adidas, Nike Release Summer Soccer Cleats

adidas, Nike Release Summer Soccer Cleats

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.

adidas Predator Solar Zest

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.

adidas NitroCharge Earth Green/Solar Zest

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.

adidas F50 Glow



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.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Vibrant Yellow/Neo Lime

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.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Vibrant Yellow/Neo Lime (2)

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.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Mach Purple/Total Orange

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.

Nike CTR360 Maestri III Bright Crimson

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.

Nike Hypervenom Vibrant Yellow/Volt Ice

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.

Nike Hypervenom Black/White-Neo Lime

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.

Nike Tiempo Total Crimson/Metallic Silver-White

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.

Brandon Marshall Wears Green Nike Hypervenom for Mental Illness Awareness

Brandon Marshall Wears Green Nike Hypervenom for Mental Illness Awareness

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While the NFL is allowing pink gear on field during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall used his Thursday Night platform to bring awareness to another important issue — Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Marshall, who was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2011, wore lime green Nike Hypervenom cleats last night in support of Mental Health. Unfortunately, the cleats do not meet the NFL’s strict uniform policy and Marshall will likely be fined somewhere in the neighborhood for $10,000 for his footwear statement.

This wasn’t just about stirring things up for Marshall. He’s already promised to match any fines with donations to charities supporting both Mental Health and Breast Cancer Awareness.

“I’m going to get fined and I’m going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer-care,” Marshall told ESPN. “We’re still working on the details to give, really give back to an organization that is doing work in the mental health area. [Also], the diagnosis of breast cancer can hit families hard. It affects all of us.”

It’s also worth pointing out that the Hypervenom is a soccer cleat. Kickers make a habit out of wearing soccer cleats on the field, but it’s not often you see skilled position players not wearing something designated for football. Marshall wore the Phatal FG version of the Hypervenom, which retails for $120.

Marshall didn’t just wear bright green cleats last night — he put up big numbers. With nine receptions, Marshall tallied 87 yards and two touchdowns to help life the Bears to a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants.

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Bring Edge To The Pitch With Nike Soccer’s Stealth Pack

Bring Edge To The Pitch With Nike Soccer’s Stealth Pack

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words // Brandon Richard

Straying away from some of the more eye-catching, vivid colorways we’ve seen at launch, Nike Soccer has released its standout cleats in new black-based styles. With these sleek styles, players will be able to bring all-business edge to the pitch when competing at any level.

The Mercurial Vapor IX is the latest version of Nike’s flagship soccer cleat. It’s engineered with a new Speed Control upper that provides a level of support and touch for players to excel in speed and speed.

Launched last month, the Hypervenom is an all-new silhouette created using the NIKESKIN system. The tech features a soft mesh bound with a thin polyurethane film, finished off with All Conditions Control (ACC) for performance in any weather condition.

The CTR360 is packed with game-boosting features like a revamped 3D control pad engineered to maximize pin-point passing and a kanga-lite upper optimized for receiving and distributing.

For firm-ground play, the Tiempo Legend IV offers unbeatable comfort and ball touch for powerful play and control on the field.

All of these styles are now available in black with contrasting orange and white accents here today.

Available: Nike Soccer Cleats

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Nike Hypervenom : For A New Breed of Player

Nike Hypervenom : For A New Breed of Player

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words // Brandon Richard

Nike Soccer launches the Hypervenom, an all-new cleat created with feedback from top players including Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These athletes specified the need for a boot that could help them create space quickly in and around the penalty area and get their shot off from any angle. They discussed the increased agility of opponents, referencing today’s defenders who are now as quick, agile and skillful as many of the world’s best forwards.

The Nike Football design team, led by Nike Football Design Director Denis Dekovic, began by looking at the attacking forces in today’s game. “The game is changing. It used to be that speed was the focus of the attacking side of the game, but now everybody has pace,” Dekovic said. “The Nike Hypervenom is a response to the way the game is changing. Players want to be quicker, not just in a foot race, but quicker with the ball at their feet in small spaces. They want to create chances from nothing. These faster, more agile defenders need to be combatted and the Hypervenom is designed to do exactly that.”

Hypervenom was created using the new NIKESKIN system. This execution features a soft, supple mesh bound with a thin polyurethane film and is finished off with Nike All Conditions Control technology (ACC) to provide the same level of foot-to-ball control in both wet and dry conditions.

Nike’s most anatomical foot last to date helps remove excess materials to place the foot closer to the ground and ball. Designers worked with some of the world’s top podiatrists to create a decoupled outsole that increases the player’s ability to make a first step past the defender. A groove in the forefoot helps to quickly activate the first metatarsal, the bone that defines reaction time of the foot’s first movement.

Compressed nylon is featured on the chassis of the outsole for a high-response plate that helps deliver strength while maintaining lightness. Stud configuration and length is designed to allow for faster penetration of the surface and ultimately a quicker release.

These Nike soccer cleats are now available in firm ground, artificial grass and indoor variations.

Available: Nike Hypervenom

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