It was all the back in 1998 when Nike first introduced the Mercurial football boot, and it’s been at the forefront of boot technology ever since. Paying homage to the Mercurial’s illustrious style history, Nike have announced the ‘What the Mercurial’, a boot which has taken 16 of the most memorable Mercurial colourways and fused them all into one single boot!

Nike ‘What the Mercurial’ Football Boot

On its debut in 1998, the Nike Mercurial was hailed for its radical, track spike-inspired design, engineered for cut-and-strike speed. After all, the name itself evokes notions of creativity and unpredictable.

The announcement of the ‘What the Mercurial’ marks the first time Nike have used the ‘What the’ signature on a football boot. As well as the amalgamation of colourways throughout its history, the boot also features logos from the last four Mercurials to create a mash-up logo and branding on the heel tab and aglets.

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Nike’s “What the” design began in 2007 when Nike Skateboarding produced the brand’s first iconic colourway mashup with the Nike SB ‘What the Dunk’ shoe. The concept was then passed on to Nike Basketball who elevated the concept with the ‘What the Kobe’ in 2012.

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The Mercurial’s unique look is dominated by the dynamic ankle collar which fits over the ankle for a sock-like feel that locks the foot in place. It also utilises revolutionary Flyknit tech on the upper for high breathability, stretch and support.

The Nike ‘What the Mercurial’ Football Boot comes in a ‘What the Box’ and is also accompanied by a ‘What the Bag’ which features a timeline of iconic Mercurial boot. Released on Thursday 5th May and limited to only 3,000 pairs, Joes will have to get the Nike Football app to get hold of a pair.

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