The Nike CTR360 Maestri and Nike CTR360 Maestri Elite have their own new color, a Black/White/Retro. If you are familiar with the Nike Elite range you will know that a carbon fiber soleplate is used in the Elite version, differentiating it to the regular version. This soleplate reduces the weight from 9.8oz down to 8oz but it also substantially raises the price tag! Flip the boot over and you can clearly see the main difference between both pairs, with the upper looking pretty much identical. (see below images of the CTR360 (left) and the CTR360 Elite (right) soleplate)
I am really not sure what to think about this colorway. I do like that Nike have chosen to go with a primary black upper, but the baby blue mash at the back is a little less pleasing on the eye. It sort of makes the boot look similar to the Cool Mint color found on the Nike Superfly II. Since I first saw them, they have grown on me so maybe I will become a fan. In terms of the elite range, these are completely different to the orange version seen on pitches at the World Cup. I might need to see these in action before I can make a proper assessment!
With players like Landon Donovan and Cesc Fabregas wearing the CTR360, you might be able to depict that they are extremely suitable for playmakers. Donovan’s last minute winning goal versus Algeria earlier this week has already increased the market value of the CTR360! In terms of value, I think the regular CTR360 Maestri is a better option than the Elite version. You are losing out in terms of weight, but the regular version offers superb quality for money!