What an incredible season it has been – jam-packed with twists and turns, heaving with transformation and surprises and even enchanting us with a fairytale ending. If I had told you twelve months ago that Leicester City would be champions of England, Jose Mourinho would be manager of Manchester United and Rafa Benitez would go from the hotseat at the Bernabeau to taking his Newcastle United side to Burton Albion in the Championship, you would have undoubtedly questioned my sanity…
But that is the beauty of football – even when action has come to a standstill on the pitch, there is always an unexpected revelation or a bolt from the blue that causes a commotion and makes waves throughout the never-ending media circus.
The domestic campaign may be dusting off its boots, but the football fever continues with Euro 2016. The tournament may give you inspiration into selecting your footwear for next season’s exertions so whether you grace the grassroots or ply your skills in the upper echelons of the football ladder, it is imperative that you find the perfect pair to further your ability.
The likes of Adidas and Nike have launched spectacular designs ahead of the showpiece event so lookout for them in France, and I will also reflect on the finest boots that lit up another memorable campaign in the world of football. It doesn’t matter if you’re a speed demon, creative genius or seeking that flawless first touch – this list offers a pair of boots to take your game to the next level.
Boots Of The Season
New Balance Furon
Nobody likes playing against pace, so these feather light boots are the ultimate weapon for those with a rapid style. The radical directional studs will further enhance your straight-line speed enabling you to get to the byline in to time at all.
Your final ball or shot is then aided by the ample sweet spot provided by the boot’s burrito tongue structure. Explosively release the inner speed demon in you – the perfect pair of boots to accelerate your game to the next level.
Nike Magista Opus
A playmakers dream. Invented and designed for those who can thread a football through the eye of a needle. The textured upper is sculpted to the foot, allowing for precise control and exceptional first touch.
The performance labyrinth yields a soft fit and close touch and evading the opposition has never been easier as the pyramidal studs provide fluent rotational ability. Invest in a pair of these and the ball will feel like it is practically glued to your foot.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom II
The standout feature of the Phantom II is the high-octane collar which has reformed the shape of the Hypervenom. Away from its aesthetic magnetism, the collar provides a heightened feel of the boot as a prolongation of the foot.
With ACC (All Conditions Control) for ameliorated ball control, the Phantom II’s prosper in all weather conditions. Designed for maximum agility which is further supported by a split-toe design allowing you to find space in tight situations – this ruthless footwear is ideal for the modern predator.
Puma evoPOWER 1.2
For vigour and velocity, look no further than the striking Puma evoPower 1.2’s. Release your natural shooting power thanks to the Gradual Stability Frame (G.S.F.) outsole technology working as a backbone, delivering gradual stability from the heel to the forefoot.
The evoPower seeks to utilise barefoot technology as it allows a more natural range of motion, therefore ensuring supreme delivery when you connect with the ball while the raised sections offer extra padding, flexibility and comfort when you do catch it flush. Unerring accuracy and raw power combined with the lightweight and durable elements make this a great investment for players at every level of the game.
Special Edition Euro 2016 Boots
Adidas X16+ Purechaos
Adidas have decided to give their Euro 2016 boots a silver lining with the Adidas X16+ Purechaos which is part of the ‘Mercury Pack’ – a trio of flamboyant boots masked in chrome that have been manufactured with surgical precision ahead of Euro 2016 and the Copa America.
The Purechaos possess a purecut sock system and dynamic Techfit which seamlessly mould to the shape of your foot and with no laces to be seen, they offer an improved aerodynamic effect – perfect for channelling speed and explosive movements. Expect these boots to cause mayhem in France when they are worn by the likes of Gareth Bale.
Nike Magista Obra
Designed for immediate attention, these special Euro 2016 Magistra Obra’s courtesy of Nike drifts from a calm yellow sole up to an electric red at the dynamic fit collar. The trademark Nike swoosh is shrouded black with a yellow outlining integrated to heighten its appearance.
In terms of the product specification and technical features, these boots bring nothing ground-breaking to the field of play with their attributes virtually identical to those of the Magista Opus model described earlier on in this article. They do however have a small place in history as they are expected to be the last-ever edition of the first-gen Nike Magista Cleat before the introduction of the second-gen.
Puma evoPOWER Tricks
Puma have well and truly pushed the boat out with this pair of non-identical boots – the right boot is yellow and the left boot is pink. You are either going to love them or hate them.
Again mechanically, there is nothing to distinguish it from its predecessor, but you can guarantee there will be a few thunderous hits from this footwear which has been designed purely for kicking power and flawless accuracy.
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