Last updated: 16/10/2022

In today’s text, we will talk about one of the hottest sports equipment in the world, the Nike boot, which dominates the market with stylish and technological footwear. In this guide, we will show you the best and different models, their technologies, their designs and even the stars that wear them, among other valuable information, everything so that you leave here a star of the ball and of the shelves.




Summary

  • The main lines of Nike football boots are the Mercurial, Phantom and Tiempo.
  • These lines can have sub-lines, such as the Mercurial Vapor and Mercurial Superfly and the Phantom Venom and Phantom Vision.
  • The lines are also adapted to each modality of football, between field, futsal and society.

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Buying Guide

Choosing a Nike football boot is an easy task, but a hard one. Easy because all the models available on the market (and boot models at that) are of high quality; laborious because there are many features, technologies and details to consider. But fear not. In the Shopping Guide that follows, we will present the best lines, their innovations, differences and indicated uses. Thus, you can find the model that best suits your game and your tastes.

Imagem mostra o momento de um jogo em que duas adversárias disputam a bola na intermediária, observadas por duas outras jogadoras, uma que está de costas para a câmera, em primeiro plano, e outra que está em segundo plano e de frente para a câmera.

Two teams and two Nike boots: after all, there is a plethora of lines and models to choose from. (Source: Jeffrey F Lin/ Unsplash.com)

Nike boots for the field, futsal or society?

Field football may be the most important and relevant sport in the world, but the practice of football is well divided between futsal and society. After all, they are more accessible to the “average” footballer. This logic is followed to a certain extent by Nike boots, which have their main products in their field models, but all of them are adapted to courts, whether they are made with clubs or synthetic grass. So, all the innovations in the uppers, in the lacing, in the internal comfort, etc., are transposed to the court models. What actually changes are the soles, each modality with one, and with varieties between them, to top it off. On the field, the lugs are long and may have different shapes, between rounded and pointed; on futsal, the sole may be smooth or with grooves of different patterns that help with traction on the court. In society, on the other hand, the cleats are like a middle ground between indoor and outdoor soles, long enough but shallow enough, even so.

Imagem mostra somente os pés de uma pessoa, calça chuteira Nike. Seu pé direito se apoia no gramado, enquanto o pé esquerdo está apoiado numa bola.

Nike boots for the field dictate the trend, but it is the futsal and society models that capitalize on sales. (Source: flooy/ Pixabay.com)

What are the characteristics of the Nike Mercurial football boots?

It is possible to safely say that the Mercurial is the main line of the Nike boot. How? Well, the models of Neymar Jr. and Cristiano Ronaldo are in this line.
Did you know that? With boots supplied by Nike for at least a decade, Cristiano Ronaldo wears an average of two to three models a year.

One of the uses of the word Mercurial in English is to describe a person who changes fast, an unpredictable person. This is the great inspiration of the line, made for players who change direction quickly, fast, agile and unpredictable. The two main sub-lines are the Mercurial Vapor and the Mercurial Superfly, but there are special models and unique releases, such as the Mercurial Dream Speed, made for Cristiano Ronaldo, Mbappé and Australian Sam Kerr.

Imagem mostra em plano detalhe a parte traseira de um par de chuteiras Nike Mercurial, apoiada sobre uma grama alta. Ao fundo, uma bola parece estar apoiada nos bicos do par.

The Mercurial is the heavyweight of the Nike boot, but they are made for the lighter, more agile and unpredictable players .(Source: Pixabay/ Pexels.com)

There are three features that unite all these models. The first is Flyknit technology, an open, flexible weave that is the basis of the upper. It surrounds the foot in order to decrease its distance from the base of the shoe and thus give the perfect fit, providing comfort and confidence in the starts with and without ball. The latches are also strategically positioned to provide traction and support changes in direction without harming the athlete. The heel and toe stops are strategically positioned to provide traction and support changes in direction without hindering the athlete. Other striking features are the classic All Conditions Control upper, which gives a matte finish on the upper layer of the upper with a classic feel and supports good ball control on various types of turf.

Advantages
  • Lightweight
  • Comfort and stability at speed
  • Assisted ball control on any pitch
Disadvantages
  • Higher price
  • Lower resistance

What does Neymar’s Nike football boot look like?

Neymar, with all his controversies, is undoubtedly one of the greatest football players in the world. This is unquestionable. He is also one of the most talked-about, talked-about and media-savvy players in the world. Neymar’s exclusive Nike football boots therefore combine technologies for his ability on the pitch and especially references to his size off it. There have been more than ten models since the Brazilian became a professional player.
His basic boot is the Mercurial Vapor, designed for dribbling at speed

His base boot is the Mercurial Vapor, designed, as we described above, for dribbling at speed, which combines Flyknit upper, special grippy outsole and textured forefoot finish. What makes the models stand out, however, are the references to the star of the Brazilian national team, from tattoos to mantras, such as “Boldness and Joy”, “Golden Dream”, , IV, “Shhh” that turn into logos.

Imagem mostra o momento de um jogo em que Neymar, calçando chuteiras Nike, é marcado por dois adversários.

(Source: Laurent Lairys/ 123rf.com)

What is the children’s line of the Nike boot?

Nike works with a sub-line that is not exclusive to small players, but is present in basically all the best children’s boot models on the market: the Academy. Nike Academy is a line that bets, as the name says, on learning and the search for evolution, but also invests a lot in comfort, security and stability during the game. Thus, most of the models come with Flyknit to keep the foot tight in the boot, but respecting the growth of the body at the same time, as well as having locks that reinforce the traction during races.

Imagem mostra um árbitro de uma partida de futebol de crianças amarrando as chuteiras Nike de um dos pequenos jogadores.

Nike’s children’s football boots are technological, but respect the process of growth and maturation of small players.(Source: Adrià Crehuet Cano/ Unsplash.com)

How does the Nike Tiempo boot help defenders?

The Nike Tiempo boot is designed to give defenders the same technological support that forwards usually receive from the American company. That’s why Van Dijk, Piqué, Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos, four of the greatest defenders in modern football, use them. Lighter, the Nike Tiempo combines Flyknit with an innovative premium leather upper to provide greater comfort and security for a player who invariably needs to be precise in his actions. It also features Fit-Mesh technology, which helps with ball control on the inside of the foot. There is also the Nike Hyperstability, a technology in the sole that tries to mirror the assistance given to strikers for changes of direction. After all, a good defender needs to be as agile as the one who wants to dribble. Finally, it is a model that combines the most modern Nike designs, but with a slightly more sober tone. After all, a defender can’t smile, can he?

Imagem mostra o zagueiro Virgil Van Dijk, da Holanda, disputando um lance com o atacante Milik, da Polônia. Ambos usam chuteiras Nike.

Van Dijk is not smiling, but he is certainly happy with his Nike Tiempo boot… (Source: Maciej Gillert/ 123rf.com)

Why is the Nike Phantom Vision boot ideal for midfielders?

In modern football, the midfielder has little space to control the ball and even less time to think about what to do. Movements therefore have to be precise and with the ball sticking to the foot. The Nike Phantom Vision boot, used by midfield beasts like Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho and the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne offers exactly that, with a modern design that makes the boot fit snug but not tight. Everything about the Nike Phantom Vision is designed to optimise ball control. Ghost Lace, for example, leaves the laces completely hidden to reduce any point of collision with the ball. The big news, however is in the evolution of Flyknit, which is optimized for a region called “medial triangle”, an area of the foot that connects three bones and that according to Nike’s research, is essential for precise ball control.

Imagem mostra o meia De Bruyne, da seleção belga, controlando a bola durante um jogo contra a Suécia, que tem um jogador ao fundo do quadro, desfocado.

With the Nike Phantom Vision, ball control is precise, leaving you free to observe the game.(Source: Oleksandr Prykhodko/ 123rf.com)

What is the price of the Nike football boots?

Nike usually divides the prices of its boots between the official models, used by the players, and replicas, with some adaptations in the materials. In the case of the official ones, these prices are around 1000 and are not found anywhere, restricted to some official Nike shops. The replicas, in turn, have a price range that goes from 100, most common price in models that have already left the line, to 600, models that, on the contrary, are launches. Furthermore, the “accumulation” of technologies and the exclusivity of a model’s design make it more expensive.

Purchase Criteria: What to notice in your Nike boot

Below, we present another list, this time of purchase criteria. Its items were thought considering the boot’s characteristic elements and of course, to help you choose.

So, let’s talk about each one of the items, so that you gather as much information as possible before buying your Nike boot.

Position

One of the great things about the Nike football boots is that they are designed with the player’s position in mind. Basically, there are ideal models for defenders, midfielders and forwards. So, when buying your model, consider your position. If you are a defender, look at the Nike Tiempo boots with affection; if you are a midfielder, the Phantom are excellent choices; the Mercurial, on the other hand, fits perfectly the players up front.

Imagem mostra duas jogadoras próximas à linha do meio campo disputando a bola durante um jogo.

For defence or attack, it doesn’t matter: there is a Nike boot. (Source: Jeffrey F Lin/ Unsplash.com)

Field Type

This criterion may seem obvious, but the type of field goes beyond choosing the right model between field, society or futsal football. The idea, in fact, delves deeper into the type of field and court. Think, if possible, if the field you play on is heavier or lighter, if the court is made of concrete or batting, and even the synthetic grass of the society court. Then, all you have to do is choose the model with the sole and lock combination that best adapts to that surface.

Stability x Speed

This is an important point. Ultimately, the feature sets, innovations and technologies of Nike football boots gravitate around two elements of the game, stability and speed. Soles and uppers are the points of most interest, in this case. The Nike Tiempo, for example, is more stable, while the Mercurial, more speedy. So, pay attention to what you need on the pitch, which the Nike boot offers.

Design

Even though the Nike boot is rich in technologies and innovations, you don’t have to think only about its performance. The look is also a very important part, and frankly, one of the biggest highlights of the American brand’s footwear. Note, therefore, the model’s shape, the design of its tongue and shaft, its core(s), and its details – in the upper, in the sole, even in the laces -, another highlight of Nike boots, and choose the combination that pleases you the most.

Imagem mostra dois pés apoiados num banco e com chuteiras Nike apenas apoiadas nas suas pontas.

It’s not only about performance: in Nike boots, the look is not a small detail. (Source: flooy/ Pixabay.com)

Favourite Player

Finally, if you’re still lost, think about your favourite players. Why not wear your idol’s boot? The better they are, the more likely they are to be sponsored by Nike. A quick search can tell you the model of boot they use. Do what you like with that information. Buy the exact model, be guided by the line used, let your idol inspire your purchase. (Image source: Tom Sodoge/ Unsplash.com)

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