Fit is the foundation of fast. No matter how innovative a pair of football boots may be, if the fit isn’t right, if the foot slides even 1 mm inside the boot, speed can be compromised. For this reason, fit became the focal point in designing the new Mercurial, leading to its game-changing construction made possible through a new advancement in Nike Flyknit technology.
- CRISTIANO RONALDO
Traction is provided by precisely placed studs in the forefoot and heel, inspired by agile cheetahs and focused on traction at speed. Referred to as the cheetah paw the aggressive forefoot is built for acceleration in any direction while the heel studs help the player stop on a dime.
The plush feel of the Mercurial can also be attributed to advancements in Nike All Conditions Control (ACC). Previously, ACC was applied on top of the finished Flyknit product, creating a thin layer. Now, ACC is embedded into the yarns prior to knitting, eliminating the additional skin without compromising the performance benefit. The result is a matte finish on a texturized upper that is softer to the touch but can still battle the elements.
For its 20th anniversary, the Mercurial adopts a clean aesthetic with a small forefoot Swoosh and a bold “M” on the heel.
The Dynamic Fit Collar takes on a lower cuff, similar to the modified version Ronaldo has preferred in recent seasons, while a one-piece internal lining aligns with the key design effort to reduce the number of boot components.