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Football News > Nike Vapor VIII: In Focus - What's The Story?

As the original superstar of speed, the Nike Mercurial Vapor has been at the pinnacle of the game for over a decade. Now Nike Football continue to push the boundaries of one of the world's most iconic football boots, with the ground breaking release of the massively hyped Vapor VIII.

SoccerBible sat down exclusively with Nike's UK Product Insider Chris Tyler, to bring you an industry-inside look into one of the biggest football boot releases of 2012. In part one-of-five in this mini-series, Chris discusses what makes the Mercurial range so iconic as well as the performance focus of the Vapor VIII.

For the 2012/13 season the Mercurial Vapor takes performance innovation to the next level with a totally re-engineered boot built for explosive speed. The new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII 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.

Speaking on the excitement surrounding the new Vapor VIII; ''It's a shoe which excites our consumer. It's a shoe which stimulates discussion on forums and blogs, because it's a shoe which has constantly pushed boundaries and pioneered new technologies.''  

''There's a constant flow of innovation and evolution in the Mercurial range. Each generation is about two years in the making when you consider the research and insights that the product creation team carry out. Their inspiration comes from listening to the players, and they challenge themselves to deliver a new level of explosive speed with each shoe.''

Stay tuned to SoccerBible, as each day this week we'll be bringing you more insider-access to the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII. Check out our full feature of the boot here. Join the conversation and share your thoughts online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Only published comments... Mar 21 2012, 12:19 PM by Soccer_Boots



MUMUCHI12 said:

these are sick!

March 21, 2012 1:04 PM

Waldrinho said:

I've always hated the name "Mercurial" because either you're correcting someone when they're saying it or someone is correcting you. . . . Mecur-deez-nutz. . .

March 21, 2012 1:40 PM

bpollo28 said:

nice but there can be better.

March 21, 2012 1:45 PM

Becksstillthebest23 said:

Not Bad.

March 21, 2012 1:52 PM

Johnny23 said:

Would've been awesome of Nike included this case for the first x amount of pre-orders.

March 21, 2012 2:13 PM

PhilV said:

SoccerBible... how in any way is this a "ground breaking release"???

The boots offer nothing new/innovative - massive let down from Nike.

March 21, 2012 2:23 PM

Johnny23 said:

@PhilV I seriously hope you're kidding. There are more changes with these than there was with the adizero micoach. All Adidas did was add sprintweb and micoach capability which is an extra $70 for the chip. Nike made the vapor lighter, changed the soleplate, made the upper softer, and changed the insole. It's new/innovative because it hasn't been done before which is basically the definition of both words, haters these days....

March 21, 2012 2:53 PM

TheDoc said:

I have to agree with PhilV...the guy in the video is talking absolute nonsense.  They'd be better admitting that for the last 3 years they've been pushing gimmick technologies and now they've just removed them because nobody believes in it anymore.  Johnny23 - Nike haven't innovated, they've just decided to catch up with the rest of the boot world! Fact!!

March 21, 2012 3:49 PM

Getsuga04 said:

would love to hit the player who gave the feedback for sense studs to be made... nike's intention was very good, the execution horrible. plus its ine of the reasons for jacking up to a 200 quid price tag.

March 21, 2012 4:30 PM

YBJ_92112 said:

@Waldrinho I've always known them as Vapors.  My younger brother calls them mercurials and it *** me off, it just sounds really stupid

March 21, 2012 4:45 PM

Footymad12 said:

what is the difference between the vapor and the Pro?

March 21, 2012 5:14 PM

Mercurial1 said:

@Footymad12 The pro consists of a mix of SG and FG, which is the soleplate most superfly/vapor wearers used including Ronaldo, Drogba, Neymar. Pretty much "Pro" because it is what the pros would get in their SG boots.

March 21, 2012 7:09 PM

diegobarca10 said:

    the color of thee vapors remind me of yogurt. and Nike

    should should make all of their boots black and blue

    like they did for the euro cup back in 2008. Some leather vapors should be nice too

March 21, 2012 8:15 PM

pcm19 said:

id love to see this boot on the pitch

March 21, 2012 8:15 PM

theeSmiliest said:

You could tell me the story all you want they still look pretty homosexual :D

March 21, 2012 8:19 PM

weenerman said:

  Complete BS.  These boots SUCK.   And the colors are AWFUL.  Hopefully nike do a LOT better with the CTRs

March 21, 2012 8:20 PM

Adipredz said:

These look so much nicer if u customize them on

March 21, 2012 11:12 PM

barc4b0y said:

I just dont know but from all previous Vapors these particular having this soleplate to me that is not a lasting boot but What make me more worry about are the heel studs those unique 2 studs are to me not for a firm ground shoe more like a softground. I personally dont like soft ground soleplates cuz they make more stud pressure on the heel and afterward your knee is gonna suffer.

I really like vapor 7. Not getting these vapors

March 22, 2012 12:21 AM

AleCR7 said:

@weenerman u should go to sleep if u say that to these boots. But i do agree with u about the CTR. They r going to look terrible . Look at this video:

March 22, 2012 12:42 AM

Messiisamazing said:

I really want the volt color way to come out

March 22, 2012 1:46 AM

nacho_masche said:

Please, tell me this is a prototype. So disappointed.

March 22, 2012 3:45 AM

casillas190 said:

Nice cleats :)

March 22, 2012 11:54 AM

mambos said:

Erm, might be wrong but  thought the V1.06 pioneered lightweight speed boots, no?? (puma)

Don't beleive the hype, Nike would have you believe they pioneered everything!!

March 22, 2012 1:04 PM

lowblue4 said:

The new CTR's are nasty! Nasty as in F'ing sweet... If you're not happy with the colors of the new Vapor, just get in nikeid and make your own. The new ones are already there and you can even do them with the safari pattern on the upper.  Quitchyerbitching and get something different if you don't like them that damn much...

March 22, 2012 11:37 PM

MO9TorresZidane said:

what should i get the vapors, adizero micoach or nike T90's. any help

March 23, 2012 8:00 AM

Johnny23 said:

@TheDoc You just contradicted yourself. According to you Nike has not innovated but instead has decided to catch up. Im guessing you are referring to catching up to adidas? If the adiZero micoach was something new how can Nike catch up without having to innovate the Mercurial line? Adidas tries to sell you the idea that a lighter boot makes you faster and people honestly believe that a few grams/oz will make a huge different haha.

March 23, 2012 9:08 AM

A_Di_Natale said:

tell me the story

March 23, 2012 12:49 PM

cameroncarter7 said:

nothing new!!! look the same as before!!! .... nike need to step up!! adidas over nike any day!

March 23, 2012 3:44 PM

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March 23, 2012 11:01 PM
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