The story of the NFL’s Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots was a tale of two totally different halves. With Atlanta building a lead of 28 to 3 at one point, surely most eyes in the state of Georgia and those that despise the Patriots success were overjoyed with what was seemingly about to happen. But to count out Tom Brady, even at 39 years of age wasn’t smart, as he lead the Patriots comeback against a disappearing Falcons defense the latter half of the game. The entire time our eyes were focused on who stepped onto the field with a pair of customized football cleats to top off customization’s mainstream breakout in the NFL this season.
From what we could see of the many cleats shown off on social media this Super Bowl weekend, just a handful of players actually laced up a customized cleat for the game. Weirdly enough though two pairs were front and center of two big plays.
Congratulations to the following football cleat customizers for having their work be apart of Super Bowl 51!
Devin McCourty’s Nike cleats painted by TheHeyyman. The Nike Vapor model gets really detailed with a Swoosh converted to a football carried by the Patriot with the Lombardi Trophy.
Patriots’ free safety Devin McCourty chases down Falcons running back Devonta Freeman in his custom cleats painted by TheHeyyman. (Img: Todd Rosenberg / NFL)
Customized Nike football cleats for Jalen Collins painted by Aceestarkey. This Nike Vapor cleat tries to get power of the Darkside with toes featuring portraits of Darth Vader and Darth Maul. A nod to the Falcon’s first Super Bowl XXXIII appearance match up with that of Super Bowl LI.
Patriots running back James White scores before Falcons defensive back Jalen Collins can bring him down during the third quarter, cutting New England’s deficit to 28-9. (Img: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Kyle Van Noy’s custom Super Bowl Nike cleats painted by DeJesusCustomFootwear. The crew at DeJesus Custom Footwear gave Van Noy’s Nikes a bit extra with his name, number, and SB LI logo with a bit of Patriot colored splatter on the toes.
New England Patriots outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy wearing his custom cleats by DeJesus Custom Footwear celebrates a sack against the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 with middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower. (Img: Todd Rosenberg / NFL)
Robert Alford’s customized Under Armour cleats painted by DezCustomz. Alford looked for Biblical inspiration on his cleats with scripture and an angel.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford as he runs past Tom Brady to the endzone for a touchdown after he intercepts Brady’s pass in the first half of Super Bowl 51. (Img Ric Tapia / NFL)
Brandon Bolden’s custom adidas cleats painted by Sab One. Bolden played off his HulkSmash nickname and his son’s for this comic book themed customization.
Brandon Bolden wears his custom cleats by Sab One as he celebrates with fellow New England Patriots’ teammates after James White’s game-winning touchdown. (Img: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)
The aforementioned cleats worn by Falcons players just happened to be right in the middle of two huge plays as seen in the following photos:
New England Patriot’s wide receiver Julian Edelman catches the football against the Falcons. (Ric Tapia / NFL)
New England Patriots running back James White scores the game-winning touchdown between Atlanta Falcons’ Jalen Collins (left) and Robert Alford (right) in overtime to win Super Bowl LI, 34-28, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (IMG: AP / Elise Amendola)