Who should buy the Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG

This soccer cleat from Nike is the right one for you if you are looking for:

  • a soccer shoe that is made of natural leather
  • the conventional Tiempo feel without the sometimes "distracting" new techs
  • a soccer cleat that looks and feels premium

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Who should NOT buy this soccer cleat from Nike

Leather, no matter how premium or comfortable it feels on foot, has its naysayers. These soccer players are better off with the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elite Firm Ground, which uses specially created mesh in its upper. If they are willing to try other brands, the Adidas Predator Freak+ is a good place to start. Its upper is made of the brand's well-received Primeknit. 

Stud pressure is an issue with the Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG. Those who are so particular about this issue may go for the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG.

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Ball touch is maximized for better maneuvering

This soccer cleat, particularly its textured leather upper, makes players feel like they have "more control and finesse" when they do ball runs. 

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Also, the kangaroo leather upper is backed by foam pods in strategic areas. These soft foam backings not only help improve ball touch but also delivers a soft and more cushioned feel.

The Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG's upper is pliable enough to conform to the unique contours of the foot

Made of kangaroo leather, this Nike soccer has a very soft, plush, and malleable upper. Because it is able to follow the shape of the foot in a "careful way." Needless to say, this soccer cleat has a really comfortable fit, and it's "sharper...and more one-to-one with the foot" when compared to the Tiempo Legend 8. The fit is nice that there is no need to break in this soccer cleat; it delivers comfort straight out of the box.

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Running for long periods of time can take its toll on the foot. To counter the negative effects of fatigue, the shoe is equipped with a plush insole and an adaptive mesh tongue.

The upper is comfortable and effective

Soccer is a very physical game, and being stepped on is one of the sport's most inevitable occurrences. Hence, the upper is made of kangaroo leather that's not only flexible but also sturdy enough to protect the foot from the studs of other players' shoes. 

The pliable and sturdy upper of the Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG delivers secure foot containment

This soccer cleat wraps closer to the foot and is just really nice and supportive. As already pointed out, this shoe has a better fit than the Tiempo Legend 8. In fact, a player points out that this shoe feels "pretty much painted on."

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It must be noted here, however, that the structure of the tongue makes it hard for soccer players to put on and take off this cleat. 

Grip is really good

Compared to the previous versions, the outsole of the Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG is a lot lighter. Even so, the material is a bit stiffer and may feel "explosive when you push off." Because of this, this Nike soccer cleat is able to deliver traction with "a little bit of bite" and a "lovely rotational maneuverability."

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Feels as light as a speed cleat

In a soccer game, there's a lot of chasing and running; players will have to rely on their speed to gain an advantage over their opponents. Though it is not really a speed cleat, the Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG is still really light. It's perfect for players who like to feel nice and nimble when they are dribbling or running. That this cleat feels "really elegant, less chunky" is already a bonus.

Nike shaves off a lot of weight from the Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG by redesigning the soleplate and refining the upper. Besides reduced weight, such modifications also give this soccer cleat from Nike a more streamlined look.

The Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite FG is loyal to its brand

Fans of the Nike Tiempo line won't be disappointed because the 9 really has the expected feel of a good Nike Tiempo soccer cleat. As an expert puts it, this shoe really stays true to the Nike Tiempo Legend heritage. Specifically, it delivers the expected feel of good old leather shoes without the distractions of (misplaced) new techs. Indeed, Nike did not mess too much with a proven formula this time. 

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 7.6oz
Top: Low
Surface: Firm Ground
Collection: Nike Tiempo, Nike Tiempo Legend
Lacing System: Laced
BRAND Brand: Nike
Release date: Jul 2021

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Akshay Kumar Malhotra
Akshay Kumar Malhotra

Akshay is a former professional soccer player turned sports journalist. His passion for the sport led him to start writing about it, and he is now a published author across various sports websites, featured on TheSportster and Sportskeeda among others. After he retired from the Singapore professional soccer scene, Akshay formed his own amateur soccer club FC Banterbury, initially just for laughs. Safe to say, soccer is an integral part of Akshay's life, and soccer cleats in particular are an obsession for him.