The Football Boot Factory Nike Built For The World’s Best Players – Thick Accent


It’s no secret that when it comes to sportswear brands, Nike is the indomitable king.

Its competitors regularly come in second to the Swoosh, especially when revenue is factored into the equation.

Whether it’s the iconic sneakers that dominate pop culture, the downright brilliant marketing campaigns, or the authentic superstars that sport the shoes, Nike throughout history has simply been one step ahead.

The brand has also been blessed with many superstars who have captured the attention of the world by sporting its boots.

Think of Ronaldo executing tattered European defenses armed with Mercurials, or Ronaldinho lacing up the most sassy Tiempos ever created before hitting the crossbar three times in a row.

Scenes like these inspired every young footballer to get their own pair and get a feel for the larger-than-life icons.

But of course, not all boots are created equal.

There are very distinct differences between boots designed for regular customers and those designed specifically for gamers.

Athletes playing at the highest level demand the highest levels of comfort and precision, and as such, mass-produced boots in Vietnam or Indonesia simply won’t cut it.

To cope with the special requirements, a factory in Montebelluna was created, one that has been largely inaccessible to the public.

Fortunately, the people of Unisport had the opportunity to walk around the famous halls of the establishment, after which the images were uploaded to YouTube.

So if you’ve ever wondered how the shoes that players wear are created, you’ve come to the right place.

Equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and top-level Italian craftsmen, the factory is legendary and, with good reason, its creations are aimed only at top footballers.

The process begins with the use of casts of the player’s foot, which perfectly represent the required dimensions.

These casts also incorporate additional padding requirements or specific arches, in order to achieve the best possible fit.

In the video, the boots featured are the Tiempo Legend 9 Elite MI, which feature a classic blue/white colourway inspired by those worn by Andrea Pirlo in the 2006 World Cup Final.

On this occasion, the Timepo’s are specially designed for AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali.

The upper of the boot is created outside of Montebelluna, using high quality Algerian leather, and it arrives in fabric form at the factory.

It is then wrapped around the player’s cast, with intricate stitching and cutting to ensure a perfect fit.

The video then takes us through some very sophisticated mechanical work, while the boot looks like a simple child, far from what we usually imagine them to be.

After a bit of buffering, we move on to the next major step, which is placing it on the sole.

Two coats of adhesive are carefully applied with a brush, after which the top and sole plates are assembled and placed inside a high pressure machine.

They are repeatedly pressed together to complete the assembly of the boot, and now it’s time to cool the glue.

And when it comes to cooling, what’s better than a fridge, huh?

The boots are thrown on a conveyor belt leading to a -15°C freezer, and the sole is essentially ‘frozen’ in place.

The process isn’t complete here, as the boots are then wrapped over the cast again, for about 48 hours this time.

Custom accents and decals are then applied, and finally, the boot is now ready for the game.

It’s quite disconcerting how long this process takes, we’re talking about 3 days for a single pair.

Well, that’s how seriously things are taken at Montebelluna, personifying the phrase ‘only the best for the best’.


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