Boot Watch Special - The Truly Unique Boots of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup

Have you ever heard of Charly RS14, Hummel Serate αKM or Anta? While the boots worn on Europe's biggest pitches are well-known to all of us, the cleats used by some players in this year's Club World Cup are anything but ordinary. And as we have already announced in our third edition of Boot Watch that we would make a special about the boots worn in the Club World Cup, let's get straight into the most unique boots of the tournament.



Daniel Adjei & Roger Assale | Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi Signature Boots



We decided to kick off things with three boots worn by players from Congolese side TP Mazembe. Mazembe's Daniel Adjei (Adidas Messi 15.1) and Roger Assale (Nike Mercurial Vapor X CR7 Savage Beauty) laced up in the latest signature cleats of the two superstars. And as we've already seen those boots often enough, let's continue with a boot spot that is much more interesting.


Patient Mwepu | Asics Menace 2


Patient Mwepu from Congolese football club TP Mazembe laced up in the brand-new white, black and hi-vis yellow Asics Menace 2 Boots Colorway. Engineered for speed using a lightweight microfiber synthetic upper, the colorway worn by the 28-year old defender was just released one week ago.



Rubens Sambueza | Charly RS14 'Signature'


And while Patient Mwepu just laced up in boot we've never seen before, Club America's midfielder Rubens Sambueza even received his own signature boots. The 31-year old midfielder, who is a product of River Plate's youth academy, laced up in striking yellow, black and red Charly Football Boots. Boasting his initials RS14 on the upper, the boots worn by Rubens Sambueza are not a standard model but a cleat exclusively made for him.


Éder Balanta | Adidas X 15.1 Reflective


River Plate's Eder Balanta caught our eyes as he laced up in the Reflective Adidas X 15.1 Boots that were released on July 29, 2015.



Hisato Sato | Hummel Serate αKM


Let's continue with a truly unique boot. Sanfrecce Hiroshima's 33-year old legend Hisato Satō caught our attention as he laced up in an orange and navy version of the Japan-exclusive Hummel Serate αKM Football Boots. Engineered for speed and lightweight, the Hummel Serate αKM Soccer Cleat combines a premium Kangaroo leather upper in the forefoot area with artificial leather in the rear area. What else can be said about the boots?


The top model model of the silo (made in Japan) is called HAS1225 Serate αKM and retails at a price of just ¥ 14,000 (105 Euro). The likely most remarkable element of the boot is the outsole that features extremely short studs, similar to Hard Ground boots.



Robinho | Blackout Nike Hypervenom


Brazil international Robinho, who joined Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in July 2015, laced up in a custom blackout version of the first-gen Nike Hypervenom Boots that we already featured on the website six months ago.



Zheng Zhi | Anta Football Boots


While Robinho 'just' laced up in blackout boots, Chinese football legend Zheng Zhi laced up in a boot from a brand that even we have never heard of before. The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder wore a boot made by Chinese company Anta, who made the first steps into the soccer market this summer by releasing their first-ever football boot and signing one of China's most popular player, Zhen Zhi. We have decided to take a closer look at the boots and the brand in the coming days (we hope you are interested as well).



Mizuno Football Boots


Remarkably many players such as Kazuhiko Chiba (Mizuno Wave Ignitus 3 Black / Orange), Yoshifumi Kashiwa (Mizuno Morelia Neo White / Blue) and Toshihiro Aoyama (Mizuno Morelia - pictured below) laced up in Mizuno Football Boots in this year's FIFA Club World Cup.


Old Football Boots


There were less players wearing old boots than we initially expected. However, we've spotted at least some players who wore not the latest cleats but old generations and discontinued boots. While Li Shuai was the only player from Guangzhou Evergrande to wear old boots (Nike Hypervenom Phantom I Orange / Black), various players from Auckland City opted for old boots. This includes amongst others the Adidas Predator LZ, the Nike CTR Maestri III as well as the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 1.


Takuya Iwata | Asics Lethal Stats SK Football Boots


Let's round off things with the boots worn by Takuya Iwata, who was already featured in the last edition of our regular Boot Watch. And as we have already described his Asics Lethal Stats SK Boots in Boot Watch #003, we conclude this article now to not repeat us again.


Have we missed any interesting boot spot or made serious mistakes? If so, please let us know in the comments section below.