words // Adam Arthur
From the first look, it’s clear that Nike Magista is different than traditional soccer cleats. Already trusted by some of the game’s most versatile playmakers, including Spain’s Andres Iniesta, Brazil’s David Luiz, and USA’s Michael Bradley, Nike’s innovative boot sports Flyknit technology, a unique high-top design, and a textured upper.
A recent addition to Nike’s top basketball and running shoes, Flyknit technology now makes its way into the world’s greatest game. Flyknit is constructed with a revolutionary manufacturing process that allows the cleat’s upper to be made from a single thread. This creates an unbelievably lightweight feel and sock-like fit without sacrificing essential foot protection.
Magista’s Flyknit upper is complemented by its high-top design, which locks the cleat to the ankle. This unique style enhances support and fit while promoting awareness of movement, giving creative players more confidence to test their abilities on the field.
To top this innovative cleat off, Nike finished Magista with a 3D texture on the upper, which amplifies ball touch for easy control and skillful dribbling.
While the design looks different, Magista is sure to be a hit. Michael Bradley, Toronto FC and Team USA’s do-it-all midfielder, had high praise for the cleat he wears on field. “You put the cleat on and it feels like a slipper,” Michael says. “The material is as natural as it can be. It molds to your foot right away. I was surprised by how fast I got used to it and how much I like to shoot with it. It’s certainly a new look and something innovative.”
The cleat is available in men’s, grade school, preschool, and toddler sizes. Plus, it’s releasing in multiple versions, including firm ground, artificial ground, and indoor, so you can prepare to win on the surface that suits your game. See it at Brazil. Get it at Eastbay.