As you might now, here at Footy-Boots we’ve been hard at work cataloguing all the players of the World Cup to discover what the boots of the World Cup can tell us about the market at the moment. Such as what’s the most popular boot, what’s the most popular boot with Goalkeepers, what will be the top scoring boot of the World Cup and so on!
But the one that we couldn’t wait to share with you all is the most uncommon boots of the World Cup – which boots are only being represented by one player?
Here’s some of our favourites!
Tomas Sorensen – Nike Mercurial Talaria
Tomas Sorensen unfortunately couldn’t do much about two of the finest free-kicks the tournament has seen thus far last night. However, credit to him for being the only man in the World Cup to be wearing the Nike Mercurial Talaria V. The sibling boot of the Vapor V, the Talaria’s lack the Flywire and lace cover of their bigger brothers.
Could this mean the Dane could also be wearing the boots with the cheapest RRP in the whole event? Maybe the Nike iD customisation helps him avoid that honour!
Martin Palmero – Unreleased Puma King
Argentina’s Martin Palmero isn’t one of the more household names in the star-studded Argentine squad, but the Boca Juniors man sure knows how to draw attention to himself!
Netting a rebound against Greece is one thing, but doing so in a pair of as-yet-unannounced football boots? We like this guy! The boots in question seem to be the next in the Puma King line, characterised by a distinctive new tongue!
Oscar Perez – Under Armour Dominate Pro
Mexico‘s Number One Oscar Perez has produced a string of impressive displays against Mexico’s opposition in Group A. In doing so, he’s been a great endorsee for Under Armour football boots. Previously switching between the Dominate Pro and the Create Pro I, Perez has stuck with the more classically styled Dominate Pro.
Perez also stands alone as the only player in the Dominate Pro boots, with the other small handful of Under Armour players opting for the Create series.
Dennis Rommedahl – Hummel Old School Stars
Long-time Hummel fan Rommedahl is the sole endorsee of the Danish brand at this summer’s big tournament – a shame when you think 3 decades ago pitches would be full of iconic old-school brands such as Hummel and Patrick.
As with Sorensen, it’s a shame as now Denmark are out of the competition, there’ll be no further exposure for these classic football boots.
Mark Schwarzer – Mitre Rafale
Another player to go out the competition who was their brand’s only man at the World Cup was Australia keeper Mark Schwarzer.
Opting for the little-known Mitre Rafale football boot, Schwarzer clearly has very specific tastes. Mitre tell us that the Rafale is a boot that combines comfort and accuracy with the ball – so it’s easy to see why any keeper would want a pair!
Sebastien Squillaci – Bikkembergs Tirosegno
If there’s one real shame about France going out of the World Cup, it’s that the summer’s big tournament is now officially Bikkemberg-less.
We’ve always had a soft spot for the ‘bergs and the general bonkers-ness that surrounds the concept, so to see this lovely pair of Tirosegno‘s packed up and on the plane home is a real shame.
Still – it’s pretty incredible for them to have appeared in South Africa in the first place – Squillaci is the only Bikkembergs wearer in the compeition and isn’t a first choice player for Les Bleus, so we should just be grateful they did get a cameo!
Cuauhtemoc Blanco – Concord SO24 CL
Mexican Football legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco opts for football boots produced by Mexican brand Concord.
Concord pride themselves on creating boots for aspiring players who are on a restricted budget – so they make boots that look just like the other best-selling boots on the market (to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, their latest line all have bright Orange heels and silver forefeet – and I don’t think it’s for ‘Visual Performance!’)
So to see Senor Blanco in a somewhat-original looking pair of Concords is more of a credit to what the brand is about, we especially like the Mexican flag detail on the outside of the toe!
Uichi Komano – Puma Para Mexico
Seen here on the feet of Japan defender Uichi Komano, the Puma Para Mexico is lighter than the Puma King XL and – by all accounts – has a slightly wider fit (something we’d discovered is a feature on Mizuno Football Boots!).
But despite the presence of 3 teams from that part of the World, Komano is one of only 2 players wearing the specialist boot!
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Are there any other players in the World Cup besides Nigeria’s Uche and Japan’s Honda that are wearing the Mizuno Wave Ignitus? If not, I feel like you have left them out unfairly! Either way, the portion on the inside of the boot that is supposed to help make the ball knuckle clearly seemed as if it worked when Honda scored on his amazing free-kick.
Yep! There’s another member of Japanese squad and Paraguay’s Roque Santa Cruz – Mizuno have got a great presence at this year’s World Cup, despite being a smaller brand.
And agreed – what a goal! We leapt out of our seats when that went in!
what does RRP mean from sorensen’s boots having a ‘cheap RRP’??
diego lugano of uruguay has been wearing some adidas predators realeased for the 2006 world cup (the ones before the powerswerve)
I noticed an Algerian player is wearing (or was) a pair of custom Predator_X in white with red stripes and a green heel cover.
I’m pretty sure the North Korea goalkeeper was wearing Absolutes as well.
misterbroom12; santa cruz from paraguay and abe from japan are also wearing the wave ignitus.
pauleta; rrp stands for registered retail price.
henry; lugano was wearing an old pair of predators, he was wearing the black and white predator powerswerves.
ricardo7; the algerian player is nadir belhadj, he has a custom pear of predator x’s that look like the first beckham colourway but with a diffrent coloured heel counter
I saw someone on Brazil today wearing Diadora. I thought those went extinct years ago.
Felipe melo is the only player in the world cup wearing diadora. He is wearing the diadora cobra.
the puma kings are the puma king finale
Did anybody see pictures of David Beckham with the England squad when they were training? He was wearing/holding a pair of red Predator X’s…
Uichi Komano is Accurately wearing paramexico.
This model is masterpiece that kept being loved for 20 years or more by a lot of Japanese players.
i guess chiellini doesn’t wear the bikkembergs anymore? those are some tight kicks. you guys did an article on them a while back. i’d definitely get some if i had the money.
Who the hell cares if the boots are cheap or not?! It’s not about the boots, it’s about the player!
Don’t think that if you have the most expensive boots you are going to score 10 goals in one game!
it s good to see the old school boots and brands back…
Like pointed by kuuku, I also notice Felipe Melo’s Diadora Football Boots. Is he really the only one wearing Diadora’s? What about Julio Cesar’s football boots, what are they?
Splinter – Felipe Melo is one of several players wearing the new Diadora Kobra-KL Pro! We’re trying to get some more information from out Italian friends on them ASAP!
Also Muka, We thought the Para Mexico had a big huge floppy tongue, like the Copa Mundial – do you think Komano cuts it off to give them a sleeker look?
We’re grateful the correction if you think that’s the case!
puma para mexico !!!
never heard of that boot really, i wanna know more of that model.
oh yes, the cheapest boot of the tournament, maybe is the concord and LUIS MICHEL’s Pirma boots, boot mexican boot brands
nice spotting guys !!!!