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New Balance Tekela V3 Pro “Ignite Hype” Pack

For those interested in the New Balance Tekela V3 Pro, we just spotted that the Ignite Hype version was on sale and wanted to share the details. But better yet, we actually have a special edition pair in hand that was sent over by New Balance a few weeks back. Packaged in a specialized box that highlights the packs color palette on the outside, you get a real sense of how serious New Balance is with this release. It makes sense that they would want to really emphasize the quality and tech advan...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, New Balance, Up Close, New Balance Tekela


adidas Nemeziz+ “Atmospheric Pack” Up Close

Featuring a wavy, wild and almost dizzying pattern, the adidas Nemeziz+ “Atmospheric Pack” is one of the most complex boots currently on the market. This is our first chance to see the latest Nemeziz+ in person, and there are some definite modifications to the upper. adidas made a play at upgrading touch and control, by adding a textured update to the razzle-dazzle colorway. It is tough to tell where it is because of the combination of colors, but up close you can tell there are gold ridges tha...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, adidas Nemeziz, Nemeziz


How Does the Diadora Brasil Elite Tech LPX Perform?

When you are in the market for a classic, iconic, modern traditional style release, a Diadora boot is always a good choice. The premium Italian brand has been in somewhat of a slumber over the past few years, but every so often they drop a delightful new boot like these; the Diadora Brasil Elite Tech LPX. First note – in some corners, you will hear them referred to as the B-Elite Tech FG, which is basically a shorthand way of detailing the extravagance of the release. What you are getting is a ...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Italy, Diadora, Up Close, Diadora Brasil, Diadora Brasil Elite Tech LPX, Diadora Brasil Elite Tech LPX First, Diadora Brasil Elite Tech


UA Magnetico Pro SL and its Wild Stud Configuration

It is a boot you probably haven’t heard a whole lot about, but they certainly hold a very unique style and flavor that immediately captures your attention. They are the Under Armour Magnetico Pro SL and they come with a few unusual twists. For example, they don’t really fit the SL (super lightweight) mould like you might expect, dropping in around the 8oz mark. It is without a doubt one of the heaviest SL releases we have seen. The upper is very fun, with a 1.1mm Wallaroo material that offers t...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Latest, Under Armour, Armour, UA, Up Close, UA Magnetico, UA Magnetico Pro SL


Up Close With the Third Generation Nike Dream Speed Superfly

It is the third iteration in the Nike Dream Speed series, and likely one of the most creative we will see in the range. Nike has taken the Mercurial series – Superfly and Vapor – and treated them a wild upper design that features some really iconic patterns. When images were initially released, I’ve got to be honest and admit I wasn’t really impressed. They seemed a little too busy, and without knowing the backstory behind the pattern, they didn’t make a lot of sense. But now having a pair in h...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, Nike Mercurial Superfly VII, Nike Dream Speed


New Balance Tekela v2 Pro – Standard + Wide Fit Options!

It is a boot that continues to build on the growing stature of the New Balance brand; the NB Tekela v2 Pro. Think of these as a boot built for the playmakers, the game changers, the ones who always influence a game. With this blackout version in hand, I wanted to immediately discuss one of the biggest talking points of Tekela; the difference between the standard fit and wide fit options. Yes, each Tekela colorway comes in both a standard and wide fit, something that we get a lot of questions ab...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Latest, New Balance, Up Close, Tekela, New Balance Tekela


adidas Nemeziz 19+ “Encryption Pack” – Up Close + Performance

Not only does the adidas Nemeziz 19+ silo have one of the wildest designs on the market right now, but when you add a colorway like the Encryption Pack, it makes for an unmistakable on-pitch look. This version features a matte gray coloring with an all over camouflage pattern on the boot; made up of a variety of light and dark gray shades, with the three stripes in a solar orange to pop against the muted background. Every opportunity to get hands-on with a boot is worth taking, so we wanted to ...
Tags: Nike, Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, adidas Nemeziz, Nemeziz, adidas Encryption Pack


Nike PhantomVSN 2 Released – The Details!

The next wave of PhantomVSN has arrived, with Nike focusing on creating generation #2 for those quick passes and unanticipated moves that are required to be successful. Phantom Vision 2 has been upgraded with a revamped fit, superb texture and an easy foot entry to fulfill the performance needs of attacking players. Again, comfort is high on the agenda, with Nike building them from the inside-out. In other words, foot shape and feel through a 90 minute game got serious consideration. With a pai...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, New Release, Up Close, Nike Football, Nike PhantomVSN, Nike Phantom Vision


Umbro Speciali Pro – Whats On Offer 2020?

With all the wild and extravagant releases we are regularly exposed to, it is refreshing to open a box and find a pair of boots like the Umbro Special Pro inside. We are talking pure nourishment for the soul, with a classy black leather upper and traditional cross layered stitching providing a heritage styling that old school players yearn for. With that in mind, it seemed like a perfect time to revisit such a classic staple, especially since they are available again on the US market. This is a...
Tags: US, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Umbro, Up Close, Umbro Speciali, Umbro Speciali Pro


What Does the adidas Predator “Encryption” Have On Offer?

Released as part of the adidas Encryption Pack, you’d wouldn’t be too far wrong if you mistook these Predator 19+ as being part of some camo style pack. Technically, the concept of Encrypting something would be to encode a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it and those who are not authorized cannot. So, in a sense these fall under a very similar category as a camouflage style release. You can wear them and keep your teammates in the loop, but the oppos...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, adidas Predator 19, adidas Encryption Pack


Nike PhantomVSN “Phantom Fire” Up Close

Although it not exactly a boot that matches its “Phantom Fire” pack name, the latest PhantomVSN Elite release still packs a lot of heat on pitch. Rather than splashing wild red hot colors, Nike has unleashed a more classic a sharp black design that is highlighted with burnt orange detailing. It is a modern take on traditional styling with a little pop for players that want to stand out on pitch. Along the heel, a series of text finishes up a signature look for the swoosh on a boot designed for ...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, Nike Sport Research Lab, Nike PhantomVSN


adidas X506 F50+ Remake | Up Close + Performance

Inspired by the iconic f50 TUNiT colorway that was worn by top players at the 2006 World Cup, there has been a lot of talk about the adidas X506 F50+ remake since their release a few weeks back. To be honest, not all of that has been positive, with a lot of fans wondering why adidas went with a re-incarnation of this particular style. Digging deeper, it has been the tongue cover that has got the most attention. It mimics the same style found on the original, with its large cutout style covering...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, Limited Collection, adidas X506


Nike PhantomVNM “Phantom Fire” Up Close

Released as part of the Phantom Fire pack, the latest Nike PhantomVNM Elite colorway is designed to standout on winter pitches. Nike use Bright Mango as the feature color, with significant graphics labeled across the side of the boot in text format. It is a fresh new look for the boot that takes all that was great about the Hypervenom series and meshes it with the best of T90 Laser. For fans of the power category, this is an absolute dream combo! Nike has been very smart with this release, also...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, Nike PhantomVNM, Precision PWR


Initial Reaction – Umbro UX Accuro 3 With D30 Technology

If you follow the boot market closely, you will know that Umbro tend to come and go with the seasons, bringing us an inconsistent array of boot options. The current offering includes the UX Accuro 3 Pro, a boot built for control. And honestly, this is a boot that has totally grabbed my attention. Since the limited edition version was released, I’ve been extremely eager to get my hands on a pair to test. And finally, I have them in hand! First off, what is with the design and what is it that mak...
Tags: US, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Umbro, Up Close, Initial Reaction, Umbro UX Accuro


New Balance Tekela v2 “Pitch Control” Limited Edition

Introduced in a metallic fade colorway, the limited edition New Balance Tekela v2 ‘Pitch Control’ takes inspiration from a DJ’s ability to “control rhythm and tempo.” We received a pair from NB and wanted to take a closer look at what they are all about. The key piece of the design is the Kinetic Stitch dynamic embroidered bands that run across the upper of the boot. It serves multiple functions in play, adding visual effect and performance benefits. First, it creates a definitive forefoot lock...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Limited Edition, Latest, New Balance, Up Close, New Balance Tekela


Up Close – New Balance Furon Infinite Dark

New Balance takes the Furon v5 into hyperstealth mode with its latest colorway release, Infinite Dark. Taking inspiration from the galaxy’s black holes, where gravitational pull is so great that light cannot escape, Furon players strive to relentlessly dominate everything around them. We have seen NB go into blackout mode before, but there is the added layer of iridescent detailing on the signature N and across the soleplate that gives these a little extra pizazz. It is a no-nonsense design tha...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Latest, New Balance, Up Close, New Balance Furon


New Balance Furon V5 “Infinite Lite”, Iridescent Soleplate

If there is anything that adds an extra edge to a new colorway release, it is a flashy soleplate! New Balance has dropped a fresh whiteout version in the Furon V5 silo that takes advantage of its traction system with full effect. We have seen the Furon go full whiteout mode before, but nothing like this! Flip them over and you are immediately met with a full iridescent tinted plate, with a shimmering mesh of wildly bright color adding a dramatic look. The colors including shift and change depe...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Latest, New Balance, Up Close, New Balance Furon


Up Close – Detailing the Nike Mercurial “LVL UP”

It is a boot that has got a lot of attention on pitch the last few weeks; the Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 ‘LVL UP’. Released as a boot intended to celebrate 20 years of iconic Nike Mercurial boots and the embodiment of explosive speed through color and design, these are unmistakable! There is so much more to them that you’d imagine, with intricate pieces of detailing right throughout the upper and soleplate. We received a pair in last week and have taken some time to break down the flashy new ...
Tags: Time, Nike, Sport, Soccer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Latest, Nike Mercurial, Up Close, Nike Mercurial Superfly VI, Nike Air Safari


Up Close – Beckham and Zindane’s Gold Predator 19+

It is the boot that celebrates two of the most famous Predator wearers of all time; David Beckham and Zinédine Zidane. adidas has added a modern Predator 19+ release to the DB x ZZ limited collection, offering players a more accessible and familiar style boot to choose from. Everything about the release falls right in-line with the current Predator 19+ range of releases. The only difference here is that both players worked to co-created this limited-edition collection, which celebrates 25 year...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Latest, Beckham, Zidane, Ballon, Up Close, adidas Predator 19


Up Close – Nike Vapor 360 NJR Silêncio (Shhh)

There is something extra unique about the latest signature Neymar release, and it is pretty easy to spot exactly what it is! The Nike Vapor NJR “Silêncio” features text graphics right across the upper, with many different sized “SHHH” sending out a specific message from Neymar; he wants to silence the doubters. The design is created using miniature white chevron symbols through the letters. Looking underfoot, the letters gradually start in a deep black, fading to gray as they move onto the upp...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Neymar, Neymar Jr, Up Close, Touch Control, Nike All Conditions Control ACC, Nike Vapor 360


Up Close – New Balance 442

If you are going to introduce a new heritage style boot to the market, you have to make sure to give them a classic name. The latest to drop is the New Balance 442. The game has definitely shifted away from what is a traditional 442 formation, but it is a formation that still stands as the standard for consistency. If you ask a team of players to drop into a 442, it almost comes naturally. And that is the theme of this release from New Balance. It took a while, but we finally got our hands on ...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Heritage, New Balance, AG, Up Close, New Balance 442


Up Close – New Balance Furon v5 Pro

Early last week, we received a pair of New Balance latest attack themed boot; Furon v5 Pro. Having finally nailed down a boot with quality performance in V4, the fifth generation comes with some pressure to deliver in an even better way. NB has gone with an Turquoise fade to Black colorway that definitely stands out from the rest of the market. They are very distinct. So, what has this latest version of Furon got to offer that we should know about? It starts up top, where a bonded mesh upper i...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Latest, New Balance, Nb, Ortho, Up Close, New Balance Furon, Furon, Tekela


Up Close – Joma Propulsion Lite

Over the past few years, we have seen many brands come and go as the market has continually evolved. One that has stuck around, even if with a very limited number of boots, is Spanish brand Joma. We have featured their releases in the past, and actually have a pair of their boots in hand at the moment; the Joma Propulsion Lite. Now seems like the absolute perfect time to profile them, for several reasons. Not only are they a quality speed boot options at a very competitive price, but they are ...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Puma, AG, Joma, Up Close, Joma Propulsion Lite


Up Close – adidas Predator Tango 18+ TR

If you want a lifestyle shoe that lives up to the high-tech performance found in its FG equivalent, check out the adidas Predator Tango 18+ TR. Here is a shoe that raises the bar in terms of off pitch comfort and style, leveraging all the best adidas has to offer in a tidy package. This particular limited collection, Spectral Mode colorway – Clear Orange/Trace Pink – might not be your cup of tea, but they do provide a visual story that allows for an intimate introduction to the silo. And of co...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Manchester United, Latest, Up Close, adidas Predator 18, Clear Orange Trace Pink, Clear Orange and Trace Pink, Trace Pink Predator Tango


Up Close – Umbro Velocita IV Pro

For many players, owning a pair of Umbro boots was a given during their youth playing days. The Double Diamond has a reputation for producing quality boots, but they have been very quiet over the past few years here in the US. One of the newest additions to the market is the Velocita IV Pro, a speed boot with a serious attitude and slightly weird design. One look at the upper leaves you wondering what is going on, why in the world does the upper have a bunch of diamond shaped cut out? It is de...
Tags: US, Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Umbro, AG, Up Close, Umbro Velocita


Up Close – Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Elite

If there is a boot on the market that you should definitely consider picking up a pair of right now, it has got to be the Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Elite. And here are a few key reasons why. First, they are set to be “retired” as Nike close in on a new generation of Phantom, sent for release in early 2019. Second, they are the type of boot that provide clinical performance in all situations. From their generous size, comfortable fit and enhanced soleplate traction system, they have a lo...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Alexandre Lacazette, Phantom, Interior, Up Close, Nike Hypervenom Phantom


Up Close – Paul Pogba Predator 18+ “Soundwaves”

Over the past few years, we have seen Paul Pogba become a key piece of adidas advertising strategy. If there is a player that enjoys being in the spotlight, it is definitely the Manchester United star. He does have his own set of dictionary words after all; Pogboom, Poggoal, Pogdab, Pogboots! So, it is not surprising to see him become one of the first players to get his own bi-yearly collections. His latest Season 4 Collection focuses on the soundwaves of Pogba’s career to date, highlighted by...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Manchester United, Latest, Paul Pogba, Pogba, Up Close, adidas Predator 18, Paul Pogba Predator


Up Close – The Redesigned Puma ONE 1

We have seen several different Puma ONE styles come and go over the past few seasons, as Puma looks at new ways to reinvent their signature speed silo. This latest edition, the Puma ONE 1, is definitely the most complex to date, combining new modifications to improve fit with a fresh upper design that enhances touch and feel on the ball. There is a k-leather and synthetic version available for players to choose from, this pictured pair is the k-leather version. You might recall these boots wer...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, One, Olivier Giroud, Puma, Romelu Lukaku, Latest, Up Close, Puma ONE, Puma ONE 1, Sergio Aguero Antoine Griezmann


Up Close – adidas Predator Accelerator “Electricity” Remake

How good is the adidas Predator Accelerator “Electricity” remake? Incredibly good. They have it all: the rare electric yellow colorway, iconic fold-over tongue in red, three stripes overlapping the cleat in classic black, soft kangaroo leather upper, iconic Predator strike zone. We have had plenty of adidas remakes in the past, and they have all been a huge hit. But what sets this Limited Collection version apart is the fact they mimic the original so well. Rather than settling for a more mode...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Soccer, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Latest, Up Close, Limited Collection, Adidas Predator Accelerator


Tuesday Throwback – “Gold” adidas X17+ Purespeed

What is better than your favorite boot layered in a beautiful Gold paint job? I’ve had these for a while and completely forgot to detail them in a post, so I figured they would be ideal to showcase on a quiet Tuesday in the run-up to this Summer’s World Cup. Listed as a pretty graceful Tactile Gold Metallic/Core Black/Solar Red, they are one of the best colorways used in the adidas X17+ Purespeed series. Rather than being a simple style gold boot, adidas has amped up the detailing with a blend...
Tags: Ebay, Adidas, Sport, Soccer, Latest, Up Close, adidas Purespeed, Tactile Gold Metallic Core Black Solar