The journey of the Nike Mercurial boot began in the year of 1998 during the World Cup in France. Sported by the most destructive striking force of that generation, Luis Nazaro da Lima, known to most as Ronaldo, the boot design was sparked to life with a typically mesmeric performance.
Since then this series of soccer shoes has undergone many incarnations with design features improving with each edition making the boots lighter, faster and more responsive. Now Nike have unveiled the Mercurial Vapor 8. It is the first boot in most of people’s opinion sice the original that has managed to recapture the magic of the original edition.
‘The suede textured Teijin Microfiber upper fulfilling a similar promise to the sticky leather worn by Ronaldo almost a decade agao.’
Redesigned to create a snug upper while locking down the foot, and preventing unwanted movement, Nike’s new Anatomic Last takes the fit of the soccer shoes to a new level of support and stability. This effect is enhanced by a more minimalist and softer heel counter, maximizing both comfort and fit.
Crafted using all of Nike’s expertise, the new Mercurial Vapor 8 is a forward thinking, modern boot for the player who is ready to explode into action. Though this boot is known to all is used on soccer field, other player with another different kind of sport is keen on this as well.
It is a badly truth that there are not many professional rugby players that still wear the Nike Mercurial Vapor Soccer Shoes. However, the South Africa fly half Morne Steyn has stuck with the boots of Mercurial Vapor viii.
The new Mango Vapors are available in both Soft Ground and Firm Ground but Steyn opted for the boots designed for the harder surface. The Firm Ground boot is built on a lightweight, contoured, full length glass fiber chassis sole unit with duel TPU injected blades which are designed to deliver unrivaled acceleration. There are twin heel studs on either boot for optimal penetration and stability. This is ideal for Steyn when kicking from hand and off the tee.
What’s more, the suitable materials used in this boot makes it is a good choice for Steyn. The upper is made from a soft, extra-thin teijin synthetic leather which adjusts to the natural foot shape of the wearer so the wearer experiences unrivalled comfort. Previously the likes of Chris Ashton and Hosea Gear have worn the Nike speed boots although both have now switched to Nike Total 90s and Adidas adiZero RS7 II’s respectively.