In recognition of his many achievements, Sergio Ramos joins the likes of Ronaldinho, Totti and Pirlo in receiving his own limited edition Nike Tiempo boots. Dubbed “Corazón y Sangre,” (heart and blood), the boots pay homage to the Spanish footballer’s values and roots.
As you would expect, there is a lot of intricate personalized detailing throughout the boot. Ramos was very involved in their design, working alongside the Nike team to apply personal touches. His affinity for white Andalusian horses inspired the pearl leather colorway. The new SR4 logo that appears on the heel counter and sockliner incorporates a horseshoe into the R as an additional tribute to the Spanish war horse. Nods to Andalusia (Ramos’ home region) and Spain can also be seen on the lace aglets, where the respective flags are represented alongside the names of his children.
*Released this morning at soccer.com.
Another area of emphasis for Ramos is family. “Familia” is etched onto the side of each boot. The tongue of the boot reads “Rn’R,” for Ramos and (Pilar) Rubio, his longtime love. The couple has two sons, Sergio Jr. and Marco; both of their names appear within the elaborate crest on the sockliner and boot bag. The crest is in the shape of a heart that transitions from blood pumping realism to cubist interpretation. Befitting a player known as Noventa Y Ramos, “90+” appears on the upper right vessel in acknowledgment of the late game goals Ramos has scored in his career.
Ramos added, “hambre, carácter, pasión” (hunger, character, passion) along the medial side of the boot’s interior. These words carry great meaning to Ramos as he thinks about his captaincy and the legacy he intends to leave. The gold touches on the boot represent the success Ramos has had with both club and country. Gold transitions to blood red on the sole plate to round out the Corazón y Sangre storyline.
With only 4,000 special edition pairs released worldwide, the rush to snag a pair is already underway as they were released this morning at soccer.com.