Nike‘s Mercurial Vapor range has been the top choice for most professional players and following their footsteps, the amateur footballers also prefer the same.
If you’re looking for to buy one, you’ll find five different kinds of football boots that you can pick from. Although only slightly different from each other, but they hold distinct qualities that support different kinds of players and different kinds of pockets.
The king of the hill, Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III was debuted by Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil when Real Madrid played local rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga. Other superstar footballers endorsing these boots are Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan, Sweden), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, Argentina), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham, England), Theo Walcott (Arsenal, England) and Clint Dempsey (Fulham, USA).
Here is a brief rundown of the Mercurial range, starting from the cheapest boot in the range and going upwards towards the lustrous Superfly:
Nike Mercurial Victory II
The Mercurial Victory II resembles the Superfly III in colors only. These football boots use different upper, sole-plate and out-sole.
You might feel like the Superfly wearing these but this is the only boot in the Mercurial line-up with an indoor sole-plate. So, if you’re after an indoor Mercurial shoe, this one is for you.
Weight: 277 g (9.8 oz)
Sole-plates: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Indoor & Astro
Nike Mercurial Glide II
This is the shoe that borderlines the features of the Superfly. After this shoe, you will find the Superfly III last and carbon/glass fiber construction used in the shoes.
This shoe uses the Speed last. It is available in four different sole-plates for the same price and Nike have seen fit to keep the same single layer Teijin upper to provide the feel and comfort.
Weight: 255 g (9 oz)
Sole-plates: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Artificial Grass & Astro
Nike Mercurial Miracle II
The Miracle II holds a surprising amount of features for its price. The single layer Teijin synthetic upper, multi-directional stud configuration, a two-piece full glass fiber out-sole to reduce weight and provide a strong, sturdy and lightweight base.
The key difference between this shoe and the ones to come below, is the construction of the sole-plate.
Weight: 243 g (8.6 oz)
Sole-plate: Firm Ground
Nike Mercurial Vapor VII
These are the original speed football boots. They can be regarded as a slightly more pure version of the Superfly III.
The lace cover might be removed but the features are intact. A full glass fiber sole-plate, T-bar dual-injected blades and multi-directional stud configuration and a single layer Teijin synthetic upper.
Weight: 230 g (8.1 oz)
Sole-plate: Firm Ground, Soft Ground
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III
The elite level football shoes in the Nike Mercurial range. The Superfly III is the boot the rest of the range is ‘built down’ from.
Carbon fiber sole-plate, triple layer Teijin synthetic upper, Flywire support structure, this boot is the pinnacle of the speed series.
Weight: 210 g (7.4 oz)
Sole-plate: Nike Adaptive Traction Firm Ground
There you have it: the latest Nike Mercurial football boots range. You can also see the complete Superfly III gallery before you decide if you really want to buy those or would you settle for one of the rest.