There's a new colour-scheme on the block for the Nike CTR360's, and this time it's exclusive to just the standard versions. Interesting move by Nike, and you can check out the full reveal and leave your opinions of the new Platinum/Blue/Black Nike CTR360 Maestri II football boots right here...
The Nike CTR360 Maestri's are heading into only their third ever football season, and in such a short space of time the range has become one of the most popular football boots on the market. Standard's and Elite's alike, the CTR360 range has seen a strong uptake from players all over the park whether their position is defence, midfield or attack, and with great performance reviews they continue to go from strength to strength.
It's quite an unusual thing for Nike to release a colourway exclusive to the standard versions, but perhaps it's to remind us that they are by no means a 'take down'. In fact, there are a host of players who prefer to wear the regular Nike CTR360 Maestri II soccer shoes, and now those players will stand-out on pitch in this classy Platinum/Blue/Black edition.
The Nike CTR360 Maestri football boots have gained quite a reputation for being one of the most comfortable boots on the market. The comfortable Poron insole remains from the original Nike CTR football boots, and Nike have further padded the heel and added a non-slip material to improve fit.
The design brief for the Nike CTR360 Maestri II soccer cleats, was to create the ultimate control boot. To achieve this Nike have retained the dampening pods which were such a stand-out feature of the first generation of boots, just with some minor modifications, yet the theory of cushioning the ball and applying more boot surface area to the ball still applies.
On the instep of the boots, the new instep pads have incorporated a combination of technology from the T90 Laser III and the CTR Maestri I. Split into two to cover a larger surface area, the new pads enhance ball control and boost distribution through an innovative fin structure.
Another enhancement Nike have made to the new CTR360 II football boots is to loop the lower laces through the upper material, rather than through material attachments. Nike have addressed the problem some CTR wearers were having with the original boot where the material attachments were breaking off.
The dual-density stud structure is quite a unique feature of the CTR's and is intended to enhance ball trap control. To what extent they're utilised is questionable, but there's no question the sole-plate configuration is a popular feature, as you very rarely see a player in the CTR360's with a customised sole-plate.
The new Platinum/Blue/Black Nike CTR360 Maestri II football boots are quite a stylish addition to the range, and we can easily see the likes Rafael Van Der Vaart sporting a pair. Released on general sale from 1st August, you can beat the queues by pre-ordering your pair now, and of course they retain the great price of around £135 GBP / $180 USD / €175 EURO.
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