2016 has not been the best of years off the pitch, but on it we agree that there have been some top bin releases!
Black and White Nike Premier- Nike ends 2016 on the classiest of notes with the release of two stunning paint jobs on the Nike Premier. These triple white and triple black paint jobs would get a round of applause from Pirlo himself. No distractions or branding, these boots show everyone that you mean business. Only question that we have is: How long can you keep that white upper clean?
Adidas Glitch- Adidas completely revamped their football boot efforts by killing off some truly legendary silos, although heavily criticized at first, the Glitch boot certainly makes us forget about those old silos. Released to only a select few amateur and academy players in London, Adidas is leaning upon the feedback from these players for feedback and improvements. This is a completely new tactic, but one that should prove a hit for those lucky enough to grab a pair. An inner shoe and outer skin allow players to customize the boot from game to game. No longer must you switch your boots out to match that home and away kit! Doing this allows Adidas to release new skins that players can change in and out as they desire. Gone are the days of traditional boot releases. We will be keeping a close eye out to hopefully snag ourselves a pair! Adidas, if you are reading this, get in touch with the LBF squad below!
Ronaldo Ballon d’Or- Released by Nike to celebrate Ronaldo’s other-worldly 2016 and his fourth Ballon d’Or win. Metallic shine throughout pay tribute to the Euros, Champions League, and Ballon d’Or trophies that he lifted this past year. Who could miss that lovely gold soleplate? Not us! A great tribute to the Ballon d’Or trophy. We think that these will look a treat with Los Blancos’ home kit; although that carbon fiber soleplate would have been world class with the gold....
Neymar X Jordan Hypervenom Phantom 2- Nike, Jordan, and Neymar teamed up to put the legendary Jumpman logo onto Neymar’s signature boot, the Hypervenom Phantom 2. Paying homage to the iconic Jordan 5 shoe, a Neymar Jr. favorite, it combines elements of the basketball shoe on the Hypervenom Phantom 2 and had Jordan collectors busting the doors down for this release. Only the truest of Starboys could team up with the Jumpman himself!
EA Sports Superfly- A video game being honored with its own boot. We can’t say that we saw this one coming! Showing the power that FIFA has with fans, this boot appeals to gamers and boot collectors alike. Honoring the first installment of FIFA all the way back in 1994 are the 16-bit graphics on the instep of the boots, where the outside of the boots transition into HD graphics showing the progression that FIFA has made throughout its 22-year existence.
Nike Tiempo Pirlo- The saying goes that fine wine gets better with age. Andrea Pirlo is the embodiment of getting better with age. Using Algeria leather and cork insoles was the only choice for this class boot. Pioneering the Ragista role on the pitch, Pirlo’s focus will turn to wine making when his playing days are over, and this boot will have fans lining up for his first batch.
Adidas 99 Gram- The concept was first presented in 2013, and Adidas certainly kept building the suspense when last year they announced the release would come in 2016. Disappoint it certainly did not: paper thin textile and limited to 299 pairs worldwide. They have beat the 100-gram barrier, but just two questions remain: Could they withstand a tackle? Or are you fast enough to avoid your defenders when wearing them? The well and true last remnant of the much loved F50 Adizero line, we miss you, please come back soon.
Nike What the Mercurial- Honoring Nike’s most famous silo, the “What the” treatment was finally applied to the Superfly. Crafting a time capsule of this wonderful boot, 12 previous designs are combined elegantly. This is one for the glass case for sure (Unless you are Ousmane Dembele and break numerous ankles in ‘em).
Adidas Paris Pack- Released to celebrate the wonderful Euro 2016 tournament. Adidas took inspiration from the sights and sounds of Paris, while adding some flair to create a stunning design. The graffiti inspiration makes this one a winner in our book!
Nike Magista Obra BHM- Designed and released in collaboration with Black History Month; The Pan African-inspired color palette design pays homage to “The Power of One”, and the success of black athletes in The Beautiful Game.
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