The Premier League returned this weekend and that means the return of our boot spottings. We love keeping an eye on who is wearing what and TRW once again bring you some great boot spots from the opening weekend of the Premier League. (Interestingly our first boot spot of the season has a rather distinct Puma feel to it.)
Puma have been on the shadow of Adidas and Nike for the last few years but with the release of some excellent boots, have begun to claw their way back into the limelight. One of the boots which have helped them to achieve this is the V1.11 SL. Newcastle’s Joey Barton grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons (as usual) against Arsenal but caught our eye in a pair of White/Black/Blue V1.11 SL boots. Barton ended last season in Adidas AdiPower Predators but seems to have made the switch to Puma over the summer.
Stoke City’s Matthew Etherington is another player who seems to have left Adidas for Puma. Etherington was a AdiZero wearer last season but wore the Flo Green/White/Navy Puma V1.11 in Stoke’s opening game against Chelsea. Etherington was unfortunately injured during the game so it may be a few weeks before we see him back in the V1.11 boots.
Manchester United got off to a winning start on Sunday but not before West Bromwich gave them a few scares. New signing Shane Long scored on his Premier League debut for the Baggies in a pair of White/Black/Blue Puma V1.11 – which we thought matched his West Brom kit perfectly.
Our final Puma spot comes from Aston Villa’s opening fixture against Fulham. Shay Given was rated one of the best keepers in the Premier League but a move to Manchester City saw his stocks fall when Joe Hart was made number 1. His arrival at Aston Villa could reignite his career and he started life as Villa’s number with a clean sheet wearing Puma’s latest Black/White/Fluo Orange PowerCat colourway.
Liverpool have had a busy time in the transfer market as they attempt to return to the top of the Premier League. Jordan Henderson is one of their new recruits. Henderson is also the poster boy for the recently released Umbro Geometra Pro boots and Premier League fans got to see them for the first time in action during Liverpool’s draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
Wolves, along with Bolton and Manchester United were the only team to record a win on the opening weekend. Their first goal came thanks to a superb cross by Matt Jarvis. The England winger wore Nike’s new Tiempo Legend IV but opted for the standard version over the Elite version – perhaps because he prefers the White/Blue/Silver colourway.
One player who did opt for the Elite version was QPR star Adel Taarabt. The ex-Spurs player was instrumental in helping QPR to promotion last year but did that wearing CTR360 boots. It looks however as though the Moroccan has decided to switch over to the new Timepos.
Our final boot spotting is a man who is no stranger to out boot spotting articles and we thought we had to include him our opening spot of the season. We expect to see Wigan forward Hugo Rodallega in a variety of boots this season but he started the new campaign in a pair of Granite/Purple/White/Red Nike Superfly III boots but we look forward to seeing what other boots and colourways he pulls out as the season progresses.