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Glove Showcase: Jack Butland

Jack Butland was one of England's when he broke onto the scene at Birmingham, during this time he had two loan spells at Cheltenham where he made 24 appearances in total. Whilst at Birmingham he made 29 appearances for the club before making the move to Stoke City, where he is best known from. During his time at Stoke he had four loan spells, including a return to his former club Birmingham which he made made 17 additional appearances in. For Stoke he made 157 appearances before leaving the club in 2020 to move to Crystal Palace, where he has been a back up to their first team regular Vincente Guaita.

Jack Butland was once regarded as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in football, and has carved a good career out, playing for multiple premier league clubs, now residing at Crystal Palace.

Butland has been a long time member of the Nike brand, wearing the Vapor Grip 3 gloves, whilst also being one of the few goalkeepers who wore the prototype strapless gloves that are now a big part of the industry.

Butland commonly wears finger protection in the middle fingers of his gloves, which are a hybrid cut with negative middle and index fingers. He is not the only goalkeeper to wear finger protection as goalkeepers such as Kasper Schmeichel and Bernd Leno follow suit, as well as many more.

The latex is different to the retail SMU with a professional standard off latex that is used, this is common with all top brands who reserve the best latex for only their top athletes, this is common because of the manufacturing costs of the latex and the gloves.

The cut of Butland’s gloves are similar to the cut that is used on our 1NS Hybrid, it is a looser fitting cut than a negative cut but with the middle two fingers featuring a negative cut they are tighter than a hybrid that features positive cut stitching (exterior stitching). In addition to this, some of his earlier SMU's featured a latex thumb which is unavailable on any Nike Vapor Grip gloves, but can be found on the SGT range, this is a feature which fellow England goalkeeper Joe Hart had on his gloves.

The gloves are finished off with a traditional latex strap, that can be found on the retail model, throughout his career it is common for Butland to have personalisation on this strap which either featured ‘JB1’ or ‘But1and’. Most recently he has been using the ‘JB1’ personalisation, however this is smaller on the recent models compared to the previous models.

During his peak of his career, Jack Butland was lucky enough to wear exclusive colour ways of the Vapor Grip 3 gloves, a feat that only few goalkeepers actually achieve. This colour way was a black and white glove with a gold swoosh. These gloves were never released to the public or to any other Nike goalkeepers and were produced exclusively for Butland.

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