This weeks memory lane is dedicated to a classic Nike boot from 2006, the Nike T90 Supremacy Blue/Silver/White. The boot became famous when Wayne Rooney broke his foot in his very first match wearing this boot. Later on the boot has been celebrated as an excellent power boot.
The boot first saw the light of day in the beginning of 2006, as Rooney, all of a sudden, had changed his Air Zoom Total 90 III with a pair of, back then, unknown boots. These boots would show to be a pair of Supremacy's, that Rooney took great part in the development of.
Towards the end of the 2005/2006 season Rooney broke his metatarsal bone in a match at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, which created a lot of negative focus surrounding the Supremacy.
Despite the initial negative focus, the Supremacy managed to get back and become very popular among Nike's professional players. The mix of comfort, power and precision was some of the abilities the T90 series had been known for, and the Supremacy was able to elegantly carry these on.
The upper was made from Nike's soft KNG100 micro fibre, which quickly adapted to your foot, as well as, provide a great fit with its rather high midfoot. Later on, the boot was also produced in a leather version with a Black/Silver/Red colourway.
The boot was designed to provide deadly precision and power, and with a special coating on the upper (actually designed with a lot of decorative crests) provided a good ball grip. In addition, the weight of 290g ensured some good power behind your strikes.
The graphic design of the boot was absolutely stunning, and the boots have been made with asymmetric deigns to provide maximal recognition.
The Supremacy also continued the tendency of having asymmetric lacing, which we had also seen on the three earlier T90 models, which provided a large and levelled strike area on the instep.
The sole on the Supremacy had been equipped with a large pad with Nike Zoom Air technology, which provided optimal shock absorption and increased comfort over 90 minutes.
The stud system was made with conical studs under the forefoot, as well as, two bladed studs under the midfoot. The stud system became very popular, and was, later on, used for Nike's Tiempo series.
One last little twist was found on the heel cap of the boot. Here, Nike had left a little space for a flag or a number, which a lot of the Nike pro's made use of during the world championships back then. A very cool little twist, that enabled you to customise the boot and show your identity on the pitch.
NOTE: NIKE WERE KIND ENOUGH TO BORROW US THIS BOOT, THEREFORE IT CANNOT BE BOUGHT.
What do you think of the Nike Air Zoom Total90 Supremacy? Do you remember when it came out, maybe you even had a pair? Feel free to share your thoughts on this boot in the box just below.