In the beginning (ie. the start of 2013) there was a player who received a personalized pair of boots, which were shared with few. His name was Cristiano Ronaldo and he scored goals. In the future (ie. this week) there is a player who receives a new personalized pair of boots, which will be worn by many. His name is Cristiano Ronaldo and yes, you guessed it, he scores goals!
Welcome in the all new White/Neon Orange/Neon Yellow colorway of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX that CR7 will be sporting as part of the Summer ’13 CR7 Collection. I think we all knew a personalized version was right on the horizon, especially since Messi’s pair received so much attention over the past few weeks. In typical fashion, this is a bold colorway with a combination of colors and patterns that will have players taking a second and third look to work out what is going on.
In similar fashion to the recent CR Mercurial Vapor IX, this version features a soft Teijin microfiber upper as opposed to the dimple design we saw on the initial Vapor IX release (find out more on our Vapor IX review). So rather than getting that golf ball styled surface, this upper has leather-like finish on the upper, preferred by the athlete.
What are your guys thoughts on the new look and is it something you would wear?
For those interested in picking up a pair, head to WeGotSoccer right now!
So, what is going on? Well, Nike give this version a new look by layering different levels of color to the upper. Then they added a unique safari print to the signature swoosh. Without skipping a beat, I think we all know that the main talking point is going to be that funky looking swoosh and the pattern employed. This is not the first time we have seen a Safari print being used, in fact it seems to be a continuing favorite of CR7 releases. Even with the uneven color line placement, this latest release is not that outlandish until you add the print!
I’ve seen these boots several times over the past few months and my opinion of them has changed since. It has probably got a lot to do with familiarity and seeing them multiple times, but their visual appearance doesn’t appear as bad as it once did. When I saw them at first, the combo on the upper really threw me off but with time, I have softened to the design. No matter fans initial reaction to them, we all know that anything with CR7 printed on the side will sell – the proof is in some of his other personalized pairs!
Speaking of personalized pairs, this is the second pair we have seen Ronaldo sport in the Vapor IX range. The original pair had an extremely successful life due to their limited edition nature and they ended up selling extremely quickly. The benefit to this release is that they will be available in regular numbers and most players will be able to snag a pair before they sell out.
Again, these boots are available to order from WeGotSoccer as of 3/29/13.