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For years, we’ve been lobbying Nike to get them to re-release some of their classic boots. And, well, looks like they were listening, because only a few weeks after dropping a pair of Ronaldinho heritage pieces, Nike’s exploration of their stellar back catalogue continues as the Swoosh today reveal a limited edition Total 90 Laser remake.
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Unlike the 10R Premier and small-sided Tiempo Legend VII, however, this isn’t a case of taking a much-loved colourway or logo and applying it to a contemporary silo – it’s a legit remake of the original Zest Yellow T90 Laser from 2007. The upper is almost identical in appearance to the 2007 original, including those trademark precision rings in the strike zone, with the only major change to the boot coming underfoot, where the old-school soleplate has been switched out in favour of the firm-ground plate from the Hypervenom III.

As we said when adidas made similar moves with the Anniversary Edition 70 Year Copa 19+ and 25 Year Predator, if there’s one part of a boot where modern technology is too good to ignore, it’s the soleplate. Every type of player benefits from the improved speed and agility that the traction of a modern soleplate provides, and they’re also lighter and more durable. That’s certainly true with the T90 – trying on the original boot after you’ve been playing in the remake is night and day in terms of weight on foot. The eagle-eyed among you will notice that external heel counter on the remake is ever so slightly more streamlined to accommodate the new soleplate, resulting in a flat execution of the Zoom Air callout rather than the inset “window” of the OG.

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Elsewhere on the boot the design stays true to the first-generation T90 Laser, which means you get the full effect of the precision rings on the mid- and forefoot thanks to an off-set lacing system, along with superior impact cushioning courtesy of the Zoom Air heel unit. Even little details like the lowercase “totalninety” lettering on the heel and lateral forefoot remain. Most pleasing, though, is the inclusion of the skeletal footprint on the underside of the boot. Along with the strike zone, that’s probably the most memorable image from the original, so it’s great to see it included here.

Player-wise, Man United and England fans will recall Wayne Rooney as the face of the T90 Laser series, while some of Fernando Torres’s finest moments at Liverpool came in his debut season at Anfield wearing the Laser I. Both Rooney and Torres chose to wear the white version however (which was launched alongside the lead colourway, common practice at the time), with Luis Figo being the biggest name to don the yellow boot, hence his selection as chief promoter for the remake.

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This is new territory for Nike, whose insistence on pushing forward and progressing the game has, until now, made them reluctant to revisit past releases. Sometimes, though, you have to look back to move forward – that’s how we got the Phantom VNM, after all, which is largely based on the technical concept of the T90 Laser. Moreover, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of self-indulgent nostalgia. If, 12 months ago, you’d asked any boot collector which Nike design from the past they’d like to see make a return, the vast majority would have chosen exactly this boot, in this colourway. With only 2000 pairs available, then, you’re going to have to be quick to get your hands on the Nike Total 90 Laser Limited Edition FG – head over to prodirectsoccer.com now to secure yours.
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