Things are heating up in the group stages of this season’s UCL tournament. And Nike isn’t letting its players down as the brand drop the Peak Ready pack, featuring their favourite silos in a uniform colourway meant to inspire them to reach the highest level of playing form. It helps that the overall look of Peak Ready involves colours that are representative of the grandest of stage for European football clubs.
What is common among all Peak Ready boots is the dominance of Ice Blue. It is a cool minty shade and forms the primary colour of the Mercurial’s Vaporposite+, the Phantom GX’s quarter and the Tiempo Legend’s Flytouch Plus. With proper lighting, Ice Blue is akin to light blue or sky blue that glows a tinge of aqua for that greenish finish.
Just a side note regarding the Phantom GX: it somehow deviates from the theme by opting for a whitish Gripknit layer. These Phantom are some of the best football boots for wide feet. The bespoke woven pattern though gives hints of the Ice Blue colour every now and then. With the Peak Ready edition, Nike has continued with its two-colour model application for the silo.
Black and purple play the supporting role, usually found colouring the big Swooshes and the brandings. In particular, purple fills in the Zoom Airbag window and the quarter of the Mercurial, with the AIR cutout outlined in black for better visibility. In the GX, the colour applies to the mini Swooshes on the ankle and on the elbow of the primary Nike logo. The Tiempo combines the two by having purple outline its Swooshes.
An understated design is the speckled look applied usually on the soleplates, but one that is also seen on the Tiempo’s Swoosh. It somehow represents the dirt sprayed to the boots as the wearer grinds it down to become the best in Europe.
And then there’s the Phantom Luna. It displays the Peak Ready blue shade via a two-tone application separating the upper and the collar. The boot’s bespoke ‘United’ graphic is still retained through a tonal finish. Because much of the soleplate also carries the colour theme, the Cyclone 360 plate is able to stand out in violet with splats of black. A reversal of the colour dynamic is seen on the Swooshes flanking the heel.