I am a long time admirer of Nike Tiempos. I have written about my love for Tiempos more than once. Let’s just say it is my go to boot. So when I saw this announcement from Nike today, my heart skipped a little. Because these Tiempos right here, and the accompanying story line that goes with them…I’m all about.
So here is the low down on the Nike Tiempo Legend V Premium
Nike’s relentless innovation ethos ensures the best boot is the next boot. But across the brand, there are treasured icons that stand the test of time.
First introduced as the Tiempo D in 1985, the boot has evolved significantly while remaining instantly recognizable to fans and players alike. One of its signature features, the oversized fold-over tongue, gained immense popularity after eight Brasil players wore it in the 1994 World Cup Final in California. The original purpose of the fold-over tongue was to provide a flat surface atop the laces for a better strike of the ball. As boots and laces evolved, this was no longer necessary and the iconic tongue was retired with the launch of the Tiempo IV in 2011.
Let’s stop right here for a minute. How great are these OG Tiempos from back in 1985? I’m not sure about this next statement, but these had to be one of the first boots that got away from traditional black and white. The gold swoosh and gold heel tab couple with removable gold studs. Fire. And that big old floppy fold over tongue. Classic.
And then there is this particular interesting nugget of information.
Nike packaging has long included the statement: “Engineered to the exact specifications of championship athletes.” One of those championship athletes in particular, Francesco Totti, has continued to request the iconic Tiempo tongue on his boots and Nike has delivered for him through the years. Now, with Totti as Nike Football’s muse, a limited-edition Tiempo Legend V Premium will be available that features the Tiempo tongue while honoring the player who wears it.
“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.” - Francesco Totti
“This specific version of the Tiempo has a beautiful color since it’s a perfect mix between classic elements like the black upper and more innovative ones like the chrome details on the Swoosh and the tongue. The tongue itself makes this boot really unique and is a key element for me in a football boot.” - Totti
The Tiempo Legend V Premium features exquisite craftsmanship and quilted Alegria leather. It is protected by Nike Hypershield and resists overstretch, retaining the Tiempo’s timeless shape and performance.
Three-thousand individually numbered pairs of the Tiempo Legend V Premium will be available on nike.com and at select retailers March 5.