Gareth Bale’s match worn Adidas X16.1

Gareth Bale’s match worn Adidas X16.1

Gareth Bale's match worn modified Adidas X16.1 boots

Player name: Gareth Frank Bale

Country: Wales

Clubs: Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid

DOB: 16/07/1989

Position: Winger

Height: 6 ft 1 in

Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities. He began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, for an eventual £7 million fee. During his time at Tottenham, managerial and tactical shifts saw him transform into a more attacking player. From the 2009–10 season, under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, Bale became an integral part of the team, rising to international attention during the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. In 2011 and 2013 he was named PFA Players' Player of the Year, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year. In 2013, he was also named PFA Young Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season. He was nominated to the PFA Team of the Year three times in a row between 2011 and 2013. In September 2013 Bale moved to Real Madrid for a fee of 100.8 million euros. In the 2013-14 season Bale helmed Real to win the Copa Del Rey and UEFA Champions League scoring in both of the finals.

This pair of Gareth Bale’s Adidas X16.1 boots were match worn by the player during the 2016-17 season with Real Madrid. It is extremely rare to get your hands on a pair of boots worn by one of the best players on the planet, but at BC Boots UK we have! this is a closeup insight into what the world's elite actually wear.
 
They are bespoke made in Germany by Adidas’ Athlete Services and are heavily customised with multiple modifications, making them almost unrecognisable to the retail version of the Adidas X16.1 which Adidas sell in stores - if it wasn’t for the branding.
 
Featuring an X15.1 style tongue and lacing system, with a specially made small heel tab - different to what you’ll find on the retail Adidas X16.1. As well as also having the inner heel lined with a soft black mesh material - possibly for added comfort and to avoid blisters.
 
This pair may have the X16.1 branding, however they seem to be majorly based on the 2013 F50 Adizero model with the SprintWeb style layer around the edge of the forefoot.
The inner structure and upper material also seem to be from the 2013 Adidas F50 Adizero. The dark lines have been put on the upper to replicate the design of the retail version X16.1, to essentially camouflage the boots when television cameras pick them up, as Adidas don’t want the public to spot players wearing customised boots. 
Gareth can be seen in the picture above, wearing them against Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu in La Liga.  If you have a comment about this pair, feel free to write below! 

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