20 Years of Nike Mercurial

20 Years of Nike Mercurial

Nike Mercurial cleat

What separates the fastest and most dynamic soccer players in the world from the rest of the pack? Well, they share an uncommon level of dedication and drive to dominate. They out-train, out-think, and out-hustle their peers at every turn. And, for over the last two decades, many of the game’s greatest have chosen to do something else the same too; they’ve laced up in Nike Mercurial cleats.

Since the Merc’s origin in 1998, the line has pushed the envelope. Using insights from soccer’s past, present, and future stars, Nike has consistently created lightweight, explosive cleats that are built to help players torch the opposition when the pressure is at its highest.

This year marks the 20th year of speed and innovation from the Mercurial line and Nike is celebrating by releasing the next step forward for soccer cleats: the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Collection. Packed full of innovative features and built from the ground up for pure, unstoppable speed — this line takes everything that has been great about Mercurial in the past and blasts it forward into the future. But before we break down the new kid on the block, let’s take a look at some its predecessors.

Merc Through The Years

New Colors, Same Speed: Nike ‘Liquid Shift’ Pack

New Colors, Same Speed: Nike ‘Liquid Shift’ Pack

Nike Liquid Shift

This year’s models of the Tiempo, Magista, Mercurial, and Hypervenom soccer boots have been smash hits. Beloved by many of the world’s best, they are the perfect blend of innovative new technology and proven performance.

Just a couple months ago, Nike released the wildly popular ‘Liquid Chrome’ Pack. These sleek colorways were a fresh take on their top soccer silos. Now, they have ‘shifted’ those metallic colors onto the accent colors of the ‘Liquid Shift’ Pack. They perfectly contrast the bold, bright main colors for a flashy, summery look.

Nike Liquid Shift

The Tiempo has already set the soccer world on fire this season with its introduction of an internal midfoot cage. The all-new feature gives the cleat incredible support and unmatched durability. To keep the spark alive, and help keep you torching defenders, Nike’s latest colorway offers a jolt of crimson.

However, the most unique look has been saved for the most versatile players. The Magista is built for the ones who make the clutch shots AND passes. To help give these athletes their due, a green glow honeycomb design combines with a hyper grape upper to really help this cleat shine.

Good luck finding a cleat more explosive than the Mercurial. It’s built from the ground up to help attackers blow by their opposition. A bright mango color ensures your style is just as head-turning.

The crown jewel of the ‘Liquid Shift’ pack may very well be the bright green Hypervenom. The cleat’s luxurious fit and first-class control have always ensured that you play like a million bucks, and now this bold colorway makes sure that you look the part too.

So, the Nike ‘Liquid Shift’ Pack makes certain you are hard to miss and hard to catch. These are also available in Kids’ sizes for those who want to shine at a young age. Grab your favorite, lace up, and light up every minute.

Women’s Soccer Preview: Find The Perfect Cleat

Women’s Soccer Preview: Find The Perfect Cleat

Eastbay Women's Soccer

With spring soccer season right around the corner, it’s time to get new cleats. Let’s break down some of this season’s hottest options to help you start the year off right.

Leading this year’s fast break is the Nike Tiempo Legend VI. This boot is designed from the ground up for one thing: domination. It is constructed out of Kangaroo leather with All Conditions Control tech to ensure that you get elite touch and control in any weather. But the truly game-changing feature is the new internal midfoot cage, which helps maintain the cleat’s shape for unparalleled support and stability.

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However, this year, Nike’s entire lineup of women’s soccer boots is making waves. The Mercurial, Magista, and Hypervenom all give you different ways to dominate.

The Nike Mercurial Veloce 2 is built for the speedy forward with its direct inject TPU studs for explosive traction in all directions. It also has a seamless upper to keep things lightweight and comfortable.

If you are more of a creator who makes plays with your passing and your shooting, the Nike Magista Opus might be more your style. A compressed nylon and Pebax® plate works naturally with your foot while added mesh on the upper keeps things breathable.

Finally, if you want to be that elite goal scorer, nothing tops the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2. The upper consists of a Dynamic Fit collar and Flywire cables for a premium fit while a molded sockliner reduces stud pressure for incredible comfort. The cleats truly are a throne worthy of the best scorers on the pitch.

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This year’s best soccer cleats don’t stop at Nike though. Adidas has come out on attack this year with the X and the Ace models.
The X is aptly named. It’s made for the X factors: the women who tilt the momentum the second they step on the field. Its Techfit collar provides flexible ankle support and a sock-like fit. The boot’s triangular studs are placed so you can change directions on a dime without a loss in speed.

Is fit and feel number one on your checklist? Then the adidas Ace 16.1 Primemesh is what you need. A completely new Primemesh vamp material hugs the mid and forefoot areas for unmatched fit that’ll last all game long.

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Finally, let’s focus on speed. Game-breaking, jaw-dropping SPEED. That’s what the PUMA EvoSPEED offers. Conical and bladed studs give you terrific traction while a Pebax® Speedtrack spine gives you the mind-blowing explosiveness to leave your opponents, records, doubters — you name it — in the dust.

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