Boots

Lotto Launch The Laceless Solista 100 III Gravity

Back in 2006 Lotto created the world’s first ever laceless football boot, the Zhero Gravity, which was ahead of its time, but was also too radical for consumers at the time. Fast forward to 2019 now and Lotto are throwing their hat into the ring as the kings of the laceless football boot with the launch of the Solista 100 III Gravity.

There has been a seismic shift in the innovation of football boots since the Zhero Gravity first shook the market with its alien aesthetic back in 2006 (the main boots at the time were the adidas Predator Pulse, adidas F50, the Nike Mercurial Vapors and of course the Nike Total 90) with numerous brands having more recently developed laceless boots through knitted technology with arguably the first breakthrough coming in the form of the adidas Prime Knit.

Lotto have used a seamless one-piece upper to keep weight to a minimum while the knit-elastic mesh wraps around the foot for a locked-in, almost air-tight sensation.

Overall, we would say that it is a strong return for the original creators of the laceless boot, although it would be great to see this boot in the same black and green colourway as their recently released Stadio featured below. A lot has changed in football since 2006, and Lotto have patiently waited and the laceless boot pioneers are back in the game with a design that continues their legacy in style. 

Mizuno Launch The Morelia II “Blue Depths/Gold”

Taking centre stage ahead of the new season is this handcrafted, “Made in Japan” masterpiece, Mizuno have created this Morelia II in a “Blue Depths/Gold” colourway for the start of the 2019/20 season. This is so, so retro and it is great to see old school leather football boots still going strong.

The Morelia II is handcrafted from premium K-leather and carrying the standout out seal of quality that is “Made in Japan” that is stamped on the fold over tongue which feels like have jumped into a time capsule and gone back in time to the days of PES6. Everything about these boots just oozes class, and it feels like the perfect boots for the floppy haired cultured midfielder that just glides around the pitch.

Mizuno have been known to splash a bit of gold on their boots in the past with it last being used on the Rebula and the Morelia. These do feel a bit more authentic and subtle, as if it belongs on the boot, unlike the Morelia that was drowned in gold.

The “Blue Depths/Gold” drop for the Morelia II arrives alongside the new “Beta” Morelia Neo II, and where the latter is likely to be divisive for the football aficionado, the “Blue Depths/Gold” colour delivers something which we think will stand the test of time.

These boots are available now and retail at £260.

Image source – Soccerbible

Lotto Launch The Stadio ‘Made In Italy’

Following on from our Diadora article earlier in the week (available here), Lotto have taken us on another footballing nostalgia trip by re-launching their iconic Stadio boot but with a modern twist. The Lotto Stadio ‘Made In Italy’ edition in our opinion is up there as one of the best leather football boots of all time, and has been released in the Lotto original and trademark black and green colourway.

The Italian brand were one of the dominant forces in European football throughout the 80s, 90s and early 00s and the Stadio was their trademark boot. Worn by iconic figures such as Andriy Shevchenko, Gheorghe Hagi, Cafu, and Clarence Seedorf the Stadio it was a customary figure at any major International and Club tournament for many a year. That classic fold-over tongue, the bold heel branding, the splash of green, magnifico. Its great to see Lotto back.

Underneath the fold-over tongue is a patch that references the original design from 1990, but it’s all about that premium kangaroo leather. There seems to be two camps of footballer nowadays – One which like the new generation of boots such as the laceless, synthetic and knitted boots and the other which seems to long for the days of traditional, well made, good quality football boots. I think we can all agree that the latter has been somewhat neglected in recent seasons, but we expect this re-release could join the traditionalists and the new generation of players together in their appreciation of the style of the Lotto brand.

Pick up the Lotto Stadio ‘Made In Italy’ football boots exclusively at prodirectsoccer.com

adidas Launch The ‘Hardwired Pack’

adidas have just launched their ‘Hardwired Pack’ in advance of the upcoming 2019/20 season. The Three Stripes have really gone for bold colourways for these boots to kick-off the new campaign in statement style and really make a statement this season.

When adidas pack bold colours on their boots, people usually stand up and take notice and we think this is what will happen here with the “Hardwired Pack”. The Predator, Nemeziz, X and COPA collectively cater for all types of players and it will be exciting to see the brand’s full squad of professional players as they move from pre-season to the full football season.

We think the Predator 19+ is stunning and is really striking with its “Bright Cyan/Black/Solar Yellow” colourway. This is a boot designed for the playmaker and has already been spotted on the feet of leading adidas Predator players including Mesut Özil on Arsenal’s USA tour. A very commendable effort from adidas on what is their headline football boot.

The new-generation adidas Nemeziz 19+ kicks off its first full season since its arrival in May in a very bold “Shock Pink/Black” which is certainly the most distinctive selection from the new pack and perfectly caters for the showman and the flamboyant. The Nemeziz still holds a unique design when it’s off-foot and fits like a glove around the foot when on. There will be no mistaking these boots when the likes of Roberto Firmino and Jesse Lingard open the season with them in August.

The COPA 19+ boats the most traditional and minimalist styling (despite the colourway) from the “Hardwired Pack” as adidas slap a “Solar Yellow/Black” colourway across its upper, with the customary black Three Stripes on the instep of the boots.

The X 19+ is a very similar colourway to the Predator 19+, sporting in a “Light Blue/White/Black” colour scheme with another metallic soleplate.

Pick up the adidas ‘Hardwired Pack’ at prodirectsoccer.com

Image source – Soccerbible

Diadora Launch the Brasil ‘Made In Italy’ K-Leather Pro

Diadora have been lying low over the last few years but are back with a bang with the return of one of the most iconic boots of all time: the Diadora Brasil Italy K-Pro in its iconic black and yellow colourway.

Diadora presents the original version of pure Italian excellence and claim that this is the football boot that Roberto Baggio wore in the first steps of his extraordinary career. The details have not changed (I mean why change a proven formula?) as the boot continues to sport the wonderful Diadora logo down each side and on the soleplate, along with the fine stitching and Italian flag on the collar. Sublime.

Diadora have a long and illustrious history within football and to me, is always associated with the Serie A of the 90s when the Italian brand enjoyed huge success, with their boots being worn by iconic names such as Marco Van Basten, Tino Asprilla, Frank Rijkaard George Weah and the aforementioned Roberto Baggio.

While the Italian brand undoubtedly enjoyed their greatest success through the 80s and early 90s, world class talents such as Christian Vieri, Roy Keane, Antonio Cassano and Filippo Inzaghi ensured the brand remained as a great alternative to Nike and Adidas well into the 2000s. While these boots are a nod to Diadora’s heritage and Baggio, in the 2000s the brand has perhaps been most synonymous with Francesco Totti,

The iconic Brasil boot is back and it is the same winning formula – still crafted by hand from the finest kangaroo leather in Montebelluna, and still carrying the ultimate hallmark of quality: Made in Italy.

Available now at Pro Direct Soccer. Images sourced from Soccer Bible


New Mizuno Rebula 3 Released

Mizuno have really started out the blocks ahead of the 2019/20 season by launching their new-generation Rebula 3 boot. Dropping in time for pre-season and to spearhead the Japanese firm’s new campaign, the Rebula 3 arrives in a white, black and blue colourway.

The Rebula has performed well for Mizuno and the latest generation comes with some new upgrades as well as being 10% lighter than the Rebula 2. The elite level ‘Made In Japan’ editions use the highest quality Scotchguard leather while the new non-stretch diagonal strips wrap the mid-foot to provide lateral stability to the foot, with comfort firmly being the aim. 

These boots are to be sported by Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki.

For more information about the boot check out the Mizuno website HERE

Nike ‘Victory’ Pack Released Ahead of 2019 Women’s World Cup

Nike have officially launched the Nike ‘Victory Pack’, ahead of this years Women’s World Cup held in France. The boots will be worn across France this summer in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The boots have a predominantly grey colourway which is accompanied by the black Swoosh and red trim. These boots are a limited edition release, with only the elite and academy level boot available, and it’s expected that these will be for sale in FG only.

Even though these boots have been launched ahead of the Women’s World Cup, there will be plenty of men lining up in these too with the Copa America and the first ever mid-year African Cup of Nations taking place over the summer too.

Just to add a bit of shine to this too, those that have read ‘Shoe Dog’, the autobiography of Nike founder Phil Knight, will know that Nike in Greek mythology is the Goddess of Victory and in fact was the inspiration of the naming of Nike itself.

These are now on sale at Nike Football

Adidas Launch The Predator 19+ “302 Redirect”

Arriving as part of the new “302 Redirect Pack”, Adidas have launched this glorious version of the Adidas Predator 19+. The boots arrive in a “Dazzling Silver/Black/Electric Red” combination which will definitely make it a stand out performer for the business end of the season. The Predator will be on pitch for all the key 2018/19 season deciders, including the Champions League Final in Madrid as well as the Copa America, Europa League and FA Cup Finals.

These boots have a feel of the vintage Predator with a colourway that in time could hold a similar gravitas and nostalgia as the Mania’s, Precision and Accelerator from yesteryear.

The “302 Redirect Pack” will see the Predator, COPA & new generation X join the already released Nemeziz 19+ as Adidas drop their final boot collection of the 2018/19 season.

Adidas have created a Predator to cater for both the laced player and the laceless with the laceless Predator 19+ being accompanied a laced 19.1 version and will be worn by all leading Predator players, including Paul Pogba, Dele Alli and Ivan Rakitic. Not sure about you guys, but the Kampus8 team think these are absolute magic.

These are now available to buy at adidas Football and at Pro Direct Soccer