As pre-season kicks off, we’re taking a look at the newest and most exciting boots to hit the market – to kick things off, Nike’s CTR 360 – one of our favourite boots – gets a brand new lick of paint

 

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Featuring specifically designed dimples on the forefoot for added control when dribbling at high speeds, the CTR360 Maestri III places you firmly in the driving seat of the game. The upper material is a solid leather – like – synthetic which is resilient to the occasional stud to the foot, while also offering a good touch and keeping the weight of the boot down.

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The boot is also a champion for Nike’s ACC ( All Conditions Control ) coating, which was conceptualised by the face of this boot, Andres Iniesta. The spanish playmaker told the design team at Nike he wanted to be able to control the ball just as well in the rain – and ACC was born. A common feature on all top-end nike boots, excluding the premier, ACC on the CTR is slightly different, as the CTR also has an indicator on the heel of the boot – which turns blue when the coating is being used – one of the smartest pieces of kit we’ve seen on any boot!

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The CTR360 also features passing pads on the instep of the boot, these allow you to have greater ball control when passing and receiving the ball. Although somewhat controversial at the launch, due to its extreme difference with the previous model’s design, we really like the new design, as it gives you more freedom with what section of the boot to pass or receive with. A favourite for central midfielders – the boot is extremely effective at helping you spread your passes across the field with accuracy and the right weight.

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The boot also features a solid internal heel counter, which offers you a good level of protection from nasty tackles, and a solid back heel option – should you choose to use it! The collar of the boot is perforated for added softness and comfort – while a high achilles guard is there to also increase your protection from rough challenges.

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A slightly off centre lacing system gives this boot a slightly wider fit than some other models – while also making shooting in the CTR360 an extremely easy and pleasant job, last season saw the likes of Mario Balotelli stay faithful to the ‘control’ boot – even though he is a central striker!

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The soleplate of the boot offers excellent traction, although when we did a full review of this boot, its important to note that we felt the studs on the outside of the rear foot of the boot were too long and got in the way of play at times.

 

An ideal boot for a central midfielder, the CTR360 Maestri III runs small for size, so we recommend going half a size up in these. You can pick them up from ProDirectSoccer now for £144.99