Yet again, photos of unreleased Nike football boots are floating around the internet. After some research, we’ve learned that they’re the new Nike Phantom Venoms and they will replace the current Nike Hypervenom Phantoms. The names can get a bit confusing, but what we now know as the Hypervenom (worn by Rooney, Lewandowski, and Aubameyang) will be replaced by a new boot with a similar name, the Nike Phantom Venom. Let’s check out the upcoming boot.
The upcoming Phantom Venom (takedown version pictured above) features a mesh-based upper with rubber elements on the instep. It also features a synthetic suede heel liner, a partial mesh lace cover, asymmetrical lacing, and chevron-shaped studs for aggressive traction on firm ground surfaces.The red Phantom Venoms pictured above are a tier lower than the black ones. The materials used for the uppers visibly look different; the red ones have a NikeSkin upper while the black ones have a softer, higher quality material for the upper; take a look at the both of the toe boxes to see this difference.This is all we currently know about the unreleased Nike Phantom Venom. From the looks of it, they greatly resemble the old T90 silo from several years back. If you couldn’t already tell, labeling every silo as “Phantom” is the direction Nike is going in with the nomenclature of their football boots. This naming system started with the Phantom Vision, the boot that replaced the Magista.
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Nike have released an all-new collection of football boots today, and it’s titled the “Always Forward” pack. Headlined by a Volt Mercurial, the rest of the pack, the Phantom Vision, Hypervenom Phantom, and Tiempo Legend, is drenched in “Racer Blue.” Take a closer look at the new boots here.Returning to the Mercurial is one of Nike’s most popular colors, Volt, complemented by black for the Nike swoosh, the Mercurial branding, and the soleplate. Volt was last seen on the Mercurial Superfly IV and Vapor X back in February of 2015 so a bright, full Volt colorway like this one is long overdue.The Phantom Vision unites Racer Blue and Metallic Silver for a stunning yet subtle colorway. The soleplate and instep triangle zone, a signature element of the Phantom Vision, are decked out in Metallic Silver, giving off a clean, industrial look. The dynamic fit collar and the Nike swoosh are black while the Flyknit upper is drenched in Racer Blue.
The Hypervenom sees a similar arrangement of colors as the Phantom Vision with the only exceptions being the blacked-out heel and the white Nike swoosh. The Racer Blue upper and Metallic Silver soleplate remain the same.
The Tiempo returns to blue for the first time since November 2017 when Nike released the Ice pack, a boot pack that was released in conjunction with the Fire pack, displaying red “Fire” colorways of all four silos against blue “Ice” colorways. The “Always Forward” Tiempo sees a Racer Blue upper, a black Nike swoosh and soleplate, and Metallic Silver accents.
The new Nike “Always Forward” pack will be available on Nike.com from October 17.
If you haven’t already seen the incredible deals on soccer cleats people are finding at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, and Burlington stores across the nation, we’ll fill you in on some of the best finds from this week and how you can snag some of these deals for yourself.
If you’ve been out of the loop, people have been finding top tier (and mid and low tier) soccer cleats at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, and Burlington stores across the United States for far below their regular retail price. It’s been a phenomenon, with people frequently visiting their nearest locations in hopes of finding a pair of boots. The chances of actually finding a pair of top tier soccer cleats are very slim, though; it’s a hit or miss. However, when you do find them, they’re guaranteed to be heavily discounted.
If you’re looking to actually play in the boots you find and not just collect them, chances are even more slim that you’ll find them in your size, so don’t show up to these stores expecting to find $250 soccer cleats in your size for $20; it takes patience, persistence, and, quite honestly, hope. Many bargain hunters collect the boots they find or flip them on eBay for more money. With that being said, let’s get into some of the best finds from this week.
1. Black History Month Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
First up is the limited edition Black History Month Nike Mercurial Vapor XI. Originally released in January of 2018, they’ve officially hit the shelves of Burlington, the retailer where these were found at for a mere $24.99. That’s a pretty hefty discount from its original $254.99 retail price. They’re currently listed on eBay by resellers for over $100 so to find these at a fraction of the price is not only incredible, but very rare.
2. EA Sports Nike Hypervenom Phantom III
Next is the EA Sports Nike Hypervenom Phantom 3. Another limited edition release, these boots have found their way to the shelves of Marshalls where they’re being sold for just $19.99 (regular retail price is $300). Originally released in September of 2017, the EA Sports Hypervenom 3s were individually numbered and limited to 3000 adult sized pairs and 1000 youth sized pairs, which makes them an even more rare and incredible find. They’re currently listed on eBay by resellers for well over $200, with some asking as much as $400 per pair.
3. Floodlights Pack Nike Magista Obra II
Last is the Nike Magista Obra 2 from the Floodlights Pack, a football boot pack released on October 3, 2016. These boots retail for $275 and have now been found at a Marshalls store for just $24.99, 11 times cheaper than their regular retail price. If you’re serious about finding awesome deals like these, here are a few things you should know.
Do you want to snag similar deals for yourself? It’s unlikely you’re going to find these exact finds, but often times when there’s a certain boot at a few locations, they’re most likely at many locations across the nation. Whether you’re looking to flip them or collect them, here are some tips from Elmer Hernandez (@ehdeportes on Instagram), a football boot bargain hunter:
The best days to look for finds are Monday through Friday.
Marshalls and Burlington stores usually restock in the morning.
Ross stores usually restock in late morning or early afternoon.
Go as often as you can, and even more often when you start to find a pair or two.
Ask the store manager when they get in new shipments and when they put stuff out on the shelves.
If you have finds that you want featured in next week’s ‘best finds’ article, email us or DM us on Instagram! Also, listen to our new podcast where we interview professional soccer players, coaches, and entreprenuers in the soccer space by clicking here.
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Luka Modrić was just crowned the Best Male Player at this year’s FIFA Awards, so Nike are celebrating him with his own special edition Mercurial Vapor boot. Take a closer look at the eye-catching boots and learn about some of his most recent accomplishments in football.
The Croatian midfielder led his national team to their first ever FIFA World Cup final just this summer. He also won the UEFA Champions League for the third consecutive year with Real Madrid this past season. Now, he’s defeated both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Award, something that hasn’t been done by any player since 2007 when Kaká took first place, Messi took second, and Ronaldo took third.
His special edition boot features a multi-chrome, iridescent upper with touches of green, white, and gold included in the color palette. Other features of the boot include lightweight plates under the forefoot and heel, which are contoured to maximize comfort and control.
Nike recently announced that the boots will not be releasing to the general public, so unless you’re Luka Modrić, you won’t be wearing these shiny special edition Mercurial Vapors anytime soon.
The final chapter of Cristiano Ronaldo’s signature boot collection is here. Dubbed “CR7 Chapters,” a new colorway of his Mercurial Superfly has released every season starting from late 2015, telling a story about a certain point in his career. As Cristiano said himself, “the boots reflect what I am. They put part of my history in the boots.” This week, Nike have revealed his final one: “Built on Dreams.” Let’s get into the details and how you can purchase them for yourself.
Telling the story of his athletic journey from the very beginning, Nike announced in October of 2015 that they would be creating seven chapters of the Mercurial Superfly for their poster boy, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chapter one, known as “Savage Beauty,” took its cues from Madeira, the volcanic Portuguese island where CR7 was born.
Chapter two, known as “Natural Diamond,” focuses on Ronaldo’s move away from home as a child to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He has called leaving home at the age of 12 the “most difficult part of my career so far.”
Chapter three, known as “Discovery,” took inspiration from the game Ronaldo played for his Lisbon club that ended with him signing with Manchester United—a move that changed his career forever.Chapter four, known as “Forged for Greatness,” recalls his shift to wearing the number seven; this was insisted by his manager at the time, Alex Ferguson. As a result, Ronaldo forged his game and physique during his many years in Manchester.Chapter five, known as “Cut to Brilliance,” was inspired by Ronaldo’s brilliance on the pitch and unmatched goal scoring. He scored in his first game with Real Madrid in 2009 and hasn’t stopped scoring since, becoming the fastest to score league goals at every imaginable milestone: 50, 150, 200, 250 and counting.
Chapter six, known as “Born Leader,” nods to his record for most captaincies of his country, Portugal. Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time on February 6, 2007, at just 22 years old. “Born Leader” focuses on his role as the captain of his national team.
Chapter seven, known as “Built on Dreams,” is the culmination of the storytelling and pays homage to the player’s number 7 in the forefoot graphic, and also nods to the memorable carbon fiber boots of the past.
The CR7 Chapter 7 Mercurial is available September 20 on nike.com.
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Since its release in July, the Nike Phantom Vision silo has already seen four different colorways; but today, we’re going to be giving you a first look at three more unreleased, never before seen colorways. Releasing from as early as September 2018, you can expect to get your hands on some of these boots quite soon.First, there’s the EA Sports x Nike Phantom Vision football boot that will drop in late September 2018. EA Sports and Nike have collaborated in the past on both the Mercurial Superfly V and the Hypervenom Phantom III football boots, but now it’s time for the new Phantom Vision Elite to get the special EA Sports treatment.
They feature a predominantly blue/purple reflective upper with the Playstation controller button design contrasting the upper in black. The lace cover is black with metallic silver detailing threaded throughout the Flyknit for an eye-catching look. The Nike swoosh on the lateral side of the boot is purple/pink in color while the soleplate is a mixture of blue/purple/pink; both the swoosh and the soleplate are also reflective. If there’s one word to describe these boots, it’s striking.Next, there’s the Racer Blue/Black/Metallic Silver/Volt colorway that will release in October 2018. This colorway is much more subtle and discreet compared to the EA Sports edition. These boots feature a “Racer Blue” upper, a black dynamic fit collar, black Nike swooshes outlined in Metallic Silver, and a Metallic Silver instep and soleplate.Lastly, this next colorway is almost the inverted version of the previous one, and is also set to release in October 2018. It features a black upper with a “Racer Blue” instep, a Metallic Silver Nike swoosh outlined in Racer Blue, and a Metallic Silver soleplate. Pictured is the Anti-Clog version (a hardcore version of a soft-ground soleplate), whose soleplate is always black; however, the FG and AG soleplates are Metallic Silver. If you’re not a fan of flashy boots but like a little pop of color, this colorway is perfect for you.
Which upcoming colorway is your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! Make sure you follow us on Instagram for daily photos of the latest and greatest soccer cleats. Also, listen to our new podcast where we interview professional soccer players, coaches, and entreprenuers in the soccer space by clicking here.
We’ve already seen football and basketball culture intertwine when Jordan and Neymar Jr. had their own collaborative football boot back in 2016. But now, the Jumpman logo is going to be seen everywhere; on two special edition match kits, two football boots, and apparel. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Jordan and Paris Saint-Germain collection.
The two football boots included in the collection are the Nike Mercurial Vapor XII Elite and the Phantom Vision Elite. They both feature predominantly black Flyknit uppers, blacked out Nike swooshes, red soleplates, and red detailing throughout, nodding to the prominent color on Paris Saint-Germain kits and one of Jordan Brand’s heritage colors. The Jumpman logo can be found in black at the heel and on the sockliner of both boots, and in red on the boot bags. You can expect to see Neymar Jr. wearing the Mercurial Vapor XII Elite and Marquinhos wearing the Phantom Vision Elite on the pitch.
For the sneakerheads, this collaboration also brings a special edition Air Jordan 5 Retro featuring PSG x Jordan branding (with the Jumpman logo replacing the “A” in PARIS and placed in the middle of the PSG circle logo), a transluscent outsole, and the number 75—a postal code for Paris—near the heel. They’re available in very limited quantities, so if you’re interested in a pair, you’ve got to be quick.As for the kits, they’re built on a Nike Vaporknit Match chassis and feature black and white colorways with red accents. The Jumpman logo will replace the iconic Nike swoosh on the chest. The kits will be used as Paris Saint-Germain’s third and fourth kits. The goalkeeper kit comes in bold Infrared, a nod to one of Jordan Brand’s heritage colors.
The Jordan Brand x Paris Saint-Germain collection releases on September 14, and the club will debut its Jordan Brand kit on September 18 during European competition. What do you think of this high profile collaboration? Let us know in the comments below!
If you haven’t already seen photos of these Nike football boots floating around on the internet (including on our own Instagram page), we’ll fill you in on what they are and what all the buzz around them is about. They’re called the “Phantom Vision Elite,” they feature a Flyknit lace cover, and they will replace the beloved Magista silo in July 2018.
The Magista silo has been a major part of the Nike brand since it released in 2014. It redefined how football boots look and perform, and it was marketed towards playmakers of the game. It was the first football boot to employ Nike Flyknit, truly marking the beginning of a Nike Football revolution that changed the game forever. Throughout its four-year life, it has seen one generation update (which was a pretty significant one) and it has received dozens of new colorways. However, all great things must come to an end since it will be killed off in August 2018 when the new Phantom Vision silo is set to arrive.
While the highly anticipated Nike Phantom Vision Elite features existing technologies such as Flyknit and All Conditions Control (ACC), it also features new innovative technologies that we’ve never seen before on a football boot. Firstly, the top tier version features a “Ghost Lace” system which, in simple terms, means the laces are hidden underneath a Flyknit cover. We’ve seen Nike implement lace covers in the past with the Mercurial Vapor 5 and 6, but they were never constructed from Flyknit like they are now. The most recent boots on the market that featured a lace cover were the X 17+ Purespeed and the Messi 16+ Pureagility. Adidas has since gotten rid of the lace cover for their current X 18+ and instead turned the boot completely laceless. The Messi line, however, is completely gone after seeing just two generations, the 15.1 and 16+ Pureagility; nowadays, the name “Messi” gets attached to the Nemeziz silo when he receives his own signature colorways.
Secondly, the Phantom Vision Elite features QUADFIT technology which we’ve never seen before on a football boot or even a sports shoe; therefore, we don’t know much about it just yet. If you had to take a guess, though, what do you think it does?
As with every football boot, the Phantom Vision will have a solid amount of takedown options. The first takedown will keep the “Ghost Lace” system but will have a NikeSkin upper instead of a Flyknit upper. The lowest tier will not have the Ghost Lace system at all; instead, it’ll have the traditional center lacing.
If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of the Nike Phantom Vision football boots, they will release in late July 2018. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to be notified when they drop. If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of the Nike Magista Obra football boots before they’re gone, you can find discounted pairs on Amazon.
Worn by some of the world’s best goalkeepers, the Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper glove features a laser-etched latex palm among other unique features and is intended for match play. They’ve been on the market for a few years now so you can easily find a pair online for a discounted price; but before you go snagging a pair on sale, let’s find out how they perform to see if they’re even worth purchasing.
Diving into the technical side of the glove, the Nike GK Premier SGT comes equipped with a unique laser-etched latex palm. Nike calls this “SGT,” which stands for Sipe Grip Technology. The sipe grip grooves, which are thin slits cut across the latex palms, allow the palms to spread and flex and supposedly provide the ultimate grip in all weather conditions. The palm is 4mm thick and constructed of Contact latex, which is known to be one of the grippiest latexes you can get on a goalkeeper glove. The fingers feature a flat cut with mesh gussets for breathability. On the inside of the gloves, Nike have included their Touch Tactile Nodes to enhance the feel and prevent your hands from slipping inside the gloves. Pre-Curved Bio-Align Technology, another unique technology found on this glove, positions the hands in the catch ready position to reduce stress on the hands. In regards to the backhand, there’s a layer of soft latex on top of a breathable air mesh body. Lastly, the closure is comprised of a 5 cm wide latex wrist strap set on a 7 cm wide elastic wristband for a secure and supportive fit. You can purchase a pair of the Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper gloves on Amazon here.
Palm: Featuring a 4mm Contact latex palm, the Nike GK Premier SGT offers an amazing grip; this was expected since Contact latex is one of the grippiest latexes you can get on a goalkeeper glove. I didn’t know what to expect with the Sipe Grip Technology, though, so I was excited to see how it would fare on the pitch. After intensive testing, the SGT has proven to work quite well. I found that in all weather conditions, the grip of the latex was great and I had no problem holding onto shots. This glove also has great padding so you don’t feel the sting of super hard shots. In terms of durability, the Contact latex is surprisingly very durable; I only found minor tearing of the latex palms after a full month of use on mostly natural grass but some turf here and there. However, since the latex already has slits it in due to the SGT, this could cause the durability to be worse than other gloves.Cut: Personally, I’m not a fan of the flat cut simply because it fits loose on the fingers, but this flat cut feels slightly more snug than other ones I’ve tried. There’s still a bit of wiggle room on the sides of the fingers when your hands are in the gloves, but then again, I have slim, skinny fingers so of course there’s going to be some wiggle room.This didn’t really affect me while playing though; I was still able to hold onto shots just fine because of the Touch Tactile Nodes (grippy silicone dots) that successfully prevented my hands from sliding around inside the gloves. The mesh gussets are a nice touch as they increase the breathability and comfort of the gloves.Backhand: The latex on the backhand is embossed so there’s a great amount of flexibility and comfort while wearing the gloves. However, there isn’t much protection. The GK Premier SGT is a simple, no-fuss glove with a latex palm, a latex backhand, and a mesh body. It doesn’t feature any protective elements like a rubber punch zone or extra padding over the knuckles—there’s just one level of thickness across the entire latex backhand. This isn’t a dealbreaker as I was still able to punch the ball away on crosses, but I would’ve felt more confident clearing the ball if there was a rubber piece over the knuckles for extra power. The air mesh body is lightweight, comfy, and ventilates the gloves well.Closure: The closure on the GK Premier SGT is okay, but it could be better. There’s three points of velcro contact the wrist strap makes with the wristband to ensure a super secure and supportive fit. Moreover, the elastic wristband feels comfortable on my wrist. The problem, though, is that there’s no pull tab to grab onto when wrapping the strap around your wrist; this would prevent the delicate latex fingertips from tearing when it comes in contact with the velcro on the strap. I’ve seen this feature on several other gloves and it works great—too bad Nike hasn’t implemented it on their gloves considering how expensive the top gloves are.Fit: The GK Premier SGT fits comfortably snug on my hands—it doesn’t fit tight but it doesn’t fit loose either. I could see this glove fitting just about every goalkeeper whether you have skinny hands or large hands. The flat cut definitely helps make this a glove for just about every goalkeeper since it’s not super snug like a negative cut is.The Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper gloves perform very well on the pitch making them a great game glove option for any goalkeeper. You feel like you can easily grab onto and control the ball while wearing these gloves. If you’re looking for a simple, grippy, and comfortable glove with new technologies packed in, this is definitely the glove for you. Even better, you can find this top level match glove on sale from most online retailers. You can purchase a pair on Amazon here.