So you’re looking for a new pair of soccer cleats for the season, but you don’t want to spend over $200 for decent cleats. If you fit into this category, I feel your pain, and have a cure for what ails you. The Nike CTR360 Libretto. These cleats are cast in the same colors as their high end cousins, and look stunning. The red color really pops against the white tops and the white cleats, but what’s really important, is the quality and touch of these shoes.
The CTR 360 is known for being designed as midfielders boot, and has technology to aid in your control and distribution of the ball. The upper is made of full grain leather, and offers a superb touch on the ball and has stitched touch pads on the surface to aid your ball control. These work by using the material itself to cushion your touch on the ball by absorbing some of the force when it is played to you. There are also touch pads on the instep of the shoe which help the ball roll off your foot to give it a more direct trajectory when you pass it to another player.
The inside of the shoe is one of the most comfortable I’ve felt in some time, and doesn’t wear away like on an Adidas F50. The EVA sockliner that runs underneath is what makes the shoes so comfortable, but also aids your touch as it cushion the ball impact on your foot.
The sole plate is durable, and is actually molded form the same piece of material as the cleats. This means the cleats won’t split or fall off easily so you’ll get many months of decent wear out of them. The cleats are patterned to allow with stability in mind. For quick pivots and acceleration you can’t really beat these shoes.
Overall, I like the look, feel, and touch of these boots, and at $49.49 on soccerpro.com, there a great buy.
Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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