There’s no denying it: the Nike Tiempo Mystic III IC in Black is about as classic as you can get, both in terms of performance and styling. If you’re looking to wear a respected indoor soccer shoe based off the Nike Tiempo Legend series, you’ve come to the right place in your search. Let’s break down the classic Mystics.
During testing, I found the shoe to be an awesome performance. Soft full grain leather covers the majority of the boot (my personal preference) so you can have a soft touch on the ball when receiving and distributing around the field. The ball provided excellent touch and felt quite comfortable as the leather conformed to my foot nicely. On the mid-sole, an anatomically contoured Phylon piece with high-density, recycled EVA sockliner helps keep your feet nice and cozy while running around. On the sole of the shoe, articulate gum rubber (sounds crazy technical but really it’s just a special grip rubber) lines the shoe along with reactive traction pods so you get optimal grip on the pitch while making some intense cuts. To aid your body control on the field even further is a herringbone pattern on the outsole for precise grip on those rough indoor surfaces. The outsole also is non-marking, so you know you won’t scuff your shoes or the floor beneath you. Overall, it held up well in testing and felt like I was wearing a quality soccer cleat rather than an indoor shoe, a testament to Nike’s commitment to quality.
For looks, the shoe mirrors the Nike Tiempo Legend III in it’s black all over look. Three Nike swooshes line the shoe (two big ones on either side of the shoe with one small swoosh on the tongue) and look pretty classic with a white fill and gold trim. The tongue is lined with a Velcro piece so you can keep your laces in place while you run around the pitch, a nice feature. Other than that, the shoe is pretty plain Jane, a make it or break it deal for most people (with all the flashiness of soccer shoes as of late).
If you’re looking for a reliable classic shoe for indoor play, the Mystic is for you. At under $60, it’s also affordable. I’m a classic kind of guy myself so I’m keeping my test pair. You should get some, too.
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