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Nike Reveal the Latest Evolution of the Mercurial Boot

Fine-tuned for speed, the all new Mercurial Superfly 360 has been reinvented for the fastest players in the game

12th July 2019

Fine-tuned for speed, the all new Mercurial Superfly 360 has been reinvented for the fastest players in the game

Since making its debut on the pitch in 1998, the Nike Mercurial has built an unbreakable history. Now, Nike has injected that iconic lineage with a touch of technology to make one of the game’s most-beloved boots even better.

The 2019 Mercurial breaks the previous two-year cycle of innovation upgrades, as the Nike team have worked to make the boot better on a faster timeline than ever before. The result is a Mercurial with improvements over its predecessor in upper and plate technologies, as well as an upgraded graphic language.

The structure of the knit upper of the 2019 Mercurial is more open than that of the 2018 version. This lessens any stiffness of the material, making it softer and more comfortable. High tenacity yarns, which are an elevated version of Nike Flywire, are then integrated into the structure for lockdown from heel to forefoot. These high tenacity yarns keep the boot from stretching out and make the 2019 Mercurial upper Nike Football’s strongest Flyknit offering to date. 

Taking inspiration from speed cycling shoes that clip into pedals, the new Nike Aerotrak plate serves as the power transfer area. In conjunction with the revamped internal chassis, Nike’s Aerotrak plate delivers more snap than its predecessor. It is intentionally minimalist, leaving only what is truly needed — and shaving weight off the boot in the process. The 2019 Mercurial 360 comes in under 200 grams. 

In terms of iconography, the Nike team has taken it up another level with the introduction of a drop Swoosh on the boot’s lateral side. The logo dips down to the stud and continues underfoot — something that can only be done with a Flyknit 360 upper construction. In addition, Nike’s iconic “Just Do It” slogan and the boot’s nickname, “Merc,” are added to the heel counter. 

The all-new 2019 Mercurial 360 Vapor/Superfly is available now on nike.com.

In other boot related news, check out another new Nike drop in the form of the all-new Tiempo Legend 8 Boot.

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