Over the past year or so, I have been picking up different pairs of old school boots, as I look to create my own personal collection of classics. One of the boots on my list has been the Nike Tiempo Ronaldinho 10R, and finally I was able to secure a pair that are in pretty good condition and in just the right size!
For those that don’t know, this is a pretty unique boot as it was the first truly personalized Ronaldinho boots we saw released on the market, back in 2006. The Brazilian playmaker played an instrumental role in developing the boot to his liking and style. From the fold over tongue that creates a larger striking zone to the soft K-leather upper, everything was specifically molded to compliment Ronaldinho’s style.
For those that have a deeper interested in this boot, your best bet for picking up a pair exists on eBay Listings. There have been several pairs listed over the past few weeks, it is just a matter of finding the right size at the right time!
I’m a true fan of these boots, as they hold an important role in the history of the Tiempo range. One of the first things you will notice about these boots is the intricate detailing placed throughout, with 10R and Ronaldinho’s signature making for an easy spot. I personally love the soleplate, with the larger 10R in the center making for a tidy addition as it is surrounded by the gold composite chassis.
The extra smooth K-Leather upper took on a completely new type of stitching pattern that allowed for a more personalized fit across the forefoot. It makes for a very professional look and falls right in line with even our current day expectations of the Tiempo range. While the extended tongue, which runs right over the entire lacing system, created a much larger and cleaner strike-zone. A word here on the Velcro system, it seems to hold the tongue down really well – very important!
The soleplate also took on a unique story, with Ronaldinho requesting textured stud tips that allowed for improved sole control on the ball. For most players, this addition was less important, but for Ronaldinho it was part of his playing style, since he grew up playing tight, fast paced games of Futsal. If you have played Futsal, you will understand the importance of getting your foot on top of the ball and moving it side to side. If you are familiar with watching Ronaldinho play, you will have seen him do this move many times!
I’m eager to hear your guys input on these boots – if you have worn a pair, leave some comments below on how you feel they tested or performed. I don’t plan on wearing this pair anytime soon, so your feedback will be important for other players who might be considering searching out a pair.
If you are looking to try secure a pair, check what is available at eBay.