Nike have launched their latest boot for the 2012/13 season – the GS - and the jury is out on the GiveMeFootball news desk.
Described as the ‘lightest, fastest and greenest production boot ever' by the company, it weighs just 160 grams in size 9, which equates to slightly more than your standard iphone.
“The Nike GS is the lightest and fastest football boot we’ve ever made and really defines a new era in how we create, design and produce elite football boots,” said global design director Andy Caine.
“When you can deliver a boot that combines high end performance and a low environmental footprint that’s a winning proposition for players and planet.”
A YouTube viral video has already started to spread, with a ‘mystery player’ taking a closer look at the boots. The word is that it’s Neymar, and the Brazilian sensation could well be one of the first players to wear the boot at this summer’s Olympic games in London.
Footy-Boots.com also note that they go on sale to the general public on August 15th – days before the Premier League season – and will cost in the region of €300 when purchased on Nike.com.
Having a look at the boots also started off a debate about the greatest boots ever designed in history, and we put together our list of the top five. Do you agree with our choices? Have your say below…
First released in 1994, the German manufacturer has since produced 12 different versions of the boot, made famous by the likes of David Beckham, Zinadine Zidane and Steven Gerrard.
‘Touch’, ‘Precision’ and ‘PowerSwerve’ are all developments of the original product, which became the must-have boot for Rugby players as well after Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup heroics for England in 2003.
Nike Mercurial Vapor
A boot first that evolved from the original Mercurial line, worn by Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup in a blue and gold colour. It was their first ‘lightweight boot’, and paved the way for the 2002 launch of the Vapor.
Released for the 2002 World Cup, the likes of Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Roberto Carlos were all wearing the boot, which helped it become synonymous with speed and accuracy.
Having expanded to the Mercurial Vapor Superfly for the sixth release, the likes of Robinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didider Drogba & Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all put their trust in this boot at one stage or another.
Puma King XL
It might not have the name of its more illustrious rivals, but don’t dismiss Puma’s boot making ability – Pele, Eusebio and Maradona all wore them at some stage.
The decision to not try and challenge Nike and Adidas in the battle for ‘the lightest’ or ‘the quickest’ boot was a smart one, sticking to classic philosophies of sturdy leather that will last a lifetime.
In the looks department, the boot certainly has a little something about it, and might just be worth a try if you fancy going ‘old school’.
Adidas Copa Mundial
Rated by many Sunday-league players as the best boot on the market, Adidas first released the Copa in 1979 in preparation for the 1982 World Cup.
Franz Beckenbauer, Juan Sebastian Veron, Kaka and Xabi Alonso are four players to all have worn the boot at some stage in their career, with a 25th anniversary boot released back in 2007.
Made of Kangaroo leather, Adidas have released variations of the original, including the much-loved ‘World Cups’, and it’s stood the test of time with a classic look for players.
Made famous by Ronaldinho, the Tiempo boot is renowned for comfort as much as anything, with Astroturf and trainer versions of the boot out-shining the original in many ways.
First worn by the likes of Romario and Paolo Maldini at the 1994 World Cup in America, Nike have brought out numerous versions of the boot over the last two decades, most recently the Tiempo Legend IV Elite.
However, with much focus on the CTR360 and Predator lines, the Tiempo is something of a past master in the world of football.
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