Nike has dropped their first new colorway of the decade, choosing to upgrade the Tiempo Legend 8 with a new look, dropping a fresh Laser Crimson color across the premium k-leather upper. It actually drops alongside a pure and traditional Kinetic Black version, both available and ready to be worn by top pro players this weekend.
Right from the offset, you could tell that things would be a little more radical with this 8th generation release. That wild upper texturing gives the boot a very unmistakable look, one that could easily fool players of its purpose. But that structured, rigid appearance is actually very deceptive. Nike has stuck with a super supple, premium k-leather that molds in legendary Tiempo-esque fashion, just like you would expect. As the ball contacts the surface, the material folds into a more uniform design, hugging your foot while cushioning the ball.
What is also crucial to the fit you get with this latest edition is the inclusion of Quadfit mesh and a Flyknit fit tunnel. Both are designed to lightly hug your foot while keeping you locked in the boot. But it isn’t like a constricted lockdown, instead it is much more knit based. I like a medium/wide boot and I’d rate these as a very decent medium/wide true-to-size fit.
Underfoot, Nike has stuck with a Hyperstability soleplate that has proved successful across recent Nike releases. It makes them a perfect option on both natural and artificial surfaces. I’m a fan of the low profile conical stud configuration through the forefoot, as it allows for quick release and natural movement through torque motions.
Check out both new colorways plus everything else Tiempo Legend at soccer.com.