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Black x Chile Boots

Ian Ebbs

The Black x Chile pack of Nike football boots certainly gives the brand’s existing silos a consistent look with the use of black and red colours. This blackout academy inspired pack has black base colour on each boot while the Nike and boot branding, logos and details are red.

The outline of the Swoosh on the medial side of the Mercurials forms into a lightning shape, consistent with recent colourways that incorporated the same lightning logo. A dark grey film covers the area where the lightning Swoosh sits upon and has an ENGINEERED FOR SPEED branding on the outstep. At the endpoint of the lightning Swoosh are the FLYKNIT and ACC brandings. The medial side, particularly on the quarter side, shows an inverted Swoosh outline and a subtle debossed MERCURIAL branding. The topmost part of the tongue still displays the VAPOR/SUPERFLY360 marking. The soleplate follows the colour theme of the pack, with the Aerotrak spine being red and the rest of the split sole construction being black.

The Tiempo’s Swoosh is also an outline, but a ribbed texturing fills out its space. A solid colour TIEMPO lettering on the back of the heel underlines the tip of the outlined Swoosh. The Hyperstability soleplate is black while the tip of the blades is red. The focus on black serves the K-leathered upper well as the unstitched, heat-pressed micro-diamond texturing is left to shine.

The newest Phantom also sports a ribbed Swoosh on both the instep’s outline and the medial and lateral quarter’s solid-coloured ones. The PHANTOM GT branding on the lateral side appears near the rear Swoosh but does not come with the stripe as seen in the GT’s launch colourways. The tip of the tongue has a black NIKE branding on a red oblong-shaped background. A red PHANTOM GT branding inside the Generative Texture’s oblong outline is positioned vertically on the back of the heel. Red horizontal oblongs, another reference to Generative Texture, flank the said branding. Red tips on the Hyperquick studs complete the look of the United Phantom GT.


Ian Ebbs

Founder of back in 2010, Ian went on to create and host their YouTube channel which now has 1.5million subscribers and over 300 million views, he also hosts their podcast which you can find on Spotify. Taking his over fifteen year experience in the football industry, Ian wrote the book: How To Choose Your Boots (find it on Amazon) where he looks to help footballers of all levels find their perfect pair.