Because we're geeks of almost incomparable proportions, we noticed Nike's new CTR 360 Maestri III being worn in a variety of pre-season photos and Sky Sports News cutaways a couple of weeks ago, but weren't sure what they were exactly. Well Nike have relented to our endless calls and emails and have officially unveiled the new boot, which has seen the CTR staple completely re-designed "for the player looking to dictate the tempo of the game."
Tailored for your midfield maestro-type, the boot will be worn by that Andres Iniesta fella at Barcelona, as well as Arsenal's Jack Wilshere [hopefully] and the latest in an endless line of Brazilian superstars Ganso.
The CTR360 Maestri III is reengineered to deliver enhanced control, traction, support and lightweight comfort. Using next generation Kanga-Lite synthetic material for an assured touch and durability, the new boot also features new All Conditions Control (ACC) technology, providing the same level of control in either dry or wet conditions.
Innovations include a revamped 3D control pad that uses separate strips with fins of varying sizes to hug the arch and maximize contact with the ball, optimizing receiving and passing accuracy.
An asymmetrical lacing system enlarges the area used to control the ball and a new streamlined design enhances touch sensitivity. A dimpled texture on the midfoot increases friction, once again aiding the players control and touch.
The new and more responsive plate features a 360 degree stud placement – the boot deploys round studs on the medial side and blades on the lateral – is designed to provide premium comfort; perfect for the midfielder’s constant turns, and cuts through the pitch.
Can you believe how close we are to the new season? It's a little bit off topic, but we thought Euro 2012 would hold us over. It hasn't.
We've got some words from Andres Iniesta on the boots and the new season coming later this afternoon.