Take this one as a mini throwback, as we revisit the signature boots worn by Lionel Messi at the World Cup last Summer, the Nemeziz Messi 18.1 released as part of the adidas Energy Mode Pack.
This pair sort of missed us when they were initially released, but it just so happens that this pair dropped in our lap this week, and considering their current ridiculously good sale price, we figured they were definitely worth a more detailed look. With an absolute standout Solar Green/Core Black colorway that is extremely easy to spot on pitch, next up for discussion is their actual performance, and of course the question of value for money.
One cool feature of the Nemeziz Messi 18.1 is the fact this is the pair that matches those that Messi wore. There is also a high-end laceless Nemeziz 18+ available, but they are not pair Messi likes to wear. Instead, he is all about laces and having an integrated lacing system that allows him to tighten and customize his fit.
adidas complimented that with a slightly more traditional style ankle cut. I say slightly more traditional, but they really are anything but. Yes, they are cut at a similar height to traditional boots, but there is a V groove cut out that makes them very different. This cut contours around the ankle socket and creates a very specific fit around your foot. It is called a “Dual Lock Collar”, designed to allow for more explosive movements as you look to accelerate at speed.
As with all Nemeziz releases, the upper materials are a combination of Agilitybandage, Agilityweave and revolutionary Torsiontapes.
- Agilitybandage wraps around your midfoot, providing a compression fit and a barefoot-like touch on the ball.
- Torsiontapes offer incredible lockdown through every twist and turn on the lateral and medial sides of the foot.
- Agilityweave in the toe and heel provide an even softer touch than before while still offering a light weight fit on your foot.
Underfoot, they feature a glassy looking Chrome Green Torsionframe outsole. It is designed to keep you light on your feet as you look to zoom around the pitch. Torsionribs are also added, enhancing the amount of dynamic grip you get as you offer dynamic push-off the surface.
The biggest concern with these seems to surround the actual fit. First note, it does take a little work getting your feet into the boots, but there is a trick. If you angle your foot at around 90 degrees across the opening, and use the V angle cut, you can slide your feet in easily. Hold the boot by the front and heel portion of the collar and pull them on. I personally found the fit and comfort on foot to be highly positive. The actual fit easily accommodates a medium fit, but there is little stretch in the upper. So, if you are a wide fit of feel that the fit is too tight when you try them on for the first time, look elsewhere. You also have to be comfortable with the idea of wearing a boot that truly hugs your foot.
Do they offer value for money? On sale, I’d have to say that they definitely do. Reviews have been mixed, but our experience with them was all positive. And I will definitely recommend them over the laceless version. The idea of laceless is fun, but in reality having some laces will allow you to really dictate your own personal fit. They also have the bonus of being one of the more durable options currently available on the market, so you will be able to get extended wear out of them.
Find remaining pairs available on sale at soccer.com.