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What is difference between Nike; Elite, Pro, Academy & Club?
Ever wondered what makes a Nike football boot get an Elite or Academy label? Here we are going to briefly distinguish these different labels of a Nike football boot silo and its impact on what to expect from those versions. The Elite is the top of the line in a Nike silo while the Pro, Academy, and Club are the takedown versions (highest to lowest) in football boot industry terms. As you go to the takedown models, some if not all the features in the Elite are either re-configured or totally removed. This reduces the price each to time you go further down the tiers.
Elite versions of all Nike boots received their ACC treatment, the technology allows the boot's surface to maintain the same level of friction, touch and control on the ball in wet and dry conditions. The Pro, Academy and Club do not have this coating applied to them.
Many Nike boots use Flyknit fabric for the upper construction, this can also be found on many PRO models, but is absent in the academy and club that use cheaper upper materials. In the Mercurial lines, the Elite boots use one piece of 360 degree flyknit, whilst the Pro Vapor & Superfly still have Flyknit, but it doesn't wrap the boot in the same way, on the Academy and Club the flyknit is replaced completely by synthetic leather.
Nikeskin a thin Nike synthetic layer (a polyurethan film) is also used on many Elite and Pro boots, but is not on the cheaper models, where you'll find a more basic trophy synthetic.
Why Are Nike Boots at different price points?
Technology used on boots varies, with the Phantom VSN Elite II for instance having a Flyknit, Ghost Lacing system that covers the boots laces, and the internal protection and fit provided by a Quadfit bootie. The Pro and Academy also have the Ghost Lacing, but use different materials for the cover and boots upper. By the time you reach the club boot, the laces are exposed instead of covered.
Elite boots have the lightest and most technology filled soleplates, with aspects removed or the quality reduced as you move through the options, Academy soleplates often only come in MG mixed soles, with FG (firm ground) & AG artificial plates coming in Elite, with SG soft ground in only some tiers, Anti Clog tech only comes available in limited models too.
There are many differences in through the varitey of takedowns, which are reflected in the the pricing of the Elite, Pro, Academy and Club being similar to these price points at full retail: £220, £130, £80, and £45.
Nike football boots have become a popular choice amongst professionals and amateur players alike, if you like the look of Nike boots, then we can help you find a pair that will fit and perform to your expectations. There are different styles for speed, skill and comfort, and varying options for different price points with different materials and technology, hence the new Elite, Pro, Academy and Club naming convention as well as DF for used to indicate Dynamic Fit collars.
The well known Swoosh logo and the trademark 'Just do it' arrived later in the story of Nike, they began life as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964, not becoming Nike Inc until 1978, the company made their first soccer shoe in 1971, since many classics have been created including the Tiempo and Mercurial lines, worn by some of the greatest players to play the game, are you next?