Nike Tiempo Legend VII 10R IC & TF
Ronaldinho famously loved to dribble. In fact, during practice sessions or kickabouts, he’s been quoted as saying he enjoyed dribbling more even than scoring goals. That’s the mentality Nike are tapping into here – these are shoes made for showboating.
Signature details include the 10R logo on the lateral forefoot, the coloured stitching on the outside heel, and, best of all, the famous “shaka” celebratory hand gesture on the insole. The two colour schemes are officially known as Black/Brown/Metallic Gold and Game Royal/White. Both look great in the flesh, and the blue one in particular has distinct Brazil away kit vibes. If you’re lucky enough to have a World Cup 98 shirt in your wardrobe, now’s the time to dig it out.
In terms of construction, the latest 10R is exactly the same as that seen in last year’s City Collection, which means you get the plush calf-leather quilted upper for supreme comfort and touch, along with the neat little tongue that allows easy on and off without getting in the way. The other key aspect for a small-sided shoe is grip, of course – you don’t want to mug yourself off by losing your footing when attempting skill moves – hence the differing outsoles.
To that end, the Indoor/Court version of the 10R features a contour-style grip pattern underfoot with targeted traction around the toes and ball of your foot, perfect for those quick turns and spins you need to get out of tight situations. The Turf shoes, as you’d expect, take a much more aggressive approach to grip, with circular moulded studs of varying sizes throughout the length of the outsole, ending with tiny blades at either end for toe-off acceleration and braking. At Pro level, both shoes also feature Lunarlon cushioning to absorb impact forces as you weave this way and that through the opposition.