Africa Cup of Nations is always jam packed with excellent boot spots and with the tournament already in full swing in South Africa, we felt it only appropriate to take a flick through the games, to see what exciting spots we might stumble upon. There was just about everything, we spotted take-down models, diamond encrusted boots and much, much more.
Alvaro Pereira (Inter Milan) Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII ACC Retro/Total Orange/Challenge Red Custom Blackout-(ish) Let's just get the only none AFC related spot out of the way. We felt it was simply too much of an abomination, to keep out of the boot spots round. It is an atrocious act of boot-abuse, as Pereira has attempted to blackout his Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII ACC Retro/Total Orange/Challenge Red, rather unsuccessfully might we add. He took a fairly cool boot and went raw on it with the boot ink; and just to make matters worse he changed the lacing to a hideous pink. Is your verdict on the boot as harsh as ours?
Ronny Souto (Kap Verde) Adidas Adipure 11Pro Blackout The vast majority will never have heard of the gentleman above, but this was not going to stop him from making himself positively noticed for his boot choice. A pair of classic Adidas Adipure 11Pro, is already an incredibly stylish choice, but it is only made better by the perfect blackout job. - Plenty of jealous looks from here.
Didier Drogba (The Ivory Coast) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Sunset/Volt/Total Crimson The former Chelsea fan favourite has been faithful to the Mercurial-Collection throughout his illustrious career and anything other than a pair of Nikes speed boot on his feet, would seem unnatural. Drogba will, as the only player at the Africa Cup of Nations, be playing in the Vapor IX Sunset/Volt/Total Crimson and you could definitely understand if he is rather pleased about that, because it does match the Ivorians kit very well indeed.
Gervinho (The Ivory Coast) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Fireberry/Electric Green/Red Plum On paper, The Elephants have a very strong team, which is packed full of Premier League stars. On top of having Manchester Citys Yaya and Kolo Toure, they also have Arsenals Gervinho, who has gotten his hands on a pair of the new Vapor IX. The boot already has a very eye catching design, but this didn't seem to be enough for the Ivorian, who has pepped up his boots even further, with a pair of neon coloured laces. Thumbs up from here, but what's your verdict?
Alaixys Romao (Togo) Adidas Predator LZ SL Black/Red/Neon Now there's something you don't spot too often and that is definitely worth celebrating. All professionals on contract with Adidas, are handed the regular Adidas Predator LZ and it is therefore only players, who are without contracted, who can pull on a pair of Predator LZ SL. This is something Alaixys Romao has chosen to do and we can only applaud the decision, because they really do look incredibly sharp on the pitch.
Ahmed Saladin (Etiopien) Nike Mercurial Vapor VII CR7 Blue/Red/Obsidian There are quite a few players in the AFC without boot contracts and it is therefore always exciting to see what they choose to wear. For the Ethiopian Saladin Said the choice has fallen on a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor VII CR Blue/Red/Obsidian, that originally were only intended for Cristiano Ronaldo. The asymmetrical and bold design has however gained the affection of many, as the gentlemen above proves.
Asrat Megersa (Etiopien) Nike Mercurial Vapor VI Cactus/White/Anthracite It's like Christmas in January here and you can't help getting a little excited, when you spot a 3 generations old Nike Mercurial Vapor VI. It was the last boot in the Mercurial-collection, that could boast having a lace cover, which got a very mixed reception. What did you think about it? Was it good, or just in the way?
Bune Abebaw Butako (Etiopien) Nike Mercurial Vapor VII Safari Black/Volt/Dark Shadow You are tempted to think, that the Ethiopian national team buy their boots together, either that or they are just massive fans of the Vapor-models. Butakos choice is however one of our personal favourites; a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor VII Safari Black/Volt/Dark Shadow, that again, only Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to play in. If you own a pair of these, we can't blame you for keeping them for as long as possible.
Kassali Daouda (Niger) Adidas Adipure II Nove Blue/Red It does happen from time to time, that we stumble upon a professional player using a pair of takedown boots and under this category we find Nigers goalkeeper. Instead of investing in a pair of Adidas Adipure 11Pro, Kassali Daouda has settled for the cheapest takedown-model, 11Nova. The upper is still leather, but apart from that, the boots share no similarities.
Serge Gakpé (Togo) Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII Green/Red Custom Do you remember Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Saint Etienne, that had his Vapor VIII covered entirely in Swarovski-crystals? This must be a friend of his. Either that, or they have common friends in the jewellery industry, as Serge Gakpé has, in style with Aubameyang, had his already customised boots, pimped with some sort of precious metal. They have a sort of all guns blazing feel to them and we are not sure whether to applaud him or burst out laughing. What do you say, - Tasteless or awesome?
We are sure, that the Africa Cup of Nations is far from done blessing us with boot spots, so we will make sure to keep our eyes peeled. Have you spotted something we missed? Do you have a favourite spot among them? Share your thoughts in the comment-section down below.