2 Nike Phantom GT 'Elite' Launch Editions Released

After they appeared in PES 2021's trailer and screenshots, the two debut editions of the all-new Nike Phantom GT boots have been launched this morning.

The first one is white and forms part of the 'Gear Up' pack, Nike's first collection of the new season. The second one is part of the collection that was supposed to be used at the Olympics and which was originally called 'United' pack. Both of these names likely will change before launch.

Nike Phantom GT Soccer Cleats

Football boot design is unique. While all athletic shoes are designed to engage with the foot, football boots are also designed to engage directly with the object of play. For this reason, scientists in the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) have spent countless hours analyzing the various angles and intensities with which the ball comes onto and off of a boot when playing football.

The Phantom GT is designed for players who move the ball with a high degree of dexterity between and around opponents.

By studying at a micro level how the ball connects with the boot, pressure maps and data points were formed to guide parameters for generative design. Another integral consideration are vector forces. Both of these areas of study support the goal of creating a new, useful, innovative texture for a boot.

The design of the Phantom GT (Generative Texture) used these digital data sets to create a boot built to help perfect feel on the ball and unleash a player’s creative skills. During two years of development, hundreds of different configurations were evaluated before the design team landed on the optimal patterns and varying heights and angles of the texture. Designers learned how much texture is too much, so as not to make the boot excessively grippy. And by molding the texture right into the Nike Flyknit upper (as opposed to affixing texture atop it), the boot retains a soft, pliable, premium feel without risk of texture detachment.

This means every element of the Phantom GT upper is strategically beneficial for the player, backed by data-driven science and testimonials from the pros. The boot encapsulates the optimum balance of feel and grip, and is properly scaled to every size offering and coated with ACC (All Conditions Control).

The sole plate and traction of the Nike Phantom GT boot is also entirely new

In addition to its revolutionary upper, the sole plate and traction of this boot is entirely new, enabling sharp cuts and underfoot control. The new Nike Hyperquick System features a generative chassis with agility studs. It is built to be more rigid in the heel for planting, while the forefoot is designed for swift change of direction. Conical studs have been split for quick cuts, complemented by wide rotated chevrons. Together, they combine for the best FEA (Finite Element Analysis) traction pattern Nike has ever produced for medial and lateral movements.

The touch, the feel of the boot is the best I have worn in my career

Kevin De Bruyne “The Phantom GT is fantastic — it’s pretty much exactly what I need to help me play the way I do. The touch, the feel of the boot is the best I have worn in my career and I can’t wait to launch them. Nike has pretty much made my perfect boot.”

Kai Havertz “I felt a difference in the new Phantom boot as soon as I put it on. The fit and feel is incredible and not like any boot I have worn before.”

The underfoot design cues are striking. There is an open arch on the medial side, increasing the “boot to ball” control area. Anatomically tuned ribs on the lateral side, slightly reminiscent of Nike Free, have been engineered for optimal underfoot support. The coloring, gradient and graphic possibilities are endless and will be explored in future colorways.

Nike Phantom GT Elite FG - Official Features

The Nike Phantom GT Elite FG is a data-driven design engineered for precise attacks. Grippy texture across the Flyknit top and specialised traction on the bottom let you take control of the game.

Data-Driven Touch:

Informed by athlete testing, grippy texture is thicker and denser at the instep and toe to give you better touch for passing, dribbling and shooting

Feel the Ball:

Flyknit construction wraps your foot in stretchy yarns for a supportive, sock-like fit. All Conditions Control (ACC) finish means reliable touch in wet and dry conditions

Lightweight Agility:

Hyperquick system combines a tuned chassis with an open-arch plate for lightweight stability. An updated stud configuration creates dynamic traction for quick changes of direction.

More Benefits:

Off-centre lacing creates a clean strike zone, available as high-cut and low-cut version

Nike Phantom GT 'Gear Up' - White / Pink Blast / Black

This picture shows the new Nike Phantom GT Elite football boots in 'White / Pink Blast / Black'.

The 'White / Pink Blast / Black' Nike Phantom GT boots are white with black accents and pink logos. The upper structure is highlighted with black detailing to create a bold and futuristic look.

Nike Phantom GT 'Gear Up' - Features

  • Flyknit upper
  • Low-profile Dynamic Fit collar
  • T90-esque off-center lacing
  • All-new sole plate
  • Price: 250 Euro
  • Colorway: White / Pink Blast / Black

Nike Phantom GT 'United' - Black / Pink

Check out the new Nike Phantom GT Pro football boots from the 'United' pack below.

The other Nike Phantom GT soccer boots combine a black base with grey logos and pink accents.

Nike Phantom GT 'United' - Features

  • Flyknit upper
  • Low-profile Dynamic Fit collar
  • T90-esque off-center lacing
  • All-new sole plate
  • Price: 250 Euro
  • Colorway: Black / Pink

Both colorways are shown in the low-cut version in Nike's launch pictures, while a high-cut is available as well, featuring a Dynamic Fit collar.

High-cut version
High-cut version

For more details about the tech of the new boots and the special Tech Craft leather edition, check out our previous articles:

Nike Phantom GT FlyEase Football Boots Version

For the first time ever for Nike Football, the Phantom GT is available in a FlyEase option.

Consistent with Nike’s universal design principles, the Phantom GT Academy FlyEase features a fold-down heel for easy entry and a wrap-around strap closure in lieu of laces.

Carson Pickett, defender for the Orlando Pride, remarks about the FlyEase boots and the system, “Honestly, my first reaction when I saw the Phantom GT FlyEase was relief. I thought about my younger self and what it would have meant for me if something like this existed when I was growing up. I feel like this boot represents me and anybody else who is unique. FlyEase is very easy for anybody to put on quickly, which I love.”

The Nike Phantom GT is available August 3 on The Nike GT Academy FlyEase releases in September.

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