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The Original Nike '1971' Boot Is Back

The Original Nike '1971' Boot Is Back

Article by: Mickey

Thu, Dec 02.21

The Original Nike '1971' Boot Is Back
If you're a boot collector then this one is for you. Nike is bringing back their original 1971 football boot. A release which started their journey in football.
 
The debut boot was originally called "The Nike" and was the company's first football boot and the first shoe to feature the iconic Swoosh logo. At the time it was a massive aesthetic and technical move forward from Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight's brand. This release came under "Blue Ribbon Sports" which was the company name before changing to Nike in 1978.

Nike 1971

The boots aimed to focus on control, traction and stability. They had a molded rubber outsole, nine studs at the forefoot and four at the heel. The boots definitely had some problems and today they look basic, but the impact these had on Nike at the time was huge and set the tone for the years to come.

Nike 1971
 
Graphics on the tongue and the insoles reference back to the Mexico 1970 World Cup which make these even more desirable from a collector standpoint.

Nike 1971
 
Now, 50 years on from the original release, the original Nike 1971 is making a comeback. Stay tuned for release info coming soon. These are super limited and will be very sought after. The boots will only be available in size US 9, the only size they were initially sold in, further indicating these are a collectors item, rather than something to rock on pitch. If you want to know more about the story behind the product and the brand we suggest you read Phil's excellent memoir; Shoe Dog.

The 1971 will be available Friday the 7/1/22 at 7pm EST online at ultrafootball.com

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