With Nike’s Generation Pack now unveiled, all big brands have shown at this point the majority of the boots that will be on full display on Qatar’s pitches in a few weeks time . What better way to add more to the World Cup experience than playing with stylish boots! So while it’s the players and their teams that will grab all the attention once the tournament commences, let us take a look at the various pairs that will grace the feet of your favourite international football stars. Despite their own respective boot colourways, boots of adidas players are designed with uniform accent and design, while those wearing the Puma silos have a uniting theme on both base and secondary colours. Nike boots situate themselves in between.
Nike 2022 World Cup Boots: Generation Pack
Having the Copper Mercs and Phantom GT feels like wearing the silverware already on your feet. This applies especially to the former, which fully embrace the metallic glow (not to mention evoking memories of the 2000 Match Mercurials of World Cup legend Ronaldo Nazario. The deep and luxurious tone of Space Purple on the Tiempo is a perfect symbolism of a calmness, composure, and confidence. Regardless of the Nike boot worn, every step of Nike players beams under the spotlight because of the chromic finish of their outsoles.
Whether this is CR7’s last WC remains to be seen. But as expected Nike gets CR7 to sport a signature Superfly model for a tournament of such prestige. This specific release has some of the iconic CR7 Mercurial designs styled into an Azulejo-tiling pattern, reflecting the Portuguese star’s heritage.
Puma Boots in the Qatar World Cup: Fearless Pack
As for the Puma boots, both the Ultra and the Future Z burns with passion and intensity with the fiery red paint job of the Fearless Pack. Volt yellow accents further add a jolt of energy. If not for the paler hue of the accent colour, the Puma Fearless boots are almost the same as the 2014 Nike Mercurial Superfly IV.
Puma top dog Neymar, with his distinct Brazilian flair, will wear a unique Future Z pair dubbed as the ‘Rare’. Indeed, it might be the only boot to showcase different accent colours for the left and right boot, both of which have a silver base. The Fuzionfit+ yarns, laces and Wildcat on the left boot are bluish purple while those on the right are reddish pink, with the Wildcats on the heel bearing the same transitional effect between the said secondary tones. Such half-and-half design is reminiscent of the Puma Tricks boots in past World Cups.
adidas Football Boots for the First-ever Winter World Cup: Al Rihla Pack
Except for the Copa that is undeniably black, the Al Rihla X and Predator carry mellow hues of aqua and white, respectively. The most striking aspect, however, is the multicoloured spiky graphic design and the elongated adidas stripes. They are inspired by the looks of the adidas OMB of the same name, delivering a perfect boot-and-ball combo for the highlight reels. Overall, the variety of motifs complements the diversity of character, tactics, and style of players in an international football competition such as the FIFA World Cup.