Nike have never been afraid to push boundaries and expectations, but the new Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite shatters the mould of the Tiempo line by employing the use of premium materials and technology to effectively turn them into a leather Superfly!
Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite
No matter what you may have been expecting from a new Tiempo release, we’d have to guess that you probably weren’t expecting this (unless you’ve been looking at leaked pictures, you naughty person, you) as the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite defies every expectation set out for Nike’s longest-running football boots.
Starting with the most conventional part of the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite, the upper is constructed of premium-quality K-Leather, immediately differentiating them from the new Nike Tiempo Legend IV which uses a mix of KangaLite and K-Leather.
Nike say that the leather on the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite is literally some of the finest ever seen on a pair of football boots by any brand, and has undergone treatment to make it somehow more durable and pliable.
The new stitching pattern on the forefoot of the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite is also designed to enhance the softness of the boot, giving it multi-directional flexibility for unparalleled touch and feel, whilst the stitch-free toe gives a smooth area to manoeuvre the ball with.
The main feature that will set tongues wagging is the introduction of FlyWire to the silo, but this isn’t FlyWire as we know it.
Uniquely crafted and produced, Nike say this new Leather FlyWire offers us greater support in the midfoot and arch, but remains as soft and flexible as the leather surrounding it – remarkable!
Other features on these outstanding football boots include a full carbon fibre soleplate, contrast-coloured studs and visual-acuity enhancing contrast heel stripes to boost peripheral vision recognition (yes, that’s still a thing that’s happening…).
Nike have also confirmed that they’ll also be producing a limited edition book to ship out with each pair, chronicling the Tiempo’s legacy to date.
Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite Release
The Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite is set to release on July 1st 2011, in a Black/White/Total Orange colourway costing £275/$400 US.
Key athletes will include Gerard Pique, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Puyol, David Luiz and Andre Pirlo. David Luiz gave the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite their on-pitch debut in a friendly match between Brazil and Holland on June 4th 2011.
It was also notable that they were the football boots worn by Brazil’s Ronaldo in his last ever international in a friendly with Romania on June 7th 2011.
Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite Specifications
– Premium K-Leather Upper
– Leather FlyWire Midfoot Support
– Centralised Lacing System
– Diagonal-stitched forefoot for flexibility and softness
– Visibility-enhancing contrast coloured heel-counter
– Moulded sockliner for ease of breaking-in
– Arch support for increased player comfort
– Internal heel counter for exceptional stability and protection
– Carbon Fibre outsole
– Optimal stud placement
– Combination of conical and bladed studs for maximum ground penetration and pressure distribution
– 238g – 20g lighter than Tiempo Legend III Elite.
“Wow, Nike have created a boot to be envied and admired from a technical standpoint – but how will that monstrous price-tag effect the Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite, with competition from the likes of the adiPure SL?”
You’ve had our opinion, you’ve read all the facts – now it’s your turn, hit up the comments and tell us what you make of this release!