Raheem Sterling and New Balance have collaborated on a limited-edition release that celebrates the England international’s Jamaican roots.
Designed in tribute to Raheem’s love for the island and how it has inspired him throughout his incredible football journey, the Furon v6+ Jamaica edition is a festival of pride. Additionally, the boot was created to represent the strong connection the England talisman has with his mother and how important her choices and influence were in shaping the world-renowned person and player he is today.
In terms of detailing, there is a lot going on. Featured across the boot, is the famous national motto ‘Out of Many, One People’, which is complemented by a vibrant green and gold color palette. The Numbers ‘1692’ and ‘1994’ have also been added, in recognition of the founding of Jamaica’s modern capital, Kingston and Raheem’s year of birth. The nation’s flag print is displayed on the custom tongue, alongside a specially designed shipping label, applied in recognition of the many hat trick balls the 3x’s title winner sent to his mother’s home in Jamaica after scoring in matches. A special mention on the laces has also been reserved for Kingston and Maverley, where Raheem was born.
Raheem Sterling said “Jamaica is a small island that’s had a massive influence on the world, whether it’s music, football, food or dance Jamaica always represents. I was a young kid when I left, but it’s a big part of my story. For me, it’s a real honour to be able to express that when I’m on the pitch”.
Since their initial introduction, the Furon has morphed from a stiff and bland silo into an energetic, fluid performing boot that easily competes with other top speed boots. New Balance has invested time and research to continually evolve the range right through to this sixth generation. Where the Nike Mercurial and adidas F50 silos rely on more form fitting synthetic materials, the Furon V6+ uses a knit to provide a more responsive fit and feel. This gives them the added advantage of being more responsive on foot, a stark contrast from where the silo started!
Sterling, who has worked closely with New Balance to create the boots, will wear them in upcoming fixtures. There are only 195 pairs released, exclusively available from select retailers and online.
Find them available at SOCCER.com.