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Football Boots > Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II Football Boots

 

 

With the imminent launch of the Nike T90 Laser III, the SoccerBible takes a retrospective look at some of the predecessors in the T90 series. These are the boots that have helped mould and evolve Nike's Total 90 range of power and accuracy football boots. Straight from the SoccerBible's Boot Vault is the Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II, the sequel to the ground-breaking Air Zoom Total 90...

 

The Air Zoom Total 90 II was a boot built for a purpose - the name itself stemming from the design concept of creating a cleat that would maximise the players comfort for the Total 90 minutes of play. Even before pin-point accuracy and power technologies were introduced, Nike aimed the T90 series of boots across a range of players and positions, with top stars like Paul Scholes, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and a young Wayne Rooney just some of the icons who signed up to wear the T90.

 

 

The AZT II certainly had a distinctive look about it. Launched way back in 2002 originally in this Black/White/Red colourway, the upper was crafted from a soft, light KNG-100 G synthetic material intended for maximum comfort. This material is lighter than leather, claimed to hold its shape better and crucially had excellent water repellent properties, which made the AZT II lightweight even on the heaviest and wettest pitches!

 

 

 

Nike favoured a cross-brand sole plate at the time, which could also be seen on Tiempo and Mercurial editions out at the same time, featuring region-specific stud placement intended for the best traction. The AZT II was offered in both soft (6 stud) and firm (bladed) sole plates and of course had the added bonus of Zoom Air cushioning to give even more comfort. This is the same technology (still used today) as featured in Nike's top running performance shoes and made the AZTII highly sought after due thanks to this comfort inclusion.

 

 

The AZTII also featured off-centre lacing (a design element that returns for the Laser III) which essentially means a much larger striking surface and therefore more boot to ball contact. At the request of a lot of the top pro's the fold-down tongue covered enough of the lace area to make this clean and avoid any eractic rebounds off the boot.

 

 

Players who were covering the ground from box-to-box needed a boot that could keep up with the pace of the game, and the AZTII was a boot designed to meet these demands. The AZT II weighed a surprising 270g - which at the time was considered extremely lightweight for a soccer cleat! Over the course of it's release, Nike pushed several colourways of the boot as well as this one shown.

 

 

The upper featured Nike's First Touch coating, designed to give greater ball control and feel, although in more specific areas than the original AZT. The success of this can be seen with Nike's range of First Touch Indoor, Fives and Futsal shoes which use the same principles to give increased grip and contact from the boot to the ball. It is easy to trace how Nike's early soccer innovations have helped to continue to develop their boots today!

 

 

Stay tuned to the SoccerBible as we reveal more soccer cleats from the Boot Vault, showcasing the best retro, classic and once forgotten boots and bringing them back to life!

 

** For any of you wondering why we're showing the AZTII, we had the original Air Zoom Total 90's all ready to go until one of the SoccerBible HQ team decided it would be a good idea to "play test" them in a recent cup match. So once they're cleaned up they'll be back in the Boot Vault... **

Only published comments... Dec 03 2009, 01:00 PM by Boot Spy
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Comments

 

Masterofsoccer said:

Lokks a bit old.. But still Cool :3

December 3, 2009 1:05 PM
 

TYMON_POLAND said:

one sa stare

December 3, 2009 2:21 PM
 

Astar said:

loved this boot

December 3, 2009 4:38 PM
 

Willo_723 said:

i really liked the look of these shoes alot. especially the white and red color scheme.

December 3, 2009 4:44 PM
 

adri the king said:

hahahahah, niice :)

December 3, 2009 5:05 PM
 

F.A Cup Glory said:

these were epic boots

December 3, 2009 5:09 PM
 

Mr Reesety said:

i had a pair of those exact boots and they were one of my favorites pairs i've ever owned. and i have owned a lot of boots, so that is saying something. Great Boot. i've seen some pics of the !!!'s and i'm not too impressed.

December 3, 2009 6:04 PM
 

nikthadik said:

hehe i owned the "totalissimos"

December 3, 2009 7:10 PM
 

BENGY said:

old but!!!!!nice

December 3, 2009 8:46 PM
 

Priceyy 14 said:

Horrible

December 3, 2009 8:49 PM
 

AE7 said:

The shot goes where you want it lol jaja

December 3, 2009 8:56 PM
 

RONALDO9 said:

crap

December 3, 2009 9:38 PM
 

Steven4vapor said:

ugly. i agree ronaldo 9.

December 3, 2009 10:14 PM
 

martincillo_mexico said:

wowwwww !!!!!!

look at that crazy studs !!!!!

i thought it was called totalissimos =P

December 4, 2009 1:55 AM
 

Nik Anelka said:

the first generation of T90.....

cool man

December 4, 2009 1:59 AM
 

marlo_10 said:

i loved this boots..were the first ones i had of the t90s were awesome and are still are

December 4, 2009 4:11 AM
 

Tiki said:

cool i remember the white and blues

December 4, 2009 6:03 AM
 

predators7 said:

my first actual boot.. AWESOME

December 4, 2009 12:04 PM
 

lionel99 said:

yuck ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww

December 4, 2009 11:38 PM
 

impactsc95 said:

these were my first nike boots loved them

December 5, 2009 6:52 AM
 

arabCR9 said:

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

December 5, 2009 9:45 AM
 

NikeMercurialSuperfly said:

ugly,ugly,ugly

wäääääääääääääää

December 5, 2009 10:04 AM
 

benjamin said:

these are the best boots during that time. figo was the main endorser and the best footballer that time.

December 5, 2009 6:19 PM
 

PHCzebra said:

these r extremely ugly

December 6, 2009 12:30 AM
 

bigrobo said:

What about the AZT 90 I and the Zoom Italia, GX1 an GX2 ?????

December 6, 2009 8:37 AM
 

quato10 said:

these were my FAVOURITE total 90s ever best colour way loved them

December 6, 2009 2:05 PM
 

AdidasForever said:

Meh it looks kinda ugly

December 6, 2009 4:03 PM
 

Mahlum said:

Classic! Dmytro Chygrynskiy is still using them!

December 7, 2009 5:50 PM
 

d.mac 3 lcfc 4 eva said:

had theez ok boot

December 8, 2009 2:52 PM
 

9CR7 said:

my first boots,now i use the mercurial,but i still have them

December 8, 2009 7:07 PM
 

LADA said:

had these also

won conference freshman of the year in 02 in this boot fg

December 11, 2009 9:18 PM
 

holland said:

had these in white/red but like the cheapest versions! i was only 10 then i only cared about colours not studs or anything haha

December 12, 2009 3:27 PM
 

krillinho said:

is the kng-75 leather lighter than the kng-100 leather?

February 2, 2010 1:29 PM
 

Blue nose 123 said:

these r the most comfy things that have ever ben on my feet

April 21, 2010 9:09 PM
 

tomkilbride said:

i recently got a pair of these on ebay they are amazing considering there one of the first 90s released.  

November 2, 2010 10:32 AM
 

Connor Hunter said:

These are up there with the Predator Manias as two of the best boots in history

December 21, 2010 3:44 PM
 

A_Di_Natale said:

old T90

December 9, 2011 1:12 PM
 

87Canes said:

One of the top 5 boots of all time IMO

March 27, 2012 9:15 PM
 

Mr.Upper90 said:

what does the very first total 90 look like ?

February 10, 2013 5:00 PM
 

louste said:

Is it possible to buy this model anymore..?

May 14, 2013 4:42 PM
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