So this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, customise what in my opinion is Nike’s best silo, the Tiempo Legend. I missed the chance customising the Legend IV and couldn’t bring myself to customise the Tiempo V Legacy so I was delighted to see that Nike had added the top tier Tiempo back to the NikeID platform.
My only experience of customising a pair of boots before was when I used the Adidas service called MiAdidas, I managed to pick up a great deal during Black Friday and actually got the MiAdidas 11Pro for less than the standard retail model which was a no brainer.
The hardest part of customising your boot is committing to a design then sticking to it, many a time I had designed something to then change my mind a few minutes later. I also popped in to Nike Town in London to look at the dummy NikeID boots they have on show there, they give a true representation of the colours used and also build quality.
I got my initial inspiration from one of my visits to Nike Town, one of the dummy boots was a complete whiteout and really stood out compared to everything else. I’ve always been a fan of white boots so I was tempted to go ahead with the complete whiteout until Nike released the wolf grey pack which I really like so I decided to add a splash of grey on the heel of the boot.
The final addition to the boot was the mango swoosh, I decided to go with this just to add a bit of colour to the boot. I was very tempted to go with a black swoosh but it made the boot look very plain and boring so I played around with all the bright colours finally landing on the bright mango colour which really adds a nice contrast.
Once I had finalised my boot I hit the purchase button and prepared myself for the 5-6 week wait, thankfully the wait was more like 4 weeks which was really surprising considering the work that goes in to producing a one off boot and also shipping it directly from the factory in Vietnam.
The boots arrived in a black NikeID box and come complete with a custom black drawstring back which has your custom text printed on it, I didn’t get anything printed on my boots so my bag in this case was left blank.
Comparing the Vietnam made NikeID boot to my Bosnian made launch model and the differences are actually a little surprising. My Bosnian made pair are more or less what the pro’s are given to wear, I went for my usual size 9UK and whilst they fit like a dream they are maybe a tad too long but nothing that will cause any issues. The leather on them is top notch and as I’ve just mentioned the fit is incredible, that’s not to say that the standard boot isn’t good, its just until I got my NikeID pair I hadn’t tried a Vietnam made pair so couldn’t have compared until now.
The fit of the NikeID boots is perfect in terms of length, which is lucky because I almost went half a size down after the issues with my Bosnian pair. The leather on the NikeID boot its considerably softer than the Bosnian made boot but I think this is just down to the finish of the boot, the Bosnian pair I have is the colourway in Pure Platinum and this has a coating which makes the boot feel a bit more padded where as my NikeID pair are just pure white without the coating and you can definitely feel the leather grain better.
In terms of the end product the NikeID pair understandably aren’t as well built as a general production model, also there are a couple of places where the materials don’t line up as well and the glue used on the soleplate is a tad sloppy but none of these defects would put me off ordering a pair.
So in my overall review, are these boots worth the extra money? Well yes, if you want the feeling of being like Ronaldo and having a signature colourway than yes, do it and you wont look back. They wont perform any better than the regular model and they might not look as well finished but with the great options on offer from Nike you can definitely get a unique boot for a small premium
RRP: From £185
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