The Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Introduces New Firsts to Football

The Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Introduces New Firsts to Football

Nike have unveiled the Nike Air Zoom Mercurial. The boot is built around a full-length articulated Zoom Air bag that provides a unique underfoot sensation and enhanced energy return. To achieve this, the internal boot chassis was transitioned to the plate, leaving only the sock-liner between the foot and the Zoom Air bag for maximum effect.

While Nike Football experimented with Air bags decades ago, modern advancements to the technology and its application inspired the design team to revisit its inclusion for this special project. Beyond Zoom Air’s functional application, it also provided inspiration for the overall aesthetic of the boot.  

“We started with a full length Zoom Air bag and visualised what it would look like if the Air bag kept growing up the sides and enveloped the boot,” says Jeongwoo Lee, Senior Design Director, Nike Football. “This led to the creation of an upper so translucent, varying the hues of the internal sock-liner drastically impacts the external appearance of the boot.”

For the first time in football, the boot features a Nike Flyprint upper.

Flyprint is Nike’s first 3D-printed textile upper in performance footwear and debuted on the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint, worn by marathoner Eliud Kipchoge.

All Nike Air sole innovations since 2008 contain at least 50% recycled manufacturing waste. Flyprint is also a sustainable method of make and as a nod to this, the instep of the boot reads, “Structure printed as a single strand = Zero Waste.”


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