If you’ve followed my I Want series for any length of time, you’re probably well aware that I have what you might call a shoe addiction. In fact 5 of the twenty-five posts I’ve made in the series so far have been some sort of shoe — be it boots to be worn on the pitch, or sneakers to wear off it — far more than any other category of things I want. And the latest pair to get added to that list is the fire that is the Nike Free Flyknit Mercurial.
Fusing the DynamicFit sock-like neck, Flywire and leather upper inspired by soccer’s Mercurial Superfly with the uber-comfortable Nike Free running shoe outsole, these stylish mids would look great when paired with the jeans, khakis or joggers of your choice this fall. And since they apparently come in not only the “dark grey” beauts above, but also wolf, platinum and volt (from last summer!?!?) colorways too, there’s a pair for everyone. Of course, that’s presuming you’re willing to drop some coin. Though they show as “COMING SOON” on Nike’s site under “Flyknit” shoes for $200, the item page itself says the shoe is “no longer available”. And scouring the likes of eBay or Amazon, you can expect to drop anywhere from $250 to north of a $800.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | ebay.com
I’ve been a Columbus Crew SC supporter since the dawn of MLS twenty years ago. I’ve been a hat enthusiast for even longer. But despite my love for both caps and the Crew, and two decades of time to produce one, I’ve never once managed to find a headpiece that’s married the two together in a way that’s deserving of gracing the top of my (large) head. That is until now. Designer James Bond — best known for his brand UNDEFEATED — partnered with MLS to release a limited edition capsule of hats to celebrate the league’s 20th season. I was insanely jealous when Bond released a hat just for the Galaxy last year, so to say I was stoked to see this all black everything snap-back for my own Crew SC is understatement. Though admittedly, the rest of the line is pretty sick, too.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | mlsstore.com
Since the advent and widespread adoption of long-bladed synthetic turf, I haven’t had much of a need for new “indoor” shoes in quite some time. All my local indoor facilities use it, meaning I’m able to trot out in my firm ground boots whenever I play. However, now that the opportunities to play futsal in my neck of the woods are expanding — particularly on harder courts — my need for some flat-soled shoes to kick around in is growing again. As such, I’ve been keeping an eye open for one of the major players to put out a pair that tickle my fancy.
And I think my good friends at Nike have won my admiration yet again… feast on their Elastico Superfly IC SE. The latest iteration of the Swoosh’s elite indoor/futsal boots take their inspiration from the Mercurial Superfly outdoors, but feature some key improvements for harder, flat surfaces. Those include a new rubber variant in the lower profile soles that’s specifically tuned for hard floors, as well as an extra layer of the NIKESKIN last in key areas to improve durability. And with this version of the Elasticos sporting the jet black colorway from Ronaldo’s CR7 Suprerfly’s, it’s almost not even a choice that I get them… it’s a necessity.
You can cop your own pair in Europe and Asia today, and they’ll be available in the US starting January 10th.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | nikesoccer.com
If you’ve been around these parts any amount of time, you probably already know of my obsession with soccer tees. My shirt preference is usually to buy from the small-shop designers too, instead of the ones coming from the big boys. That helps to explain why I have a closet teeming with shirts from the likes of Bumpy Pitch, 3nil, Copa, Who Are Ya Designs and of course my own original WSOTP Shop tees. So I feel downright shameful that I haven’t yet picked up a shirt from fellow Ohio-based outfit World F.C. And with their new “Champions Collection” dropping soon, this seems like the perfect time to add to my own collection.
World F.C.’s new collection adds seven new shirts “featuring iconic design elements from the champions of yesterday and today”. I particularly fancy the Boca Juniors and PSG designs from this set, but any of the shirts in the line-up are worth a punt. I’ve been eyeing this Spurs shirt from their other shirts for a while now, too.
Anyway, pre-orders on the new Champions Collection are going on now and will begin shipping soon, so make sure to get your order in soon.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | worldfootballclothing.com
Back in 1994, twelve-year-old me was fascinated with all things World Cup. My parents were awesome throughout the tournament: driving us up north from Ohio to Detroit, purchasing tickets to the games, letting me watch way more TV than I was normally allowed so I could watch the others we didn’t attend. They were even cool enough to purchase me the now infamous denim kit so I could look like my hero Cobi Jones. The one thing they refused to spoil me? The amazingly futuristic boots that had their own tent at the games and were being trod about on the pitch by some of the game’s biggest names: the original Adidas Predators. And rightly so, as no 12-year-old needed a pair of boots that cost $150 — which in 2014 dollars is a now “normal” $240. But that didn’t change the fact I wanted them, and badly.
Fast forward to 2014 though, and the folks at Adidas have given me a chance fulfill my childhood dream by releasing the Predator Instinct 94. One of three retro-inspired boots released by the German athletic giants to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Predator line, all of are built on the line’s latest incarnation, the Predator Instinct. I like them all, but these stand out from the pack if for no other reason than my inner 12-year-old is screaming at me to pick them up.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | soccer.com
With summer fast approaching, many here in the US are turning their thoughts to warmer summer activities: going to the beach, heading to the pool, or catching some waves. But for those of us who are a bit soccer obsessed, the imminent World Cup in Brazil will force us to put many of our summer plans for fun in the sun on hold for our love of football. However, surfwear company Hurley are trying their best to combine the best of both worlds.
Through a partnership with Nike, Hurley are dropping three pairs of their cutting edge Phantom boardshorts inspired by the soccer national team kits of three of the Big Swoosh’s most iconic sides: hosts Brazil, one-time winners France and of course, the US Men’s National Team. Accompanying shirts and hats will also debut with the rest of the collection on May 1, 2014. So whether you’ll be on the beaches of Rio this summer or rooting for your side from your favorite seaside tiki bar, you’ll still be able to support your national team in style.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | hurley.com
Every so often, a new type of boot comes along an blows the lid off of the way everyone thinks about soccer boots. And the adidas Samba primeknit is just that type of boot. Billed as the “world’s first knitted football boot” — though I recall a pair of woven-Kevlar Fila’s back in the late 1990’s that might object to that claim — the primeknit is said to offer unparalleled comfort, fit and flexibility thanks to the specially coated knit yarn design. Adidas even went as far as to say that it offers a “bespoke” fit; impressive if true, though that likely means they’ll be a bit pricey. And given that the new boot will be dawned by stars such as Luis Suárez, you can imagine they must be worth the added expense.
Whether these boots will be able to stand the average wear and tear of a normal player’s weekly football routine, that’s a question for another day. But in the mean time, I’ll just admire them for their sexy aesthetic.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | adidas.com/football
As a bit of a cap connoisseur, I’ve always been disappointed with the dearth of hat options for soccer fans. Outside of the standard hats offered in most club shops and online retailers, the selection of premium Premier League caps is dire. I’m talking about stylish caps, like the ones popular here in the States for MLB and NFL. But the folks over at FOSU are trying to change that with their new line of snapbacks and beanies. And they’re certainly checking all the right boxes with designs reminiscent of the Starter and Sof Bill script hats that were popular in the 90’s and now making a retro return.
FOSU’s current offering provides hats for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and United in a wide array of colors. And with Spurs and other club’s designs promised to be in the works, I’m anxiously looking forward to ordering one of my own.
FOSU have provided you WSOTP readers an exclusive 10% discount if you use the code “wsotp10” at checkout… so hit the link below to order your’s now!
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | fosuwear.it
As I’ve said more times on this blog than I could even count, the 1994 World Cup here in the United States was a seminal moment in my life. Just 12 years old at the time, I completely immersed myself in the World Cup and the US national team in a way that I was never able to prior to that point. The experience cemented me as a life-long soccer fanatic — and likely is the primary reason for this website’s existence in the first place.
And for that reason, the iconic denim jersey worn by the US team that summer holds a particularly important place in my heart. So when the fine folks over at Bumpy Pitch dropped their ode to one of the national team’s most
infamous beloved jerseys last week, it was a forgone conclusion that I would want one. And since getting your hands on one of the actual Adidas denim kits these days can be a little pricey, this t-shirt makes for an even more amazing (and affordable) alternative.
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT | bumpypitch.com