Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nike Safari Collection Released!

Nike have released their latest colorway for their soccer cleats, and this time it's the Safari colorway! Cristiano Ronaldo is the posterboy for this campaign, and I'm not sure who else will be wearing these unique shoes.

Nike have only released three models with this colorway, the Mercurial Superfly II's, the Mercurial Vapor VI's, and the Lunar Gato! While you might know what the first two shoes are, the Lunar Gato are a "street" shoe, for those who love playing footy in the streets, wherever they go.

So you'll probably be asking, "What's the big deal about these new cleats?" Well, the main attention grabber is the fact that they're spotted.  But these cleats aren't just spotted, they feature shiny stripes on the side which you'll notice under certain lighting. These are supposed to flicker and make the player's feet more visible, therefore to the player passes will be more precise and accurate.

The other big feature with these new cleats is the fact that they were designed to the exact specifications of Cristiano Ronaldo. So it must feel pretty cool to wear the cleats designed with Cristiano Ronaldo's specifications. But this feature will probably make Nike raise the cost of the cleats, probably more than what most are willing to spend.

The stripes are on the inside and outside of the boot
Right now you can pre-order the boots, and they'll be available in shops on November 15th. While I don't know how many people will be willing to spend around 400$ for this new colorway, I think that it's a great move from Nike to introduce such a unique aspect in their gear.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be debuting the new cleats on November 7th when Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu for the Madrid derby. While I don't think it'll be that noticeable compared to the Pink cleats that he's been wearing, I think he'll still be as flashy as ever in his new Nike cleats.

The video below is very interesting and it talks about the boots and how the design originated.

My personal opinion on these shoes isn't very critical. While some say that they're the ugliest boots they've ever seen, I actually don't mind them that much. But what about you? What do you think about these new Nike cleats? Please comment below!

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