words // Tim Dunn
With the ground beginning to thaw and spring just around the corner, things are beginning to heat up for the highly anticipated summer of 2014. To tide us over for the months leading up to Brazil, both adidas and Nike have released some dynamic new colorways for some of their most popular cleats.
The adidas Predator gets a makeover in Running White with accents in Earth Green and Solar Zest. The crisp, white upper provides the basis for a clean, fresh-looking boot. The Solar Zest orange outsole imparts a burst of color that’s just enough to add a contemporary touch to the shoe, while preserving the clean look and preventing it from being too flashy. Earth Green (brownish, olive-green) stripes and cleat accents round it all off and work surprisingly well with the bright orange.
Next up is the adidas Nitrocharge. Outfitted in the same colors as the Predator above— but in a different arrangement — this edition of the Nitrocharge exudes an active personality, which is what the Nitrocharge was designed for. The olive-hued Earth Green provides the base color, while the Solar Zest outsole and forefoot stripe provide a burst of color. Running White gets the honor of representing the traditional three stripes and also provides some accents on the bottom of the shoe.
Rounding out this adidas collection is the F50 series, which gets outfitted in Glow, Earth Green, and Solar Zest colorway. The Solar Zest outsole pairs with the Glow green upper in a citrusy fusion of football flavor. The cleat tips and ever-present three stripes are decked out in Earth Green to complete an interesting cleat.
As opposed to adidas, Nike is a little more eclectic with its choice of colorways. The ever-popular Mercurial is the recipient of two looks that are designed to be nods to previous tournament models of the now-iconic boot.
The first, a Vibrant Yellow/Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Black scheme, is reminiscent of the popular 2006 model, which was produced for the tournament in Germany. In an additional nod to the 2006 model, the cleats feature “06M” branding on the heel.
The second Mercurial released features a Metallic Mach Purple/Total Orange/Urban Lilac look. This scheme was designed to resemble the Mercurial featured during the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and like the model above, features “10M” branding on the heel as an additional nod to its predecessor.
Next up for Nike is a vibrant new scheme for the CTR360 Maestri III. The cleat is completely covered in Bright Crimson, with the exception of black Swoosh logos and a metallic silver tongue, which come together to result in a striking boot. The CTR series from Nike will soon be replaced by a new series, and as a result, this is the final colorway that will be released for the CTR360.
The Hypervenom series also gets two new colorways. The first is a Vibrant Yellow/Volt Ice/Black scheme. Vibrant Yellow is the base color with Volt Ice functioning as the secondary on the upper. Black on the laces, logos, and outsole provides a bold contrast and creates a look that exudes pure speed.
The second Hypervenom colorway is a decidedly more classic take on the modern boot, featuring black and white to provide a simple, professional look. Neo Lime accents on the forefoot and Hypervenom branding provide a small burst of color that complements the cleat’s clean design. Where its sibling exudes speed, this Hypervenom colorway screams precision, every step of the way.
Last up, The Nike Tiempo series gets decked out in Total Crimson/Metallic Silver/White. This colorway follows the established Tiempo pattern of dividing the cleats’ colors in half. In this case, Total Crimson (with a white Swoosh) covers the outside and toe sections, and white (with a Total Crimson Swoosh) covers the inner section. The tongue and rear Tiempo badging are metallic silver and provide a classy spark to what has been a legendary cleat for Nike over the past several years.
The new colorways from adidas and Nike are available in adult and youth, at all price levels of each cleat series, and in both indoor and turf styles. Matching clothing and equipment for these colorways will also be available.