Nike have released a very special edition of the Tiempo Legend in honour of one of football’s living legends.
The new, limited-edition Tiempo Legend V Premium has been designed not only as a homage to the silo itself, but also in honour of Francesco Totti. Roma’s captain, all time top goal scorer, and most-capped player, Totti exemplifies the Nike Tiempo.
The Tiempo was first introduced as the Tiempo D in 1985, and has managed to evolve significantly since then, while at the same time retaining the essence of the silo. Up until 2011, the fold-over tongue was one of the signature features of the Tiempo, gaining prominence after eight Brazilian players wore it in 1994 World Cup final. Despite providing a flat surface on top of the laces for a better strike of the ball, Nike saw it as no longer necessary with the launch of the Tiempo IV.
Though Nike no longer saw the tongue necessary, Francesco Totti did and has gone on to wear special “tongued” versions of future Tiempos. “I have always played with boots that had a tongue and for me, this detail on the product is very important. I wear the Tiempo because it is a comfortable boot with a soft leather upper that adapts well to the foot’s shape and grants a great touch of the ball. It’s a classic boot that helps me perform at my best when I’m on the pitch”, says Totti.
In designing the Legend V Premium, Nike took into account Totti’s reputation and character. Known as something of a warrior on the pitch, the design team placed a unque logo on the sockliner that incorporates Totti’s uniform number (10). The tongue and the Swoosh are also warrior-inspired, featuring a metallic aesthetic designed to mimic armour.
The true Premium aspect of this limited edition release comes in its intricate craftsmanship and quilt Alegria leather. A step above the usual k-leather, Alegria leather provides for an incredibly comfortable fit. All of this is protected by Nike Hyper Shield and resists overstretch, retaining the Tiempo’s shape and performance.
All in all, truly a cleat that epitomises the class of Francesco Totti, as well as his incredible work rate and passion for the beautiful game. Only three thousand individual numbered pairs of the Tiempo Legend V Premium will be available, so act quickly if you’d like to get your hands on a pair.