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Nike Elastico Finale 2 Premium Review

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Nike Elastico Finale 2 Premium Review

The Nike Elastico Finale 2 Premium is unlike any other indoor soccer/futsal shoe that I have ever worn. Being one of two indoor specific models in the new FC247 line, with the other being the Lunar Gato 2, the Elastico Finale 2 Premium is all about being lightweight and low-profile, while still maintaining a very clean touch on the ball. I was skeptical of the minimalism of this shoe when I first held it in my hands, but after wearing them, I can’t say enough good things.

Comfort/Fit

The entire construction of the Elastico Finale 2 is new and never been done before, but man does it feel good! One of the first things that you’ll notice when you hold the shoe in your hand is the thinness and extreme flexibility of the entire sole. Through the entire front half of the shoe, there is absolutely no midsole, with the only padding being provided by the insole. This gives the shoe a true “barefoot” feel, making for great court feel and tremendous flexibility. I was really worried that the lack of padding was going to be uncomfortable, but I didn’t run into any issues with discomfort at all, and actually came to like the extremely low-profile feel. Granted, the minimal amount of cushioning is not for everybody, but if you’re looking for a true minimalist futsal shoe, than you’ll absolutely love the feel of the Elastico. Through the mid-foot and heel you’ll find a thin, foam midsole, which provides just enough cushion to maintain a comfortable feel when running on indoor court playing surfaces.

The upper is constructed from Nike’s brand new “Nike Skin” synthetic, which combines mesh and fused layers of PU to form an upper that is extremely thin and flexible, allowing for a very comfortable fit, and even a little bit of breathability. Nike Skin is comprised of two separate layers, with the first layer being made from a very thin mesh, knitted is somewhat of a “honeycomb” pattern, while the outer layer is basically a Polyurethane membrane. What’s great about this material from Nike is not only that it provides a great touch on the ball, but it also allows Nike to change the thickness of the upper in any spot they choose. For example, the Elastico Finale 2 features mainly one single PU layer across the entire upper, while all of the areas where the upper meets the sole, has an extra PU layer, which not only reinforces the upper for lateral movements, but also enhances the durability of the boot. Its very difficult to describe the feel of Nike Skin, but the main takeaways are that its very thin, slightly padded and very flexible, offering a feel that I would compare to a sock.

Other comfort elements on the shoe include a lightly padded mesh heel liner, offering a soft feel and secure fit. The lacing system is off-centered, with the laces being pushed slightly to the instep, almost like what you’ll find on the CTR360 line from Nike. It allows for a very secure fit when you pull the laces tight and overall feels very comfortable. The insole is very reminiscent to what was used in the Nike GS Concept models, being made from a very dense, yet soft foam material. It doesn’t seem like much, but it definitely gets the job done in terms of providing sufficient cushioning, given the lack of midsole through the forefoot.

The fit of the Elastico Finale 2 is fantastic. The fit is most comparable to Nike’s very popular Mercurial series, offering a tighter fit overall, but due to the incredible flexibility of the Nike Skin upper, I find the fit to be a little less restrictive, which is a good thing. Just by looking at the shape of the boot, you can tell that its going to have a very snug fit, but of all the tight fitting shoes that I’ve ever worn, I don’t think that I’ve ever worn one this comfortable. The fit across the entire boot is what I would consider to be average to slightly wide, making it a suitable choice for most foot types. The flexibility and softness of the Nike Skin upper allows the shoe to instantly match the shape of your foot, with no break-in time required.

The sizing for the FC247 Elastico Finale 2 is just as you might expect, true to size. I wore my usual size 9US for review, and the fit in the length was absolutely perfect. So, if you’re looking to order a pair for yourself, I would strongly recommend ordering your normal size for the best possible fit.

Weight

For the most part, futsal shoes have never really been designed around being lightweight. Of course there are models out there that weigh-in around the 8 to 9oz mark, but by most people’s high standards nowadays and the technological expertise of large companies like Nike, 8oz just isn’t what I would consider to be “pushing the limit”. With the release of the Elastico Finale 2, there is finally a futsal shoe in the sub 7oz weight range! The Elastico Finale 2 weighs in at a very impressive 6.9oz, making for a very lightweight feel both in-hand, as well as on feet. When it comes to lightweight futsal shoes, there aren’t many options out there, but if you’re looking for one of the lightest shoes around, than I would definitely take a look at the Elastico Finale 2.

Traction

Traction is extremely important when it comes to futsal, and the Elastico Finale 2 features a fairly unconventional traction pattern. In the forefoot area of the outsole, you’ll find that the traction pattern is split in two, with the medial side featuring a dimpled pattern, and the lateral side featuring a more traditional herringbone pattern. Under the heel, you’ll find the same two patterns, but flipped.  Another thing to note about the traction pattern, is that the herringbone section is made up from a slightly softer, translucent rubber, while the dimpled area is made from a slightly firmer, solid rubber.

The concept behind the split traction design is that the dimpled area will provide more grip or a “better” touch on the ball, while the herringbone area is what’s going to provide the majority of the grip. You can definitely tell that the dimpled area of the sole does not provide quite as much grip as the herringbone portion of the sole, but the overall performance of the traction pattern is still very good. The rubber itself is a little stiff from right out the box, so some break-in time is required for the traction to kick-in and start feeling like its supposed to.

On clean indoor courts, the traction is fantastic, offering plenty of grip in every direction. The performance was also very good on slightly dusty and debris ridden courts. On concrete, and other outdoor playing surfaces, you’ll get plenty of traction, but durability may become in issue due to how little rubber there actually is on the sole. Part of what makes the traction so great is the flexibility of the forefoot area, which allows the sole to flex and bend very naturally with your foot, giving you optimal traction no matter which way that you twist or turn.

Overall, the traction pattern performs really well. With that being said, I still believe that there is room for improvement. If it was up to me, I would have made the entire sole from the herringbone pattern featured on the outside half of the sole, and just removed the dimpled pattern all together.

Touch

The Nike Skin synthetic upper is what really got me excited about the Elastico Finale 2. As explained earlier, it’s an all-new synthetic from Nike, offering a very unique touch on the ball. The synthetic itself is very thin, but also features somewhat of a dimpled texture, due to the mesh layer under the PU membrane. The upper also features very unique wax finish feel, providing a very slight amount of grip on the ball.

The thin, yet slightly padded upper, offers a very natural touch on the ball. Its tough to compare it to any other synthetics currently on the market, mainly because it offers a feel that is unlike anything else that I’ve ever worn. I would describe it as a barefoot feel, but due to the softness and flexibility of the upper, the upper actually does feel like a second skin! Its an amazing upper that just feels so natural. It fits so well and feels so soft that you forget that you’re even wearing shoes, which is always a good thing. If you’re a fan of thin, lightweight uppers, than you definitely need to try a boot with Nike Skin synthetic.

Shooting

Striking the ball feels great in the Elastico Finale 2. I found the low-profile of the shoe to really ease the process of getting under the ball when playing in a futsal environment, which is not only great for shooting, but also allows for flicks and passes in tight to be executed more easily. The slightly grippy feel of the upper allows for very solid contact when striking the ball, while the Nike Skin synthetic provides just the right amount of padding to where you still get that barefoot sensation. The simple design and use of quality materials gives the Elastico Finale 2 a great feel no matter what skill is being performed.

Durability

The Elastico Finale 2 is technically classified as an indoor soccer/futsal shoe, designed specifically for use on indoor courts. On strictly indoor surfaces, you shouldn’t have any issues at all with durability. The rubber sole holds up well, and because there is very little plastic and foam used on the shoe, there isn’t much that can actually break-down. The only issue that I had with the shoe, was that some of the paint on the Nike swoosh has started to peel, but this has no impact on the performance or longevity of the boot. If you’re wearing the Elastico Finale 2 strictly on indoor courts, you should easily be able to get multiple seasons worth of use out of one single pair.

Should you wear the Elastico Finale 2 as a street soccer shoe, you may run into some wear and tear issues, due to the shoe being exposed to a much more abrasive playing surface. On any kind of concrete or asphalt, the sole will wear away quicker than you might like, and because of how thin the rubber is, it will definitely have an impact on the longevity of the boot. So, if you want to use the Elasticos as street soccer shoes, go for it, just don’t expect them to last quite as long.

The Verdict

The Elastico Finale 2 is one of the first futsal shoes in a while that I have been truly excited about. Between the incredible fit, the Nike Skin upper, the extreme flexibility of the outsole and lightweight construction, there really isn’t anything that compares to this fantastic futsal shoe. I’ve always had trouble finding a pair of indoors that I truly enjoyed wearing, mainly because its tough to find a pair that matches the quality of what’s available on most high-end soccer cleats, but the Elastico Finale 2 changes that completely. This is one of the best indoor soccer shoes that I have personally ever worn, and is one that I can recommend to anybody looking for something new.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight10 out of 10
Traction9 out of 10
Touch10 out of 10
Shooting8 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE55 out of 60 or 92%
Joshua Vujovic (1051 Posts)

My goal is to provide the most detailed, in-depth reviews on all the latest soccer gear. Its very easy to get caught up in all of the hype around the latest soccer equipment, but we're here to point you in the right direction. As a product tester, I always give my honest, unbiased opinion on everything that gets tested, ensuring that you're always getting the most accurate information possible


37 Comments

  1. Is this shoe the same with the original elastico finale ii

  2. Would I be able to use these on turf too. Or would it ruin the shoe. Great review and im a long time subscriber.

  3. I have a pair and have weird brown spots on the nike skin, how do I clean it? Thanks much love your vids:) thanks

  4. Hi josh would these shoes be suitable for 3G because i really like the NikeSkin but i cant afford the hypervenom phantoms thanks ?

  5. so what is the difference between this shoe and the finale ii non premium? is it just the color? or weight?

  6. Hey Josh, I bought a pair of the Elastico Pro II and after a couple of months of playing in them it feels like the sides of my feet are too wide and there isn’t enough sole support. I noticed in your video review for the Elastico Pro II you mentioned you felt the same thing. Would you recommend buying a pair of the Finale or is it the same width more or less? Thanks!

    • By sole support, I assume that you’re talking about cushioning. If that’s your issue, you’re going to have the same experience from the Finale model. Maybe try something from Nike’s Gato line.

      • Cushioning was fine, I guess it feels like the sides of my feet didn’t fit well on top of the sole. It feels too narrow, but I love the barefoot feel.

  7. i was just wondering if i could still use these shoes as training shoes for a run at the park and for soccer training on grass.

  8. Great review. I was searching online for reviews and stumbled upon this page. So its my first time here.

    I was just wondering whats the different between the finale 2 and pro 2 in terms of actual play.

    I’ve done the research in how they use different materials and all, but is the finale 2 a lot better to justify the extra price or should I just settle with the pro 2?

    And for durability, which one holds up better? Is the Nikeskin prone to ripping?

    Thanks.

    • The Finale 2 is a more premium product overall using nicer materials, but both shoes are still great when it comes to performance. The major difference between the two when it comes to feel is the upper. The NikeSkin upper will provide a thinner, less padded feel, while the Bomba Pro will feel more padded, with its natural leather upper. No issues with durability with either of these two boots.

  9. Hi Josh, I was wondering how this boots would perform on ARtificial Grass, Turf, or 3G.

    I once saw a guy using them, and he seemed fine. The thing is, i like that they’re lightweight, totally covered in Nike Skin, and they’re comfortable. I’m torn between the Elastico Finale II and the Bomba Finale II. Basically, it’s touch and weight vs traction. Would the lack of traction increase the risk of a knee injury? What would you recommend?

    Great reviews, and thanks for your response!

  10. can i use this boots on the hard ground?

  11. hi i just got a pair and got minor blister on both my pinky toes. what do you recommend i do?

  12. Can I use these shoes also on concrete because I play on concrete more than indoor and wonder if i will slip and fall on concrete.

  13. I like the look of this colorway and was going to pull the trigger on buying them. One odd thing I saw online from a few places was a pair marketed as the same finale ii premium in grey but the graphics were reversed on the shoe. The Nike swoosh was green with no graphics and the graphics were all over the gray of the shoe instead. Also the laces were more yellow with no graphics. I was wondering if you knew anything about this?

    • The “premium” branding simply refers to the colorway and has nothing to do with perfromance or any physical differences to the shoe. Some colorways are labelled as “premium”, while others are not, either way, just go for the colorway you like best, they’re all the same shoe.

  14. this was an excellent review, as was the gato 2 review. would you recommend the new finale 2 or the lunar gato 2?

    • It’s not so much a matter of recommendation, and more a matter of what type of feel that you’re looking for. The Lunar Gato 2 is going to offer a soft, padded feel with a good amount of underfoot cushioning, while the Elastico is going to offer a thin barefoot feel, with next to no underfoot cushioning. It just depends on what your preferences are when it comes to feel, they’re both great shoes.

  15. Can I put these in a washing machine or no?

  16. Do you personally prefer the Elastico finale lll or this?

  17. I play in hardwood and in courts. Should I buy this one, the Elastico Finale II, or the Lunar Gato II?

  18. Do you still have these for sale online?

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