Along with the launch of their main colourways, Nike has launched a set of support colourways for the T90 Laser IV, CTR360 Maestri II and Mercurial Superfly III. The new collection is set to make their on field debut this weekend and although expect to see most Nike supported players wearing the main colourways, we are sure some will opt for these alternate colourways.
The new T90 Laser IV Dark Grey/Solar Red/Black colourway doesn’t seem to go with any kit however this K-Leather version screams Manchester United or Liverpool. We know Wayne Rooney won’t be in this Red/White/Black colourways – despite them being a perfect match for his Nike Manchester United kit.
Nike have gone for a slightly more understated Blue/White/Blue colourway for the CTR360 Maestri II than we are used to and followed that up with this Dark Shadow/Volt colourway. We expect to Manchester City star Mario Balotelli wearing this colourway as he was spotted training in them this week.
We have already seen a host of players showing off their new Metallic Purple/Silver Mercurial Vapor Superfly III boots on their Twitter accounts but we have no doubt that a few will opt for this great looking White/Blue/Volt colourway. One player we are pretty sure will wear this colourway is Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric who seems to favour white colourways.
Nike unveil their new collection of football boot colourways ahead of the holiday period. All their silos receive a colour update and we must some of them are truly eye-catching.
NIKE MERCURIAL VAPOR SUPERFLY III – Metallic Purple/Silver
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.
NIKE T90 LASER IV – Dark Grey/Solar Red/Black
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.
NIKE CTR360 MAESTRI II ELITE – Loyal Blue/White/Blue
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.
NIKE TIEMPO LEGEND IV ELITE – White/Metallic Red/Silver
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.
All the new colourways will make their on field debut this weekend and are available for preorder now, hitting retail stores around the world on 2012 January, 1st.
Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo last year set the boot world alive with the release with one of the most iconic signature boots of all time – the Safari. Now Nike have unveiled the Real Madrid and Portugal star’s newest signature boot – and this new colourway will undoubtedly spark the same excitement as the Safari.
The CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III signature boot mirrors the performance and style Cristiano Ronaldo embodies with a disruptive graphic treatment on the left and right side of the boot. As CR moves into position or tracks back the left side of his boot reveals a subtle pinstripe effect with a clear screen and pattern treatment. In contrast, the right side features a bold contemporary stripe of Mach blue and Solar red.
Together, the boot graphics will create a striking flicker effect on pitch to stand out in the heat of game day competition.
CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III features an adaptive traction system that provides extra grip, traction and responsiveness to ensure one of the fastest players in the world capitalizes 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.
The new Blue/Red/Obsidian colourway will makes their on field debut this weekend when Ronaldo and the rest of his Real Madrid teammates face Valencia and will be available from selected stores from 18th November.
Nike recently released their brand new T90 Laser IV football boots and now unveiled new colourways for the rest of their silos with the Mercurial Superfly III, Tiempo Legend IV and CTR360 Maestri II all getting a colour upgrade.
Mercurial Superfly III – Volt/Purple/Retro
Nike’s speed boots boast some of the most exciting players on the plant with the likes of Crisitiano Ronaldo, Robinho and Neymar all opting for the Superfly. We don’t expect Ronaldo to go into this new, great looking, Volt/Purple/Retro colourway but the Brazilian pair of RObinho and Neymar should feel right at home in this colourway.
CTR360 Maestri II – White/Silver/Imperial Purple
We have always liked what Nike has with the CTR by dividing the boot in two with the two colours. This new release is a smart looking combination of White/Silver/Imperial Purple and we can’t wait to see it in action. The small flashes of Volt on the heel and under-sole really add to the colourway.
Tiempo Legend IV – White/Gold/Volt
The third Tiempo Legend IV colourway to arrive is reminiscent of a colourway Nike released for the IV’s predecessor the Tiempo Legend III. Manchester United’s Chicarito stills wears his White/Volt Tiempo Legend III boots and we wonder whether he will now make the switch to the Legend IV with the release of this White/Gold/Volt colourway.
T90 Laser IV – Black/Tour Yellow/Silver
The launch of the new T90 Laser IV was focused on the White/Orange/Black colourway Rooney and Torres wore last weekend but it certainly didn’t slip our attention that Nike had released a K-Leather version of their famous power boot which arrived in a Black/Tour Yellow/Silver colourway.
Nike’s Mercurial range is undoubtedly one of the most iconic boot ranges in the world and we are about to see one of their most iconic colourways return. Back in 2008 Cristiano Ronaldo was not the superstar he is today but it was his performances in a pair of Vapor IV Orange Peel boots which saw him grab everyone’s attention. Nike went on to released 10 colourways for the Vapor IV but it was in the Orange Peel colourway that Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle as well as a memorable free-kick against Portsmouth.
Now Nike have re-released the colourway as these Orange/Black/Volt/Silver Superfly III boots ahead of the new season. The new colourway has been released as CR exclusive colourway to replace his Safari series. We have already spotted the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Ji Dong-Won in the colourway however and expect a few more to join them. Ronaldo is expected to debut the new boots in Real Madrid’s preseason tour game against Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego tomorrow night.
The new colourway features all the same technology as the previous Superfly III boots such as Nike Sense Technology, Flywire and a carbon-fiber chassis.
As Nike unveiled the new CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III Safari boots, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke about the Big month ahead.
Champions League, La liga, the Copa del Rey final, possibly four clásicos in a row … what feelings and emotions come to the fore in these decisive months when everything is in play? Are you excited? Nervous?
I’m not nervous, no. I’m excited. It is the moment that we can win everything or not win a thing …
Has your preparation changed at all because of the importance of these games?
No. It has changed because of my injury. I work in a different way at the moment because I am injured; I am preparing according to my condition not according to the games coming up. But I now feel fit and ready.
Do you watch opponents? Do you alter your game according to who you are up against?
No, I always try to do the same things. It doesn’t matter which teams we are up against or how they play, I always do the same. One thing is a match on paper, another is the game itself. It is completely different, so you can’t alter things – the theory is not always the same as the game. I just do what is the best to help the team
Does training change in these months of big matches?
What I have done well, I try to maintain. I always do things the same way if they work – and I don’t mean all season long, I mean always, every single season. I worked the same at the age of 17 or 18 as I do now at 26. If things go well, I stick to that. I always do the same.
When you look back on games you watched as a kid, are there any that stand out? Are there games that inspired you?
The World Cup in 94 that goal when Brazil won the tournament. I remember watching in Madeira with my family and we were supporting Brazil. That was good memories. That gives me good things: you always look for the best games and tournament to inspire you. That was very, very good for me.
How fit are you for this key month?
I feel well now. I have been running, I feel very, very good. I want to look forward to being back on the pitch. When you don’t play you miss it. I missed one or two games for Madrid and for the national team. I don’t like to be at home and going in the afternoon and the morning for treatment – it is boring. I prefer to play.
Mourinho has talked about the tiredness of the squad, with so much travel and so many games … how do you see it?
All players are different. At the end of the season, it is always the same – it’s not just some teams that are more tired. If you run 200 metres, the last 20, 40 yards you feel more tired than when you start. That’s normal. It’s the same now. At the end of a long season, the players feel more tired – that’s football. In fact, that’s life.
Which players have most impressed you at Madrid this season?
The most impressive: Marcelo has done very well. Ozil, for his first year, has been fantastic. Pepe has played well. Carvalho too.
What about for other teams?
Honestly, I haven’t thought about them. But many impress me. I am happy that I play in the most competitive and strong league in the world. I play against many, many good players.
You say Spain is the strongest league in the world: how does it compare to England?
For me, they are the two strongest leagues for sure – the Premier League and Spain.
What are the differences between them?
In Spain it is more tactical, the players have more quality to keep the ball. But in England I loved it too: it is stronger. It is quicker than here. The leagues are similar in some respects and different in others; they’re the best leagues, for sure.
You’re scoring an astonishing number of goals. How much do goals motivate you? Are they a key part of your objective?
Not really. I always try to score goals and play well and help the team, or to provide assists. I don’t think: ‘I have to score every game’. If you think like that, you don’t score goals. Goals come naturally with your talent, with your quality, so I don’t worry about that. If you and the team play well, that happens naturally.
You’re a great athlete. Do you do a lot of extra work beyond the Real Madrid training pitch?
Not a lot. Just training, and I do like to maintain my body because it is a very important part of my life. But I am not too worried about that – I don’t eat chips or things like that. But mostly I do eat what I want. I don’t have a problem with being fat, my genetics are good. But I do work at it, yes.
You seem to enjoy the physical battles. But do you think defences go too far in kicking you and committing fouls?
Sometimes, yes. I am tired of talking about: ‘they have to protect me, they have to protect the players …’ The refs try their best. Some players just try to stop me with fouls: if they do not foul me they can’t stop me. I don’t care. Players don’t try to hurt you, they try to play normally or honestly and I am not that worried about it …
Is it vital to win something this year?
It’s important of course. I cannot see Real Madrid go two or three years without winning anything. When you talk about the biggest club in the world, or maybe one of the biggest, they have to win. Last year we didn’t win anything but this year and next I hope we can – we have fantastic players and a fantastic coach.
Are you stronger now in this second season?
It’s different. Your first year is about adaptation, because the football is different, everything changes. I felt I did well last season but this season I am a bit better. I have been here for a year and a half, I know the league, the adaptation is more complete – I feel more comfortable and things then come more naturally…
How important is Mourinho? Is he a key part of your success?
Of course, yes. He is an experienced coach, the titles speak for him. He has won everything. I am really, really happy that he is here with us and I hope that we can win lots of things together …
Are you a football fan? Do you watch loads of other matches?
I am not a big fan to stay at home all afternoon and watch four or five game. My brother does that but I prefer to play. I like to watch Real Madrid games if I am not playing, but I can’t watch other games. It is not that I don’t like football, but I don’t watch too much. I like Madrid matches, big games.
Today Nike launched the much anticipated Black/Volt/Dark Shadow CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III football boots.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been wearing Nike football boots for years. His years of service (and his global profile) resulted in Nike giving the Real Madrid forward his own colourway – the much debated original CR7 Safari Superfly II which came in an outlandish leopard-skin print White/Total Orange/Black colourway
Now six months on from the Superfly II Safari, Nike have released a new bespoke signature Safari for the recently released Superfly III football boots. The print was inspired by the 1987 Nike Air Safari running shoe but has been reincarnated in this tonal black-on-black safari print. The Superfly III is an evolution of the Superfly II just as this colourway is of the original Safari print.
The Nike CR Safari print has been reinvigorated on the second evolution of Cristiano Ronaldo’s boot, wrapping the entire cleat and laces for a bold blacked-out effect. The CR Superfly III is set apart from the rest of the Superfly III by the new instep pattern the distinctive volt green geometric pattern features on the heel while trademark Nike swoosh wraps the forefoot.
The CR Superfly III features the same technologies as any other Superfly III. The sole plates features adaptive NikeSENSE studs, that extend by up to 3mm to offer on-demand traction while directionally positioned blades maximize cutting and allow for quick changes of direction. Secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for those first critical steps. This allows players to speed up or slow down and make rapid changes of direction in adverse pitch conditions.
Nike’s unique FlyWire technology, which was inspired by suspension bridges, which brings the sole closer to the bottom of the player’s foot, for maximum stability and traction, is built into the shoes upper and provides a lightweight, strong and more dynamic fit.
Each pair of the Nike CR Safari comes with a unique user code to unlock exclusive access to training insights from top players and coaches through Nike Football+. Nike Football+ can be accessed at www.nikesoccer.com.
Ronaldo has scored an incredible 54 goals in 57 appearances for Real Madrid and will undoubtedly be looking to add to that tally when he debuts his new CR Superfly III boots at the much anticipated ‘El Clasico’ on 16/04/11 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The new Black/Volt/Dark Shadow CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III will be available to pre-order from 15/04/11 from selected retailers and will cost the same as your standard Superfly III. The new boot will be available at retail globally and online at www.nikestore.com beginning May 1st, 2011. The boot will also be available as a Mercurial Vapor VII.
Nike begun teasing their new “Who is Superfly” campaign a little while ago and now have added these three videos to the campaign which feature some of the most recognized Superfly wearers.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become synonymous with the Superfly brand and we would definatly say he is Superfly.
Fulham and USA forward Clint Dempsey is the face of Superfly in the USA and is another player who has long been associated with Superfly.
Mesut Ozil is still a rising star but has all the attributes of a true Superfly wearer.
Check out the orignal teaser video:
Take the spotlight. Ignite the world
Nike have released their speed boot competitor and despite weigh 210g will offer great competition to the Adidas AdiZero Prime. The Nike Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III is the seventh generation of Mercurial and third Superfly incarnation and continues a legacy of providing players with cutting edge innovation by delivering lightweight, fast, and responsive performance on the pitch.
Informed by insight from some of the world’s fastest players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexandre Pato and Didier Drogba, the Nike design team created a boot that enables rapid acceleration and multi-directional traction at game changing moments.
Today’s highly technical and physical game is about exploiting the slightest gap, capitalizing on a momentary lapse of concentration and keeping the opposition on the back foot. Testing with elite players in some of Europe’s top leagues revealed that speed around a defender and the ability to make quick changes in direction were critical, with toe-off traction and minimizing slippage top priorities.
The new Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III gives players the traction, fit and control to make that one chance count.
Not a lot has changed technology wise with the new Superfly III but there is a new look to the paint job. The new asymmetric, fluorescent lightning bolt design is designed to put players in the spotlight. The pattern and colors are formatted in a way to enhance visibility to your teammates. Ultimately enabling your teammates to spot you quicker and increasing their decision making time. In Nike’s words, “The result will be better passes, fewer offside’s and less time for defenders to react.”
Here is the lowdown on the new Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III:
To help athletes stay focused on their game Nike Football is providing a unique service enabling players to customize their new boot for maximum comfort and performance. Available at select Niketown locations, boot room consultants will guide customers through a complimentary custom fit service where the Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III is molded to the foot for a personalized feel and fit at game time.
Adaptive traction technology and pressure-activated studs in the forefoot extend up to 3 mm when needed to allow players to speed up or slow down and make rapid changes of direction in adverse pitch conditions. Through the Nike Research Lab, Nike found that players slipping in leading competitions like world championship finals – 845 slipping events over 63 games, or roughly 14 per game at one major tournament – created a renewed focus on boot performance, traction and fit.
Innovative Flywire technology in a streamlined upper ensures ultra-lightweight support. The highly engineered cabling structure provides a dynamic fit that holds the foot in place for a better feel and fit.
The Superfly III is supported by a carbon fiber chassis, which has been engineered for maximum energy and strength. The exceptionally strong carbon composite tuned chassis helps to deliver increased speed and outstanding support. The SuperflyIII also comes with a colored sole-frame which the Superfly II didn’t have. The chassis is a lightweight flexible platform, allowing players to stay close to the ground and traction elements. The contoured design mirrors the shape of the foot for enhanced fit and feel, and the lightweight, perforated sockliner provides low-profile cushioning and support while reducing boot pressure.
The 3-layer upper construction is made up of a tejin synthetic fiber skin top layer. Underneath that layer is a Tejin micro-fibre substrate, which is engineered for the flywire which provides ultra-lightweight dynamic support. The final layer is then made from a polyurethane lining. The refined composite upper with fewer layers and Teijin synthetic leather maintains durability and improves the boot’s fit, comfort and performance on all pitch conditions.
Traction On Demand
Every technical design element of the Superfly III is constructed to offer superior traction and acceleration. The unique Vapor traction pattern and direct inject dual density heel studs gives rock-steady stability and explosive acceleration. One of the Superfly series’ main features, the unique adaptive traction system, still features in the new Superfly III football boots. The two Nike Sense studs that extend into softer ground are designed to deliver extra grip and enhance agility. With a focus on toe-off, first step traction to reduce slippage, tri-blade configuration means directionally positioned blades maximize cutting and direction changing speed in all pitch conditions. Central traction arms enhance acceleration and breaking.
For the ultimate fit for athletes the boot features denser spread at the forefoot for lateral and cutting stability. Midfoot separation increases range of motion with enhanced lateral lock from heel to toe.
To match the blinding speed of the new Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III a striking color combination and graphic treatment around the heel and in-step increase visibility and presence on the pitch.
To accompany the release of the Red Plum/Windchill/Volt Nike have also released an alternative color option – Photo Blue/Platinum/Orange:
We have already had a sneak peal some players in the new Superlfy III with the likes of Ryo Miyaichi, Adam Johnson, Didier Drogba and Aaron Lennon all spotted breaking their new boots in. The new Superfly III will undoubtedly make their Premier League debut this weekend and we look forward to watching them make an impact on the field.