With the World Cup less than 100 days away the new ranges of football boots are already starting to appear. But Nike has revisited and updated one of their classic models for their latest limited-edition release.
When the Nike Mercurial line debuted in 1998 it was probably the most radical change in football boots since Adidas released the Predator. But now Nike has updated, modernized and recreated that boot and – as football purists – we’re glad to say that it’s being released in black. Just black.
Re-designed from scratch, Nike say the goal was once again to create something that promotes and enables faster football. That seems a little too much like a slogan than a realistic aim, but there are some nice features included.
The all-black monochromatic upper thankfully takes the color scheme back from the neon and gaudy boots we’ve been seeing over the last few years and gets back to something a little purer, at least in a traditional football sense.
The second What the Mercurial (following the initial more colorful 2016 release) features an advanced Flyknit upper that has a 2D design that is then heated and pressed into the Mercurial 360 knit. The idea is that the boot has a more molded feel and will take less time to break in. It also allows it to be lighter. The new studs are based on the recently-introduced Superfly 6 (360) Elite model, and give it a more subtle look than previous models.
Limited to just 1998 pairs worldwide, they won’t be easy to get hold of but they are the best new boots we’ve seen so far amid the slew of pre-World Cup releases.