In engineering Calvin Johnson’s first signature shoe, Nike designers were presented with a unique goal: to create a mid silhouette, with all the associated stability and support, but one that offers the freedom of motion of a lowtop. The new Nike CJ81 Elite TD cleat is that goal manifested.
Facilitating Calvin’s explosiveness, one of his key attributes, is the new “dynamic midfoot arch strap,” which cradles the foot while offering side-to-side and heel lockdown.
Meanwhile the forefoot and side panel of the upper incorporate a diamond star pattern that results in more malleability, allowing the upper to adapt and offer a more custom fit without sacrificing stability or support. That pattern also appears throughout the tongue, ramping up breathbility and ventilation.
Finally, the outsole is comprised of Pebax for enduring strength and a lightweight ride. A 12-cleat alignment results in superlative traction and control regardless of surface, while four supplemental studs in the center of the forefoot further stabilize traction, specifically while Johnson makes cuts.
The Nike CJ81 Elite TD cleat is now available at Nike Football accounts nationwide. Buy it here on Eastbay, retailing for $120.