Revealed: Has Antoine Griezmann Been Spotted Wearing Nike Boots?

Update: UEFA's Champions League Instagram account posted a picture of Antoine Griezmann wearing blackout boots in one of last season's UEFA Champions League match. However, while the picture suggests that there is a Swoosh on the boot, it's just the blackout Puma evoSPEED cleat he wore in some matches last season (thanks to our users for the hint).

Update 17/01/2016: Antoine Griezmann has again laced up in the next-gen Puma evoSPEED Boots in Atlético's training sessions on January 15 and 16. The second generation of the Puma evoSPEED Cleats is set to be released in Summer 2016.

This was anything but easy to detect. Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has already worn the next-gen Puma evoSPEED SL 2016 Soccer Cleats in two actual matches. Whereas we previously wrongly declared Antoine Griezmann's Blackout Boots as first-gen Puma evoSPEED SL and therefore also wrongly concluded that he would leave Puma, a new picture from Atlético's Champions League clash against SL Benfica reveals that he has actually worn what is expected to be a blackout version of the upcoming Puma evoSPEED SL II (Thanks to @footpack for the heads up).

Antoine Griezmann Shows Off Blackout Next-Gen Puma evoSPEED SL II Prototype Boots

Close-up picture of the blackout boots worn by Antoine Griezmann.

Boasting a stealth look, there is exactly one new picture that makes us sure that Griezmann has not worn the Puma evoSPEED SL I but the second-gen Puma evoSPEED SL II. While the Puma evoSPEED SL 2015 Boots feature a support skeleton with a remarkable honeycomb structure in the upper, Antoine Griezmann's latest blackout boots come with a smooth design on the instep without any remarkable structure. But now, let's finally get into the next-gen boots that seem to be almost identical as the first generation.

Blackout Puma evoSPEED SL I

The Blackout Puma evoSPEED SL II Boots worn by Antoine Griezmann feature a ultra-thin one-piece upper that looks identical to the first generation of the boots. The only difference seems to be the missing remarkable honeycomb support skeleton that we already mentioned above. The Puma evoSPEED SL II Cleats also come with almost the identical cut as the first generation at first glance.

And while the upper already seems to be nearly unchanged, the sole plate of the next-gen Puma evoSPEED SL II Cleats is exactly the same known from the first generation of the boots. Featuring just three studs in the heel area, the lightweight Nylon outsole of the Puma evoSPEED SL II Boots is made for ultimate speed and again comes with the trademark Speedtrack spine in the middle area for more stability.

So what more can we say about the next-gen Puma evoSPEED SL II Boots. While it's not known if the ultra-lightweight boots will last for more than ten matches this time, it's actually certain that the Puma evoSPEED SL II Boots will be launched approximately one year after the first generation (that's always the case with Puma). And as the Euro 2016 will take place in France next summer, Footy Headlines understands that Puma will launch the next-gen boots a bit earlier than they would usually do - likely in May 2015.

What do you think of the almost unchanged looking Puma evoSPEED SL II Boot? Let us know in the comments below.