First introduced to the sport in 1998 when Brazilian forward Ronaldo donned them for the World Cup, the boots have since been a top choice among some of the sport’s biggest stars, worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Didier Drogba, Luka Modrić, and Arturo Vidal, just to name a few. While most of the players were already highly satisfied with the 2018 Mercurial 360 — frequently rated 10/10, with only one single player rating it at a lowest 8/10 — Nike has taken the cleats to the next level, improving both the upper and the plate.
Learning from the previous year’s model, Beaverton has made the 2019 edition’s upper more open, reducing stiffness of the material to increase comfort. Combining Nike’s very own Flywire and Flyknit technology together for the first time, the upper uses high tenacity yarns to keep the boot from stretching out, whilst keeping your feet locked down from heel to toe. It also integrates All Conditions Control, which keeps the boot from being porous, which can allow moisture to enter.
Down to the plate, Nike has taken inspiration from speed cycling shoes that clip into pedals to create a new Aerotrak design, giving better response alongside a revamped internal chassis. The minimalist design also reduces the overall weight of the boot, increasing your speed as it measures at under 200 grams. Of course, the aesthetics have been revamped too, with a simpler forefoot leading to a busier text-heavy graphic by the heel – stretching down to the plate.
Nike’s newest 2019 Mercurial 360 is now available over at the Nike store for $250 USD. It comes in two colorways: “Blue Fury” and “Black.” Head over and grab yours now to elevate your game.
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