A ‘Marmite’ boot, perhaps, the Adidas Nemeziz have certainly split opinion since their initial release. Loved by some, and hated by others, even those who fall under the latter category will quickly come round when they handle a pair in person.
Inspired by boxers wrapping their hands before they put on their gloves and ballet, the Nemeziz + 360 Agility utilises Torison Tape and a laceless bandage system to provide a completely new fit experience.
‘Unlock Agility’ is the marketing slogan for Adidas’ latest offering and, as such, they are custom built for those attackers who love to duck and dive outside the reach of their opponents.
Worn by the man renowned for unlocking defences, Lionel Messi, alongside Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, these boots offer security, support and adaptability.
Thanks to the agility knit upper, the Nemeziz require zero wear-in-time, meaning you are good to go from the off – you can avoid painful training sessions, in which the boots are moulding to the shape of your feet.
They are light to hold and and sit tight around the foot. Despite being laceless, you get the same level lateral and medial support as you would with any laced boot – if not more, thanks to the foot-hugging Agilityknit 2.0 material.
The Dual Lock Collar ensures superior ankle stability as you change direction, while the lightweight Torsion frame outsole construction features Torsion ribs for support and flexibility when making quick changes in pace and direction on a firm ground surface.
Retailing at £280, they will set you back a significant amount of money. Nonetheless, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, by wearing boots that boast some of the most innovative technology to date, then the Nemeziz are for you.
‘Laceless-ness’ very much appears to be the next step in the development of the modern football boot and, in this respect, Adidas have produced the best effort to date. For those who remain unappeased with the zebra style, white (and black) version, the newly released core black silo may, in fact, be more appealing.
Either way, the comfort and fit provided by the Nemeziz is bound to land a knock-out blow among avid football players ahead of the 2017/18 season.