Back in 1996, the Brazilian National Team and Nike had teamed up to design a very special boot, drawing inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo. Both of them agreed that the word that best described the young striker was “mercurial” and that is how the Nike Mercurial performance football boots came to be. Introduced in 1998, the Nike Mercurial had quickly gained the reputation of being a lightweight “speed” boot. During the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Cristiano had even laced up in the Nike Mercurial. Now, 18 years later, Nike is preparing to drop the latest colorway of the boot’s most innovative variation, the Zoom Mercurial Flyknit.
The Nike Match Mercurial had been even lighter, with a weight of just 230 grams. The Nike Mercurial Vapor from 2002 had been inspired by the fast production cars of that time. Despite weight the same as its predecessors, the Nike Mercurial Vapor II from 2004 had been significantly more comfortable, allowing the wearer’s feet to feel as if they were in contact with the ground. The Nike Mercurial Vapor III from 2006 was revolutionary in its own regard since it marked the first use of Teijin microfiber. All of these were followed by upgrades like the Nike Mercurial Vapor SL, Mercurial Vapor IV, Mercurial Vapor Superfly, Mercurial Vapor Superfly II, Mercurial Vapor Superfly III, Mercurial Vapor VIII, Mercurial Vapor IX and the Mercurial Superfly IV.
The Nike Zoom Mercurial Flyknit or the Zoom Mercurial Flyknit IX is even more exceptional because of its innovative ribbed construction. As of date, all of the Zoom Mercurial Flyknit colorways that have hit the shelves have been tonal, predominantly dressed up in individual hues like Black, Red and White. Fortunately, this upcoming one is multi-colored, with both Black and Royal Blue making an appearance over its high-top Flyknit Soccer-inspired uppers, while it also sports Volt-colored stripes and all-Black soles with Zoom Air tooling.
Stateside sneakerheads may begin saving $200 to cop a pair, but they will have to keep waiting a while longer. This Nike Zoom Mercurial Flyknit IX will first arrive at retailers in Europe and then hit the shelves in U.S. some time later.
Nike Zoom Mercurial Flyknit XI
844626-401 | $200