After recent takes on its Mercurial football boots from Kim Jones and Virgil Abloh, Nike has celebrated the silhouette’s 20th anniversary with a new all-black version. The new release is the second “What the Mercurial?” drop from Nike, and takes a very different approach to 2016’s installment, which saw colors and patterns from previous boots mixed together.
For this version, Nike has taken the Mercurial Superfly 360 silhouette, which is based around an advanced Flyknit construction. This material features subtle nods and references to the Mercurial’s history, which appear across the all-black upper. Take a look at the 20th anniversary “What the Mercurial” above. To celebrate the year of the Mercurial’s debut, only 1998 pairs of the boots will release, with 20 dropping at NikeLab Milan on March 8 before the rest make their way to the Nike web store and select retailers on March 12.
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