Nike Tiempo Super Ligera Football Boots

order ligera nowJust how did the Nike Tiempo Super Ligera come about and, some might say, why did it come about?

As it happens, the football boot isn’t aimed at the European player, nor the American market. Instead, it’s been produced for the Asian market and in particular, the Japanese Bukatsu player.

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Designed by Doug Wilken, the Tiempo Super Ligera brings two worlds of performance together in a lightweight yet durable football boot.

When it came to the design of the Tiempo Super Ligera, Wilken was keen to find out first hand about the needs of the player. So, through focus meetings conducted with Japanese Bukatsu groups, he learned that these players needed, and wanted, a boot that was lightweight and soft. However, by studying wear tests Wilken was able to assess something else that they needed: durability.

For the Japanese bukatsu player who plays from dawn to dusk, football is everything. And they play primarily on hard fields made of coarse, packed dirt, which is especially tough on their football boots.

Designed on a new, Asian-specific footwear last, the Tiempo Super Ligera is wider than the typical football boot, with an extended throat to give the boot more versatility and variation. By identifying high-wear areas on the football boots that the players used, Wilken targeted these areas and screen-printed a layer of Nike Grind on those spots in order to protect the foot and strengthen the boot without adding weight. A gusseted tongue helps prevent irritation by preventing dust and sand from getting into the boot during play. Reflective elements were added in the upper for those games that take place at dusk.

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Translucent studs reveal an inner plate injected with a TPU that provides both strength and structure while imbuing the shoe with a lightweight aesthetic. Working with the Nike Sports Research Lab (NSRL), Wilken examined the motion of the players’ feet and incorporated a longitudinal flex groove. The flex groove allows the foot to flex from side to side, while isolating the fifth metatarsal head, where most of the foot’s power originates.

Tiempo Super Ligera

High abrasion screen printed reground rubber layer
Longitudinal Flex Groove
Kangaroo leather upper
Translucent cleats reveal an inner plate injected with a strong TPU that provides structure.

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Doug Wilken Designer

order ligera nowDoug graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in industrial design.
Has worked in the Nike model shop and cleated category, designing for American Football, Baseball, Softball and Lacrosse.
Has been designing for the football category for the past 2 years.

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  1. says: rob dp

    well at least they hav studs and not blades. insoles still dont hav any real support for the heel and arch. you dont hear adidas making any worthwhile insoles. all aluminium studs scew ins would be great for fg and sg or maybe a more durable rubber.

  2. says: TartanArmyBoy

    Got no problem with Nike using retro styling but if they’re gonna do it there are better boots they could’ve used – Air Strike D from the mid – late 80’s and the Tiempo Premier from the early 90’s were great classic boots/styles crying out to be brought back and updated.

  3. says: Skeggy's Finest

    TAB, spot on somebody PLEASE get Nike to re-release the Nike Air Strike range. Classic footy boots that i for one would be all over. Add some modern materials to make them lighter and bosh – there ya go!
    Also Puma – let’s see the SPA Royal’s that Shilt’s used to wear!

    1. says: mally

      you guys are quite right the Air Strike range were the best nike boots EVER. I have been trying to get some for many years now, since my orginal pair fell apart. Any suggestions anyone where I could get hold of a pair?

  4. says: RhONINhO

    I like nike products, but I have to say, this one of the worse looking boots I’ve ever seen produced by nike.

  5. says: JaCk :P

    Got them,,
    So Comfortable,,
    Better than any other nike boots i’ve had.
    Best boots are F50s for running
    T90s for smacking the ball
    And these for passing and comfort 😀

    Disagree well i will win the debate so dont bother 😀

  6. says: ryan

    got these boots 🙂 got them earlier, good value and i actually felt extremely comfartble when [playing. love them, and scored for the first time in 3 games 😀

    like them alot 😀

  7. says: Mark

    Bought my 15yr old a pair from in early Oct. 08 after reading the article by Footy Boot above. Probably one of the first to get a pair in US.

    Posted this review on and…

    22 of 26 people found the following review helpful:

    U15 CSSC Elite DB/MF – Oct 13, 2008 Review: Player: Austin (Lake Wylie, SC USA)

    Awesome classic boot. Got them on Friday and played 2 matches in them over the weekend. Didn’t even break them in. Awesome fit and touch. Light weight just like the name says. Boot is a regular fit, but the K leather expanded to fit my D width foot like a glove. After 2 matches boot still looks brand new.

    My kid only used them for weekend games, NO WEEKDAY PRACTICE. Boot fell apart by ODP sub-regionals in January 09 (4.5 months, about 15 matches). Sent them back to Doug Wilken at Nike HQ in Washington. Told him I hoped Nike worked out the bugs because my kid loved the boot. Also told him a $50 pair of Lotto Trofeo Road FGs wear better. Got no response.

    Benefit of the doubt, maybe a bad run – no way. First pair separated at medial forefoot area where shoe bends. Bought a second pair in January 09 for high school play. Separating from sole at the toe. I can only imagine how many pair the Bukatsu players are blowing through.


  8. says: Karl

    can anyone tell me the name of a pair of nike boots from the late 80’s early 90’s they had a bright yellow swoosh and the word nike in big yellow words around the back of the heel,i’ve tried to find out the name and find some pictures but can’t anywhere?

  9. says: Scott Saylors

    I bought these cleats a while ago and I have to say ……………………. THESE ARE THE BEST CLEATS IVE EVER OWNED AND HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WEARING!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Nike needs cleats like these. I wont ever wear anything other than Super Ligeras ever again!!!

  10. says: Oliver

    Im a perfectionist when it comes to boots and these are honestly the best boots ive ever worn.they look alright but theyre so light,comfortable,great leather and good studs for rolling and better to shoot in than copa mundials.

  11. says: Chief

    I own these boots. Best for longer turf fields. I own lots of other nike, adidas, puma boots mostly in K leather, but these are the best I own. Absolutely love them. SUPER LIGHT and soft touch!

  12. says: Lorrence James

    You know what, I’d even go as far to say, that heck yeah, these are the best boots I have ever owned.
    Comfortable, durable, fast and enable maximum control.
    For anyone looking for a new pair of boots: stop looking because these are it (number. 1), find a retailer and buy them (however this is my opinion, everybodys feet and style of play is unique.)

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