Two weeks ago I introduced you to Adidas’ first knit boot, the Samba PrimeKnit. Nike has now released their version of a knit boot, the “Magista” (above), which uses their “FlyKnit” technology- which is, of course, totally different than Adidas’ PrimeKnit. Like the Adidas boot before it, the Magista will also, “change football boots forever.”
While Luis Suarez was the first play to wear the new Adidas boot, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta will do the honors for Nike and he looks suitably thrilled.
But what about the boot itself? Well, according to Nike-
Providing improved fit, touch and traction, the boot is designed for the needs of the creative playmaker. Nike Flyknit technology has been engineered for football for the first time, allowing the foot to get closer to the ball and to deliver enhanced ball-feel and control.
Flyknit technology delivers unprecedented feel, fit and control by creating a second-skin, sock-like feel and allows for strength and support to be knitted directly into the boot. The Magista also features a new mid-cut Dynamic Fit Collar for a more locked-down fit and increased awareness of the body’s movements and interaction with the ground and the ball.
There are pages and pages more of this (no, literally), but what it basically comes down to is this: it’s a sock with a stud plate on the bottom of it.
All snark aside, I’m enough of a nerd that I don’t hate it. Unlike the Adidas Samba PrimeKnit- which appears to be a normal football boot that happens to be made out of a knit fabric rather than leather, the Nike Magista is trying for something else. Specifically, to push the technology as far as it can, and there’s something to be said for that. Now having said that, does anyone else remember when Nike introduced it’s “FlyWire” boots? Yeah, there were still a few kinks to work out of those. I’ll be really interested in seeing what this boot looks like a few generations down the road- assuming the concept has the legs to last a few boot generations.
It’s also worth noting that it does come in black (as well as neon yellow and black) and that at $275 it is $150 less than the Adidas boot.
If you’d like to drink the visual Kool-Aid…
Or here somebody getting paid to wear it talk about it (in German!)…