No. 14 – Nike T90 Laser IV
Highlight: A Power boot designed to provide The Perfect Strike by maximizing Nike’s technologies through the strike zone.
On release, Nike’s advertising slogan completely summed up what these boots are all about; “the perfect strike”. The strike zone on the T90 Laser IV is referred to as the Adaptive Shield, and it is broken down into separate areas. The upper region, or the strike zone, is designed to flex naturally with the fit as you contact the ball while giving you some added oomph, while the lower region, or swerve zone, features fins that are strategically positioned and sized to allow for closer feel on the ball, while supplying added bend when you need it. All in all, this is an advanced boot that matches the performance requirements of both Defenders and Forwards. The durability of the upper and the overall aesthetic look of the boot is what keeps it from sitting higher on the list.