Nike Puts Out Some New Holiday Boot Bangers

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Come January 1st, Nike Soccer is dropping some fresh new colorway updates to its well established line of boots. From a technical standpoint little has changed as you can expect at least one more cycle of the T90 Laser IV, Tiempo Legend IV Elite, Mercurial Vapor Superfly II and the CTR360 Maestri Elite before EURO 2012. But the colors are something new.

It does look like both T90 and Mercurial Vapor both lose their Elite designation, meaning no more carbon fiber outsoles which in reality were more cumbersome and harder to break-in for some.


Focused on adapting to the technical demands and movement of a highly mobile striker the T90 Laser IV is 20% lighter than the last version and features a streamlined silhouette that provides enhanced fit and feel on the ball. The forefoot area features a newly configured adaptive shield design in which the key contact zones are broken up into flexible strips to enhance the natural power and accuracy of the foot while the swerve zone fins reduced in size and height allow a closer feel to the ball providing friction to curved shots. The new release comes in Dark Grey and Solar Red color.


The Tiempo Legend IV Elite’s premium leather is strong and soft, giving the player extra comfort, touch and control. Combine the unmatched touch and feel of the boot with innovations such as a carbon fiber plate, Flywire technology upper and stud configuration and you have a legend reborn. It is also the lightest Tiempo yet, coming in at 20g lighter than its predecessor. White and metallic red are the colors of the new version for 2012.


Featuring an adaptive traction system that provides extra grip, traction and responsiveness the seventh generation of the Mercurial boots ensure fast players capitalize on the tightest of scoring opportunities. Directionally positioned blades maximize cutting and allow for quick changes of direction, while secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for those first critical steps to generate explosive speed. Collectively, these design details allow greater speed and quickness in all directions. The second generation of Nike Flywire technology incorporated into the boot’s streamlined upper provides a lightweight, strong and more dynamic fit. To keep up with the bright colors, this season the Mercurial comes in a metallic purple.


The Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite is designed for the player looking to master control on the pitch. Controlling the tempo with accurate passing, dictating the pace and creating chances are necessities for the midfield maestro. A Kanga-Lite synthetic leather upper ensures optimal comfort and fit; cushioning zones and receive and pass pads give great first touch and improve ball control and precise distribution. The unique asymmetrical lacing design creates an expanded ball control surface for enhanced touch. Finally, the plate offers incredible energy return and strength, with bladed studs for optimal traction and stability. The new color is Loyal Blue.

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