Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR FG - White/Volt/Crimson
The CR signature series continues with the release of the new Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR - Cristiano Ronaldo's sixth exclusive Mercurial football boot. Encapsulating the distinctive style we've come to expect from Ronaldo's flash footwear, these Vapor IX boots - titled White/Volt/Crimson - are another wild expression of CR style.
Love them or hate them, everybody has an opinion when it comes to the CR signature series. Nike reserve their most daring designs for their headline athlete, using any CR launch as an opportunity to spice things up. These though might face a challenge in convincing the most loyal of Ronaldo fans! We'll let you make your own mind up.
After Nike's CR Mercurial Vapor VIII, we thought Cristiano might be taking a new, classier approach to his on-pitch style. But no. Nike and Ronaldo's collaborations - which date back to 2009 - have been anything but predictable. Once again they've turned the tables, delivering one of their most bizarre designs yet.
Ronaldo's new look is derived from the world of cycling. The White/Volt/Crimson Mercurial V9 boots take their inspiration from cycling's 'Rainbow Jersey' - a striped coloured jersey given to the world champion to make him more visible to other competitors. A smart concept and one that in theory, might make Ronaldo more visible to his team mates.
The orange spotted Swoosh might look like it's infected, but is in fact patterned with Nike's famous Safari print, used on the first two CR signature shoes. Ronaldo's Love/Hate logo - introduced for his previous 2012 collection - and his iconic no.7 both sit within the yellow blue stripes which wrap around the entire boot.
As for the boot itself, Ronaldo returns to same Japanese microfiber material as used on his signature Vapor VIII and the Platinum Mercurial Vapor IX. The material has a leather finish applied to it and is distinctively different to the upper of the Fireberry V9, but is one that Cristiano obviously favours. They also come equipped with Nike's ACC technology.
Cristiano Ronaldo's new signature Nike football boots are available to pre-order now from selected online stockists. So come on then, let us know what you think of CR's latest design! Join the conversation online, on Twitter and on Facebook.