In the wake of the World Cup, Nike has revealed its latest design that should help distract bereft football fans bemoaning the lack of matches currently on screens. The sportswear giant has unveiled its brand-new PhantomVSN, a high-performance boot that will be worn by stars including Philippe Coutinho, Mallory Pugh, and Kevin De Bruyne.
The shoe is designed to change the game for players, Nike claims, containing a mesh structure that supports the foot without restricting movement. “We developed an internal Quadfit mesh bootie that conforms to fit most any foot, but retains its shape and will not overstretch,” says designer Phil Woodman. “Quadfit contains the foot without constricting the foot. Players have long been accustomed to the rigors of breaking in their boots, but the PhantomVSN is match-ready right out of the box.”
The construction will be adopted in other Nike footwear, the brand say, with the PhantomVSN also debuting a new lacing technique. Aptly named Ghost Lace, the system allows wearers to tighten the boot in just one pull, with the laces then able to be tucked away to “provide an even striking surface”. The design was crafted after “tremendous amounts of research, talking with players and analyzing data in the lab”, Woodman added.
The PhantomVSN is also set to be worn by Fran Kirby and Leon Goretzka, and also features innovative cushioning, and a durable, highly texturized upper “designed to provide premium touch on the ball”. “When we think of the phantoms we are designing for, we envision a battler who has mastered the art of navigating tight spaces while possessing the vision for attack lanes others may not see,” says Woodman. The PhantomVSN will be available on Nike.com on July 18, 30 and August 6.