The Tiempo Legend is about as classic and iconic a boot as you can could sport on your feet besides the Adidas Copa Mundial. The latest incarnation of the Legends hit the market, with many players debuting the boots during the Summer of 2011 and the shoes are certainly an upgrade over the already fantastic Tiempo Legend III.
If you’re looking for a flashy boot, you’ve certainly come to the wrong place. The shoe is primarily black with white accenting, though it does have a bit of orange here and there. But you don’t need flash if you’re tearing up the pitch in classic style, do you? What’s important is the performance of the shoe, which will never be doubted.
The upper features Kangaroo leather, by far my favorite material a soccer cleat could be made of. It’s highly durable, decently lightweight, doesn’t show dirt, and provides a soft, predictable touch on the ball that makes the shoe a joy to play in. The leather combines with Kanga synthetic material to help form to your foot for a custom personalized fit. It all makes for an extremely comforting fit that feels as if the shoe is made just for me and my notoriously strangely-shaped feet. The midsole features a molded sockliner with an extra heel cup so your foot stays in place in the shoe: no slipping! The cleat had excellent arch support as well so that was a nice and noticeable feature.
In addition, the outer shines, too. Lightweight TPU combined with terrific stud placement makes cutting and turning on the pitch an absolute joy. It’s a unique shoe in that it combines conical studs with blades, a very uncommon feature in a shoe. The result is a classic performing shoe on the outer with a modern twist for acceleration and speed. With an emphasis on speed boots in recent years by both Nike and Adidas, it’s nice to see a shoe that combines the best of both worlds: classic Kangaroo leather performance with conical studs and blades. I’m a classic sort of player so this shoe is right up my alley.
For under $150, it’s amazing how Nike could pack so much into such an affordable package. Boots are generally overpriced, but not this pair. The monetary cost of the shoes are far below the actual value and performance you will receive on the field.
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