The boots for the 2014 Rio World Cup will be awesome
Nike's "Magista" boots include their patented FlyKnit technology, and look like socks with cleats on the bottom. Here's a pair worn by Spain's Andres Iniesta:
Cristiano Ronaldo will wear a high-top version called the Mercurial SuperFly. They might be even flashier than these low-top versions.
Puma will be going a different direction, going with multi-colored boots. Spain's Cesc Fabregas models this pair, which features a blue left foot and a pink right foot.
Of course, this isn't about matching the uniform, or the 'kit' as they're referred to in soccer. This is all about being the flashiest player on the pitch, and getting attention by any means necessary.
Adidas isn't holding back either. They're the manufacturer for the official World Cup ball, and they're also running out their line of boots as well:
Here's merchandise manager Andrew Hong with a model of the official World Cup ball and some of Adidas' cleats:
Japanese star Keisuke Honda will be wearing a pair of black and gold Mizuno Wave Ignitus 3s, a nod to the "Golden Boot" award given to the player who scores the most goals.
Ecuador goalie Maximo Banguera will wear Lotto Solista versions that will change colors slightly and glow in direct sunlight, most likely thanks to a reflective-type material.
If you're watching the World Cup this year, don't forget to take a look at the players' feet. It's sure to be interesting, if nothing else.