Cristiano Ronaldo’s new boot has arrived and it’s exactly what you’d expect him to wear. The safari print implies the speed these boots are made for, while also displaying the confidence and swagger of a 1970s pimp. Not only that, there’s a bit of history to it, as well. To the press release!
Nike originally introduced the print on the Air Safari running shoe in 1987, and the unexpected aesthetic transformed performance footwear design. At the time, trailblazing Nike designer and father of the Air Jordan series Tinker Hatfield began exploring non-traditional materials, patterns and colors to use in athletic footwear and conceived the now legendary ostrich-skin print.
The limited-run Air Safari quickly sold out and gained an ardent following for its striking design. Now the iconic print is back — this time on the feet of one of the best players in the world. The updated print has a stylized look, wrapping the entire boot and laces for a bold effect. Ronaldo’s signature CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II represents the first time the print has been applied to performance football footwear.
However, there is some practical purpose to the design, too:
In another nod to speed, the boot’s arresting Safari print is overlaid with a tonal chevron pattern that is illuminated in certain light. Designed to appear as a flash in a player’s peripheral vision, the reflective graphic can improve player awareness on pitch.
And some of the technical details about the boot:
The CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II features the unique NIKE SENSE adaptive traction system where designers created a pair of adaptive studs in the forefoot that can extend and retract by up to 3mm, based on ground conditions and pressure exerted by the player.
Directionally positioned blades maximize cutting and allow for quick changes of direction, while secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for those first critical steps. The result is a boot that enables greater speed in all directions.
But that’s not all! Buying a pair really will help you improve your speed thanks to an added bonus they come with:
The CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II also gives consumers exclusive access to training insights from top players and coaches through Nike Football+. Each pair of boots comes with a unique user code to unlock insider tips and Master Speed training content.
Ronaldo will wear them for the first time in the Madrid derby on November 7. In the meantime, we will be giving away a pair thanks to the wonderful people at Nike and Pro-Direct Soccer in the very near future. Stay tuned.