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Boot Watch: World Cup Special

“What ever happened to the good auld days when all the lads turned up to training in a pair of Puma Kings or Copa Mundials, sure the times have changed and that is for sure”. The words of many coaches standing pitchside in a pair of black Mitre boots with Lotto tracksuit to match, in weather that would see Neymar and Co running for an umbrella like Steve McClaren.

Whilst this may be true, recent reports suggest the Adidas Copa Mundial and World Cup boots remain a staunch favourite all over the world with it’s simplistic design and quality finish. Despite this, colour has dominated the scene, especially at the World Cup in Brazil this summer. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how boots looked back in the days of Maradona and Pele and how the world’s best are kitted out now.

Brazilian legend Pele and Argentinian hero Maradona sporting Puma in the glory era.

Since those days we have seen huge global brands such as Nike and Adidas launch some truly amazing colourways and it is more evident now during the World Cup than ever before. Bright and vivid colours seem to be the way forward and the brands are in a full blown rainbow war.

Leo Messi warming up in his Battle Pack f50’s

Lionel Messi is the poster boy of the Battle Pack range launched by Adidas just in time for the World Cup in Brazil. The Battle Pack f50 includes a black and white checked pattern with neon orange and sky blue which is representative of his Argentinian roots. You can take a look at the full range here

Neymar going through the motions in his new Nike Magista

Neymar has to live up to the big number 10 in Brazil’s iconic yellow and he certainly has the right tools on his feet with the eye catching Nike Magista. The boot is revolutionary with its slip on heel and built in sock liner. You might see some of his colleagues wearing the bright yellow colour which is available here.

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Spainiard Sergio Ramos sporting his new Tatt’s and the Nike Tiempo in lime green

Not to be outdone, Sergio Ramos has opted with Nike’s latest edition of their iconic and famous Tiempo. The boot is a staple of the football world and Nike have come out with this beautiful lime green colourway which is available here

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Mario has all the attention here with his limited edition EvoPower Tricks

Mario Balotelli is one of many wearing Puma’s EvoPower in candy pink and cyan blue. The eye catching dual coloured pair has become iconic in Brazil this summer.

Well there you have it folks, from black and grey to a full spectrum of colours,boots have evolved and changed with the times. We like the eye catching designs. What do you think? Let us know on Twitter @Elverys and on Instagram @elveryssports using the #ElverysBrazil14

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