Didier Drogba has started the new season as he finished the last one, by bagging a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea ran rampant against a newly-promoted West Bromich Albion side.
However, there was one significant change to Drogba’s performance, which came in a switch of his football boots.
Whilst the big Ivorian ended the last campaign in his Black/Black/Volt Superfly I‘s, Drogba turned out to the new season game sporting the Mercurial Vapor Superfly II, in the Nike World Cup Elite Series colourway.
However, all wasn’t completely as it seemed – as the Superfly II‘s he was wearing were not only missing the adaptable NikeSense studs that are the signature of the Superfly II, but also didn’t feature any of the Orange that mark out Elite Series soles whatsoever!
These Superfly II’s feature an entirely black Carbon Fibre sole, with a very unique stud configuration – in fact, from what we can tell, Drogba seems to be using a soleplate based on the highly-valued Mercurial Vapor SL
This was probably a wise move by Drogba (who we know is very switched on when it comes to his football boots) as the weather took a turn for the worse in London on Saturday, and the longer blades of the SL soleplate can make all the difference in such unfavourable conditions.
The game also provided plenty of fodder for boot spotters as both sides made some interesting choices in footwear.
West Brom’s Pablo Ibanez won his battle with a hamstring injury to feature in Roberto Di Matteo’s starting XI, and also marked himself out as one of the few players in the Premier League to favour the excellent Joma Total Fit football boots.
Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun also seemed to end of their pre-season dalliances with the adidas F50 adiZero, and turned out in their old Nike favourites; Benayoun in the Orion Blue Superfly I and Malouda in the World Cup Nike CTR360 Maestri Elite. Will they switch back again? We’ll be keeping a sharp eye on them for you!
Have you spotted anyone else wearing this awesome sole-plate?
Or have you got any other great football boots spots from the opening weekend?
Let us know!