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.
A Japanese brand Mizuno will soon launch an exclusive edition of Monarcida JP, a cheaper version of the top model Mizuno Neo. This is going to be a limited edition; only five hundred gold-black-red pairs will be released. We think that a lot of people would love to buy them, so you'll have to be really quick to have even the smallest chance to get them.
Monarcida JP, as the name suggests, is made in Japan. Since it’s not a mass production, every shoe is handmade, which itself is a guarantee of quality. Front part of the upper is made of kangaroo skin, the rest of the shoe is synthetic. Side elements “grip” a foot and stabilise it, which means more comfort on a pitch. The area where the two materials join has some extra support for better fit and protection.
Monarcida has the same configuration of 13 PU studs as Neo. This kind of a sole is elastic and provides good stabilisation, so we won’t have any problems with balance on a pitch. The shoe weights 195 grams – it may not be the lightest model available, but it doesn’t stand out from average, so we shouldn’t feel any negative side effects of their mass.
Two technologies, Zero Glide and DFC, have been used for this model. The former one is inside the shoe and its role is to improve fitting and stop foot from sliding, while the latter stabilises it. We think that those two solutions will improve comfort and quality of our game, because we won’t have to worry about sliding or poor stabilisation and we’ll be able to focus fully the match.
It may be hard to believe, but there are days so calm and quiet in the world of football shoes, when there are almost no leaks or announcements, that we honestly feel like we don’t have anything to write about. That’s when we start asking ourselves “where can we find some news worth sharing?” and we suddenly remember about Nike’s and adidas’ personalising webpages. And while adidas currently doesn’t have any football shoes in their special offer, we did find something really interesting on Nike’s site.
After releasing the latest Tech Craft pack, they added an option of designing boots made of leather. We don’t remember the last time they made such a move, this may even be the very first time. Since its launch, the website offered us a choice between Mercurial, Hypervenom and Magista, among which Mercurial was the only one we can order in a not-the-top quality level; Vapor is also available. Tiempo was never a part of the offer. Now, after picking one of the models we immediately notice a new creator, which surprisingly is not implemented for older options (synthetic cleats), so we’ll probably see more of it only in the future releases.
We have found two things that could be improved in the new creator. One is that there should be an option of switching between materials at any stage of designing, not only in the first step – we’re still editing the same shoe after all, we just want to see it in synthetic version now. The other is the quality of the picture after zooming in: we want to take a look at the details, so we should be able to see them clearly, not in “pixelated” edition.
There may be some differences between the constructions of boots from NIKEiD and serial releases, but they are really minimal; for example there is no additional stripe bordering Nike logo (normally there is a silver one). If we choose to colour this element, the sign will be even and the border won’t be visible. That’s the only difference we have discovered so far. Of course we can’t be one hundred percent sure about the quality of the leather, since we haven’t touched it, but it seems to be exactly the same material as the one in normal version.
Not many options of personalising are available in this case, so many people who heard about this new option on NIKEiD and immediately imagined colourful leather are going to be disappointed. The base of the upper is always black, we can only choose colours of the swoosh, laces, a five-letter ID text and a pattern on the sole (in Phantom only).
We think that this offer is perfect for every person crazy about cleats who fell in love with Tech Craft pack and feel like they would benefit from a colourful detail on their shoes, something fitting the rest of the club outfit. It would certainly stand out on a pitch.
In the past weeks a lot has been written about Puma. The German company has apparently decided to shut down the EvoSpeed, evoTOUCH and King series (an article is available HERE. Today we’d like to show you one of the last colourways of their most popular model, EvoSpeed. We’ll present it not on the top shelf model, but a semi-pro one.
We won’t discuss technology in detail, because that’s not what matters most here. The upper is made of microfibers; the sole is a 14-stud HG version. The colourway is quite interesting, mostly consists of blue. There is a black gradient on the heel and white logo and EvoSpeed inscription.
It’s hard to accept this decision of the German company, which has decided to end three models. Let’s hope that something better takes their places and that before that happens, Puma will release a special, final colourway. Because let’s be honest, this one is definitely not special at all.
For some time Nike's been making casual shoes inspired by football boots. Just before Christmas, the brand presented a magnificent red colorway of Lunar Magista II Flyknit, which made us take a closer look at Nike's football sneakers.
As you can see, these boots are almost identical to their on-pitch relatives, which means their upper is made of Flyknit and has small bumps, they have high collar and the Flywire system. However, instead of typical soleplate with studs, Lunarlon sole had been used. It's known for great ability of amortization and providing comfort. But… there's one thing bothering us. When will we see this colorway on football pitches?! It is simply stunning! You all probably know yet that we like one-color boots, so it should come as no surprise to you that we simply fell in love in these boots.
Above you can see photos of previous Lunar Magista II Flyknit colorways. There's one major difference between all of them and the red one above, and you could probably tell which one. The upper. In all three cases, the Flyknit is covered with an additional layer of leather, which reminds us of on-pitch TechCraft Pack, but we suppose that the way Flyknit and leather are connected here is a bit different. The one colorway of these three, that we like most, is obviously the blackout. The other two are also nice, but that's not the same.
Another model recreated for non-football use is Superfly V with the name of Zoom Mercurial Superfly V Flyknit, in three colorways. The construction of the boots had been significantly modified, way more than in Magista boots. Most of the upper remained untouched, but it's a different story in the back. Instead of internal heel counter, which probably would have been to stiif and uncomfortable for casual use, Nike used an external counter going high up the ankle. Also the sole is different than one used in Magista – it's much more fanciful. It waves along the upper and goes up the tip in the front. As for the colorway, we really like the whiteout which unfortunately is not entirely a whiteout, because of the greyish heel counter. But still, we would like to see Superfly V in such a colorway on the pitch! Blackout is also great, but pity that Nike hadn't used a black sole here. Red/ black colorway looks mostly like editions that we know from cleats, so it is least interesting for us now.
The last model and last colorway available in official Nike's store is ROSHE TIEMPO VI FC in the version you can see in the photos. They look nearly entirely like their on-pitch relatives – the inner upper structure is visible, the quality of leather is rather high, heel counter looks really similar. The one unusal thing about them is the way the heel counter is painted – it is covered with small white stars. It looks really nice from distance and is a great bonus to the classic design. And it also blends in nicely with the white sole.
We really like the fact, that Nike used diffferent models of sneaker boots to recreate football cleats. Magista line with Lunarlon boots, Superfly V with Nike Zoom and Tiempo with Roshe. It allows everyone to find his own style and prevents from monotony. However, pity that prices are rather high. In official store, Tiempo cost about 120 Euro, Mercurial form 120 to 200 and Magista form 140 to 200 Euro.
Quite unexpectedly we have just found out about a new, soon-to-be-released adidas collection. What struck us immediately is that Messi is not a part of this collection, which shows us clearly that this model has become a separate composition and it’s not likely to change. We are now almost sure that Copa will always be released along X and Ace, it was so in Red Limit and it is in this case too.
At first we should mention that this colourway has not been leaked even once, so its existence is a wonderful surprise for us. It’s probably one of the side collections and we think it will be released in limited quantity, which makes it even more worth buying. Who wouldn’t want such a unique item in their collection?
The motif itself is connected with Ace, Copa and X, the shoes which are a part of this collection. The bottom is dark and at the top there is a chequered pattern, complementing the composition.
The new collection brings many changes especially for the Ace model, which makes it the most interesting one in the Chequered Black Pack. That’s probably because first versions of this generation were not much different from its predecessor. But this one has much more to offer. The top part of the shoe has a completely different construction and it’s exactly the same shoe that has been worn by the pro players since the beginning of December.
In X line there aren’t so many changes. The construction of the shoe is not changed at all and the colourway is similar to Purechaos 16+ X from Black Pack. But either way, we think the shoe is really interesting and many people would like to buy it because of its pretty design.
The last model from this collection is Copa 17. The shoe and its colours are well known by everybody, nothing has been changed – just a traditional option. Is this not-refreshed colourway a good idea? That question everyone has to answer for themselves. But certainly this colourway is quite popular, so it won’t be hard for adidas to find buyers.
The new adidas collection will be released 2nd January in normal prices. We don’t know yet, if this release will postpone the blue-pink collection for the end of the month, or maybe even February.
Yesterday we wrote about Mizuno shutting down two of their series of football shoes. In a few months we’ll have to say goodbye to Wave Ignitus, which stayed with us for quite a few years (although with rare updates) and to relatively fresh Basara: this one we won’t miss too much. If you’ve read that text, you know that the representatives of the company promised to show us something interesting in 2017. And today we can show you what that “something” is, and you can judge yourself, whether the promise was kept. Behold: Mizuno Rebula!
Pompous and lofty words as an introduction may fit the culture of the business, but now it’s time for a simple, cool analysis. Dealing with football boots is a bit like dealing with ladies: the general quality is the most important thing, but you can’t help the fact that the first thing you judge is looks. And in this case the very first impression is not very impressive at all, more like: really disappointing. What you see in the picture is a start colourway of the new shoe, which not only doesn’t fit the currently most popular and liked colours, but also is simply ugly. So how about the quality?
Mizuno is made of leather; great leather, one should add. It’s one of the special features of this brand and one of the most important pillars upon our interest in their shoes is built. It’s the quality of leather, which makes Mizuno belong to the same category as Nike or adidas instead of the off-stream Joma or New Balance. And having that in mind we must say, that Mizuno Rebula is a surprise.
As usual there is nothing innovative in it, unfortunately, the idea for such a shoe was known and used many times before. Leather covers the synthetic layer with a special frame, which adds some bulges to the upper. We have seen this solution first in adiPure 11 Pro II, than in Legend VI, even Puma has started making similar evoTOUCH (and is shutting them down already). A really bad hindsight, because the idea itself is not bad and out of date (Nike is still going to use it in Legend VII), but definitely not as fresh and interesting as promised.
With a construction like this one, even the best leather can’t improve the quality of the boot. And because of that, the company shot itself in the foot (and we all know how important feet are in football). Unless there are some other factors we don’t know about yet, Mizuno will drop to the second league, because what was meant to be an improvement, turned out to be even worse than the original product. We’ll wait for the premiere: with our fingers crossed, but not with much hope.
Welcome in 2017! The last year we finished in a glorious way, with an article on the appearance of the next generation of Nike’s Hypervenom, which will be launched this month! Just a few hours later we’re returning with more news and first impressions. We’d like to present a leak of another colourway for the new Hypervenom (the first one was HERE) and a shoe which will catch an eye of many of you: this time it’s not Phantom III but Phatal III, a cheaper alternative.
Since it’s the first time to take a look at the new generation let’s take a moment to talk about the novelties. It’s clear that Nike doesn’t change the main concept much and their newest product is still a knitted shoe, but not too thin and delicate one. One of the bigger differences is the shape of the collar, which is taller on the inside and its walls have irregular structure. Both Phantom III and Phatal III have a clear, diamond-shaped pattern on their uppers.
An interesting, new lacing system, closely connected with the fly-wire system has been added and so far, it seems a really good feature. In phantom II, the previous generation, that area was a bit thicker, because a special hardening layer had to be added for the holes. But this time it won’t be necessary, since when we lace our shoes we pull the fly-wire fibres and not the material itself. Safe, beneficial and elegant. And this solution is available also in Phatal III, which is completely new! If you compare them with Phantom from the previous article, you’ll notice only minor differences.
At first glance the new Hypervenom may not be striking, but just after a few hours we feel comfortable enough around them and we’re really worming up towards them. They look solid, but if they turn out to be also light, comfortable and good-quality, then this product will definitely be an improvement and a good addition to the Nike’s offer. Looking for more novelties? Be ready!
The past year has brought us plenty of articles about cleats. Some of them were good news, some of them were bad, some of them were exciting, other were a disappointment. Month after month we watch long awaited boots being released and becoming a thing of the past. This natural circle of life is most visible at times like this.
Let’s end 2016 with a positive accent! We are gladly presenting you a leak of the first colourway of Nike’s upcoming Hypervenom Phantom III DF. Many of you are probably already thinking about parties and fireworks, so we won’t take much of your time now and return to the subject later. We’re leaving this picture as a teaser of the new year’s excitements and our best wishes for you. We hope that the next twelve months will bring you health, plenty of successes and, of course, a joy of visiting TEPY.PL
At some point everything will end. We are approaching the end of 2016, but as you know it looks like 2017 is really the year of ending things. We just informed about Puma cancelling three of their football boots lines. It turns out that it's not only Germans who decided to make radical changes. The same idea appeared around the globe, but in this case the earthquake (another thing that appears there) is not so significant.
Mizuno is the brand that we are talking about. Few months back we wrote a article about our opinion on current brand's status in football boot world. It wasn't very good, thing that we pointed out was lack of innovations and stagnation that is clearly visible in the Morelia Neo line. A pretty young model, Basara, also wasn't something that anyone could be proud of. Now we know that Basara will end. But it's not the only line to be cancelled.
Mizuno will also end the Wave Ignitus. Like all Mizuno's, it isn't a very popular boot, but we valued it very much. It was one of few typical power and swerve boots that maintained, always looked very good and from most angles it seems to be a good product. Mizuno is ending two of thei'r lines and will replace it with a new one. And here's a point where it may turn out that things will get back on right track.
When we wrote the article that we mentioned, Mizuno representatives wrote to us saying that the future is looking bright for the brand. That they are preparing something new for 2017. When someone assures us of something in these words we expect that it will really be something and the Japanese brand will surprise us with a boot that from the start will compete with the top ones in its quality and design. Let's hope, that unlike with Puma, Mizuno is cancelling two of their lines to really make a change for better.
Another piece of information concerning an upcoming novelty from Nike, the third generation of Hypervenom. We have already shown the launch colourway of Phantom III DF, which we’ll be able to see in real sometime in the middle of January, and another colourway for a cheaper Phatal DF. Today our news is... Phantom! Yes, that’s right, it may be a surprise of many of you, but our regular readers probably know what we’re talking about.
The Hypervenom series goes back to its roots and from now on the “short” model without a “sock” will be known as Phantom, instead of Phinish, while the version with a collar will become Phantom III DF (DF – Dynamic Fit, that’s how this collar is called). Now that we’re done with cosmetic changes and you won’t be confused anymore, it’s time to move on to the really interesting subjects.
Let’s start with the construction. Just like Vapor and Superfly, this model doesn’t change the sole between two PRO models. We haven’t had a chance to touch either of them, so we can’t tell you anything about our impressions yet. The upper has an interesting feature: a tongue, or rather what’s taking its place. It seems like it’s not synthetic, but a knitted material. That would be a splendid idea because a stretching material in that area could solve problem of rucking the tongue up, typical for players with narrow feet, and provide better fitting for anyone. Not to mention that it’s a lighter solution as well! We really hope this idea will actually be introduced.
The upper looks a bit like the one known from Vapor, a very thin one but also covered with some unevennesses (which don’t affect softness or elasticity). The fly-wire system is also present. In terms of appearance, the third generation looks interesting, but it doesn’t have those remarkable elements on the side. We wonder what the next colourways are going to look like and what other surprises does the third HP have in store.
Not so long ago we presented a leak of new Puma football boots. We're talking about the Puma ONE, which will be released on 2017 and is mainly made from leather. We speculated that it may be a new generation, or successor of the evoTOUCH, which was presented this year. Now we know that it will be not, and it isn't even close to what's coming up. Not only Puma will end the evoTOUCH, making it the shortest-living Puma cleat ever, they will end up having just two cleats in their offer in middle of 2017. There will be only ONE and evoPOWER Vigor.
Shocking thing is cancelling the EvoSpeed line, which is a very long and representative silo for Puma. Sure, many times we complained about not so many changes between generations. Now, when we know that the 1.7 will be around for just few months we can understand why lack of meaningful modifications in the last one. Let's remind, that EvoSpeed is the successor of V line, which was around from 2006. We treat the V and EvoSpeed as one thing because the concept is really the same. Why Puma does that? Maybe it isn't as dumb as adidas ending Predators, but still it's a pretty important product, Lack if ideas for it can't result in giving up. That's not the way. We also think that this idea, that leather boots are "coming back" and this is what people want is not true. Generations change and for many leather isn't something to miss. And it's also not attractive.
Kind isn't a popular boot and we haven't seen it around for quite a long time. And it turns out, that we won't. It's another boot that will be discontinued. A shame, because despite being less popular, it's a iconic name in history of football boots. Looking at the big picture, it's really a bigger loss than the evoTOUCH, that never got, and will never get the chance to persuade us to itself.
Puma will end up with just Puma ONE and evoPOWER Vigor. One is a boot that doesn't look too god and will be just leather, second is still a question mark for us. It looks like a reset for Puma, but it look like it will take some time for the brand to boot up the system and be in good shape in football. And let's remind, that they were one of best brands in 2015. So why to change everything?
It rarely happens that we first hear about a planned release of a model just before its premiere. Stars of adidas already use the new, red collection, the company has officially announced Ace 17, which will soon be joined by X and Messi. And there are also the new Copa 17 and indoor trainers from Modern Craft pack. That’s a lot of products, but is there anything else?
Yes! Apparently adidas is still not done yet! The company will soon present new X 16.1 Cage which itself may not be such a big deal, but frankly, we weren’t expecting a new colour set now, and this composition is very unusual.
It turns out, that it’s a little red accent added to one of the previous colour sets. This shade is an important part of the entire collection, as suggests the name itself: RED LIMIT. The result is a boot looking very similar to the basic colour set, but with a woven part painted red. We didn’t see that coming!
Few days ago we posted an article about new Morelia Neo II in orange/ black colorway and today we again present you new boots from this brand. As you probably already know from the photos, there are Basara 101 in red/ black variation.
Compared to Morelia, here we have much bigger areas that are painted in black. That's because the whole synthetic part, which is the back, is coloured this way. The kangaroo leather in the front in now red, with big black logo of the brand.
The boots aren't really pretty, also in any of previous colorways. For us, even the mixture of red and black didn't help them. Cleats made by the Japanese brand have always looked different than cleats of brands from the western world and it is still like it now. Despite all, new Basara look better than most of previous variations, so we should at least praise the designers for that. We also like the ends of the studs and some details on the soleplate painted in red.
You’ve probably heard already, that adidas intends to shut down Messi line and replace it with a brand new one, NEMEZIZ. It’s not hard to guess, that the Argentinean will become its face, supported by a few colleagues from X or Ace, or perhaps some joining the ranks of adidas. The premiere is scheduled after the end of the season. We have shown you some pictures; as it often happens nowadays, official graphics are released later. Take a look at them:
All in all, the boot is not much different from what the Messi line had in store. What adidas needed to change most of all was in fact the unfortunate name, given after the famous footballer. And if we think about this boot as a new generation, not a completely new product, both the quality and the quantity of the new solutions and changes are more than sufficient. The synthetic upper is mostly made of material, in some areas covered with special, stretching-limiting lacquer, like in Nike shoes. The coolest element of this boot is definitely the original lacing system.
Unlike Messi 16.1, this model doesn’t have a classical tongue. This is a slip-on boot and its stretchiness is lessened by laces. So in face this solution is a bit similar to the one used in Ace Purecontrol, even though the booth itself looks completely different.
We know, that a premium level will also be released, an equivalent of Pureagility. Will they also lask laces? What we see here makes think that it could be a big next step.
Recently on TEPY.PL we’ve been talking a lot about indoor shoes, which is hardly surprising in winter, when the indoor season has started. Today we’ll follow this thread and show you another model for that purpose. This boot has not been hosted on our website yet, because the Japanese company which manufactured it, Asics, is not very popular in the world of cleats. The presented shoe is the sixth generation of a model called Destaque, and is presented in TF version.
The design is not overwhelming, but that’s not what matters most in this case. The upper is almost completely covered with yellow with black accents in the form of logo, lining, a border at the back of the shoe and areas near laces. The sole is white with some yellow elements. All in all the composition is nothing special, but again – this is not the most important aspect.
These boots remind us a little of Joma Top Flex when it comes to their very solid construction, designed not to look beautiful but to be efficient on a pitch. They are typical the indoor boots, used by professional players. The upper is a mix of synthetic and kangaroo skin. The back is made of some kind of sponge, covered with synthetic materials and its main purpose is to provide good ventilation. The border surrounding the upper helps to protect the boot from abrasions and extend its lifespan. This technology is called Rhynoskin and is used in most Asisc products.
The sole is in TF version, which makes us sure slipping won’t be a problem. Little knobs on the underside increase traction and allow changing a direction of movement faster. The insole in these shoes has tiny holes, a solution which also helps with ventilation, and is made of EVA foam, which provides dynamic amortisation, comfort and optimal fitting.
There is one big con: the weight, about 270g. But that’s not really a surprise; this is a very solid, massive boot. The main purpose here is to protect a foot and have a long lifespan. The shoe is made especially for people who value durability.
When it comes to upcoming important premieres, two big ones come to mind. One is the new generation of Hypervenom by Nike, the other: evoPOWER in Vigor version, released by Puma. In this article we’re going to focus on the latter one. Obviously, it’s a less exciting product than the one served by the American company, but as always we want to stress that the most important issue it the quality of the boot and it’s possible, that in this category Puma will beat its opponent.
Let’s start with a leak of a completely new colourway. It looks a bit like a prototype that we showed a few months ago. After close examination we think that it could be one of the lower quality models, because instead of tiny, sticking-out rhombuses there is only a paint imitating them. Either way, we can put a tick next to this new colour; all we need now is a date of release.
As a bonus we present some pictures of a well-known colourway. It’s a premiere serial composition of evoPOWER Vigor, the fourth release from this series. In theory it should be released in the middle of January, but who can tell what happens during the Christmas break!
The world of cleats doesn’t only consist of popular brands such as Nike, adidas and Puma, but also some less known. You may know Umbro, Mizuno, Under Armour or Joma, but have you ever heard about Diadora or Lotto? Today we’re going to present those brands staying out of the spotlight.
Let’s start with the better known ones. Umbro is a British company founded in 1920 in Wilmslow. The current name is used since 1924, before it was known as Humphrey Brothers Clothing. Many important clubs and national teams wear their products, the first one to do so was Manchester City in 1934.
They started in the field of cleats in 1987, when they presented their first boots in Brazil and started producing them two years later. The leading series of this brand are Velocita, Medusae and UX-Accuro. The face of the brand is a Real Madrid player, Pepe.
The next one is Mizuno: a Japanese company designing sports clothing and footwear. It was founded in 1906 in Osaca. The fist cleats made by them are probably Morelia from 1985. Most important models from their offer are Wave Ignitus, Basara and Morelia Neo. The most famous player using their products is Keisuke Honda.
Under Armour is an American company founded in 1996 in a basement in Washington. It may be a surprise for many of you, but it’s UA that introduced the moisture absorbing t-shirts. They started making shoes in 2009. Their main lines are Spotlight, ClutchFit and Speedform. The face of the brand is Memphis Depay.
Joma is a Spanish brand, started in 1965, which specialises in making sports clothing and shoes. It’s the unquestionable leader of the futsal market. Joma is very fond of many top European (and not only) teams. Their most important shoes are Propulsion Lite, Super Copa and indoor Top Flex. An ex Real Madrid player Fernando Morientes played in their shoes.
Lotto Sport Italia (that’s the full name of the company) was founded in 1973 and is a distributor of sports equipment in over 60 countries. It became popular because of their tennis-related products. It is also the first company ever to use cleats without laces. The most important part of their offer are Zhero Gravity, Solista and Stadio Potenza. Some major players using their products were Cafu and Luca Toni.
The last one is Diadora, an Italian company founded in 1948. At first they produced shoes for mountain climbing. Diadora is a technical sponsor of e.g. Serie A, Serie B and Serie C. Filippo Inzaghi, Roberto Baggio and Roberto Bettega are some of the players who used their shoes.
When Red Limit collection was launched, we popped into an interesting fact from the indoor/turf area. In an advertising campaign an unknown colourway for X16.1 CAGE was used. This design was a mix of the first, premiere of the model and a red collar. And, what’s really weird, this edition was never launched!
Today we’re presenting a leak of another unreleased composition, which, judging by its companions either is going to be released soon or another example of a dropped project. It’s definitely not a 16.1, more likely a lower lever, 16.2. In the back we can see indoor shoes from Copa17 line in all the current colourways, which means the shoe already should have arrived in shops (or it will arrive there soon enough). We wonder which one is true.
If you’re following our website on a daily basis you must have seen an article about football brands with terrible marketing, available HERE. In a way, we’re returning to this subject now, to present a product of a fourth company fitting that description: Asics, known best for making running equipment.
The Japanese brand has released a new colourway for the third generation of the Menace model. We have written about these cleats before, when we showed you two other compositions for leather and synthetic versions, which you can see HERE. But let’s focus now on the novelty.
We’ll start with the visual aspect: as you know we love boots in just one colour, and in this case we could speak of blackouts, if it wasn’t for the white logo and lining. But even with these elements painted white instead of black the boot looks amazing. The design is definitely an advantage.
Technologically the third generation of Menace is no different from the second one; we have written about it HERE. This is a LE version, which means it’s made of leather. The front part of the upper is made of kangaroo skin, but the rest is synthetic, probably to decrease the weight of the shoe. A similar solution was used in another one of their models, DS Light X-Fly, about which we’ve written HERE. The shoe has a HG sole with twelve 10mm studs, a system created to minimise muscle and joints fatigue by lifting a heel and putting the leg in the more favourable position.
Well that came as a surprise! All our knowledge, all our interest, and it turns that without good marketing even we can miss some very important facts. One of our readers made us aware, with certain tenderness, that sometime during this season adidas changed the official match ball of Ekstraklasa. As we know, the three-striped-brand will step down as the official technical sponsor of the league at the end of this season, so this refreshing of the last few months seems a nice idea.
The bad news is that the ball is actually neither new nor made for Ekstraklasa, only a model given such purpose artificially. Even worse is, as our reader pointed out, that the model is Krasava, a ball designed for a completely different event: it will be an official matchball for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, a worm-up before the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The design is inspired by rubies mined in this country and Krasava means “beautiful” in Russian. Is it just us or is something really not right with this?
It was just few weeks ago, when we presented an article showing new Copa 17.1, in which we've made a statement, that leaked white/gold colorway had probably been only a prototype, that would never be released. However, we were wrong! Sometimes we simply love being so wrong! Adidas has officially presented new stunning Copa 17.1, Copa Tango 17.1 and 17.2 in White/Gold Metallic colorway from Crowning Glory collection.
We have to begin with the boots, that everybody is most interested about, namely the FG version. It looks absolutely stunning. Subtle white upper with gold detailing simply stole our hearts. It also reminds us of special Tiempo Legend V Ronaldinho and it is a compliment, which means a lot. We like the way in which more gold appears when we approaching the back of the boot, which is clearly visible on the soleplate. Nothing more to say here, we can only look at them with admiration.
The Copa 17.1 boots have a kangaroo- leather upper for the most part, only the heel area is made of synthetic imitation of leather, which has probably been used to ensure better stiffness and lockdown in the back. In fact, this solution is widely used these days by all the brands, so that should not be surprising to anyone. The other eye-catching element is a long tongue, whose job is supposedly to provide better fit and softness in angkle area. The soleplate is nearly identic to the one we already know from the newest Ace model, the only difference is the colorway.
The second boot, that we'd like to describe today is called adidas Copa 17.1 Tango, which is the indoor/ turf version of cleats we've presented above. As you can see, a gold suede stripe appeared in the front, but the golden heel counter disappeared from the back. In place of that, there's a Boost soleplate, which lately is being widely used and advertised by adidas. It's role is to provide most responsive cushioning and comfort and protect our joints on hard surfaces.
The third and the last boot described today is Copa 17.2 Tango, obviously the cheaper version of the one above. There were only slight differences between 17.1 FG and Tango version, but there had been much more significant changes in consrtuction between 17.1 and 17.2 Tango. The shape is totally different – the boot is much higher, more rough. Kangaroo leather covers only the front of the boot and clearly its quality is much poorer than in top-shelf version. Midfoot and heel are made of synthetic leather. Not only the upper is poorer, but also the sole lacks Boost solution and there's no high tongue, replaced by more classic-looking foldable one.
All three models are a part of limited Crowning Glory collection, which will be available from December 21, 2016 at retail prices 85 euro for 17.2 Tango, 150 euro for 17.1 Tango and 200 euro for Tango 17.1 FG.
In the first words of the article summing up the whole 2016 in terms of “everything connected with cleats” we stated, that there’s no point in discussing boots themselves at this moment, because the year is not done yet and maybe some producers would like to surprise us with a new product. And there we have it! Apparently we do have some experience and a nice intuition, because once again we were right: the day after the article was published Nike suddenly presented two new colourways for one of their models. And we think that many people may consider them to be strong candidates for the title of the most beautiful shoes of the year.
The model we were so generously shown is Premier. It’s the most classical of the classical shoes, which Nike has started a few years ago as an alternative for adidas’ Copa Mundial and Puma’s King. Unlike the two mentioned brands’ Nike doesn’t have years of history and tradition to be proud of, but they still managed to release some form of competition for the oldest lines.
Since the premiere we have seen quite a lot of compositions, especially for this kind of a shoe, and perhaps it’s this new (or rather simply “modern”) approach that’s put them in the lead. Premier was released in garish colours, like Gloro 16.1, and soon after, the German brand followed with colourful Copa. But adidas returned as the leader after showing their whiteouts and blackouts for this line as well as all the others.
Nike ends this year with the same idea: completely white and completely black Premier. What’s important, this actually is only one colour used for the shoe; for example in Academy Pack the effect was spoiled by an unnecessary colour accent. But in this case everything is in perfect order; you know how much our redaction likes this kind of colourways, there’s no point reminding you again about it. Oh no, wait, we just did :P
New Premier looks stunning and is definitely one of the products which we value much higher than many of its pompous siblings. Serial compositions are something we know and expect, a daily bread for us. But this? This is pure class.
Every now and again Nike starts falling into certain routine in creating new colourways. There are some motifs that are used every quarter with a different level of saturation. Last year it was especially obvious, when e.g. Magista had a “blue-grey-black quarter” and three editions were released, a blue one with black details, a grey one and a black one with a blue collar from Tech Craft Pack. And the colours return regularly, this time we’re expecting to see more of grey yet again.
Deep into 2017, a new Magista Obra II (and all the others versions from this series) will probably be released in grey design. The important part of this model were always “stains” placed in areas most often touching a ball. This idea seems to have been forgotten in this release and replaced with stripes painted across the back of the shoe. When looking from far away, one may get a feeling, that this shoe is split in halves, a darker and a brighter one. Will there be no “heat map” on the inside either? And does this change in design apply only to the Megista series? We’ll have to wait some more to get answers for these questions.
As every cleats-freak we don’t count down days until the New Years Eve (what’s so special about it anyway?), but until a new colourway for cleats we hold in high regard. We’re thinking about blue-pink X 16, which will show up in January and right now we find them more interesting than even premiere of the new Phantom, because new Nike boots are still an unknown and we know a lot about X. Most importantly, we know how beautiful they are.
Recently we have shown another composition, a bit similar to this one – the green-green one, mixing two shades of this colour on the upper. The effect is stunning. Today we’re returning to this design with two new versions, never seen before. The first one is a premium level, Purechaos. They look amazing, but if only the model didn’t lack the chrome effect on the sole, which was always a visual boost and a constant element in this type of adidas shoes.
The other novelty is X 16.1 in leather version. The most important thing we’ve learned is... there will be leather! Not in every X composition can we get it, and now we know for sure, that it will be a part of a composition released... when? In theory, sometime around March 2017.
For many years adidas has fought their opponents bravely. Because let’s face it – having a big part of the market is a great success, but in the end there can only be one leader. The one with the most attractive cleats is the winner and earns more and more money, because one great product boosts the popularity of all the others. For adidas this kind of “leading shoe” was the first adizero: simple, solid and relatively cheap. This year the history repeated itself with X16.1, the hype might not have been as big as before, but it was still quite overwhelming. The question is: what comes next? TEPY.PL is the best place to seek for answers.
At last we can show you a leak of the new generation. And we say “at last” not because it is particularly late, but because we are so excited about them and each week we count down days to their premiere and ask countless questions. How will adidas surprise us this time? Will this model be much different from the previous one? For the last one we think we may have an answer: apparently not.
What you see on the picture is not a photo manipulation or an upper version. This is a blackout of X 17.1. And clearly it looks almost exactly the same as the current model. adidas is doing the very same thing one of their rivals, Puma, did with their EvoSpeed: releasing editions so similar, it’s hard to tell them apart. The only change we are sure of right now is the material of the upperl. These holes look like some kind of synthetic, probably a very thin one – if not, then why was it changed it at all?
We can whine as much as we want, but we have to admit, we understand this situation and adidas’ actions. Whether we like it or not, money is the most important factor driving every company. If the previous model was such a hit, by producing a very similar next generation adidas can save a lot of money on production and avoid any bigger risk. But let’s not be too grim about it all yet! Remember Superfly V released by Nike – changes in the construction were scarce, but the difference on a pitch was huge. Perhaps changing the upper will turn out to be the icing on the cake and result with the most amazing boot!
A couple of weeks ago, we've presented one of the most innovative boots in the last few years, namely the adidas Glitch. They are some kind of a kit-boot, which means you can choose your own set of parts and put them together. There are few inner elements and also a couple of outer skins already available on the market. These parts can be easily connected and changed, which creates an unmatched number of possibilities of adjusting the boot to player's needs, even after the purchase. However, it is practically impossible to get them in Poland. You can read more about how to buy them HERE. Today we have for you photos of new outer skins' colorways, which adidas has just released to keep a promise of regular updates to the boots.
As you can see in the photos, the skins are rather monochromatic. And we like that very much, we're big fans of white- and especially blackouts! Such colorways always make the boots more unique and mysterious. Cleats with all-black upper are our favourite ones, because they always remind us of prototypes worn by professional players during testing phase of a development process.
The white skin is made of leather, which is rather densely stitched. It's a crucial thing, because there are no laces here, so something, apart from the inner shoe, has too keep the foot in place. The three stripes on the sides are also probably quite stiff, to provide additional enforcement. We must say, we're really curious how the leather will perform in these boots, is it even sensible to use it in such model. After all, there are two more layers of material between our foot and the leather – the inner shoe and socks. All of this simply in some way must affect the ball sensation.
The second colorway is a blackout, made of synthetic material and really similar to adidas PureChaos. On the surface, there is a pattern looking a bit like dragon skin, which makes the boot look more interesting and gives it its own style. The upper, like in PureChaos, is rather thin and elastic, so the ball sensation should be satisfactory. The stitching going across the boot should reinforce it and positively affect the lockdown.
We appreciate that adidas keeps its promise and develops new skins and beautiful colorways for the Glitch boots. Nevertheless, we're highly dissatisfied with the fact, that because of the distribution policy, we won't be able to even touch these boots.
Recently we’ve had a lot of articles on the topic of indoor shoes, because now, when the season has fully started, each company wants to steal a part of the market with their new products. The unquestionable leaders are of course Nike and adidas, but other brands take every chance they get to prove, that their products are just as good as their rivals’. Today we’re going to focus on one of such models. Puma has presented a premium level of their trainers, evoKNIT Ignite CT, which is meant to compete with Nike and adidas, the last one represented by X (or TANGO, as they are called from now on).
The German company has presented two colourways. One is “Bright Plasma”: an interesting design, but not something we could spend hours staring at, enchanted by its beauty. It lacks some kind of final detail, which would give the shoe a real spirit. The boot is mostly covered in different shades of red. The upper is bright, the Puma logo and the border in the front part are dark. We can easily imagine swapping these colours and we think the result would be much better, because the domination of the darker shade would give this colourway more character. The sole is white and the logo on the heel is grey.
The other composition is “Puma Black” and we like it much more than the former one. As the name suggests, the leading colour is black. In a way, the design is a bit similar to the other one, when it comes to mixing colours, because the border and the inside of the shoe are the same colour as the upper. And let’s not forget about laces, which are not even, like in “Bright Plasma” but have a black-red pattern. This combinations of colours is a good idea, but not for this particular boot, because it doesn’t really fit. We think one colour, especially black, would give a far better impression. Just like in the other colourway, in this one the sole is white, as is the logo on the heel.
To sum up: we think this design lacks extravagance and craziness. Perhaps we’ll see more of these in next colourways.
Now it’s time to talk about the construction. A lot of innovative methods have been used in creation of this shoe. The most important one is the material, evoKNIT, the one used also for evoTOUCH. This knitted structure is similar to the ones used by the leading brands, Nike (they call it “Flyknit”) and adidas (“Primeknit”), which shows us how hard Puma tries to keep up with the competition. This kind of material helps a foot to breathe and increases elasticity. The sole has tiny holes in it, to provide better traction and manoeuvrability. This model has been equipped with a “border” to help protect the parts most exposed to attrition. The lacing system is a bit like the one in adidas X15.1 CT.
We hope that the performance of this model will meet our expectations. All in all the boot seems really good. And we are very glad to see that the German company has picked up a fight with the top companies and their indoor models.
We always had our reservations about Mizuno and we still do. But we don’t want to keep on writing about stagnation all the time! One time should be enough. But then again, sometimes we are simply forced to do it again, as we are now, after seeing these two colourways planned for 2017, maybe even the summer.
It’s a Morelia Neo II model. The first generation has been released ages ago and when the Japanese brand announced their continuation, everybody expected something fresh. And they all got disappointed, because this generation is almost exactly the same as the old one. As you can see, the construction of the boot won’t change for at least six months. And the colours?
Unfortunately, they are hackneyed. That’s what happens, when you have released so many colourways for one model. The first mix may still be considered pretty, but the other one makes us ask “haven’t we seen it before?” Like we said, it’s going to be hard to make anything really original for Neo II.
Next year, Puma intends not only to release a completely new model and another generation of EvoPower, but also to continue the EvoSpeed series. We don’t get excited about the changes, because we already know there won’t be many of them, but we are, as always, glad about a new colourway. Today we’re going to show you another boot from the “Derby Fever” collection, a series of boots made for football stars specifically for one match: derby.
Does the date 25th February 2017 tell you anything? Probably not, unless you are fans of Manchester United or City. The most famous footballer using Puma footwear playing in one of these teams is Sergio Aguero, for whom this custom colourway was made.
And here comes the big question: is there another football derby held in England about which we ought to know? Because this design completely doesn’t look like made for this occasion. Especially when Manchester United are also called the Red Devils, so using red colour in this case would be a huge fail. And did you know that the text on the heel, “El Rojo” means “red”? What is going on with this boot?
We decided to dig deeper and we have discovered, that the story behind this model explains perfectly all the oddities and perhaps will make up for the choice of colours. “El Rojo” is another name of the club Indipendiente in which, as you probably have guessed by now, Aguero started his career. On the heel you can see a 4:0 score, followed by “Goooooooooallll” inscription. The design of the back part of the shoe is a salute to a legendary goal scored by Kun, when he passed all the defenders the way Ibra did in Ajax. Just watch it yourselves:
This is definitely one of the most interesting designs Puma has made for Derby Fever, even though the colours should have been chosen more carefully. And while we enjoy the colourway, we have to mention once more, that we really don’t like when a new generation is not really new at all. The number has changed, but the boot - not so much.
Herzogenaurach, Germany (December 16th, 2016) – Global Sports Brand PUMA today unveiled the latest colour update for the evoSPEED 17 SL-S. Featuring a bold Gecko Green outsole and graphic pattern fusing into the allover Safety Yellow upper, the new evoSPEED 17 SL-S has a refreshed look. The new boot will be worn on pitch by PUMA’s SPEED stars including Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Agüero and Marco Reus.
The latest boot in the PUMA SPEED family, the evoSPEED 17 SL-S shares the same philosophy of enhanced speed and agility. Constructed with a Japanese microfibre upper material, the SL-S feels soft and comfortable while allowing a better touch on the ball. The updated laser-cut SPEEDFRAME structure optimises the boot’s shape further, providing support during forward acceleration and quick turns. For optimal fit and additional support, the boot features a minimalistic external heel counter. Additional performance features of the SL-S can be found in the outsole. The SPEEDTRACK spine provides the perfect balance between stability in the midfoot and flexibility in the forefoot, enhancing both speed and agility. The lightweight nylon outsole’s stud configuration is composed of a mix of bladed and conical studs, providing increased levels of stability, traction and acceleration.
Speaking about the new boots, Atlético Madrid star player, Antoine Griezmann said, “I am excited to step out on pitch in this new evoSPEED SL-S colourway, it is a bold colour combination that I think the young players will love. I am looking forward to playing in the second half of the season as we still have a lot to fight for in the major competitions. We finished top of our group in the Champions League so I am extremely motivated to train hard in these new boots and perform at the top of my game to bring us closer to victory.”
The evoSPEED 17 SL-S in Safety Yellow and Gecko Green is available to purchase from December 16th on www.puma.com, in PUMA Retail stores and through sporting goods retailers worldwide.
Recently adidas has released a new generation of Ace. At first we checked out the new Primeknit and Purecontrol but then we started to wonder: where are the short models, the ones without a collar or a sock? It seems like adidas wants us to wait a bit longer for them, with one exception: a silver composition for women, which we have already shown you before.
Today we are pleased to present a colourway for Ace 17.1, which will appear in shops in a few months. As we said before, they differ from the male version not only with the colours, but also with the construction. This one seems more classical, for example its tongue is separate, while the edition for men lacks this feature.
The composition is pretty, we think that many girls will like it. It’s good that women cleats show up regularly now, we only wish they did more often.
Today we focus not on a single model, but on the world of cleats in general. One day, we were looking for some graphics on this brand or the other. Obviously, the easiest method to do that is on Instagram by simply searching for a given tag. And as we slowly and painfully kept on looking, we realised that we, cleats-freaks and experts, know some less popular companies, most of the world has probably already forgotten about them. And the fault is mostly theirs!
We can easily find a few examples of the companies, which oppose accepting, what we’re all living in the 21st century; and functioning like the rest of the world. And we’re not talking about any huge changes, which could not go well with a general spirit of a company. But having a Facebook page is nowadays something absolutely necessary and obvious. And yet, there are brands which still don’t have it.
Lotto, Diadora and Joma. There are more, but we don’t want to dwell on this subject for too long – why spoil our good mood? You see, presenting a product in social media is really not a rocket science. It doesn’t take much effort and if you produce something worth seeing, you should definitely show off a bit. There are smaller companies, like Umbro, which keep up with the competition in this matter without a problem. All it takes is willingness. And how can a company function, when people who don’t have a direct access to the cleats but still want to show them on their website (just like we did) are not given even a single folder, or when any pieces of information are published only once in a quarter?
It would be nice if Lotto, Diadora and Joma started to do something about the problem, because a day may come, when even we will simply write them off and there will be no one left to remember about their products. And then reversing the situation will become far more difficult.
The redaction of TEPY.PL still doesn’t have an X 16.1 model in our collection. To be completely honest, we decided to wait with this purchase until 2017, because Red Limit is pretty, but it is the blue-pink composition, released in January, that stole our hearts. Today we’re presenting another leak. And since we can’t decide, whether we want this one more than the blue-pink one or not, we decided to buy both versions!
This colourway could be called a green-green one. We have already seen it in Ace 17 Purecontrol version, so we know that both lines are going to be released in twin editions, while Messi (as usual) will probably be launched separately. We liked Ace already, but X is absolutely stunning! A simple mix of shades fits the character of this model and the most recent trends. We are expecting to see this composition in shops around the beginning of March.
This is slowly becoming our number one topic: we are proud to present another leak of the next generation of Nike’s Hypervenom. Not only does it show an unreleased model of which so few pictures are available, but also a different colourway! The quality of the picture leaves much to be desired, but that doesn’t kill our joy the least bit.
As you already know, there will be changes in nomenclature and Phinish, model from the same level as the one we’re presenting now, will be known as Phantom now (without the DF of course, that’s reserved for the models with a “sock”. The shoe is really well-shaped and seems better fitting than the previous Phinish, with many elements that still differ it from the typical boots for forwards. We are really curious about this tall heel counter on the side. And there is also the matter of the colour composition: in our opinion a brilliant one, unusual and fitting this models character.
You know this fake snow, often used in shops as a decoration? It’s almost Christmas now, and when we saw it, we immediately thought about a leak we’re showing you today. It’s actually its only connection with December, unless some of you will say in a few months “that’s when I first saw these cleats on TEPY.PL!” We gladly present one of the future compositions for adidas Ace 17.1, which are rumoured to appear in shops in the second quarter of 2017.
Let’s think about it very carefully: we know, that the first impression not the greatest one, but try imagining them on the feet of a footballer. Now that’s a different story, completely different! It may turn out to be a hit! White cleats always have a huge potential, and the rest of the design doesn’t look too shabby either. The snow we mentioned earlier we see in the transition from the pure white in the front to the black heel. Everything is complemented by green accents. Let’s hope it’s going to be a really vivid green.
The order of pictures in this article may be a bit misleading, but it’s not an accident. At the top you can see a JR version, which we would normally skip. The thing is, the senior edition has black laces, which we think slightly ruins the effect. But maybe they will fix that little mistake, such situations happened before. But either way, so far this edition of Ace 17.1 looks really good.
A few days ago we presented the first leak of Puma evoTOUCH. There were two important things about it: firstly, it was reportedly the last composition for this model, until its successor is released. Secondly, the colourway was really good, orange. We love this colour and we think it always looks well on cleats, so small wonder we pronounced this model to be the prettiest one.
Today we are returning to the subject with a leak of another two Puma models; it’s time for EvoSpeed SL 1.7 and SL.S. Which one is which? Honestly, it’s always hard to tell, as is to decide if this actually is a new generation. For us it seems like the only “new” part here is the name.
On the top you can see a more solid version SL-S, below a lighter but also far less durable SL. They are interesting cleats and while their weight is definitely the greatest asset, this time we cannot simply skip the colourway, the main thread of this article. In our opinion the visual part is great, like in many other models planned for the next year.
Even though many of you already have Superfly V in you collections, this is still a relatively young model, released less than six months ago. It crossed our minds that maybe it’s time for a limited edition and suddenly we realised, that there was one already. It was made in collaboration with EA SPORTS to celebrate their most recent game, FIFA 17 and it was certainly one of the most beautiful compositions released for this model (and one of the rarest ones too). But it seems that the first few months of the boot’s existence are filled with such treats, because Nike has just presented another special edition (or rather announced it).
When it comes to special editions made for famous footballers, there is nobody more likely to be honoured with their own, custom made colour set than Cristiano Ronaldo. It was only recently, when another one of his serial colourways was released and now another one is coming. This one won’t be a “chapter”, but a limited model created to celebrate a very successful year in the player’s career.
The edition is called Vitorias and it is a salute to the incredible results achieved by Ronaldo in 2016, both in club tournaments and representing his national team. Some of them are his fourth Golden Ball, winning the Champions’ League and EURO 2016. Visually, this edition resembles one of the Vapor IX editions, except that that one had a black swoosh.
The boot will be released at the beginning of 2017 in quantity of only 777 pairs, which makes it one of the rarest collector’s editions and a delight for the craziest cleats-fans, who have just decided how they want to spend their Christmas savings. Perhaps because there are so few of these shoes and it’s not likely, that anyone is going to actually use them on a pitch, Nike has decided to use white Flyknit for the first time – it is going to be nearly impossible to make it clean after a match, but it definitely stands out. The effect is complemented by a gold sole (we wonder, if it’s just covered with additional layer of varnish or is it actually gold) and gold details.
Other elements which make this boot one-of-a-kind are a non-standard sole, “vitorias” inscription on the heel and a unique number, give to each shoe. We are expecting to see it all packed in a special box, but we have to wait for January to know for sure. What’s interesting, Nike has not informed this time, that the shoe will be available only by their app. Perhaps they have finally realised, that it’s not the best strategy and we will be able to at least see a few pairs in shops with our own eyes.
There are situations when we, fans of football equipment, simply have to stop for a moment, shut up and admire the creation of designers. Today we present something that couldn’t fit that description any better. With great pleasure we show you photos of a re-edition of one of most famous football boots in one of most beautiful colorways that have been ever released. Boots that had been some kind of a symbol for a generation. Boots, that had been associated mainly with one particular player and his tremendous free-kicks. The name of THE boots is Predator Mania in Champagne colorway.
They’d been caught in photos on James Rodriguez’s feet during one of Real Madrid’s training sessions. We must say, they look so pretty that they simply left us speechless. White champagne upper with black swerve areas and red, elastic fold-over tongue is perfectly majestic, but still predatory, according to the name of the silo. For us, it is one of the most beautiful boots ever created.
The upper is unfortunately made of synthetic leather, instead of kangaroo leather used in original edition from 2002, but the ball sensation probably still is satisfactory. Synthetic material allowed the brand to drastically reduce the weight of the boots. The upper is quite classic though, but the soleplate has been totally modified. Instead of original one, here we have Sprintframe technology, which we know from plenty of other boots from the brand. The soleplate is another element, which reduced the weight, but also adjusted the traction to modern level.
We should reminisce, that this is not the first re-edition of Predator Mania. Two years ago, in 2014, to celebrate Predator’s 20th anniversary adidas had released another one, based on then actual Instinct boots, called Predator Mania Instinct. The important fact is, that few months later, adidas simply ended the Predator silo and replaced it with Ace. For us, the classic silo will be the one bringing nostalgic memories to a great number of players, even as young as Rodriguez.
In terms of fame, James couldn’t compete with David Beckham, who fourteen years ago had been the main star of English national team. Most of you can’t probably remember that, but back in 2002, England achieved the semi-final of World Cup held in Japan and Korea. These were the days of pride for the national team, especially if we consider its results in following competitions.
Mania 2017 Champagne will be released as a limited edition, probably closer to the end of the season. We can only guess, but maybe adidas provided James with them to perform a controlled leak and it will surprise us with something more soon? Who knows? We can only hope we’re right!
A few months ago, adidas released two colourways for the premium model of Messi, called Pureagility. One was called “Space Dust”, you can take a look at it HERE. The other one is a limited edition, dedicated to the Argentinean more than usual. Its name is “10/10” and if you are interested in more information, you can find it HERE. We reminded these two Pureagility colourways because today we can present one more brilliant composition for the premium model.
Let’s start with the visuals: it’s a killer! Colours are separated with a gradient, a solution adidas has only recently started to use in their boots and we think that’s very good they have, because a mix of different colours looks more interesting than a normal, even shade. In this case, bringing together blue, pink and orange created a very pleasant look.
Technologically, they are the same shoes as before. It’s a premium model, so the laces are covered. The Agilityknit upper is extremely soft and fits a foot perfectly.
This is an absolutely beautiful model. This colourway will be available also for the standard 16.1, the one Messi himself uses. The shoes will be released 26th January 2017. Not so long ago you might have seen this composition also on a special mix of adidas and Nike cleats, take a look HERE.
Welcome to the new version of TEPY.PL! It took us a long time and a lot of effort to create this visual revolution and we are extremely pleased to present the result of all this work. Let us tell you more about the changes made for this, fourth already, edition of our website, about some new ideas and a bit of our history.
Our initiative is a bit over six years old. At first, we had only about three articles and today we can boast about over five thousands of them. We honestly admit that our first design resembled a work of a five-year-old testing his skills in Paint. Then came two black editions, which looked quite similar. We sticked with that third layout for a long time, but we realised that some of our plans had never worked out, so whole segments of our website were left blank, useless. We also got feedback, that dark background makes reading more tiring and that, frankly, the whole thing looks shabby, doesn’t correspond with the professionalism and general quality of the content.
The new TEPY.PL is bright, that’s the most noticeable change. The news on the main page is presented in a form of tiles, which is much more user-friendly, because now you can actually see some content before clicking the link. The tiles show not only links to articles, but also YT videos, offers of our partners and so on, everything in one place. When you reach the bottom of this section, you can move to our archive and enjoy another few thousands texts.
Between the tiles a bigger panel presenting a more important thread will show up every now and again, containing a big picture with links to materials on the given product. We think this can not only be a chance for us to highlight a hot topic but also for some companies valuing our webpage to show you their best offers.
The layout of articles remains unchanged, for example its width. We hope that those familiarities will make using the new site easier. On the right you will see offers from the shop we cooperate with. In Polish version our ranking of best boots will still be available, but all the other features which are less often used (such as most of the footer) or just completely useless (sections PRO and CATALOGUE, which we eventually didn’t even update) were gotten rid of.
We fixed the problems with logging in and registering, which will allow you to give us you emails and – most importantly – use our forum again. We decided to remove the comments section from the articles, at least for now, because most discussions are held on FB anyway. In the next few days you will notice changes in graphics showing boots. From now on, we are going to use slightly different colours, but still harking back to the old set – we sometimes feel a bit nostalgic :)
In the upcoming weeks ZAKISITE.PL will be shut down, its content - sport computer games and other products of the brands which make cleats – will be moved to TEPY.PL. Some of you may not like the idea of being “spammed” with such information, but in general we think it will be a beneficial move for us. We can reach more people when we serve more diverse information, and a bigger audience means not only our satisfaction but also a bigger attention from the companies. Not to mention, that we’d just really like to show you some more of the lives of our redaction.
All in all, this website is just a side effect of our fascination with football boots and just like any good cleats, it should be barely noticeable and be just a means to an end. Our “end” is to share our passion, knowledge and the joy of having the best job in the world! We think that this improved site will help us achieve these goals even better. Enjoy the new TEPY.PL!
New Balance Football has officially unveiled the first boot to be made in its manufacturing facility in Flimby, the MiUK ONE.
The MiUK ONE is a classic boot with a modern twist, combining heritage and high performance. The leather-based boot is limited to a run of 2,000 pairs, and has been made at the New Balance factory in Cumbria, in the North West of England. The release comes as New Balance announces the opening of a professional development facility for its sponsored footballers at the Flimby factory. The facility allows New Balance to work even more closely with their pro players like Aaron Ramsey and Álvaro Negredo to shape their future boot designs and developments.
The MiUK ONE is for discerning players who appreciate craftsmanship and who celebrate quality, both in playing style and kit. Evoking heritage New Balance boot styles, the leather upper and faux flip leather tongue bring a light but strong material finish designed to perform in the modern game. This complements the incorporation of the Visaro Pro outsole, which adds to the key performance elements of the boot. The design incorporates a padded insert in the tongue and removable cushioned footbed for unsurpassed comfort. A ‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ silver logo and silver Union Jack give the boot its exclusive look.
Packaged in exclusive MiUK boxing, the boot is accompanied by a premium quality cotton Made in UK boot bag, boot polish and a boot brush; ensuring owners can maintain the condition of their limited edition boots for years to come.
General Manager of New Balance Football Richard Wright said, “The MiUK ONE is a testament to where we have come from and where we want to be as we continue to grow in the football sector. It has been great to work with our professional development team at Flimby, who have over 30 years of experience of manufacturing high quality footwear in the UK. Everyone at New Balance is extremely proud of the MiUK ONE and I am sure it will prove to be extremely popular amongst boot collectors and players alike.”
The MiUK ONE film, which displays the manufacture process at the New Balance Flimby factory, can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/NBMiUKONE.
Attention! We have a leak! If you hear such a phrase in nuclear power station, you should definitely be worried. In this case, we hope to bring you far more positive emotions. The boot we’d like to present today is Puma evoTouch. Visually it’s completely different from the compositions we’re used to. So far, the German brand consistently used toned down colours, which is a classical approach, just like their leather uppers. But this time it’s complete craziness!
The colour set is called last orange clown fish/peacot/ultra. Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? And even though not many people know about it, it carries a secret message. But let’s start with the obvious: it’s incredibly garish, which is surprisingly rare in case of this orange shade. It looks absolutely incredible and we think it’s just become our favourite composition for this model. And it gets even better, because evoPOWER Vigor and EvoSpeed are also going to be released in this version! Neat!
The “last” used in the name cannot be a mistake, more likely it’s a reference to the special moment in history. It appears that this is the last edition of evoTOUCH. And apparently this model is going to work on the same schedule as the rest of the Puma products, available for a year and than giving way for a continuation. So far there have been no leaks, so we’re waiting impatiently for any information about the boots with a wildcat logo.
Some time ago Umbro presented the third generation of Velocita, you can find an article on that topic HERE. Today we are returning to the subject of the British company, but with a different model. Surely you all know a footballer named Pepe, a face of Umbro. Real Madrid’s back used play in a very rare model, Speciali. They are not popular, so they rarely get new colourways.
As we have written at the beginning, we won’t focus on Velocita, but on another boot, Medusae. Umbro has posted a video on their channel, which shows Pepe and the said model. After watching it it becomes clear, that the Brazilian is going to sub Speciali for Medusae. His debut with them was meant for a derby match against Barcelona, but unfortunately he didn’t spend even a minute on a pitch.
Now let’s sum up some basic facts about the shoe: it’s a “Dawn Blue/Fiery Red/Spectra Green” composition, looks a lot like an initial colourway of Velocita III. It is not available for sale yet, but it hits the market in January 2017
Designing cleats has recently become some kind of a hobby for us. A great many people interested in football footwear fulfil themselves only in this type of projects. We are interested in everything connected with cleats, so in no wonder, that we have finally decided to play with pictures. We have already shown you special editions of EvoSpeed for Kuba Rzeźniczak and the “second edition” of Phantom II for Robert Lewandowski. But today the topic is not custom version made for a footballer. But don’t worry, the idea is just as interesting!
In our vision we saw a mix of two extremely popular models. Superfly V, even though it’s very similar to its predecessor, is still considered one of the best models available. X 16 is one of the greatest boots ever made by adidas and we see in a lot on a pitch. We absolutely fell in love with a colour set presented in THIS leak. This edition hits the market in January. We decided to join the composition and some elements of the X 16 upper with the Nike product and we honestly think the result is stunning. How do you like it?
Time goes by so fast, and while usually people find that thought disheartening, we have a reason to be glad about the constantly passing days: each one of them brings us closer to new premieres and leaks of upcoming models of football boots. Some are more exciting, some are less. We still have to wait for the Phantom III series, about which we know something already, but which generally remains a mystery. Fortunately, adidas gives us far more opportunities to learn about their products. Pictures of NEMEZIS, model planned for next year, have just been leaked.
For our loyal fans they don’t come as surprise, because we have already informed about the end of the Messi line. Today we can take a closer look at two colourways, one of which has never been seen before. The one above is the initial colourway, which will probably be launched sometime around the Champions League finale, as most cleats with three stripes released in the middle of a year are. Much depends on how well will Messi, the most important person to wear them, do in the tournament.
The upper of NEMEZIZ is interesting, at least visually, because its construction is really similar to one of the Lotto models. It looks like it’s made of two stripes of material intertwining in the back part of the shoe. This model doesn’t have a tongue, instead its top part is made of a stretchy material. We think we see also some rubber elements and because of their placement on the crosswise band in the front we can’t help but thing about an akin solution in Nitrocharge. They are one of the most important changes visually distancing this model from its predecessor, the Messi line.
This motif borrowed from Nitrocharge seems very in place for an initial colourway, because the first edition of that series looked a bit similar to this model. But we think you’re going to like more the other cleats we’d like to show you today. A mix of orange and black catches an eye and wins a heart. We don’t know yet when they’ll be released, but we’d guess they are meant to be a summer hit, especially with all the money adidas can spend on advertising.
There are products always draw attention on the pitch. One of them is Puma evoSPEED SL boot, which is one of the lightest in the history of football cleats. Puma sometimes likes to have fun with its creations and today we have a great example of that, namely the new evoSPEED 17 SL Quarry/Puma White/Puma Black. They look ordinary in photos? Believe, they're not ordinary!
That's because of an innovative technology, which makes these boots look totally different in daylight than they do in spotlight or flashlight. Take a look at the photos, sometimes they're all grey, without any graphics, and sometimes there is a considerably darker Puma stripe on the one side and Puma writing on the other side of the boot. Also the soleplate changes its color! All together, it looks great and allows photographers to show their talents.
We remember that some time ago, Nike had released a so called Ref Pack. Boots from that collection also looked different than other colorways, if only you put them in spotlight. However, the way these effect had been achieved, is totally different. The upper hadn't changed its design totally, only few elements reflected light. The new evoSPEED are not about reflections, they change their design totally!
Tech-wise, there have been only slight modifications to the construction. The main and most considerable one is a new TPU stripe around the forefoot, which should make the boots more durable.
We feel a bit awkward now as we write our most awaited review, which is also the most unnecessary one. We don't have to convince you to the boots we describe today. Nike's impressive marketing machine makes everyone know the name of the silo and that these are boots Ronaldo plays in. And not only him, but many others too. We could try to find some special features in other Nike's line, but Mercurial is the driving force of this brand.
We've got much more boots to test than we have time, so reviews on TEPY.PL often feature unique boots. There are reason why we choose these ones, so the average level of charm of reviewed cleats is quite high. The criteria, which we use to evaluate whether to test a model or not are rather different each time. Once we simply like the boots, once they're popular or simply they're something we've been eagerly waiting for.
As we mentioned in an article on Neymar returning to Mercurial line, we are still over the moon with the fact that Robert Lewandowski is to become a face of the Hypervenom series. A stunning success, especially against our country’s background. How many players in the history of modern equipment we’re the only representative for Mercurial, Tiempo or any other most recent? Robert has just become one of a few chosen ones. We decided to celebrate his success and salute the coming-to-end Phantom II model: a few months ago Lewy was given a custom colour set of this boot, we have just given him a second one!
The boot is painted in our national colours, red and white. The most important element is wings of an eagle, another national symbol. A characteristic design in the lower part of the shoe has been pruned. We ditched the polygonal “teeth”, but the outline remained as an homage to the design which became a part of our lives for almost two years. The white dynamic-fit collar is unusual and rather unpractical, but for just one special game – it would be just perfect. Especially that the first edition made for RL9 was not available for sale.
The icing on the cake is the sole – we used the one from Superfly V. It’s a reference to a memorable training, during which Robert was training in this model. Besides, it’s always fun to create such mixes.
New Hypervenoms are coming. The colour set we’re showing today was seen many times before. The top model, Phantom DF, as it’s going to be called now, remains a mystery, but we have some news on the lower versions. They may not be as interesting as the most expensive models, but there are still some things worth mentioning.
We’re guessing that the boot visible on the pictures above and below this paragraph is Phatal III. Take a closer look at some details. First of all, laces are partly connected with the upper with some weird loops sticking out of it, which we guess could be the fly-wire system. Its presence in such a low quality (and cheap) model would be something completely new, just as is the Nikeskin material. As time goes by elements characteristic for the most expensive shoes starts showing up in cheaper models. A small observation, but a really important one.
Below, as a little titbit we present Phelon in turf and AG. What’s interesting, these laces are also joined with the shoe with ”laces”. That’s why we are not completely convinced about this fly-wire system theory, because what we see could just be simple loops, like the ones in X16.1 made by a competing brand.
It’s December, so it’s almost just a matter of days before the new Hypervenom premieres. Their release is planned for middle-January. Our redaction is counting down with excitement, for good reasons :)
Almost every time Puma releases a new generation of cleats we’d like to tell you something about the basic colour set – but calling it this way seems wrong. While each brand has just one, simple basic set, Puma is more original and releases a kind of a teaser instead. And it’s not just any teaser, a promo of a unique, limited product with a different, remarkable design. It’s called CAMO. We wondered if the company still uses this method of introducing novelties, because the last edition of evoTOUCH didn’t get this special edition. But don’t worry; now we are sure they still stick to this system.
We are glad to present you boots which are going to be released really soon: as always, evoPOWER will appear in January. The new generation, which we have shown you many times before, is not going to be the “fourth one”. “Vigor” will be added to the name, that’s how we’re going to identify this model in the next few years. CAMO never disappoints: the look of the new model is extremely cool. Puma is going to present a great synthetic upper, covered with black and grey stripes with some green accents. What’s interesting, that’s probably the first time somebody has ever decided to use a knitted material in white colour. We can see it in the area, which would normally be taken by a tongue. Well, all we can do is count down!