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Nike’s Summer 2013 Releases: A Closer Look

While it may be a down time for league soccer in Europe, Nike have wasted no time in releasing a fresh list of colorways across all of their main silos. We have already covered most of the releases here at SoccerCleats101, but I wanted to do a further breakdown on what we can expect from the freshest colorways from Nike. As if influenced by the seasons, these colorways all have a warm, summer feel to them.


Nike Mercurial Vapor IX – Volt/Bright Citrus

Nike VAPOR IX Volt Citrus

It was hard for me to imagine Nike sitting back and releasing a Vapor colorway that did not stand out on the field, and they did not disappoint. The “volt” color has been used by Nike on a fairly consistent basis, but this is the first time we have seen a Vapor IX with the bright yellow base. In terms of popularity on the pitch, I feel this boot will be a favorite among the professional players that wear the Vapor IX and do not switch to the new Nike Hypervenom in the offseason. The biggest question with this release is how it will sit with the self proclaimed Vapor fans of the world? And if my knowledge of their opinions is any indication, they will welcome a colorway like this with open arms.

Retail: $224.99


Nike Tiempo Legend IV – Light Bone/White

Nike Tiempo IV Light Bone

We know it has been two years since the debut of the Tiempo Legend IV, and this colorway fits in with the white-base releases that happened early in the Tiempo Legend IV’s lifetime. We have seen a white base with both blue, and green nike checks in earlier releases, and now we have the always classy black on white combination. It is refreshing to see a relatively calm release for the Legend IV, as the past three colorways have featured either a red and orange base, a full blue base, or a bright green Nike check and soleplate. All in all, the Tiempo Legend has a strong following, and this colorway will do nothing to deter the followers.

Retail: $159.99


Nike CTR360 Maestri III – Current Blue/Volt

Nike-CTR-360-Current-Blue-Volt-Black-NEW Big 1

With the boot Nike designed for the box-to-box midfielder finally getting some real competition from the Adidas NitroCharge, this colorway is surprisingly similar to the NitroCharge launch colorway. I am sure it is a coincidence, but it will be interesting to see a majority of the world’s best midfielders in blue and yellow for the coming months. The CTR360 Maestri has seen some interesting colorways lately, and this is no exception. From the never before seen mint color to the eerily similar yellow and orange releases, Nike has done some interesting things with the colors for their control boot. There are rumors of a more subtle black and orange release for this cycle, but I have yet to see anything official. Be sure that if they are released, we will have full coverage here on SoccerCleats101.

Retail: $199.99


What do you think of this cycle’s releases from Nike? Are they too bright for your liking, or perfect for summer play? Let us know in the comments.

About Colin Thompson

Colin is a blog writer for SoccerCleats101, and self proclaimed boot lover. Transplanted to Iceland from Texas, Colin has worn boots in some of the best and some of the worst conditions in the world. Follow him on Twitter for a look into the life of a soccer player in Iceland!

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