Nike have spent the last 6 months really expanding their footwear range to cater for more niche varieties of football. Expanding from their imperious presence in the football boots market, Nike have gone on to make specialist footwear for modern 5’s centres, indoor courts and the street. Now they’ve moved on to something even more unlikely – the beach!
Say hello to the Nike Gato Beach, which is – as far as we know – the first sandal with football boots technology ever to hit the sand!
Looking a bit like a ‘Croc’, the Nike Gato Beach‘s main selling point comes in the form of it’s Solarsoft technologies.
The Solarsoft construction combines a high-density, ultra-durable foam that feels light and wraps to the shape of the foot, providing comfort and a secure fit.
Solarsoft foam is also integrated into the footbed of the Nike Gato Beach, making sure they’re super-comfy and supportive; not to mention making them versatile enough to wear when you’re off the beach too!
Nike have also gone all out on the sole; once again using the Solarsoft foam, Nike have used a different ‘durometer’ (‘harder version of’ for those who refuse to use PR-speak) to make the outsole as durable as any trainer, and used a similar pattern to that found on the sole of the Gato Street to give the Nike Gato Beach a superior level of traction. Presumably even on sand!
Another piece of technology that makes the transition form ‘Street’ to ‘Beach’ is that funky prism-inspired instep from the Street Gato. On the Nike Gato Beach it stretches all the way the from arch of the foot to the toe, allowing you maximum surface area to control the ball, and enough friction to put wicked spin and dip on any longer passes or shots.
Whilst the Nike Gato Beach is certainly a fun experiment, fusing football boots-technology with a beach clog/sandal seems a tiny bit frivolous to us!
Is it aimed at serious beach soccer players? If not, who takes a kickabout on the sand seriously enough to buy a pair?
The Nike Gato Beach is available for pre-order right now, and will be available at the start of May – just in time for Summer!
Let us know what you think of the Nike Gato Beach – we can’t wait to get your opinions on this one!