Nike Tiempo 7 Project

So I just finished yet another project that included football boots. This time the project took me around 12 hours of work and some additional time for the paintjob.

The idea behind this project is influenced by the recent collaboration between Nike and fashion designer “Off-White” c/o Virgil Abloh. So Nike launched ten footwear classics reconstructed in collaboration with Off-White in late October 2017.

Once I had seen this design I really wanted to create a my version of Off-White in a football boot. I also got a cool concept design made on a computer by my friend Gunt Tansuwannarat. And so I did! Follow my steps through the project.

  1. I bought a pair of Nike Tiempo 7 “Academy Pack”, as they were already coloured black.

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2.  I had to get the leather for the Nike logo, it had to be high quality and very thin because if it´s too thick then you will have problem when sewing it. Also make sure you use a needle constructed for leather.

3. Next thing was to print a paper copy of the Nike logo. Then I used it as a model before cutting the actual leather. Before I even started to attach the new leather logo on the boot I marked the position of the logo with a chalk on side of the boot. This helps me to keep the position of the logo while attaching it.

4. Following step is to glue the logo on place. I used a super glue that is suitable for leather. I glued short steps at time so I got it to fit perfectly and go along the the curvy side of the boot.

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5. The next step is the hardest part of it all, the sewing of the logo. As normally when these types of boots are factory made they are sewed by machine and that´s only possible before the plastic soleplate is attached. So without lying this step took me like 8 hours of work, this because I were not familiar with this type of sewing and because I had to use pliers to reach when pushing the needle out from the inside of the boot. I have to admit I were really close to give up few times, until I got the right technique.

6. Next thing was to attach the small orange leather tag to the boot, also by sewing.

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7. Before bringing them for the paint job I wanted to add a chrome tongue on them. As the boot looked as good with and without tongue I decided to use velcro tape. This allowed me to remove and attach the tongue if I so want. I sew one side of the velcro underneath the original short tongue on the boot and the other I sew into the new chrome tongue.

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8. The boots are ready for paint job at my local artist Maalinetti.com
Here is some pics of the boots before paint job with and without tongue.

9. The boots arrive and the project is finished! I am very happy how they turned up, and I feel like it paid off. Thank you for the positive feedback I got on InstaGram (@toffem). Here is some pics of the final boot:

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More detailed pics in a slideshow:

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Thank you for reading and please leave feedback!

Kind regards Toffem.

Top 10 Pickups of 2016!

So the list continues with my 4 of best pickups this year!

Number 4:
Nike Mercurial Superfly V Fg 1998. This boot was one of my projects this year and they are custome made to look like the Mercurial that Brazilian Ronaldo (R9) wore in the World Cup 1998! 


Number 3:

Adidas Predator Mania Sg “Blackout” edition! I dare to say these are the rarest Predator Manias made, even the Japan Blues will be at 2nd place!


Number 2:

Nike Mercurial Superfly V Fg “EA-Sport” edition, limited edition only 1500 made!

One of the best looking boots!


Number 1:

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR SE Sg-Pro!

Took a while for me to find these for a reasonable price. Limited to 100 pairs in the world, my pair is numbered 63 of 100!


Can’t wait to see what new comes in 2017!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Nike Mercurial Superfly V “1998”

Honestly this project is one of the coolest thing this year! I had planned to do this custome makeover since early 2016. But I knew I had to wait for the right Superfly V boot to be released. 


So I decided to find a pair of Superfly V that basically had the right base colour, I chose the Nike “Elite Pack”!


As so often I trusted my good friend @maalinetti to help me with the paintjob. He never dissapoints me!

So my goal was to recreate the most famous boot in Nike Mercurial history, the Mercurial 1998 R9, by using the latest technology provided by Nike! 


Always looking forward to new projects and always happy when they turn up as great as these!

I promise that there will be more in the future, thank you for reading!

Restored Adidas Predator Precision Sg “CL-Edition”

About one month ago I bought myself these used Adidas Predator Precision Sg in the sought after “Champions League” edition. I paid £50+shipping and I knew back then that these boots got some potential, although they looked quite beaten up. But it’s always fun with some small projects right?


The issues the boots had was: 

  • The aluminium studs were totally broken
  • The white colour was faded 
  • The silver colour from the stripes were faded
  • The soleplate was coming off in some parts

All these issues were fixed step by step. Every project starts with a good clean up!

Then the studs were replaced with new ones and the parts off the soleplate that were coming off I simply heated up the plastic and slowly pressed it back on place by using two-component glue. After this it was time for the paintjob. Luckly I found few years back a great local airbrush artist (maalinetti.com) in my home city who also does these kind of jobs. 

The final result was perfect! This is how they turned up!


It’s always worth to restore old boots if possible!

Adidas Predator Mania Project Completed


This is how the boots looked when I bought them. I got them for a great price of my friend. Adidas Predator Mania is known as one of the best footballboots ever but they do have a quite common problem, cracks in the rubber stripes… As you can see in the picture above, the rubber syripes are cracked and even coming off. 


So what I did was removed the rubber stripes all the way down to where the soleplate starts and leather ends. As you might know I done this before but last time I removed the stripes completelly, in this case the parts of the rubber stipes that goes under the boot was actually in good shape and that’s why I kept them!

The removing of stripes can be hard as in this case. Although the stripes were cracked they are really glued tight!


The next part was to order some leather. Then the difficult part is to get the correct shapes for the stripes. Once I got 3 correct shaped sample stripes then I started to cut the finale pieces.

Last step is to find a right glue that works for leather and then just glue the stripes in place!

Here’s a picture of the new stripes on my Manias, happy with the result!

Custome gold Nike Mercurial Vapor III Fg

Here’s my custome painted Nike Mercurial Vapor III Fg. I spray painted them few months ago and re-spray painted them yesterday, as the gold colour is very sensitive. The final result is great! 


The original colour of these was the release colourway white with the yellow heel and a black Nike swoosh. My first plan was to keep the Nike swoosh visible by painting it white or silver. Once I got painting the gold base I decided to paint the whole boot gold because everyone recognize this boot by it’s shape not by the Nike logo 😉 


Had to paint the original laces seperately to make sure they was painted all the way. 

Really satisfied how they look today!

Restored!

A small restoration spray paint can really bring your old boots back to life. But make sure to clean the boots very good before staring any restoration job!

For the best cleaning result you can easily use a nailpolish or any kind of aceton, but be careful of not using too much as it will remove the original colour.

So here is two of my recent pairs that have been restorepainted. Adidas Predator Accelerator Liga white and Adidas Predator Hysteria. The best material to restore paint is leather. Syntethic materials works but the colour will vanish quite fast…


The result can be almost like new boots! It’s definitely worth doing and saving some of your beloved boots!

Project À la @toffem!

So as you might seen on my InstaGram post I’m gonna have another project! 😎


The boots that are gonna be my project is the legendery Adidas Predator Precision Sg “Champions League” edition! I bought them for £50 and although they look really beat-up I think there is some potential left in them!

So my plan is to fully restore them and then play my final season game in them!


Obviously I need to begin with fully cleaning them. After that I need to reglue the soleplate in thosw places where it’s sligthly coming off, like in the toe area. Then they need a good new paintjob! 👌🏻


I will also add new laces to them! Then the final step is to replace the studs with new ones. As the studs are really worn down, all the way to the screw mechanism, this means that basically the only way to get them off is to saw them in half and brake them.

I’m looking forward to restoring them and hopefully to play the last game in them!

Stay tuned!

Custome Adidas Ace16+ PureControl


So everyone have heard about the Adidas Ace16+ PureControl boots that were released in early 2016, at least you know the boot if I mention the laceless technology? 

I had them custome painted 😉


I had them custome AirBrush painted at a local artist maalinetti.com and we added some white colour to the soleplate and slowly transforming back to green on the upper of the boot! 


It really ended up great! The green and white colour really works together, maybe even better than the original colourway?

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