Latest and unreleased colourways, limited edition drops, custom creations and throwback titans. Who said international breaks are boring? We scroll through the calm before the end of season storm to see who was wearing what in the past week of football.
Lukas Podolski (Germany) adidas ACE 17.1
Lukas Podolski marked his retirement from international football with a trademark bullet goal to beat England 1-0 in Dortmund. Having made every appearance and scored every goal wearing adidas boots for the national team, the Three Stripes sorted the Galatasaray forward out with a custom pair of ACE 17.1 boots to wear for the occasion.
Neymar (Brazil) Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Neymar provided a first look at Nike's next on-pitch collection by slipping into the upcoming Nike Mercurial Vapor XI colourway to join up with his international teammates ahead of Brazil's 2018 World Cup Qualifier with Uruguay this week. The full Nike 'Motion Blur' collection was released earlier today and takes inspiration from the EURO 2012 'Clash Pack'.
Crystal Dunn (Chelsea) Nike Magista Obra II
Chelsea Ladies booked a place in the FA Cup semi finals with a 5-1 victory over Sunderland on Sunday. USWNT international Crystal Dunn provided the pick of the boot spotting action by lacing up in the "Wolf Grey/Electro Green" Magista Obra II – a colourway that was part of the Nike Women's 'Radiation Flare' collection.
Aaron Payas (Gibraltar) adidas Predator Instinct 1994
August 2014 saw the re-release of the most influential boot in world football. The Predator Revenge Instinct 94 was a limited edition boot launched to celebrate 20 years of Predator. The vast majority of the boots were snapped up by collectors, but Gibraltar's Aaron Payas snagged a pair to wear on the international football scene. He may have been on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline against Bosnia and Herzegovina but still, 1994 Preds, yeah?
Con Boutsianis (Aussie Legends) adidas Predator X
Another player wearing throwback Predators at the weekend was Con Boutsianis in the adidas Predator X that originally launched in 2009. Boutsianis was representing the PFA Aussie Legends against the Manchester United Legends in Perth. Shoutout to Keith Gillespie in Copa Mundials too.
Aryn Williams (Perth Glory) Concave Aura+
Aryn Williams was representing Concave this week as the Perth Glory man laced up in the all white edition of the Aura+ silo. A simplistic colourway on one of football's most unique technologies. 2017 promises to be another big year for the Concave brand who have lined up a number of upgrades across the board as more players begin to embrace their shooting concepts.
Kyle Walker (England) Nike Air Max Mercurial
Kyle Walker debuted the Nike Mercurial Superfly from the Air Max Icons collection as Germany beat England 1-0 in Dortmund on Wednesday night before remaining in the limited edition Air Max 90 design for the first half in England's World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday evening. A 2-0 win ensured an Air Max Day three points for the Three Lions.
Chris Smalling (England) Nike Air Max Tiempo
Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling joined Kyle Walker in the Air Max Icons collection during England's 1-0 defeat to World Champions Germany. Smalling was in action at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park wearing the Nike Tiempo Legend 6 inspired by the design of the famous Air Max 1 edition. Look out for Sergio Ramos in the same pair when Spain play France on Tuesday night.
Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) adidas ACE 17.1 Primeknit
Darren Randolph kept a clean sheet as Republic of Ireland and Wales played out a goalless draw in Dublin on Friday night. The West Ham United goalkeeper was one of the first players to switch into the new adidas Turbocharge ACE as leading ACE players such as Dele Alli and Mesut Ozil remained in the previous 'Blue Blast' pack.
Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets) adidas X 16.1
Andrew Nabbout switched into the adidas "Grey Camo" X 16.1 as Newcastle Jets took on Wellington Phoenix in the A-League this weekend. Typically going somewhat unnoticed since its release, the "Grey Camo" pack has only been adopted by a handful of professional players – Watford's Troy Deeney probably the most high profile player to wear the alternative design.