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Black & Pink Phantom

Dean Ariola

One of the launch colourways of the new GT sees the boot in a predominantly black upper. The strip on the overlay is pink, the same goes with the pellet on the tongue and the seams of the heel tab.

The pressed PHANTOM GT branding and the Nike Swooshes have a silver finish, with the Swooshes incorporating a grey outline. The heel tab applications are also in silver. The NIKE branding, integrated tongue, low-cut collar, and heel tab are all in black. The ribbed soleplate continues the black and pink interaction while the studs are all black.

The black pink pair are one of two released by Nike for the launch of the brand new Phantom GT boots, the other is the white/pink pair, the Aurora release, which sits nicely within the Flash Crimson pack, that would have been seen used at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, that have no been postponed.

The new Phantom GT still utilises the off-centre lacing system that was a hallmark of the Total 90 series and continued in the VNM. The GT though gives it more prominence by doing away with the VNM’s ghost lacing cover. Those familiar with the VSN’s Hyperscreen technology will see such influence on the synthetic overlay of the GT. Furthermore, in similar VSN fashion, the GT’s screen layer is filled with rubber microelements of varying emphasis depending on their location on the boot. From being dotted points around the lateral side, the striking elements increase in volume and become more pronounced and pellet-shaped as they cover the toe and the medial side, giving the GT both grip and extra punching power.

The GT soleplate is something that has never before seen in any Nike boot. While technically split in design, the new soleplate joins the front and rear plates together through a lateral bridge, leaving the rest unplated. Furthermore, there are cutouts in the middle of the front plate (exposing a Swoosh graphic) and on the forward-facing and backwards-facing sides of the rear plate. Another unique attribute of the GT soleplate is the use of a flat base plate for the ribbed skeletal structure that connects to the studs. Stud-wise, the GT uses chevron studs and also introduces a new stud structure. Two semi-circles whose corners meet the other circles’ centre form a spiral-like shape. These new studs comprise two of the four rear studs and two of the seven front studs. The rest are chevrons.

The base material of the upper remains Flyknit to make the GT as comfortable as the previous Phantoms. Design-wise, a huge Nike-swoosh covers the toe box and extends well to the side of the lacing system. Another design element on the Phantom GT is the bold strip that starts across the middle of the lateral side and goes to the edge of the toe box and instep. Its lateral end has a pressed PHANTOM GT lettering and another Nike Swoosh beside it. A Swoosh also appears right below the low-cut collar on the medial side. The integrated tongue displays a vertical pellet resembling the GT’s striking element and showing a NIKE branding. A heel tab follows the shape of the achilles on the top before going pointed on the sides a la VSN. A vertical pellet with Phantom GT branding appears in the middle of the tab, while the sides contain a graphic inspired by the GT striking element.


Dean Ariola

Dean has worked Chief writer at the Black & Orange team since 2020, he has an indepth knowledge of all the soccer shoes from the big brands, you have him to thank for all the updates to our Boot Secrets guide and he is first on the scene with all the new releases for you!