you may not know this if you aren't into football, but euro 2008 started on saturday. i've always been quite into football boots (previous entries here and here), and one thing i noticed was the new nike ranges. usually at major tournaments the big brands of nike, adidas and puma among others usually release a new range of boots which all the big players wear in personalised colours. adidas and puma have kept up the trend, but i immediately noticed that every player wearing nike boots had them in the same colour (with the exception of cristiano ronaldo that is).
from the nikefootball site:
'The T90 Laser II, the Tiempo Air Legend II and the Mercurial Vapor IV have all been redesigned with the heritage and location of host nations Austria and Switzerland as their inspiration. All the boots mix glacial-blue plates and vintage-look leather with match-winning performance.'
i've always preferred leather boots to plastic ones, and plain black to all the white, blue, red, gold, silver and every other colour boots on the market. there are probably some marketing reasons that im not seeing here, but i'm pretty happy that nike have done this for the tournament. i don't know why i like it, i just do!
link to nikefootball, where you can also see that amazing new tv advert in full!