nothing new to announce this time, instead we’d like to remind you of a certain model, since its new graphics was released. Puma has been releasing cleats in a Derby Fever edition for the past few months. They are special colourways made for their stars especially for derby matches. This one is a design for Cesco Fabregas, both in terms of his club and his personal life.
In the last few months we have seen such editions made for Varatti, Cazorla and Griezman among others. TEPY.PL also created a limited edition of EvoSpeed SL– not for Derby Fever, but for Kuba Rzeźniczak (CLICK).
In November we celebrated another chapter from Cristiano Ronaldo’s story told using football shoes. Let us say, that this is an absolutely amazing idea and it feels a bit like Nike is writing a fairytale! And another character from this story is already on its way, a colourway for Superfly V.
Our regular readers have already seen it on MercurialX Priximo CR7. It’s a lovely design, we can’t remember the last time we saw such nice cleats made for Ronaldo – we didn’t like Chapter 3 very much. But this one is way better and it’s clear, with what event it is connected. Do you remember Nike’s collection for World’s Championship in South Africa? If you don’t, you better check it out!
It hasn’t been long since we presented a leak of blue EvoSpeed SL and said that surely they would be released soon. And here they are! The last time we showed you the short model, but today we can also present the tall one, SL version. For those who are not aware: this is the lightest serial football shoe ever made.
A lot has been written about EvoSpeed SL. The newest generation with number 17 following letters hasn’t changed since the last one (unfortunately this is becoming a habit for Puma, especially in this series). This composition was released quietly, almost as a surprising extra. Such releases are also typical for the brand, but in this case we find it a good idea.
The composition, however, is nothing special and would probably mostly fit the tastes of people, who want to wear something calm and toned down but ultra-modern at the same time. If you’ve never tried SL this is one of the last chances to do it – EvoSpeed series will soon be shut down.
We never stop following social media of companies making sports equipment. Many interesting pieces of information come from Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. This time we have found an entire package of news on IG of a Portuguese designer, Insanity Gloves.
Let’s start with the photo which caught our attention, showing three pairs of gloves which make us think of adidas’ Ultimate or Reusch’s G2 Deluxe. Their profile and shape, wide and flat tips of fingers, are really similar to those products, which are worth over 400 zł. In the description we can find information that the company wants to focus on gloves meant for wet conditions this year. We don’t know anything about their parameters yet, we’ve only seen the design and construction, but we guess some new kind of Quartz foam (known from Venom model) was probably used here.
Another photo was posted on Instagram a day later showing a pair of gloves which instantly stole our hearts with its beauty. We think a graphical filter of some kind was used on it, because we’re unable to read the name of the foam. And that’s something we’d really like to know, since it’s the first time Insanity used coloured latex for their gloves. The description under the photo is similar to the previous one and also states that 2017 is going to be a rainy year for the company.
The last piece of news was about something made especially for customers’ request. Every goalkeeper has their favourite cut of the glove, and while in our opinion the one offered by Insanity is the best one in the market, there are many people who prefer Negative Cut or Rollfinger. The former, Negative Cut, will now be also available in Insanity’s offer. This move will surely win them many customers, because the number of available models will now be significantly increased.
We think that the Portuguese company has a great strategy, widening and widening their offer, and in a few years they may become a serious competitor for Reusch or Sells. Everyone we know who uses their gloves agrees, that their products are unmatchable, not to mention mach, much cheaper.
Do you still remember how back in December Nike announced a special edition of cleats for Cristiano Ronaldo? We wrote about it HERE. This week the Portuguese has resumed his trainings, for which he put on Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7 Vitórias: a limited model made as a celebration of Ronaldo’s exceptional results in 2016, as he represented both his club and his country. The most important are being awarded with the fourth Golden Ball, winning Champions League and UEFA Euro 2016.
This composition, despite its minimalism, is really remarkable. A mixture of white on the upper and gold on the sole is very pleasant to watch, especially complemented with black accents here and there: a CR7 sign, “Mercurial” inscription and a border of a swoosh. This colourway reminds us of the special edition of Vapor IX also made for Ronaldo.
As we said at the beginning, this is a limited edition, released in only 777 pairs worldwide. What an incredible treat for fans of the Real Madrid player! You will be able to buy them probable only on nike.com at the end of this month.
Quite soon, at the end of January, we can expect a new, beautiful colourway for Messi 16.1: the blue-pink one. We have mentioned it a few times already and for sure we’ll mention it many times again, but for now we’d like to show you a design for which we’ll have to wait a bit longer. How much longer?
Until March, probably the beginning of the month, when a new serial colourway for Argentinian’s cleats. We don’t know if adidas is planning to make a connection with Messi’s life but the colour of the boot suggests this possibility. It’s gold! Above you can see the top quality model, Messi 16+ Pureagility. In our opinion it looks absolutely stunning!
And here we have Messi 16.3, one of the ones we often praised for their good value for money. Of course it’s not the same quality as the best model, but it’s still something.
You see, releasing gold shoes comes with a certain responsibility: it was always a colour used for celebrating the most unique, special things. We remember how distasteful we found it when a gold Phantom I was made for Neymar, much too early in our opinion, when he didn’t deserve it yet. But in this case we are not worried: Messi is worthy of this decoration, and the model used for it is definitely fit as well, at least when it comes to visual aspect.
One of the most interesting leaks of the products released in the second quarter of 2017 was the one concerning a colourway called Camo. Now, when see have a picture of us making a hat-trick in a spring sun in our heads, we will gladly take a look at this model.
In the picture you can see X 16.1 model. This white colourway called Camo because of the distinctive pattern typical for “snow” versions of military uniforms will probably be released in April, along with the dark blue/black composition. Camo is the first bright shoe made by adidas since Stellar Pack – seems perfect for the beginning of the sunny season.
We always try to show you exotic models and brands as often as possible. But sometimes what we find rare and unusual seems common when compared with products which our readers find and share with us. For example, Asics and Penalty are quite popular if we put them next to what we’re about to show you (thanks to Tomek, one of our oldest readers). It appears that even in the most remote parts of the world interesting products can be found.
Most of us probably won’t know ATHLETA simply because we’re too young. If your grandparents used to watch football games many years ago (and was somehow able to read the tiny texts on their TV screens), then they could remember ATHLETA as a company which’s clothes were worn by Pele and the Canarinhos team. The brand was born in Brazil, where they cooperated with said footballers and then ended up in Japan, where many years ago they became really popular.
Recently ATHLETA was in the spotlight because of their sponsorship for Falcao, world’s best known futsal player, who until then represented Umbro. It was a bold move, which shows their possibilities and proves how popular the company is on the other side of the globe. But today we’d like to focus less on their actions on the indoor football market and more on their new cleats. What you can see on the first graphics is the top level of O-Rei Futebol A001. What a professional marketing :)
If you’re into cleats you must find this model interesting. It has a sole with external heel counter, an originally cut collar, O-Rei emblem looking a bit like a small detail known from adiPure and a perfectly sewed upper. The leather used for it looks for us like a first class material, which is probably why the boot costs over nineteen thousand Yens (about 680 zł). It’s not cheap, but not extremely expensive either. And, given the really pleasant design and good construction, we think the shoe is worth its price.
The top indoor shoe is O-Rei Futsal A001, which is similar to the outdoor version, except in this case only the front is made of leather, the rest is synthetic. If we take a closer look, we’ll notice, how we’ll designed this boot is, a mix of minimalism and good quality. And it’s pretty as well! The shoes made by ATHLETA impressed us and we’ll certainly follow the company’s future releases very closely. We’d love to have some of them in our collection. After all, if the logo was changed for Nike’s, no one would argue that this boot could just as well be a new Tiempo Legend.
Our minds have recently been occupied mostly with the premiere of new Hypervenom, but we didn’t forget that along them three other series will get new colourways. One of such premieres is pink-white Mercurial, which we have shown on this website before (check them out, they are brilliant!). Today we have something else for you, and not just for the nearest future.
The next Tiempo Legend VI, unless Nike is going so surprise us with changing their schedule, will be released in this green colourway. You know that we love this colour, but at first we weren’t convinced if it’s going to fit this model. Now, however, we know that there was no need to worry, the result is stunning. The only thing that Nike could have done better is the sole: why not release it in Anti-Clog version? This sole is black, not green, but is would look even better than this one. But since the Dark Lightening was released in AC, it’s not likely that Nike will use it again this soon.
And here is another composition. We wonder how many of them are going to be released, given that the next generation of Tiempo is going to be released in summer. Are we going to get one more Tech Craft pack? This white Legend VI doesn’t fit any other leak yet, but we’re sure that soon we’ll get some more pieces for this puzzle.
We have a reminder for you! Recent premieres slowed us down a little, but we know you’re all interested (just like we are!) about the future releases. We have once showed you a short version Ace 17.1 in a blue colourway and today we want to share something closely related.
It seems that the said Ace is a part of an entire collection, which is a solution typical for adidas, which releases separately only Messi. In the picture you can see X 16.1 in leather, visually very similar to the design from Red Limit Pack, except red was changed for blue here. We see also a certain relation (the pink logo) with the collection premiering this month.
Recently on TEPY.PL we’ve been writing a lot about some less popular brands. We even published a special article on this topic; you can read it HERE. But today we’d like to present you something even more exotic, a product made by a company you probably don’t know, called Concave. It’s an Australian brand, which became popular because of their boots for rugby and Australian football. It doesn’t operate worldwide like Nike or adidas. Their products can be ordered on their official website and delivered in countries such as the UK, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and the USA. That’s probably the main reason why their cleats are not very popular - they are simply not available in most places. The company's headquartera are in Manchester. They have three models in their offer: Halo, Quantum and Volt.
We’ll take a closer look at the last one, in a lime/black colourway.
Volt+, because that’s its full name, is a typical speed-boot. It’s the most popular model from Concave's offer: Nike has Mercurial, Puma has (for now) EvoSpeed, adidas had adizero and Concave has Volt, which is their response for all the mentioned shoes. The upper is made of microfibres, which makes it really soft, light and elastic. In this case we have an FG sole, but this model is also available in SG version. It reminds us a little of the one used in Messi15. It provides excellent traction on natural surfaces. A lot of technologies were used here. Surely you remember the old Predator model, with a rubber band. This model uses a similar solution: a rubber cube, joined with laces at the top of the tongue. This solution helps with better aiming and stronger shooting. A F3 technology was also used (Futbol Form Fit): double lacing system, providing better fitting. If we analyse the lacing and the shape of the shoe we’ll notice a certain similarity with Mizuno Morelia Neo.
Let’s move on to the visual side. As we mentioned before, this is a lime/black composition. It’s not striking, but it’ll do. If it was a bit darker or a bit brighter it would make a better impression. The leading colour is lime and there are some black elements: logo on the front of the upper, laces, border of the heel and a Concave inscription on the heel. The sole is a mix of both colours, which creates a cool effect. But in general the shoe lacks craziness and could be considered boring. But as we know, the Australian company offers also some boots with more unique designs, the limited editions. If you think this could interest you, you better check them out, it’s really worth it.
At first sight this model’s construction is not really good for its price (£85, about 440 zł, you can buy a really good pair of Nike cleats for the same money). We can’t tell you anything about the performance, because this brand is very little known. If they don’t improve on that field they will have serious problems with taking a part of the market for themselves.
As we all know, a few days ago adidas presented their new collection called Chequered Black Pack (we wrote about it HERE). The reason we mention it is that today we’d like to show you another product in a similar, or even the same composition. Ace 16+ Purecontrol Ultra Boost is a shoe meant for wearing in the streets, not on a pitch. It was first released in July 2016 and since then we have seen quite a lot of colourways, but didn’t present them on TEPY.PL. Today we’re making an exception, the boot is worth it.
When comes to construction, there’s not much new to add, because the upper is exactly the same as in Ace 16+ Purecontrol, the normal cleats. It’s made of Primeknit, which fits a foot perfectly, and, as always, it doesn’t have laces. The only difference between this model and cleats is the sole. In this case we have an indoor sole from adidas Boost, which is meant to give us more energy than a normal sole and provide better comfort.
The colourway is called “TRIPLE BLACK” and it looks absolutely amazing! You know us, you know how much we love boots in just one colour: blackouts, like this one, or whiteouts. The sole has little “sponges” on the side, which makes it look even more interesting. All in all, this is a gorgeous design.
We think that the German company made a great move by creating this model, they start following the trend set by Nike, which is a pioneer in this subject. We wrote about their street shoes HERE. The colourway should be available in shops soon.
At the beginning of this new year, we don’t think there are many models more interesting than Copa 17. It’s one of adidas’ two recently released models, but for some reason Ace 17.1 came out a bit earlier and we have already “gotten a used to it”. The only reason we felt a little insecure about the adidas’ new classical model is that it’s yet another attempt: after years of seeing brands struggling with making a boot modern and traditional at the same time, we just can’t feel the same excitation anymore. But, fortunately, the curiosity remained, which is why we run to the shop as soon as we got news that adidas’ youngest baby had arrived, to share with you our first impressions.
We’ve had a pleasure of dealing with two colourways: a launch one, from the Red Limit collection and the dark one from Chequered Black pack, perfectly fitting the spirit of the name Copa. And because of that we can add a little bonus to this article, not just of first opinion. But we’ll get to that later :)
Our first impressions are really positive. The boot is light, which is a first sign of a modern construction and a big relief for us. We hold it in our hands and while it may not be adiPure SL-light, it is almost as good. Definitely wins against leather Ace or maybe even X...
The second aspect we focused on, probably the most important one for a customer buying Copa, is leather. And there’s no doubt, this is a good quality material. First we checked Red Limit: we think the level is comparable to the one from Gloro 16.1, which was praised for its value for money. Copa feels a bit different from the said model, but mostly because of its sewing across the upper. Which is, of course, a good feature, especially compared with Gloro.
We moved on to the black-and-white composition and we were pleasantly surprised when we saw little wrinkles, the first sign of good quality leather. And the material really is better, even more delicate and soft, the top shelf. It seems like, in terms of quality and softness of the upper, Copa 17 will provide a really good feeling of a ball. It feels more like a good Mizuno release than any other serial model with a (in theory) leather upper. This is a good chance to remind how the quality may vary between different colourways – remember about it!
We haven’t found anything that could be considered a disappointment. The sole is minimalistic, the side of the upper is hardened with three visible, but still rather discreet stripes, the back has synthetic hardening, in the inside of the boot is filled with a thick foam. The tongue is an interesting element, because it’s connected with the upper not only in the front part, but also in the sides, thanks to two elastic strips joining it with the sole. Because of them, there is also no typical loop, through which laces normally go.
Visually, this boot is very similar to the classical Copa and only after taking a closer look and testing its quality can we tell that this is in fact a completely modern, well-made and well-designed shoe. We we’re wrong to be so sceptical about it at first and now we feel a bit sad, that even though adidas has put it in the same thread as X, Ace and Messi, many people will ignore it anyway. Too bad, because it’s a very good product!
A long time ago, we have first informed about a premiere of a new generation of Puma cleats, evoPOWER, planned for January. The fourth edition won’t have a number in a name; instead a word VIGOR was added. As usual, we can expect a special, crazy, limited CAMO version to be released before the first official colourway.
Puma has just presented their evoPOWER Vigor CAMO. You have seen them in leaks, so you probably remember how splendidly this edition looked. And now we can confirm that with official photos. Even though we always consider the quality and performance to be the most important factors, we can’t deny that in this case the visual aspect is probably the crucial feature. We just love them! This kind of promo action ischaracteristic for the “cat brand”, and even after other companies started copying their idea, no one comes close to their style.
In theory the design is motley and doesn’t differ much from any other pattern we’ve seen drawn on a sheet of paper, but in real life the effect takes our breath away. The construction of VIGOR alone is attractive and catches an eye, but this release is even better because the original graphics’ work.
When it comes to using them, next evoPOWER have some new features to offer. Puma might have started following the trend and using “socks” and “collars”, but they have their very own, quite innovative constructions of the side of the upper, lacing system and convex elements hardening the boot and improving ball control. We’ll talk more about this feature after the premiere of the serial composition.
We finish this article with a bit of bitterness, or even two bits. CAMO is not available in Polish distribution, so if you want to buy a pair you will have to reach out to some companies from abroad (which is, unfortunately, a normal situation). The other bad news is that Grzegorz Krychowiak is now cooperating with adidas, which means that now he is just one of many and is not even offered the most recent generation of Ace. Let’s hope that both of these flaws will be improved soon. And for now we’re just impatiently waiting for the new VIGOR.