Over the past few months, adidas has been extra generous and loaded us up with some absolutely stunning signature Messi releases. In fairness, when you are the GOAT, it only makes sense to keep a fresh look and updated appearance.
As part of the recently released Cold Blooded Pack, adidas introduced this version of the Messi Nemeziz 17.1. The colorway, listed as a Grey/White/Black, feels very neutral compared to other recent releases. Yes, the Blue adds some contrast across the upper, highlighting Messi’s name. But the undertone of Grey and Black keeps the look a lot less dramatic and a lot more business. Just the way Messi likes it!
In recent packs, we have also seen standard version of the Nemeziz 17.1 released to market, putting both boots in a unique form of competition. It has left some fans wondering just what exactly the difference is between both versions? Well, let me fill you in on the answer below.
Everything about the Messi version has been modified to the expectations of one player, you guess it, Lionel Messi. For example, the upper features the same Agilityknit 1.0 forefoot found on the now retired MESSI16+ series. The same is true underfoot, where the soleplate features a modified Gambetrax soleplate to suit Messi’s wishes, the same one also found on the MESSI16+. adidas has basically taken key pieces that the GOAT deems to be complimentary to his playing style and put them square on his signature boots.
Laced vs Laceless Debate
And of course, Messi chooses laces over laceless. That is a very smart, but somewhat bold move by the Barca talisman. Choosing what feels right for him is obviously the most important thing, and it absolutely shows when he plays. His ease of movement and natural ability to let his feet do the talking plays out very well for his boots.
Personally, I’m also a much bigger fan of the laced version as opposed to the laceless version. Having the ability to really customize your fit by tightening the laces is an added bonus. You could easily wear them without laces, but when you are investing in a top tier boot, having the most efficient fit across your foot through play can only help elevate your game.
When it comes to retail, choosing the laced version of the boot like Messi has its advantages. The elite level version, Nemeziz 17+ 360Agility, retails for a pretty hefty $289.99. Considering this is the laceless version, you have to be pretty sure that you want a boot that can’t be tightened more than the natural upper fits. This is the boot being used for promotions by adidas.
The actual pair worn by Messi, the Nemeziz 17.1 comes in at a slightly better $224.99. It is a higher price, but considering there has been a slew of new releases on the market in recent times, sale prices are usually readily available.
You can find the entire Messi Nemeziz collection available at soccer.com.