Designed to offer extra agility to the filthiest of finishers, some of the Premier League’s most feared forwards (think Kane, Lukaku and Lacazette) have built their reputations in Hypervenoms, which says everything you need to know about these absolute net-wreckers.
The rising star’s choice this season is the formidable Phantom III, which benefits from a completely reconstructed solepate in 2017. With flexible Pebax at the front and stronger nylon at the back for support, flyknit material provides a softened, flexible upper that allows for superior stretch, while hexagonal studs allow player to twist and turn effectively.
Designed to kickstart creative control, the mighty Magista is the Nike boot of choice for your resident midfield magician, worn with distinction by a host of gamechangers, from Christian Eriksen in the EPL to La Liga legend Andrés Iniesta and Bundesliga bad boy Arturo Vidal.
Our own choice from the new Magistas is the latest Obra II, an absolute weapon in your attacking arsenal. Amplifying the talents of a premier playmaker, the Obra II is all about the swivel; its rotational forefoot zone enabling dynamic changes in direction, as notched studs at the heel allow you to put the breaks on.
The result is a greater range of options on the field, giving imaginative players the freedom to effect the course of games in many different ways.
The fastest of all Nike’s boots, explosive runners such as Neymar, Ronaldo, Coutinho and Hazard have all relied on the Mercurial in recent seasons, with each of these global icons able to activate their quickness by way of its ultralight Nike 3D speed plate.
Heading up the latest Mercurials, it’s hard to argue against the supercharged Superfly V, a dynamic boot that really reflects the pace of the modern game. With lightning-fast forwards like Sanchez and Vardy wreaking havoc in previous packs, the Rising Fast Superfly V gives the next-gen their own platform to shine, enhanced by its signature All Conditions Control (ACC) technology. Primed for wet and dry sprinting, its Nike Grip System meanwhile acts to halt the foot from slipping inside the boot, allowing young strikers to surge on goal with confidence.
Last but not least, Nike’s timeless Tiempo is back for another crack at the big time. A classic heritage boot, taylor-made for touch, today’s Tiempos are a staple of the top flight locker room, worn by defensive greats across the game from Ramos and Piqué to Boateng and Bailly.
Leading the field for the Tiempo connoisseur this August, the Legend VII is a true defender’s boot; one that’s all about that natural command, the type a top tier defender demands. With it’s headline hyperstability plate increasing stability while decreasing weight, the Legend VII’s extra-light and extra-strong flywire cables wrap the midfoot effectively; their genius lace integration offering a lethal lockdown that lets you focus instead on every crucial clearance. With NIKEGRIP technology and stability pods to boot, centre-backs will be all over this one.