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Football Boots > Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII Football Boots – White/Red

With a major international tournament on the horizon there's an expectancy from Nike to do something a little different, and the Swoosh has delivered once again. For the 2012 European Championships Nike players will be wearing the 'Nike Clash Collection', championed as always by the Mercurial range which will be sporting this White/Solar Red colour combination.

In recent years for major tournaments, we've seen the Nike World Cup Elite pack and the black leather EC08 boots, all designed to unify Nike players on pitch. Now, to celebrate what promises to be an exciting summer of football, the ‘Nike Clash Collection’ will be worn by some of the world’s best players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Wayne Rooney and Gerard Pique.

The individual boots are sparked by specific color finished with a white toe upper to create a distinctive yet common theme across the collection. Each chosen color reflects the expression and playing style of each boot, with the Mercurial Vapor VIII featuring a Solar Red for explosive speed.

“The clash of traditional white with very modern and youthful colors will make a really powerful and disruptive statement on pitch,” said Andrew Caine, Nike Global Creative Director for Football Footwear. “The Nike Clash Collection delivers highly engineered boots with sharp color contrast reflecting the clash of rivalries and competition we will see this summer. We’re celebrating that with distinctive and stand out color.”

Apart from the colourful and stand-out look, what's noticeable about the new upper is the new material Nike are using for the EC12 Mercurial Vapor football boots. Increasing comfort and ball feel, the new synthetic material is more leather-like not just in appearance but in feel. The material has also been treated to perform in wet conditions, and provide a grippy surface when wet. This will of course come as quite a surprise to many Vapor fans who might just have got used to the new Teijin synthetic material of the launch Vapor VIII.

The 'Clash Collection' Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots retain most design features from the Mango launch boots, which were redesigned to create a snug upper while locking down the foot and preventing unwanted movement. Nike's new Anatomic Last takes the fit of the boot to a new level of support and stability, with this effect enhanced by a more minimalist and softer heel counter, maximizing both comfort and fit.

The new Nike Mercurial Vapor 8 football boots deliver the ultimate in fit, touch and traction. A combination that has established the Mercurial as one of the greatest speed boots of all time. Nike recognise the modern game is played on a fine line and that one slip could be the difference between success and failure - traction is everything.

The new Pro-Plate has been a big feature of the Vapor 8, and the Euro 2012 boots feature the same design with twin studs at the back of the boot, allowing for a quick release from the turf and the asymmetric design of the stud configuration delivering an explosive start. Sharper blades have been introduced to the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots, to allow for game changing acceleration.

You will be able to pre-order your pair of the new 'Clash Collection' White/Solar Red Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots from May 14th at selected retailers. Expect to see Nike's latest release debut in the Champions League final ahead of the European Championships on 19.05.12. The boots will retail worldwide for around £150 GBP / $220 USD / €180.

Now you've had your SoccerBible first-look at the new 'Clash Collection' Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots, let us know what you think! Share your thoughts with the SoccerBible community online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Only published comments... May 14 2012, 09:00 AM by Editor



rorydfc said:

I love these!

May 14, 2012 9:24 AM

Tangerine4Life said:

Not so keen, may look good on the pitch though

May 14, 2012 9:24 AM

GabrieL15ScullY said:

mmm alright, still like the white/sail red the best

May 14, 2012 9:26 AM

HEGAZY97 said:

I love to see nike's combination of colours but this looks so old fashioned , thumbs down nike

May 14, 2012 9:38 AM

Troy said:


May 14, 2012 9:41 AM

YBJ_92112 said:

the fact theyre pretty much leather makes me forget the fugly colour scheme.  They should have kept the old EC08 colourway, they would've been fresh

May 14, 2012 9:47 AM

JLK15 said:

love that their a sort of leather ive always thought mercs would be awesome in leather and not bad colourway but i prefer the EC08 colours

May 14, 2012 10:12 AM

MattyV5 said:


May 14, 2012 10:12 AM

Getsuga04 said:

kinda looks like the old vapors... simple. nothing much. the last WC colorway were awesome.

May 14, 2012 10:14 AM

Getsuga04 said:

... but they're leatherette! very collectible.

May 14, 2012 10:25 AM

stevan said:

doesnt matter about the look, even thugh im in love with it, i have a pair and performance is absolutely amazing !!!

May 14, 2012 11:52 AM

PredatorCTR360 said:

What's happened to the SG Pro-Plate?

May 14, 2012 11:56 AM

HappyBarry said:

This looks like a much better prospect for Nike than the WC2010 collection. Then, having every boot the same colour didnt really work for TV. This set should look cool in Polkraine though.

One Q: Is it red, or is it pink?

May 14, 2012 12:06 PM

casillas190 said:

nice shoes

May 14, 2012 12:13 PM

Liverpool maniac said:

what are the numbers on the side of each euro boot?

May 14, 2012 12:42 PM

Superflyleftwingmaestro said:

OH MY GOD. That was exactly what i said when i saw that these wear made of leather. LEATHER. Nike havent made a leather vapor since 2008 last euros. I will seriously try to get these i rally like all the colourways too. They all look nice, the t90's, maestri's and tiempo's.

May 14, 2012 1:42 PM

BoatengMessiCTR360 said:

Are these leathervapors!?

May 14, 2012 2:15 PM

bpollo28 said:

these are to simple .i actuallly like the orange ones better

May 14, 2012 2:38 PM

BR15 said:

Amazing!!!! In the bag!

May 14, 2012 3:28 PM

TheDoc said:

Synthetic Leather guys...same as all boots these days (apart from a select few).  I think this new clash collection do the job in that they'll be visible on the pitch.  BUT..a bit boring since they're almost identical to the 2010 WC concept but just different colours.  

May 14, 2012 3:28 PM

CIT96AdizeroVapor said:

Not a fan of the vertical colour change, but they are from the 'clash collection', and those who know their fashion know what Nike seem to be going for with these boots.  

May 14, 2012 4:47 PM

Superman31 said:

reverse the colors

May 14, 2012 5:02 PM

barc4b0y said:

Nike's out off inspiration. more like Crash and burn

May 14, 2012 5:16 PM

DaveJH said:

Black would be better.

May 14, 2012 5:23 PM

Zishan93 said:

Are they not the same as the ones Nike released for the world cup??

May 14, 2012 5:43 PM

AGlose said:

Quick! The Euros are coming up and we need a special boot design! Dip the back half in a bucket of paint or something, they'll love it!

A bit disappointing, to say the least. I dig the theme of each boot being a part of a whole set of colors, but literally making one half white, the other half color, falls a bit short. Especially for what is considered the biggest tournament aside from the World Cup.

Nike's all about product recognition. And you'll definitely be able to tell these are Nike's from the stands, with the blatant half-and-half theme.

May 14, 2012 7:26 PM

no.6 said:

As somebody said earlier, they'd be better if the colours had gradient effect

May 14, 2012 7:31 PM

no.6 said:

As somebody said earlier, they'd be better if the colours had gradient effect

May 14, 2012 7:31 PM

3awad said:

I really like them if you view it from the instep. The big swoosh on the instep is pretty nice if you ask me but I really miss the long "Superfly Swoosh" which was why I loved the Vapors. But I am willing to sacrifice that swoosh for this new improved shoe. Really nice colourway which is reminiscent to the Vapor VII that was released back at the beginning of the season. When will these be available for pre-order?

May 14, 2012 8:42 PM

Antoine Bielmann said:

ou est-ce que on peut ce les procurer ??

May 14, 2012 8:52 PM

javiheavy said:

Agree with @TheDoc EC08 was way better concept, leather classic colour and all this in the three silos

May 14, 2012 10:34 PM

FulhamFTW said:

The material looks better(which sucks because I just picked up the white/blue ones). The design sucks. I agree with the gradient idea. That would have looked loads better.

May 14, 2012 10:47 PM

pcm19 said:

i actually like em... is that a different more natural looking leather?

May 14, 2012 11:09 PM

BR15 said:

These look like they have leather! The macro shots look different for the white/sail mv8's.

May 14, 2012 11:48 PM

AleCR7 said:

@ BR15 It's called reading the thing. It clearly says its leather. And these boots r great in leather only the color way is horrible

May 15, 2012 12:59 AM

diegobarca10 said:

   they should just make a synthetic version and leather

   version of the vapors that way everyone is happy

May 15, 2012 1:36 AM

diegobarca10 said:

   @AleCR7  well said

May 15, 2012 1:38 AM

TheDoc said:

@ AleCR7...are you reading the same article as me?  I've still yet to read that this is a leather boot.  It cleary says synthetic material which is leather like. there a reason why each boot has a different colour proportion or is this just sloppiness?

May 15, 2012 3:00 AM

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May 15, 2012 1:09 PM

I-con7 said:

WTH now this now getting ridicoulous World Cup 2010 nike boots was 100% better and amazing

this series is just a joke for me !!

May 15, 2012 10:19 PM

aghstisbrn said:

@Liverpool maniac the "R G B" on the sides I believe refer to the Red Green Blue color model where the numbers represent how much of each color is used to make that specific color. However this is just my guess...

May 15, 2012 10:46 PM

Heejun2232 said:

Looking forward to getting these in June

May 18, 2012 3:52 AM

MarkusFootball said:

better if they had a bit more smooth gradient

May 18, 2012 8:16 AM

ilduce87 said:

Got this boots a month ago

May 19, 2012 5:22 AM

adidasmicoach123 said:

nice cos there leather

May 19, 2012 3:03 PM

hs9 said:

The second I get this cast off of my foot I'm getting these

May 23, 2012 3:12 AM

hs9 said:

I'm in love with these boots

May 23, 2012 7:54 AM

matthatchy said:

wtf is with the numbers and letters?!?!

May 24, 2012 8:33 AM

F50mate said:

soft ground version?

May 29, 2012 12:43 PM

argentina19 said:

this are to sexy

June 1, 2012 7:31 PM

Julius Parpala said:

Is that pink or red ?

June 3, 2012 8:46 PM

joshdg9 said:

Nike PLEASE!!!!! release a blacked out mercurial vapor or even just a black colourway!! if not id say adidas is the way to go

June 6, 2012 7:23 AM

mattao05 said:

@ joshdg9 - No way!! Nike all the way!! Their colourways have always been pretty awesome at the end of the day!! the boots are very nice,

June 13, 2012 1:37 PM

Trimarchi said:

What means the text in left boot ?

June 18, 2012 11:23 AM

nik-the-nike said:

got them very expenisive but worth it

nothing beats nike

June 24, 2012 6:07 AM

Pajkooo said:

Olééé..:) Very..Very Nice Mercurial..:)))

July 2, 2012 3:21 PM

nik-the-nike said:

@argentina19 lol

July 3, 2012 9:15 AM

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jarhead95 said:

what is the r g and b on the boot for?

July 20, 2012 4:21 AM

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August 6, 2012 8:35 PM

DrunkElk said:

Overpriced blister maker... not my cup of tea

September 21, 2012 1:39 PM

anouarl said:

I have this mercurial vapors with removable metal studs, I want to know if I can buy normal studs and put them on the cleets when the iron not needed

October 9, 2012 3:36 PM

DrunkElk said:

Ok they're not a blister makers at all... I have to admit my own error,.. still not impressed by the look though

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