Whatever your position on the football field, there’s a Nike boot to help you dominate on the pitch. Nike has updated each of their four silos of football boots — both aesthetically and performance-wise — to give you an edge over your opponents. The Mercurial, T90, Tiempo and CTR360 boots all get a 2012 upgrade to meet the ever-demanding standards of modern-day footballers.
From left: Nike CTR Maestri II Elite, Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite, Nike T90 Laser IV and Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III
Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite
The Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite was designed with the pass-master in mind. Its Kanga-Lite synthetic leather upper is not only comfortable, but has been optimised for receiving and passing the ball. Its unique asymmetrical lacing system creates an expanded ball control surface for an improved touch and the plate offers better energy return and strength, helping you find your targets from the centre of the park with ease. It’s no wonder Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta swears by them.
$269. Colour variation for 2012: Loyal Blue.
Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite
A good touch always inspires confidence in a player and that’s what you’ll get with the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite. Built using premium leather, the boot is both strong and soft at the same time; offering its wearer extra comfort, control and touch. Barcelona’s central defender, Gerard Pique, and LionsXII vice-captain, Hariss Harun, are two of its fans. The Tiempo Legend IV Elite incorporates modern features such as a carbon-fibre plate, Nike Flywire technology and improved stud configuration to make it 20g lighter than its predecessor, and a much meaner proposition on the pitch.
$489. Colour variation for 2012: White and Metallic Red.
Nike T90 Laser IV
Strikers like Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney rely on speed to get themselves past defenders for that split-second goal-scoring advantage. That’s where the new and improved Nike T90 Laser IV comes in. It is 20 per cent lighter than its predecessor and offers enhanced features that gives its wearer a technical edge. The boot has a streamlined silhouette that offers an improved fit and feel on the ball, and Nike has redesigned the forefoot area by splitting the key contact zones into flexible strips; this is to enhance the power and accuracy of the foot. Perfect for those 30-yard screamers.
$109. Colour variation for 2012: Dark Grey and Solar Red.
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III
Cristiano Ronaldo has been on fire for Real Madrid this season and it’s no wonder; with a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III on his feet, the Portugese winger enjoys better control of the ball even in the tightest of spaces. The Vapor Superfly III uses blades that allow for quick directional changes as well as toe traction that add more power for even more explosive speed. That suits Ronaldo to a tee. The boot also incorporates Flywire technology for a lightweight, strong and dynamic fit.
$599. Colour variation for 2012: Metallic Purple.
Available at the Nike Flagship Store at Wisma Atria and other selected Nike stores in Singapore. For details, visit www.nikefootball.com.sg