Nike launch 20th anniversary ‘What the Mercurial?’ boots


It seems like every day there is another story with Nike’s Mercurial boots, as their celebration of 20 years of the iconic football shoe continues.

The famous Swoosh will now appear on a second “What The Mercurial?” design that celebrates the history of the iconic series of lightweight boots. Following the initial “What The Mercurial?” launch back in 2016, the 2018 edition comes in a lack of colour to force you to look a little closer.

Whilst the first edition paid tribute to the aesthetic colourways of previous Mercurial designs, those worn by Ronaldo on the biggest stage of all in 1998, the new drop goes deeper by exploring the materials of that original Mercurial.

The new “What The Mercurial?” design wraps itself around the 2018 Mercurial Superfly 360, and it’s the Flyknit base of this silhouette that allows Nike to create the WTM concept. Though simple in its monochromatic aesthetic, the “What The Mercurial?” advances the Mercurial silo’s lineage of progressive graphic application. It’s pretty groundbreaking stuff from Nike as they essentially seal two boots into one; one from 1998 and the other very much of 2018.

The result is a seriously classy boot as the all-black colourway achieves, but with the addition of that historical reference to where it all began for the Mercurial range. What’s more is that they’re only dropping 1,998 pairs of them, too, bringing that tribute through even more.