Latest Reviews, Nike Soccer Reviews, Tiempo Reviews — January 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

Nike Tiempo Legend V Review

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The Nike Tiempo Legend 5 brings the Tiempo line into the future. While the Legend 5 maintains a high quality kangaroo leather upper, offering a premium feel, pretty much everything else about the boot is different in comparison to past Legend models.


The fit and overall shape is easily the most noticeable change coming from any of the previous Tiempo Legend models. Nike has implemented the X1.1 last base shape of the Legend 5, borrowed from the very popular Hypervenom Phantom. This gives the Legend 5 quite a unique fit in comparison to any other traditionally styled leather boot currently on the market. The X1.1 last is all about having a more natural fit, where the boot is slightly wider in the forefoot and slightly narrower in the toe box.

From right out of the box, it is very apparent that the Legend 5 needs some break-in time. That’s not to say that the boot is uncomfortable from brand new, but instead the fit is just slightly more snug, allowing the leather to stretch and form to the exact shape of your foot. I found that it took about an hour and a half to two hours of wear-time until I started to feel truly comfortable in the Legend 5, which isn’t very long at all. Also keep in mind that I had no issues whatsoever with discomfort or blistering throughout the break-in process.

Once broken-in, the Legend 5 is suitable for a wide variety of foot types, as long as you don’t mind having a slightly tighter fit in the toe box. I have average width feet and am also slightly flat footed, and found that I was able to achieve a very comfortable fit. Like I mentioned earlier, the X1.1 last is all about providing a tighter, closer to the foot feel, that requires the leather upper to stretch to the exact shape of your foot. As long as you don’t have excessively wide feet, you shouldn’t have any issues wearing the Legend 5.

Sizing is also one of the significant changes coming from past Legend models. The Legend has always been a boot that fit true to size, but the Legend 5 fits half a size small. Instead of wearing my usual size 9US, I needed to go half a size up to a 9.5US for the proper fit. The change in sizing is most likely due to the new shape of the boot, but trust me when I say that this boot runs half a size small, just like the Nike Premier. The leather will stretch width-wise, but the length of the boot is half a size small.

When it comes to overall comfort, the high quality kangaroo leather upper is very soft and extremely flexible, giving the boot a very natural feel on feet. Obviously great comfort is expected from a kangaroo leather boot, but the Legend 5 is not a standard kangaroo leather soccer cleat. The Legend 5 features Nike’s all-new Hypershield liner, which is essentially a thin, honeycomb mesh, similar to what you’ll find as the base layer for Nike’s NikeSkin synthetic. Not only does the Hypershield liner make for a very soft and comfortable fit on feet, it also makes for minimal extra bulk, does not take away from the ball feel and also allows the leather the dry more quickly!

Other comfort elements include a synthetic leather tongue, with a memory foam insert running through the middle. The heel is lined in padded synthetic leather, which is not only comfortable, but also does a good job of keeping your heel locked in place. The insole is fully removable and very high quality, featuring Poron inserts in both the heel and forefoot. I’m also a big fan of the soleplate flexible soleplate, as it gives the boot a very natural feel when running.

Overall, the Tiempo Legend 5 offers the premium feel that you would expect from a “heritage” boot, but doesn’t lack the modern innovation that you expect from a boot in 2014. It’s a great blend classic feel and modern innovation that just works extremely well.


Surprisingly, the Legend 5 the lightest Legend model to date. In comparison to the Legend 4, the upper is now made entirely of kangaroo leather, as opposed to being a combination of both leather and synthetic, but somehow Nike has managed to trim a little bit of weight from the boot with the Legend 5. The Legend 5 weighs in at a very impressive 8.8oz, which is pretty surprising considering that the quality is arguably better coming from the Legend 4 to the Legend 5. At 8.8oz, the Legend 5 is not only going to offer a solid, classic feel, its also not going to weigh you down.


The Legend 5 introduces some minor tweaks to the classic Tiempo stud pattern. The core of the stud pattern remains the same. You’ll find four bladed studs under the heel, and four conical studs on both the lateral and medial sides of the forefoot. What has changed are the two bladed, support studs running through the middle of the forefoot, which are now positioned at a slightly different angle,  change that has no noticeable impact on performance.

The biggest change in the stud pattern is the introduction of one small, Mercurial-esque bladed stud right at the tip of the toe. While the stud is very small, I found that it does make a noticeable difference when it comes to the amount of grip you get when pushing off for a sprint.

Nike has also made changes to the soleplate that have an impact on the overall traction. The soleplate is still made from a relatively thin, and very flexible TPU, which allows the soleplate to move very naturally with the bend of your foot. Nike implemented a small slit through the middle of the forefoot, inspired by the Nike Free, designed to allow for better flexibility. In all honesty, the slit is so small, I don’t think that it makes the soleplate any more flexible than it already is, but I do think it’s a good idea.

Nike has also implemented the same split toe design found the Hypervenom Phantom. Essentially the split toe design is supposed to allow the toe box area of the soleplate to move more naturally with the bend of your foot, but in all honesty, I did not notice any difference in feel whatsoever. It certainly doesn’t hurt the performance, just don’t expect too much from this fairly gimmicky feature.

In terms of overall performance, the Legend 5 offers a good blend of grip, maneuverability and stability. The studs themselves are slightly longer than average in comparison to other conical stud patterns, so on a high quality, natural grass, firm ground playing surface, the traction is great. There is plenty of grip when pushing off in nearly every direction, and since the soleplate is so flexible, no matter which way you twist or turn, you’ll have as many studs as possible under your feet at all times.

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The new Tiempo stud pattern is ideal for somebody looking for a good blend of everything when it comes to traction. You get a lot of the grip that you might expect from a bladed stud pattern, but at the same time, you’re still free to pivot and maneuver in any direction when planted, with very little restriction.


One of the most significant changes that you can’t really see, but can definitely feel is the improved touch of the Legend 5. Nike has managed to more or less modify, and arguably “improve”, the already great upper material that is kangaroo leather. The leather on it’s own is great. Not only is the quality awesome, you also get plenty of it, as it spans the entire mid-foot, forefoot and toe box, giving the boot a very uniform touch across the entire foot.

ACC, All Condition Control, is also a present feature on the Legend 5, acting as somewhat of a wet control element for the boot. ACC is a secretive process that Nike has, which improves the performance of the boot in wet weather, mainly by providing slightly more grip on the ball. Its tough to determine whether or not its an actual feature or simply the placebo effect in action, since you can’t actually see ACC, but I personally can notice a difference between an ACC and non-ACC boot. With all of that being said, it’s a nice feature that I’m glad Nike includes, but it isn’t something that is going to make or break your overall experience with the Legend 5.

Another significant change to the Legend 5 is the new layout of the upper. The lacing system is still central, but is now slightly shallower, leaving the forefoot and toe box area free and clear of any laces or extra bulk. This makes for a much more natural, less bulky feel in comparison to past Legend models, which is something that I really enjoyed about the Legend 5. Many, including myself, immediately made the observation that the shape of the Legend 5 isn’t necessarily “all-new”. For those that can remember back, or perhaps even had a pair of the Nike Tiempo Ronaldinho Dois, the overall shape and appearance of the Legend 5 is almost identical, which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion.

The Hypershield liner also deserves a mention when it comes to touch, simply because it does a great job of cutting down on some of the bulk that is sometimes present with traditionally styled leather boots. The Hypershield liner is thin and flexible, and does a good job of not restricting the flexibility of the leather or taking away from the natural, soft feel of the upper.

The Legend 5 is a very refined and well thought out kangaroo leather boot. It offers and ultra-soft, high-quality and uniform feel for the ball. What makes a full leather boot great is the consistency in feel that it provides, and you get just that from the Legend 5. If you’re a fan of that soft kangaroo leather touch, with no extra bulk or “touch modifiers”, than you’ll love the clean, natural feel of the Legend 5.


Striking the ball in the Legend 5 is nothing that you wouldn’t expect. The soft leather upper and memory foam padded tongue provides a nice cushioned feel when striking the ball. There is no additional grip anywhere on the upper, and for the most part, what you see is what you get. The soleplate provides plenty of rigidity through the mid-foot, giving the boot a nice solid feel when striking through the ball, while the bladed studs under the heel offer plenty of stability when planting for a strike. If you’re a fan of the very natural feel of kangaroo leather, than you’ll enjoy striking the ball in the Legend 5.


In comparison to most synthetic boots, the Legend 5 is going to be a fair bit more protective. The natural padding of the leather upper provides some decent impact protection should you get stepped, absorbing some of the blow. The boot also features an internal plastic heel counter, which provides some decent protection against kicks to the back of the heel. Overall, if protection is a concern for you, than you’ll be happy with the Legend 5.


The build quality of the Legend 5 is really solid. Everything is well put together and the quality of materials is great. The simple design definitely lends itself to being more durable in that very little can actually go wrong. I had no issues whatsoever throughout testing with the durability of the boot, and nothing jumps out at me as a potential concern. The Hypershield liner is also an interesting feature when it comes to durability, in that it definitely does allow the upper to dry more quickly. I would assume that this can only help with the longevity of the boot, but of course only time will tell.

Keep in mind that the Legend 5 is made from natural leather, so some maintenance is required in order to keep the upper in optimal condition. It is also worth mentioning that the FG version of the Legend 5, or any FG model for that matter, is designed for use on firm, natural grass playing surfaces, and nothing else. Using any FG cleats on artificial grass/turf will surely have a major impact on the durability and longevity of your cleats. If you frequently play on artificial grass, the Legend 5 is available with an AG stud pattern.

The Verdict

The Legend 5 is the first time we’ve seen Nike make some pretty significant changes and forward progress when it comes to technology and innovation with the Tiempo Legend series. The boot still maintains the high quality kangaroo leather upper and classic feel that we’ve come to expect from the Tiempo Legend series, but also introduces several new technologies and concepts that are not only interesting, but are actually effective when it comes to performance.

The new X1.1 last gives the Legend 5 a much more snug fit than the average traditionally styled boot, which will be more appealing to players who are used to the fit and feel of a synthetic boot, but are interested in trying something with a natural leather upper. The Hypershield liner is a very unique feature that not only feels good, but also solves, or at least improves upon a problem that has always existed with natural leather materials. The stud pattern also does a great job of providing a nice blend of classic and modern performance, and is something that pretty much anybody will like.

The Legend 5 might not come across as a particular innovative or exciting boot at first glance, but trust me when I say that the experience is quite unique. If you’re looking for a very pure, no nonsense type of feel and playing experience, than I would strongly recommend the Tiempo Legend 5.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight9 out of 10
Traction9 out of 10
Touch10 out of 10
Shooting8 out of 10
Protection8 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE62 out of 70 or 89%


  1. When do you think the ag version of this shoe will come out…

  2. Hi there
    I love your videos. i was wondering if the the tiempo legend 5 was good shoe for someone with no arc whatsoever. I very wide feet and flat feet. I was wondering if you could reccomend any cleat for flat feet. Also, it might be a good idea to make a video on it because of the many people who have flat feet and play soccer. Please respond about the tiempo legend 5 too because I am deciding between them and the hypervenom phantoms.

    • If you’re feet are as wide and flat as you say, you’re probably better off going for something like the Nike Premier. Even the Adidas Copa Mundial would be a great option.

  3. Hey Josh, how exactly should I care for these as far as cleaning goes after a session? Thanks!

    • Just keep them as clean as you can with water and a rag. Whenever you feel that the leather is starting to harden, it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to apply some leather cream, just to keep the upper nice and soft.

  4. Hey josh, I was wondering if you get any stud pressure while wearing the new Tiempo. That’s something I really have a problem with in my cleats.

    From long time viewer and HUGE fan

    • I didn’t have any issues with stud pressure whatsoever. Very few cleats will actually have issues with stud pressure from right out of the box. Stud pressure is normally caused by your shoes getting older and simply breaking down, or wearing a stud pattern with studs that are simply too long for the playing surface that you are using them on. For example, if you use longer studs on very hard ground, stud pressure is much more likely to be an issue.

  5. Josh, nice detailed review. I must say I enjoy thin k leather boots and am seriously considering this boot in AG.

    Do you think the AG model will also run 1/2 small?.
    Is the thickness of the leather similiar to that of the Puma King Final SL?

    Being in Canada I play 80% of games on AG for both indoor and outdoor games so looking to buy these for outdoor and replace by old bomba finales with the ii’s for indoor (although I have my resrevation on the finale ii).

    • The AG model sizing should be identical. I have a pair on the way and will be reviewing them shortly if specific details are what you’re looking for. I would say that in comparison to the King, the Legend V is going to be a little thinner, and just less bulky overall, which is a good thing.

  6. Hey josh I am torn between which to get the tiempo legend five and the new 11pro. I wore both older models of the tiempo and 11pro and am looking for a lightweight leather feel which would you recommend?

    • Personally, I prefer the Legend 5, mainly due to the less bulky feel. In terms of weight, both boots are very similar.

  7. Wow, thanks for the awesome review Josh, was really looking forward to the full review of this boot!

  8. What’s up Josh, great review, I was wondering if you were gonna be doing a comparison between the legend 5 and the legacy any time soon? Thanks!

  9. Hey Josh, I wear a size 7.5 in the Adizero leathers. What size should I get in the Legend 5 and overall what shoe do you prefer?

  10. Hi josh what synthetic boot would you recomend for wide feet?

  11. Great video but I have a question. Are the tiempo v good for people with narrow feet? I have narrow feet and don’t really like the touch on the mercurials. What could be some other options? T thanks

  12. Hi Josh,

    Out of Nike premier, tiempo 5, diadora maracana RTX 12, mizuno Morelia MD (Indonesia version), copa mundial, which shoes’s touch do you like the most, please explain in a few words why you liked the particular shoes’ touch.

    Thank you, you are making the best online soccer shoe reviews, keep up the super work!

    • They’re all leather and are all going to feel similar, to certain extent, when it comes to touch. You’re essentially asking me to re-write a review that I have already made. There are long, detailed reviews for all of the shoes that you mentioned that go into great detail regarding every performance aspect of the shoe. Check out the full written reviews and you should get the answer to your question.

      • Thanks Josh, I have read all the reviews before posting my question, still has the questions in mind, they all provide great touch, but which leather shoe provide the best touch and is your favorite? cheers

        • I’ve wore the copa, premier, and legend 4 and it’s not doubt that the copa provides the best tough. The premier is 2nd and 3rd is the legend.
          I’ve never worn the other cleats you mentioned.

  13. Hello Josh
    I wanted to know if your going to review any of the Tiempo Legend V takedowns. Thanks!!

    P.S. I’m a long time subscriber and I love your videos

  14. Hey Josh, I recently purchased the Legend V’s in size 8.5US, because I previously wore the CTR’s in 8.5US and they still fit me fine. However, I tried them on and they are quite tight. I am considering swapping them for the 9US. Should I stick out the tightness pain in the hope that they will stretch soon? Or should I get the size up? I mean, if I do keep wearing them then I obviously won’t be able to return them. If I do move up to a 9US and wear them in until the leather stretches, will it stretch that much that they will soon be too big for me (I guess I can wear double socks so they do still fit me well)? Also, is the 9US much bigger than the 8.5US?

    • That’s your call. The length is really what you have to worry about. As long as the fit is simply tight, and not painful, I would think that you would be OK after break-in. Again, it really comes down to what you’re comfortable with.

  15. Hey josh, I wear the adipure 11pro sl and they seem to run a little long in a 9.5, what size should I get in these Tiempos

  16. Josh, how come you’re not answering my question? You answer other questions, and even mine was deleted? The ome were i asked about that Nike saying there is Kanga-Lite, and the amoumt of K-leather is different then you mentioned. I don’t believe you would of have actually deleted it.

  17. Hey was wondereing to get a pair my self but their quite pricey so i thought of going with the 11pro as they are cheaper. I just wanted to know that are they good and should i buy them? Plus ive also never worn leather boots and dont know the exact difference between k leather and taurus leather. Thanks and appreciated!! 🙂

  18. Hey Josh, I was just wondering when you will be able to do a review and unboxing of the Adidas Predator Absolado LZ 2, so if you could tell me a general time when you think you would do that review that’d be great.

  19. Hey josh, great review as usual. I had the hypervenom phantom in a size 8 but it was alittle big, but after I wore 2 socks the fit was fine. What size should I get for the legend 5?

  20. Hey Josh, im commenting again because my last comment didnt come up.
    In your reviews you mention there is no Kanga-Lite om the Legend V’s, and that the Kangaroo leather spands up to the instep. But according to Nike the instep is Kanga-Lite and only the forefoot and the midfoot on the outside is Kangaroo leather.

    • Its not uncommon for tech specs to be wrong on many websites, even Nike’s. Like I showed in the video, there are no seams or transitions from the kangaroo leather area of the boot, therefore it can only be one material.

      • My friend has a pair, and he also has said the inside does not feel like kangaroo leather and does not seem to stretch. And every single retailer i know mentions Kanga-Lite. Not sure if thats uncommon.

        • I’m not sure what you’re getting at. I would consider myself to be more or less an expert on this kind of thing, and not to be rude, but I’m not particularly concerned by what your friend has told you. Upon the release of a new model, it isn’t uncommon for retailers to copy and paste tech specs of the previous model, in this case the Legend 4, as the specs for the Legend 5. I saw this several times for the latest adizero model as well.

          • Sorry if im starting to annoy you but its kinda wierd putting the hypershield branding on k leather and im not sure why they would put a thick seam there for no reason.

  21. Which cleats do you prefer, these or the CTR Maestri III

  22. Hey Josh, Im looking for an all round boot, one that i can wear for long term use, ive been considering these but i heard the leather can crack often. Whatdu think i should get

  23. Which cleats do you prefer, these or the CTR Maestri III? and which ones have a more responsive feel when changing direction?

  24. Hello Josh I’m doing indoor this spring so i was wondering what the best shoe, if not a Tiempo legend, is for a person with exceptionally wide feet. Thanks

  25. I wear a 7.5 in the ctr 2 and I wear a 7 in the tiempo 4 elites should I get a 7.5 in the tiempo 5??? Thanks

  26. Hi Josh,

    When do you expect to review the black and white version of the tiempo legend 5?
    I’m looking forward to see how it looks on feet.

    Greats from Holland!


  27. Hey Josh I play on both turf and grass fields, but can only afford one pair of cleats so which one would be better for both the FG version or the AG version of the Nike Tiempo Legend V?

  28. I was just wonder what is the difference between the legend the legacy an the gieno? Is the legend that much better than the legacy? How will these compare to my Adidas predator lz 2 trx fg?

  29. Hey Josh, I got a pair of this and length wise they are perfect, but the toe box feels very tight. How much will this Tiempo stretch on the toe box?

    • Its normal for them to feel very snug from right out of the box. As long as they aren’t painfully tight, you’ll find that they’ll be much more comfortable after an hour or two of wear time, they will stretch.

  30. What size should I get if I have the lunargato 2 and they fit perfectly

  31. What size should I get if I have the lunargato 2 in 8.5 us and they fit perfectly

  32. Hey josh, I’ve been thinking of getting the legend for a while now but I’ve also been looking at the predator Lz 2 an the ctr360 for a while also. What boot do you like more to play with out of those 3? Why? Thanks in advance.

  33. Hi Josh. I was wondering how to keep the tiempos clean. And how should i clean the stitching if dirt gets in it?

    • Just wipe them down with a wet rag. Unfortunately they’re going to get dirty, no matter what you do, and there really isn’t any way to clean the stitching unfortunately.

  34. Hi Josh, I’m looking to get a Nike Tiempo V, but it seems that the sizing has changed. I know the Tiempo runs half a size up, and i wear a UK8.5 in my Mecurials which is US9.5, but in the new Nike Tiempo its a UK9 and US9.5. So what should my UK size be for the tiempos since both US sizes are the same.

    • The UK to US sizing conversion has not changed, but the Legend 5 does run half a size small. If you were wearing 8.5UK in Mercurials, you would need a 9UK in the Legend 5.

  35. I was wondering if these Legends break like how the older ones were notoriously known for. I have been in the market for new cleats and these have been one of my favorites

    • There’s an entire section on durability in the written review if you want to check it out. I’m not too sure what you’re talking about regarding “durability issues” with the previous legend model. The Legend 4 was a very well made shoe that had next to no issues whatsoever.

  36. Hey josh, I am like you and i really like my cleats tight, however my right foot is roughly half a size larger than my left(strange i know). Since i purchase a pair, which foot should i base my purchase off of? The larger or smaller foot? Thanks and im a huge fan.

  37. hows the durability? from what I’ve heard they do not hold up was well as the iv’s, I would love to hear what you think. Thanks.

  38. Hey Josh, so just to confirm, a legend 5 in 9us will fit tighter length-wise than a legend 4 in 9us? Also, does the legend 5 toe box retain its shape better than the legend 4?

  39. Hey Josh! I’m just curious as to why you gave the shooting an 8 out of 10 on the Tiempos, vs the Hypervenoms that got a 10 out of 10? And just curious, what is your favorite boot between the latest models of the tiempos,CTRs, and the hypervenom?

  40. Hey Josh,

    I’ve got the black and white ones and i think there’s something strange going on at the instep of the shoe. There’s a strange somewhat sticky material at the end of the white, it seems that there’s black leather underneath a white skin.

    Do you know what that is?


    • It might be the extra painted on white color cause mine feel like that too on my orange ones

      • I do think that’s it, there’s black leather underneath the white painting.. I like my tiempos but i think this is A very bad thing to happen on a shoe that retails voor 200 dollars! What’s your opinion?

  41. My legends got in and the left shoe has a weird crack/scratch on the stiffener bar. I don’t think it’s all the way through but I can see the shadow of it against the light in my room. Should I be worried?

    • Sounds like an imperfection in the graphic/color. Personally I don’t think that you have anything to worry about, but if it really concerns you, just exchange them for another pair from the same place where you got them.

  42. Another question my toe is right at the orange stitching, so do you think that would cause the sole to seperate easier?

  43. Josh,
    Which do you prefer The Tiempo V or Tiempo IV? and which will have less stud pressure?

    • I prefer the 5, simply due to the more streamlines feel. The solelpate design for both the Legend 4 and 5 are nearly identical, so in terms of feel and comfort, they’re more or less the same.

  44. Hi Josh, I have recently been wearing the older leather adizeros, and are torn between the new adizeros, or a more traditional feel such as the tiempo 5. which would you recommend?

  45. I tried these on instore yesterday and I must say they are nowhere near as comfortable as the IV’s or the Premiers. They feel more like a synthetic boot than a leather shoe.

    • The new lacing system requires a tighter fit from out of the box in order to fit properly after break-in. I agree that it isn’t quite as comfortable from right out of the box, but trust me when I say that this changes after a few hours of wear-time.

  46. Is anyone playing them a long time?
    I know TL IV are very durable, and TL V?

  47. how do you compare these with the premier? these are about 100 dollars more, but are they really worth it?

    • I can’t say whether or not its worth it, that’s something that you have to determine for yourself. With that being said, do I think that the Legend 5 is $100 “better” than the Premier? The answer is no. The Premier offers a simpler, more traditional feel, while the Legend 5 is all about classic feel, combined with modern innovation. Both great boots, you just have to decide which is the better choice for you.

  48. Hey Josh, I got a pair of the Legend 5 and out of the box they fit tight at the toe box area and was wondering if over time that area will stretch

  49. Hey Josh…I am stuck here and i dont know whether to get a tiempo legend v or hypervenom phantoms i would like to know which boot would give a very comfortable i know both are but i would like the most comfortable between the two because i have not worn any and i dont know the feel of it

    • They’re both comfortable, but have very different feels. Most would argue that a leather upper makes for a very comfortable fit and feel, but with that being said, the NikeSkin synthetic found on the Phantom is in my opinion just as comfortable. The deciding factor here should be whether your prefer more of a barefoot feel, or more of a traditional leather feel.

      • Alright thanks ill give the tiempo a try since i have sadly never worn a pair of leather boots in my football career i have only worn synthetic and i would guess that the feel of the phantoms is somewhat similar to the phelons which i have already owned…….would love to get that tiempo….hope i can afford it cause im just 16 😀

  50. Hi Josh, ive been thinking on getting these pair of cleats but i dont know either to get these or the mercurial vapors?
    which do you think are better and would last longer?

    • This is not a situation where one is “better” than the other, simply because your contemplating between two shoes that are essentially exact opposites when it comes to feel. Check out my written reviews for both shoes, and base your decision on the feel that each shoe has to offer.

  51. Hi Josh,

    I currently own a pair of Hypervenom Phantoms in SG and I am looking at another pair of boots in FG, however I am against the idea of having 2 pairs of the same boot. I absolutely LOVE my Hypervenoms and rate them as the best pair of boots Ive ever owned. I noticed these legends have the same shape (1.1 Last) and the same internal material and was wondering if these would provide a similar fit, feel, etc. of the Hypervenoms. However, I am also looking at Predator LZ SL as they seem a solid pair of boots as well.

    Would you recommend the Legends as a good pair of boots to wear alongside the Hypervenoms or would the Predators (or another recommendation) be better suited.


    • Both the Preds and the Legends will feel significantly different from the Phantom. If you’re OK with having a shoe that feels completely different from what you’re used too, than either boot is a great choice. As of right now, nothing really has a similar feel to that of the Hypervenom Phantom.

  52. Thank you so much for the vid josh. I just ordered of pair of the amazing cleats and cant wait to get them. One question, are the cleats super comfortable and are they durable?
    Thank you!

  53. will you be making a review of the crimson color way? i’m stuck right now between the crimson and the black/white color way. which colorway do you think looks better?

  54. Hey Josh, do the Tiempo Legend V’s stretch in the midfoot and become wider after breaking them in?

  55. Do you overall prefer the nike premier or the nike tiempo legend 5?

    • Honestly, it depends on the day. As of right now, I’ve been wearing the Legend 5 way more than the Premier.

  56. Great review as always but i had one question. What is a pure and no nonsense type of feel om the ball.

    • The Nike Premier would be my recommendation, or if you’re looking for something more traditional, its tough to beat the Adidas Copa Mundial.

  57. Hi Josh, great review (as always)! I am fortunate enough to have a local soccer store that gets most cleats in, so I can try them on before buying. I tried the Legend V in a size 11.5 and they seemed to feet good throughout, except the instep, which was possibly a little loose and the toe box, which seemed tight. They were a good length, however there was some pressure on my toe, as if the toe box was too low to the ground. Would you recommend sticking with the size 11.5? I wear a size 11 in synthetic f50s. Thanks, a long time subscriber

    • The legend 5 fits tighter out of the box than most leather boots. Of course the leather will stretch, but that requires break-in time for that to happen. As long as the 11.5 isn’t causing you pain, and is just simply a little snug, I would stick with the 11.5. With that being said, if you just can’t deal with the fit, I wouldn’t go half a size up, just because the shoes will be too big.

  58. Hi josh, I just wanted to ask you a quick question. I have never worn a leather boot and have been wanting to get a pair. I like a light weight boot with a slightly narrow fit. Which boot would you recommend for me? Thanks

  59. Hi Josh. I have the Nike Tiempo Legend IV in size 10 and the feel pretty good…
    I’m thinking of getting the Tiempo Legend V but don’t know what size to order.
    Can you give me a little help?

  60. Hi josh i was wondering if you can make a Nike Tiempo Rio Review. My friends told me that they were great shoes

  61. does the colored part of the tiempo legend v start to fade or crack after a while?

  62. Just asking,in your review of the tiempo legacy you say I can purchase the tiempo legend at $160.Is the website opened by you?

  63. Just wondering what your personal preference if out of the new Opus and the Legend V’s. I am a keeper looking for new boots, and value your opinion very highly. Which would you buy if you had those two to choose from. Thanks a lot.

    • The major difference is going to be the thickness of the upper, plus the extra grip that the Opus provides. The Opus is thinner and will provide more grip on the ball, while the Legend 5 is a more padded boot, with more of natural feel. My personal preference is the Legend 5, but your preference might be different.

  64. Hi Josh I’m a big fan of your reviews.
    I’m a size 11 in a regular shoe size and have space in the toe box about the size of my thumb.

    If I buy the legend 5 then the toe box will be more snug since you said its a half size small so but since it’s a leather then, would it should fit me just right?

    What are your recommendations/opinions?

  65. Hi Josh,

    I recently bought a 9.5 in the Legend V, because I’m still growing and the 9s fit perfectly, so I thought I’d grow out of them in a short period of time. Essentially, I knew they’d be a bit big for the first while, but they’d last for sure. The only problem is how to compensate for the extra length at the toe. This has only occurred to me because I have a tournament coming up, and I want to have my footwear issues sorted out. My team wears the entry level Nike socks, and I have experimented with a pair of Hyperlites over them. The Hyperlites are good quality and a decent thickness, but I was wondering if you have any other suggestions for a reasonable price? Also, how do I wear the socks (under my standard socks, I’ve heard some refs won’t let you wear other socks over top of your kit)?

    Any advice would be appreciated:)

    Anders (a HUGE fan of yours from Canada!)

    P.S. Josh, why do think so many contracted players at the WC aren’t wearing Magistas/Vapors with the Dynamic Fit Collar? I’m just wondering, what is your preference (DFC or no DFC)?

    Thanks again, and sorry to bother you!

    • Wearing thicker socks isn’t going to fill in your shoes. If your shoes are too big, they’re big, that’s why they make them in so many different sizes. There isn’t really anything you can do.

      The players will wear the boot that they prefer as long as its from the brand that they’re contracted with. I don’t think anybody is forced to wear the Superfly over the MVX or Obra over the Opus. Nike has made two high-end shoes within each line, and naturally so will prefer one over the other, which is why you’re seeing the variation amongst Nike pros.

  66. Hey josh

    I like need new cleats because i have been wearing my vapor 8 for awhile and i am familiar with the vapor line but like they ripped and i am intrested in both in the nike tiempo 5 fg and the new nike merucurial vapor 10 since they both are around the price i am willing to spend and like i don’t know which too choose because i am looking for a cleat that is more better for both shooting a dribbling, i am not really worried about the weight of the shoe, and i would also like one that is good for passing, since i play of a more central mid field role, please get back to me as soon as possible, thanks and sorry to ask you such a ridiculous question.

    • Your position and playing style has nothing to do with what shoes you should wear. You’re considering two shoes that are essentially exact opposites when it comes to feel, so your decision between the two should be pretty simple. If you want a similar barefoot feel to your MV8s, go for the MVX, but if you want a more padded feel for the ball, go for the Legend.

  67. Hey Josh,
    Can u wear cushioned trusox with the tiempo legend V or will it be too hard to get your foot in the shoe?

  68. hey josh i have a adipure cleats right now and i wear a size 11, and its length is 2 sizes long. if i want to get new cleats what size do you think is advisable for both nike and adidas

  69. Hey Josh, I currently wear a size 7.5 in nike premiers and I have outgrown them. Do you recommend me getting the tiempo legends in a size 8? Or should I just buy a new pair of premiers. I really liked the premiers, but I want to see how the legend V is, considering they are slightly similar

  70. hey i wanted to ask that which shoe has the fit and comfort level and is as great as the legend v? Other than the premiers that is. Are there synthetic boots like it? And is the puma powercat 1 a good boot overall?

  71. I sent you a message on email and I wanted to ask you another question. I play on mostly artificial grace playing surfaces with the black rubber in them so I tried looking for AG soleplates around where I live (I live in South Korea) and there doesn’t seem to be any of them near. Would the FG version be ok to play with?

  72. I wear a 9.5 us in the nike hypervenom phantoms and I really want to get the reflective pack colorway of the legend 5. Do you think I will be ok getting a size 9.5 in them in terms of length and width?

  73. Hi josh, I was just thinking a comparison video between the magista opus and the tiempo legend 5!! That’d be really interesting for my next pair.

  74. Would u say that these boots are close to the nike indoor lunar gato 2? And what size should i get if im a 8.5 us in the lunar gato?
    Thanks Josh

  75. hi
    I was just wondering which is your personal preference between these or the new 11pro SL.
    Thanks a lot.

  76. Does the SG PRO version have the same last??

  77. My Nitrocharges are european size 45 1/3. I still have little bit space on them, imean theyre not perfectly tight, but feels okay. So what you think if i buy Tiempos 45 1/2. Will they be big enought.

    Thanks for your videos i love them.

  78. Love your review but I was wondering where can I buy the leather cream to keep my boots soft.

    Keep up the good work!

  79. What can you buy the cream to keep the leather smooth?

  80. Hey josh, great review. I am currently thinking of upgrading from the my ctr360 maestri iii to the nike tiempo legend v crimson. Was wondering if you’d recommend the nike tiempo legend v as you previously said the ctr360 maestri was your boot of the year previously.

  81. Hey Josh,

    I was just wondering if the takedown models of the Tiempo Legend V (legacy,genio,rio) have more or less the same “fit” as the top-end Legends, in terms of length and the X1.1 last. I was just asking because there are no specialty soccer stores that carry the Nike Tiempo Legend Vs where i live here in Hawaii, and i really only feel comfortable playing in Tiempos.

    Thank You Again,

  82. Which shoe has the best touch IN YOUR OPINION

  83. hey josh I heard that after a while the tiempo legend 5 cracks and gets little rips on the upper is that true

  84. hey josh i am looking for new cleats and really enjoyed your review about the legends. I have wide feet and already have the nike premiers, so would the tiempo be good for wide feet or maybe the nitrocharge

  85. hey josh great review. I was thinking about upgrading my nike premier to the nike tiempo legend 5. I had a size 11 in the premier and was wondering what size should I get in the tiempos and I usually like a little space in the toe area

  86. Hey Josh, what are your personal favourite soccer shoes right now, and which would you recommend the most?

  87. i play on both turf and real grass is this shoe good for that

  88. i wear a 11 in the premiers so do I order a 11 in the nike tiempo legends

  89. Hey Josh love your videos and reviews! just wondering if I wear a size 11 in the ctr360 trequartista 3, what size should I order my tiempos?

  90. Hey Josh, i was wondering witch boot i should get? The Legend V oder the Premier? What would be your prefered boot?

  91. hey josh I recently bought the nike tiempo legend 5 and I watched your trusox review and want to buy a pair but don’t know if I should get the thin or cushioned so It would really help if u could recommend which one

  92. ya but I like the cushioned trusox but will it be too tight on the nike tiempo legend 5 because I know the tiempo has a tighter fit

  93. hey josh just bought the nike tiempo legend v after watching your review, thanks man

  94. Hey Josh!Dont mind helping me out here.I play soccer in school(natural grass)around 3 times a week around twice on natural grass.Also,I go for soccer training once a week,2 hours,and I play on artificial grass.In a dilemma on getting AG or FG.Could you help me out?

  95. I’ve noticed that my pair has started to have small rips on a material on the instep of my right boot. The material i guess is something else than leather but is this something to be alarmed about? Please do reply and thanks

  96. Are you going to do a review on the new tiempo a that came out today I was wondering because I am torn between the tiempo and the magista

  97. Would you say these are worth the price increase in comparison to the Legend IVs?

  98. Hi Josh
    I want to get a second pair of laces (different color) for my legends. Where can I find some online or store?
    Thanks in advance!!!

  99. Hey Josh, my current boots are the Nike T90 Lazer IV and I am a size 12 US. I was thinking about getting the Legend V or the Hypervenom Phantom but Im partial to the Tiempos look. Im kinda scared of the sizing. Is there a big difference in the sizing in the Lazer 4 and the Legend 5? Thanks man, you rule.

    • There’s definitely a significant difference between the Laser 4 and Legend 5. They’re both great boots, but the feel that they have to offer will be quite different from each other. In terms of sizing, there’s more info in my written review of the Legend 5, but I would think that a 12.5US should be just fine.

  100. Why do you prefer this over the new Magista obra and Superfly? I’m sort of a sucker for the flyknit and dynamic fit collar…

    • I tend to prefer natural leather, slightly padded uppers, simply because of the feel on the ball that it provides. When it comes to kangaroo leather shoes, the Legend 5 is one of the best right now. The Flyknit models from Nike are great, but not my personal favorite type of shoe to wear.

  101. Hi josh,
    I wanted to ask several questions based on the insoles:
    1. Which is the best insole to buy such as the shock doctor for hard to firm ground surfaces as my fore foot and outer midfoot start to have pain due to pressure.
    2. Are they true to size and can they be used on shoes like tiempo legend v or nitrocharge 1.0? And since if lets say my insoles are size 9 and as we have to go a half size up in the legend v will the shock doctor fit the shoe?
    3.what is your preferred insole ?
    Now i know this is a long question but i can really really use your help.
    Thanks for your time.

  102. Hi
    I was just wondering if you could help me out with some of your experience. I play on a pitch that is very hard and dusty which puts a lot of strain on the shoes. I was hoping you could suggest any shoes that you may know would suit this situation.
    Thanks for your help.

  103. Hello Joshua, i believe that you are already tired of commenting about nike legend v sizing problems, but let me give you another one. i am looking for my size, i wore tiempo legend IV an 40 EU size, and predator lz 2 also 40. and i am looking for tightest fit in lenght as possible.
    what is your oppinion on my size in tiempo legend v? 40 or 40.5 ?

    have a good day,

  104. Hey Josh how would you recommend cleaning and maintaining the legend v’s? Would you clean and treat the leather the same as a normal k leather boot? I’m not sure due to the acc waterproofing and everything. Thanks man!

  105. Hi Josh, I was interested in buying a pair of the stealth pack tiempos and was wondering whether you think the calf skin version would be more durable compared to the k leather version? The reason I was thinking this is because if the k leather is softer then maybe it will break down quicker… What do you think?

  106. Hey Josh I was thinking of choosing between magista opus,hypervenom,or tiempo which would you pick?
    Long time viewer and fan,

    • My favorite of the bunch that you named would be the Legend 5, but all three are really good shoes. It just depends on what you’re looking for. Check out the written reviews on my site for all three models and that should help you make a decision a lot more easily.

  107. Hi Josh, I was wondering on what stud pattern I should be using if I practice mostly on turf but I play a lot of my games of grass.

    • Unfortunately there is no such stud pattern for use on grass and turf. If you play frequently on both playing surfaces, it’s best to have one pair of FG and one pair of AG cleats. You’ll get better performance, stability, durability and a safer playing experience by doing this.

  108. Ive been watching your videos for a long time but i still cant decide between the tiempo legend v or the magista opus. can you compare them?

  109. Hey josh, I’ve really been enjoying the tiempo legacy’s. But just one question on the the durability of the legend 5. Will the legend 5’s leather fade off as much as the legacy? I play mostly on grass and sometimes on turf. Thanks in advance. Keep up the good work(:

  110. Hi Josh! I’ve been consistently been wearing synthetic soccer cleats for the last few years, and have preferred cleats that were pretty thin and gave me a barefoot feel on the ball, ex. Superflys, Hypervenoms, etc. But recently I’ve been pretty interested in the Tiempos and was wondering if they would be a good choice. I’m mainly looking at good touch on the ball. If it helps, I’ve tried the evoPowers and disliked them, but have loved Hypervenoms. Would Tiempos be a good choice or should I stick to the synthetics?

  111. hey josh,
    i was contemplating between a leather boot and synthetic boot, and the two i have in mind is the tiempo legend v and the evopower 1. i like a slighty plush feel when touching the ball, good traction and good durability. which shoe should i get?
    really appreciate a quick reply. 🙂

  112. Hi josh I’m a player that plays 95% of the time in hard ground where the grass is short or sometimes completely removed from the ground, there are a lot of rocks and maybe each 2 to 3 months it rains so much that the ground becomes ideal for fg shoes. Where I live they sell fg, sg, turf and ic shoes, and for practice I bought a pair of tiempo legend 4 in the firm ground variation, but each time that I go to play, I feel stud pressure that is quite noticeable when running with the ball and trying to shoot the ball at the same time. I would like to know if you a hard ground soccer shoe could be a solution to my situation and if you could recommend me a couple of shoes for my type of field conditions.

  113. Hey Josh,
    I have a question about the ACC water resistant technology. I bought a new pair of Tiempo legend V on Black friday and I’ve used them twice a week for the past month and a half. After each game I play or ref I clean them with a wet cloth and dry them. About how long should the water resistance last?

    • ACC doesn’t make your shoes water resistant. It also isn’t something that can rub off, it is part of the upper. Watch this video, it explains everything you need to know regarding ACC

      • I rewatched the video. I understand that I was mistaken because of the effect of the ACC had on my Tiempos. When playing with them on, I noticed that water would drip off, so I assumed the shoe was water resistant. I began to feel the effect lose effectiveness after wearing them for the two month duration, but I now realize that it was a treatment for the leather and it won’t wear off. Thanks for clearing it up for me. Keep up the great videos!

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  115. Hey Josh,

    Is it that all Tiempo Legend 5’s have the hyper shield liner or is it only the new shine through Tiempos that have it?

  116. I just recently watched a video about the 4 types of cleats rangigng from natural leather shoes to lightweight synthetic shoes. Right now I’m considering getting a Tiempo Legend V because I like shoes which fit snuggly to my feet and has great touch on the ball, not to mention the beautiful design. From the video, I made out that the Legend V could fall in three of the categories: Natural Leather as it is made from Kangalite Leather, Hybrid as there were signs of lightweight synthetic at the back of the boot and Lightweight Leather due to its 8ounce weight on a leather shoe. So which does the Tiempo cleats fall in?

  117. JOSH HERE IS UR #1 fan…

    Josh i have the stealth pack of Legend..

    but i prefer more shooting .. but the legend doesnot really help shooting.. .. any suggestion for soccer shoe like…

    Kangroo leather shoe that help more shooting.. please

    thanks alot

  118. Hi josh, I really like your reviews and I noticed that you said the tiempo legend v run a half size small. I was wondering what size to get. I normally wear a 6.5 soccer cleat(nike) and my nike running shoes are a size 6( but a little tight). I want my cleats to last about 6 month or longer. I can’t decide weather to get these cleats in a 7 or 7.5. Hope you can help. As always thank you for such a great review.

  119. Hey josh I really like these boots but can’t find them in my size anywhere. I noticed you do have a size 6 UK in stock but would you be able to deliver it to the UK?

  120. hey josh, I’m fancying myself some tiempos and have looked into the white shine through ones because I’ve found a good price thanks to your deals of the week which is extremely helpful! I was wondering about how dirty the shoes might get not only the white leather but the white stictching on the shoes.

    • They definitely will get dirty, but it’s most due to the stitching getting dirty and being pretty difficult to clean, but that’s the case with pretty much any white leather shoe.

  121. Hey josh ,

    is there a big difference in touch and comfort between the nike tiempo legend V’s and the umbro speciali 4’s? cause I can get the umbro’s speciali 4’s for 100dollars less than the tiempo’s. I already have worn the tiempo’s and they felt really really good 🙂 haven’t tried the umbro’s yet but they look quite similar, what are your thoughts on this? thx in advance! greetings

  122. Hey Josh! Which colorway would you pick between the Shine Through Collection and the new Highlight Pack Soar Blue/Volt? I cannot decide! Thanks

  123. Hey Josh,

    recently bought a pair of the Legend Vs and am loving them, except that after only about 5 hours in them there is a small area (about 1cm) where the upper is coming away from the soleplate. I know you say in your review that you haven’t encountered any durability issues, so I’m just hoping that this is a dodgy glue-job and that Nike will issue me a new pair when, and if, the upper continues to separate.

    However, I have a feeling that I am one of those people (that you mention in another video) that are hard on their shoes. I sometimes drag my toe when defending a player who cuts back and forth, and I play as a CB so my boots make a lot of tackles throughout the course of a season. With that in mind I was wondering what do you think are currently the most durable boots on the market right now?

    I’m guessing Copas, Pred Instincts, Premiers, and 11Pros? Any others? Any standouts?

    My concern mainly is sole separation. I’d love to keep wearing the Legend Vs in the future but have seen on Nike’s website that a lot of customers have encountered the same premature separation that I have.

  124. Hey Josh you’ve previously mentioned that these feel good when shooting, due to the low toe box and feel of the upper? How does the new 11pro compare? is it superior, inferior, or the same when striking the ball?

  125. These or the predator instincts, or magista opus. Im a defender, are these boots for defenders? and are there any other defender boots?

  126. hey josh, i want to get a pair of tiempo shoes but i am stuck between the legend v and legacy, which shoe would be more comfortable, better touch, great quality, but not for retail price. thanks

    p.s i watched you video on the tiempo line comparison but im still confused

  127. Hi Josh I was wondering if you could help me, I’ve purchased a pair of Legend Vs in 2 sizes and I’m unsure as what size is best. When I go up half a size I have about a thumbs width left at the end when standing. When I go for my normal size with is a UK Size 7 they feel tight on my big toe straight out of the box? Am I better off going for the size that feels tight out of the box as when broken in they will of stretched? Thanks in advance.

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