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T90 Phantom VNM

Ian Ebbs

The Future DNA Phantom VNM is now out, with a design inspired by the Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II as part of Nike’s retro throwback collection. The VNM’s Flyknit upper is white on the microtextured toe and vamp, on the instep’s Precision Power striking zone, and much of the medial and lateral side. The Nike swoosh on the lateral side is also black, as long with the ghost lacing system. Consistent with the AZT90 II colourway concept, the ghost lacing system, also off-centred, is followed by black wide stripes that fade as the stripes reach the toe area. The ACC branding, much like the First Touch branding back in the 2002 boot, is red. Completing the look is the white branding of the Phantom Venom on the side of the central lacing area.

Back in 2002 the Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II featured a rollover tongue and off-centred lacing system slanted towards the lateral for a larger striking area. The upper was made of a soft, light KNG-100 G synthetic leather for its comfort and water-resistant features and coated with Nike’s own First Touch for ball control. One of the original colourways was this white upper, with black on the heel area and tongue up to the slanted lacing on the leather upper. In addition to that, black stripes followed the lacing area with the first stripe being as wide as the lacing area and the succeeding stripes getting narrower and faded. The Nike symbols on both medial and lateral were also black, and the zoom air branding was in red font. To contrast with the black tongue, the Total 90 II branding was in white font.

The 2020 Nike Phantom VNM Future DNA still features the technologies utilized by previous Phantom VNMs; flywire cables are there to stabilize the structure of the soft and pliable Flyknit upper that also provides a snug fit and sock-like sensation. The upper is treated with Nike’s All Conditions Control coating that allows for more ball grip even in wet conditions. The Ghost Lacing covers at least half of the lacing and offers a cleaner and wider uninterrupted surface especially on the top of the foot. Central to the Phantom Venom is the medial side’s thirteen ridges that compose the boot’s Precision PWR zone which is said to provide some amount of correction to the ball’s flight depending on which blade the ball hits, thus aiming to improve the accuracy of the wearer. Nikegrip insole technology is also in place and it helps to lock your foot down and minimize internal slippages. The Hyper Reactive outsole is composed of twelve chevron studs placed on the edges with linear studs in the middle for optimum traction. There is a multidirectional Pebax lining on the outsole’s forefoot that allows some flexibility towards the direction of the lining and is fantastic for agile change of direction. The navy blue studs and the white Pebax sits on a black-based outsole.

The Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II were headlined by the likes of Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, and Francesco Totti. The reincarnated version, in the form of the Future DNA Phantom Venom, with the looks of the AZ Total 90 II is expected to grace the feet of current Phantom Venom players such as Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, and Edinson Cavani when football itself is reborn this season!


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.