Since we announced the release of the new Nike Premier last week, there has been huge buzz and a lot of questions surrounding the low-key, conservative boot. It all stands to reinforce the fact that Nike were correct in releasing a boot that directly competes with the iconic Adidas Copa Mundial. It seems like this was a release that fans had secretly been craving.
You can currently find the Nike Premier over at WeGotSoccer for $89.99.
There have been two important questions to date that fans desperately want to see addressed and now that we have a pair in hand, we can give you our take on both. As follows.
What type of leather is used in the upper?
Let me cover the upper first and the great K-Leather or Goat Leather debate. It seems like a lot of different websites have been reporting different materials being used and Nike themselves were very unclear with their labeling on press release details.
The answer is that it is a Premium leather – and Nike are not letting go of that title. That tells us that it is not a full K-leather upper, because if it was they would clearly boast they are using the highest quality leather. Our guess on this one is that it is a mixed upper, with a probable treated calf leather rather than a goat leather toward the back of the boot. The forefoot is definitely soft enough to be a K-leather but our journey continues to find the real answer behind this one.
How do they Fit?
In terms of fit, we can offer a pretty concrete answer and that is go up a half size to get a nice secure fit that will provide comfort through the first few wears. The Premier is designed using a slightly tighter soleplate than normal and that creates a nice snug fit. They also fit very similar to the old school Tiempo Legend series, which was always a touch tighter than every other Nike releases. I usually wear a size 9US but it is a size 9.5US in the Nike Premier that offers the most complimentary fit. I did try a true to size pair and they didn’t feel quite right. And although I am sure they would have stretched, I am very particular about recommending a size that will suit players from first wear and not create comfort issues.
Also, I placed them side-by-side with the recently released Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 and both boots are the exact same length.
Nike Premier – UNBOXED
If you haven’t been following the SoccerCleats101 YouTube channel, we have started a series of very quick, sharp paced Unboxed video series. As a bonus, here is the Nike Premier version.