Nike Football introduces the Elite Pack. All four Nike Football silos — Magista, Mercurial, Hypervenom and Tiempo — are represented in the pack. Each boot has a gray base with accents of sea foam green, volt, and hints of teal. The new pack will be available August 16 at


adidas Release Olympic “Speed of White” Pack

Womens Olympic X and ACE

With the Olympic games just around the corner, adidas today released a new “Speed of White” Pack, a range of boots designed specifically that the brand’s female football stars will wear.

This pack features unique colorways on two of adidas most technically advanced boots; X16+ PURECHAOS (designed with improved aerodynamic features and a focus on speed) and ACE 16+ PURECONTROL (one of the most innovative boots in the industry and the world’s first high-performance laceless boot). Both are designed to represent the colors associated with light speed – Red, White and Yellow.

adidas X Speed Of White

The “Speed of White” X16+ PURECHAOS has been designed in white and solar red. The boot is a clean and simple design with the technical features to match. A DYNAMIC TECHFIT COMPRESSION upper keeps wear-in time to a minimum, with a NON STOP GRIP (NSG) finish and TECHFIT lacing system providing a glove-like fit. The boot will be worn this summer by United States national team players like Stephanie McCaffrey and Heather O’Reilly.

adidas ACE Speed Of White

The “Speed of White” ACE 16+ PURECONTROL has also received a colour update ahead of the summer. The boot has been designed in white, solar yellow and black. The PURECUT upper creates an uninterrupted striking surface, whilst the lightweight SPRINTFRAME provides unparalleled levels of stability. The ACE 16+ PURECONTROL will be worn on pitch by Morgan Brian and Becky Sauerbrunn, also of the United States national team.

As well as these premium releases, adidas has the same color palette on boots such as Ace16.1 Primeknit, X15.1 and X15.2, ensuring players have several price tiers to choose from.


Adidas “Speed Of Light” Pack Released – PURECHAOS, PUREAGILITY, PURECONTROL

Adidas Speed Of Light Pack

As we head into the new season, adidas has released their latest set of high profile colorways in the form of the Speed Of Light Pack. Inspired by the colors created by the refraction of light during light speed experiments, the boots are available inSolar Red, Solar Yellow and Shock Blue. Expect to see these boots on show as we head through preseason and as 2016/17 kicks into gear.

On offer there is the X16+ PURECHAOAS (designed with improved aerodynamic features and a focus on speed), Messi 16+ PUREAGILITY (delivers enhanced support and agility with zero wear-in time) and ACE 16+ PURECONTROL (one of the most innovative boots in the industry and the world’s first high-performance laceless boot). If there is something about this pack that seems a little familiar, you are right. adidas has taken the pre-summer Mercury Pack and added a pop of color to match the collar of each boot.

Sam Handy, Vice President of Design said:

The Speed of Light Pack is the most dynamic range of boots adidas has ever launched, designed to help players standout and lead on the pitch. Spearheaded by the fastest boot we’ve ever built, the most agile boot we’ve ever built, and the boot which takes ball control to another level, our new footwear will be integral to deciding some of the biggest games this season between the world’s best players.

adidas Speed of Light X16+ PURECHAOAS

adidas Speed of Light Messi 16+ PUREAGILITY

adidas Speed of Light ACE 16+ PURECONTROL

Puma Release Second Generation evoSPEED SL-S II

evoSPEED SL-S II White Red Black

What perfect timing by PUMA to launch their latest superlight weight boot, right after Antoine Griezmann claimed the Golden Boot at Euro 2016. He along with Sergio Aguero and Marco Reus will be sporting the superlight evoSPEED SL-S II going into the new seasons.

Adding to their list of Trick designs, these feature a dual color design, working withRed Blast/Black/White. Both heels are block colored in striking PUMA Red Blast with a geometric pattern fading into a black vamp on the left shoe and a contrasting white on the right. Constructed with a Japanese microfiber upper material, the SL-S II is intended to feel soft and comfortable while allowing a better touch on the ball.

evoSPEED SL-S Lightweight Speed


The updated laser-cut SPEEDFRAME structure optimizes the boot’s shape further, providing support during forward acceleration and quick turns. For optimal fit and additional support, the boot features a minimalist external heel counter.

Additional performance features of the SL-S II 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. Weight wise, they drop in at 5.2oz.

Puma evoSPEED SL-S On Feet

The BIG part of this release is how PUMA has addressed previous durability issues with their Speed series and if this is a 10-game boot or intended for a season. I strongly suspect it is the later, but that is something we will have to wait to find out! We reviewed the original SL-S release and it definitely had potential as a top market speed boot. Retail wise, they price in under $200, which is more evoSPEED price range than other recent SL releases.

Nike Magista 2


The new Nike Magista 2, a design that emphasizes evolution in touch and traction.

Nike football designer Phil Woodman,

After reading research around evolution and morphology, I was interested in the hypothesis that pruning hands were an evolutionary development for maintaining grip on wet surfaces and tools. That got me thinking about how the foot might have adapted had its primary purpose been football.

Accordingly, for the Magista 2, Woodman reimagined the original Magista silhouette — a design that, with its mid-height collar and Nike Flyknit technology, changed the look of footwear and redefined feel and touch on the pitch — to further the boot’s tactility and tighten the gap between the brain and ball.

We were focused on sensory amplification through feel. By delivering a better feel for the ball, players are able to confidently create on the pitch without distraction.

Nike football designer Phil Woodman’s sketches:

Nike Magista 2 sketches

Woodman worked with the Nike Sports Research Lab to define which parts of the foot are most sensitive to touch and mapped those against high-touch zones gleaned from slow-motion film study of ball control. The data collected in this research was visually applied to a foot model in the form of a heat map, revealing significant overlap in areas of high sensation, effectiveness and engagement.

Nike Magista 2
Equipped with this information, Woodman began 3D printing test uppers featuring peaks and troughs of varying dimensions. This was a marked transition from the upper of the original Magista, which was uniform throughout.

We envisioned the upper of the Magista 2 performing as an organic extension of the foot. The texture is podular and cushioned, designed to communicate with a player’s sense of touch when the ball comes in contact with it.

The peaks and troughs on the upper utilise the same amount of materials as the original Magista through the use of negative space. The highest peaks (4.5mm) are in the premium touch areas, aligned with where the foot should come in contact with the ball.

Nike Magista 2 football boots
This is the next step in the application of Nike Flyknit. The pixel precision of Flyknit makes it possible for us to create dimension without adding weight or overlays. We used to build texture atop the upper, now the upper itself is textured.

Nike Magista 2 football boots
These developments are also seen in the more anatomically contoured Dynamic Fit Collar, designed to accommodate the shape of the ankle bone while leveraging a thicker knit structure for additional coverage. The revamped collar also dips lower on the tendon for comfort. The tongue-less solution now features light padding under the laces for coverage in this high contact area.

Nike Magista 2 boots
For a more secure fit, the Magista 2 leverages an internal heel counter for enhanced lockdown. The Nike Grip sockliner further enhances in-boot stability and is part of the boot’s overall traction system.The stud configuration of the soleplate has been completely revamped through Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which takes the guesswork out of traction patterns via scientific testing of the optimal pattern per style of play. “The science that has gone into the traction of Magista 2 is truly a differentiator,” proclaims Woodman. “This boot makes a traditional conical pattern seem like black-and-white television. Players noticed the difference right away and responded very well to it.”

Nike Magista 2 sketchThe key to the new traction pattern is not how a particular stud performs individually, but how the configuration interacts as a complete system. The emphasis on foot rotation for Magista players led to the chevrons around the ball of the foot, directly aligned with the FEA data from Nike’s Sport Research Lab (NSRL). There are also medial and lateral half-conical studs designed for acceleration, as well as heel plant and braking studs positioned by data. The soleplate housing the advanced traction system is significantly lighter than its predecessor: 60g as opposed to 85g.

Mario Götze with the new Magista 2

The fluid colors adorning the Magista 2 reflect not only the heat map that guided its design, but also the smoother transitions throughout the boot’s upper, especially from collar to foot.


Puma evoTOUCH Released – Designed For Playmakers

evoTOUCH Pro

PUMA has launched a new boot that is set to revolutionize their position in the market, welcome in the all new PUMA evoTOUCH. What makes these so unique is the fact they are the first PUMA boot released with a knit ankle sock. They also have a leather upper for unrivaled control and exceptional touch. This is a completely new type of performance from the Cat.

Right throughout, the boot has a unique construction, which PUMA engineered by taking the concept of touch from the inside out rather than starting with the moment of contact with the ball. PUMA’s innovation team focused on what the foot needs and doesn’t, before working on the upper.

The integrated evoKNIT knitted sock gives a snug fit, and the anti-slip GripTex arrows inside the sock lock down the foot, prevent slipping and ensure stability for the foot. Touch and comfort combine with stability, created by the new outsole with a raised SPEEDTRACK spine.

evoTOUCH Up Close

Puma evoTOUCH Putting Them On

evoTOUCH Knit Collar

evoTOUCH Construction

The evoTOUCH is new to the Global Sport Brand’s football boot category, designed for playmakers like Cesc Fàbregas, Marco Verratti and Santi Cazorla who will wear this boot on-pitch from the start of the new season. In the words of Cesc Fàbregas;

PUMA evoTOUCH is a great boot for my style of play, the connection and touch with the ball is very impressive which is important for maximum control on the ball. I’m impressed with the boot from the testing I have done and looking forward to getting back on-pitch and kicking of the new season with evoTOUCH.