Nike Unveils Waste-Reducing “Magista” Knitted Football Boot

by , 03/13/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes

Which knitted football boot would you rather wear?

  • 5 Votes The Magista Flyknit by Nike
  • 3 Votes The Samba Primeknit by Adidas

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The shoe also marks the first time Nike engineered its virtually seamless “Flyknit” technology for football. Four years in the making, the Magista takes into account feedback from some of the world’s leading attacking playmakers, including Barcelona’s Andrés Iniesta and German forward Mario Gotze.

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“With Magista, we’ve designed a shoe that feels like an extension of the player’s body. This isn’t a boot that just goes on your foot, it’s a boot that works with your foot,” says Phil McCartney, vice president of sport-performance footwear. “By eliminating distractions, players are free to unlock their potential and creativity.”

Nike’s Flyknit technology reduces waste by an average of 80 percent.

Flyknit, according to Nike, defies conventional shoe manufacturing by creating an engineered upper woven from special yarns. First used in Nike running shoes in 2012, it creates a second-skin, almost sock-like feel. Another plus? The process reduces waste by an average of 80 percent compared with a typical Nike shoe.

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The Magista features a three-dimensionally knit textured upper with a more “aggressive” texture for increased traction. The boot is also water- and cold-resistant. To protect the foot from less-optimal environments, Nike’s designers added a 0.1-millimeter sheet of “NikeSkin,” a breathable mesh bound within a polyurethane film, by melting it on top.

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