Having just been turfed out of the FA Cup by Everton at the weekend, it’s a tough time to be Chelsea player. But nothing cures a post-Cup hangover like an away tie in the Champions League, Fernando Torres is rolling out some new football boots to give him the edge.

Fernando Torres. Nike. Football boots.

Training for tonight’s game against FC Copenhagen, Fernando Torres looks to be hoping that a new custom sole-plate will assist a return to form.

The £50m Spaniard has always been notoriously picky about his football boots – preferring White Leather over anything else – so this new soleplate could well be the latest of Torres boot-based tweaks.

Identifiable by the translucent colouring of the studs, we know straight away that these aren’t the standard Summit White Laser III, as they have solid black tips on their FG model.

Fernando Torres. Nike. Football boots.

We’ve seen see-through studs on plenty of Nike football boots in the past, including Torres’ club team-mate Florent Malouda and National team compatriot Cesc Fabregas -'  and it’s usually a dead give-away that a player has asked for a custom sole from the Big ‘N’

What it looks like to us is that Torres has gone for larger blades in the heel – possibly to give extra support to his previously injured knees – and has also removed the lat

Whilst the medial mid-foot support blades have been left in place, one thing that Torres has opted against is the larger heel counter from the standard Nike Laser football boots, giving him a lighter boot similar to the Elite series.

An unusual move for Torres, who was spotted in the World Cup playing in a custom pair of Elite Laser III’s fitted with a large external heel counter.

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  1. says: kyle

    I think you’re both right – the giveaway is that ‘X’ shape uner the toes – on the old AZT90 II’s that used to be where the two parts of the sole came closest – great spotting!

  2. says: Bob

    wow……..sorry to say but you guys blew it on this one. Torres is using intertract soleplate all his career long. He has not changed ever but for commercials and adverts.
    The earliest pix we can find of him is 2003 wearing Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II. Same year he experimented with Nike Mercurial Vapor II and switched back shortly after. Then came AZT III in 2004 which he wore initially with their regular sole but having a luxury of being a pro footballer in Europe, Spain in particular, his boots were customized with Intertract sole same as Carles Puyol, F. Cannavaro, etc.
    So later in 2004 and 2005 you already see him sporting Intertract sole on AZT III (and messing around with Air Legends). In 2006 came AZT Supremacy and you see same choice of the sole for them and on all generations of Nike T90 Lasers from there on. So it’s pretty much hi standard sole choice.
    Sorry, just wanted to make sure no one is getting misinformed here.

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