Nothing excites the football boot community quite like a Nike Mercurial Vapor launch, and this is no exception. We know the buzz and the hype that surrounds the launch of a new Vapor, and the momentum is slowly but surely building up for the release of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX. Leaked images of the boots have been circulating for quite some time now, and while we did see a footballer in the Chinese Super League wear the boots a few months ago, two high profile footballers have prematurely leaked their shiny new boots to the world.
Even though he was seen training in the adidas miCoach F50 adiZero a few months ago, Luka Modric has perhaps showed off his intent of staying with Nike as he has already received his pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IXs. Nike always send their new boots to sponsored athletes a few weeks prior to the launch of a boot, but Modric has been rather cheeky in already deciding to bring out his new pair of boots before the official unveiling of the boot in mid January.
Nike have also taken away the simplistic design from the Nike Vapor VIII, which we saw as a nod in the direction of Vapor models from the past, and are choosing a bold design when it comes to the Vapor IX. With a large ‘NIKE’ logo running along the heel of the boot and some very bright launch colour ways, Nike are making sure their boot stands out on the football pitch! As for the outsole, it is something we cannot solidly comment on. While we have been under the impression the boot would be half glass composite and half carbon fibre, it seems that late prototypes of the boot suggest it is going to be an all glass composite outsole. It is something we guess we will find out come the launch of the boot!
But while Modric was rather cheeky in bringing out his new boots a few weeks early, we are rather fortunate that another footballer has given us an even clearer look at the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX. Manchester United full back Alex Buttner posted a photo on Twitter of his shiny new Mercurial Vapor IXs. While Modric was using the Purple/Pink/Yellow colour way, Buttner has taken delivery of the primary Orange/Yellow launch colour way. Either way, Nike will be hoping to make a massive impact with these boots, and launching two bright colour ways alongside each other show off Nike’s bold intentions. (Thanks to Isak on our Facebook page who told us of the photo)
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