In [ALL POSTS], [THE CULTURE], [THE GAME] by Corina Dodovski

Nike Tiempo boots, much like the professional players who wear them, have a reputation for making the exceptional look easy. “It all starts with premium leather, but with Tiempo Legend 7, we’ve integrated Nike Flyknit for a more dynamic fit and improved lockdown,” says Nike Football Designer Vianney de Montgolfier.

The result is a boot with enhanced fit and comfort that is 22% lighter than its predecessor.

The Flyknit through the midfoot encases Flywire cables that can be adjusted to preference.  Flexible, lofted Flyknit throughout the tongue area helps provide cushioned coverage atop the foot. Flyknit also helps the boot retain its shape.

To help prevent overstretching of the leather toe box, Nike developed Fit-Mesh, which makes its debut inside the Tiempo Legend 7.

“Fit-Mesh is woven to act like a Chinese finger trap. The more pressure you apply, the tighter it holds” continues de Montgolfier. “It is a floating lining attached to the raised biteline of the boot, not the leather. It helps contain your foot so the leather doesn’t have to.”


With Fit-Mesh providing stability, Nike leveraged a soft, seamless leather throughout the forefoot. The leather is fused with a thin foam that provides the touch and control benefits of quilting sans perforation.

“There is not a single stitch in the strike zone of this boot. The Tiempo provides pure leather to ball contact.”

– Vianney de Montgolfier

The plush feel of the Tiempo Legend 7 extends all the way to the heel, where cushioned, articulated pods hug the foot in place.

Tiempo Legend 7 also marks the debut of the Nike Hyperstability plate, which is designed for multi-directional movements and helped shave 60 grams off the boot. The plate features a mixture of jagged conical studs, chevrons, and blades. As with all Nike Football boots, the precise traction pattern was refined through Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Completing the new look for Tiempo is a modernised logo on the heel counter. “Tiempo has inspired tremendous loyalty from legions of players,” concludes de Montgolfier. “Improving upon a beloved boot was an exciting challenge. The new innovations enhance and compliment the features players already love while significantly reducing the weight of the boot.”

The Tiempo Legend 7 will be available July 10 on
Images Courtesy of Nike Football