Boot spots from EURO16 | Zlatan steals the show


Written by Mathias Boughey-Svendsen

Monday, Monday, Monday! Never a favourite, unless you know there's football on the schedule. Luckily there is, and we spice things up even further by checking out the best boot spots from last week.

David Alaba (Austria) - adidas X 16+ PureChaos

Austria haven’t lived up to our expectations at all. No one thought they would win the whole thing, but a bit more of a showing surely wasn’t too much to ask. For the first two games David Alaba has worn customised PureChaos boots, which loosely translated said “My power lies in Jesus.” He should probably ask Jesus for a bit more power, because without it, Austria are done at EURO16.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) - adidas X 16+ PureChaos & Nike Mercurial Vapor X

David Alaba was however far from the most notable player in X boots last week! Zlatan shocked us all by wearing a pair of X 16+ PureChaos during training. The implications of the move are many, because not only is he a long, long time Nike athlete, the connection to Manchester United, who are sponsored by adidas, is undeniable.

Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker & Marcus Rashford (England) - Nike Mercurial Vapor XI & Superfly V custom

Last week, they wore custom red Mercurial boots to accompany the home-kit, but since they are the away-side against Slovakia tonight, they have been fixed up with a new blue pair. These look even better to be honest and it will be interesting to see if all three will feature at the same time.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) - Under Armour ClutchFit 2.0

Granit Xhaka is one of only two Under Armour ClutchFit 2.0 players at EURO16 and the only one to feature yet. He has however been one of the very best performing players at the tournament and is single-handedly giving the boot a very respectable rank in our Boot Performance Lab EURO16 stat site. In the game against France he wore a specially made collaboration boot, made by the infamous designer Kickasso, and inspired by Xhaka’s tattoos!

Hugo Lloris (France) - Uhlsport Eliminator 360 / Nike Tiempo Legend 6

When you’re captain of the French national team and playing a European Championship at home, you naturally need your very own gloves made. Here Lloris has chosen to tone down Uhlsports EURO model and had them made with a classic Flat Cut and old school textile glove close. Nothing too high tech needed for good ol’ Hugo.

Joe Hart (England) - Nike Vapor Grip 3 / Hypervenom Phantom

There was no missing Joe Hart in England’s first two games, where he played in neon from top to toe. It’s a bit of a shame that the gloves aren’t exactly the same colourway as the Hypervenom boots. That would have been next level!