Football boot release: Nike Mercurial Vapor IX


They may have been the worst kept secret in football boot history but nonetheless are buzzing off chops to unveil the new Nike Mercurial Vapor IX.

They have been all over Twitter and players have been wearing them way ahead of today’s launch, but we’re glad that we can now officially show you the Fireberry and Sunset colourways…


Combining performance innovation and a heritage of lightweight boots for fast players, the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX takes this legacy to the next level for players who rely on tight cuts and turns combined with bursts of explosive speed to beat the opposition.

The Mercurial Vapor IX is engineered with a completely new upper to deliver a level of support and touch for players to deliver a deadly combination of speed and skill when it matters most.



Nike’s new Speed Control texture on the upper gives players the confidence to perform at speed with enhanced friction that combines with a snug and responsive fit – a hallmark of Mercurial boots.



The Speed Control texture wraps around the foot, giving the boot friction when necessary without compromising on the soft touch the player requires. The upper also locks down the foot and prevents unnecessary movement within the boot, while a minimal and soft heel area maximizes comfort and therefore the performance of those wearing them.



Nike’s innovative All Conditions Control (ACC) technology further aids performance; the special treatment now used on all Nike boots ensures a consistent touch whether playing in wet or dry weather.


Traction is everything for the player who relies on explosive speed and who wears the Mercurial Vapor IX. Twin studs at the back allow for a quick release from the turf, and the asymmetric design of the stud configuration delivers an explosive start. Highly responsive blades also allow for game-altering changes in direction at speed.


The Mercurial Vapor IX features a unique, lightweight plate, incorporating two different pieces of glass fibre that increase flexibility and responsiveness, providing energy return in the heat of the game.



Since its original launch over 10 years ago, the Mercurial has always stood out. Bold and exciting, the boot’s colour and design has always ensured its players are noticed. The new Vapor IX is no different.


Featured in striking fireberry and sunset colourways, (sunset for the younger generation of players – Neymar, Raheem Sterling, El Shaarawy, Hazard and fireberrry for the more established stars – Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic etc.) the boot makes a bold statement on pitch.

Both colourways will be available for pre-order on January 18 and on January 31 at and retailers worldwide. 

What do you think of the new Nike Mercurial Vapor IX football boots? Which colourway do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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