Nike CR7 Mercurial Victory VI
Finally, players can utter a scream. A reasonably affordable mid-ankle cut Nike design on a Victory VI with a dynamic fit collar. It’s a top end feature available at an affordable price, so right away it turned our heads. But there are positives and negatives here.
It’s a very, very lightweight boot to hold, very thin too. It feels a little plastic and unsturdy but on closer inspection it’s not that much of a problem. They soften quick and grow more playable with use.
As for the collar, it’s low grade material but then this is a 3rd teir boot so it’s pretty much expected. Nike have just attached it, more for looks than anything. It’s just a collar stitched on to a regular Victory VI synthetic boot. Which, also is to be expected but kind of disappointing.
The outsole is pretty basic too. It links well visually with the top and it looks like much higher tier boots. Also, it grips very, very well. I’ve heard a lot of feedback about pushing off and how it feels and arguable this is one of the strengths of the boot.
So, the verdict isn’t fantastic. Nike have started offering mid cut boots on lower tiers essentially to combat Adidas doing the same. It’s not a quality product though and has a feel of something stitched together to look high end, like a Porsche with a Ford engine.
Mid cut boots are now affordable and it takes a little away from the top tier offerings in this range. What’s more it can only bleed through to other features, which we’ll now see reproduced on lower tier boots. Wait and see.
Adidas Ace 17
In truth, this is less one boot than a whole series of boots, so it might be worth jotting down the features of each in order to get a fair overview.
Adidas Ace 15+ Pure Control
To get an overview, Adidas designed this boot from what they call Primeknit and gave it no laces. THis latest offering doesn’t especially update on this, admittedly revolutionary design. The Primeknit is softened at the front, giving it a nicer, slimmer look. Extra grooves have been included to grant a little more purchase on the ball too. The same studs are used as before but the boost foam tech Adidas has been using on athletic running gear has been employed here for the first time.
Pogba loves it. The laced version looks a little less swanky. Adidas have upgraded the whole boot from the 16+ Primeknit, keeping on;y the black area in the forefoot. It’s stretchier but not so you’d feel it less strong or supportive. There’s no boost foam in the sole but to me it felt like a nicer boot, I dunno.
The leather offering is supposed to be the nicest but we didn’t get to try it. It’s thin and supportive Kangaroo leather without any stitching. The leather part only features on the front of the boot where it’s coloured red. It might not be the full leather boot you expect, in other words.
I found the Adidas a better boot than the Nike, a more honest boot in that it’s a slight evolution of an existing success, rather than some kind of fake high end feel. But that’s just me.
But what do you think?