Boot review: Nike Total 90 Laser iii
The Total 90 is one of the most successful boot lines in history, and with this latest release it is easy to see why.
With a revamped look, Nike has retained the trademark ‘strike zone’ for increased accuracy and a cleaner connection with the ball. The side lacing system also remains, creating a stylish looking boot. The rubber instep grip gives the boot a different look with its contrasting colourway, whilst providing the player with increased bend and control on curved passes or shots. Although perhaps slightly heavier than other boots, Nike make up for this by allowing this extra weight to pack more of a punch into the strike of the ball.
The beautiful thing about these boots is that they are easily recogniseable on the pitch, but do not scream out for attention like the speed boots of Adidas’ F50 range or indeed Nike’s own Mercurial Superfly production line. Eye catching and modern, they also carry an element of class about them, a sophistication personified by the little features that separate the Lasers from their challengers; the low rise heel protection, the unique stud pattern that comes with the firm ground version, and the larger than usual Nike Swoosh, reminiscent of the Nike Dunk basketball shoes.
Many critics questioned whether Nike truly could improve on the Laser ii. On first impressions, and watching the likes of Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres leading the way in wearing them, it is safe to say that the critics can eat a large slice of humble pie. Bravo Nike!
Review by Max Clark