Nike Unveils Latest Mercurial Soccer Cleat With Zoom Air

The Mercurial, one of Nike’s most popular soccer cleats, takes a cushioned step forward with its 2022 edition, adding the soccer-specific Zoom Air for the first time in the new design.

Originally launched in 1998, the 2022 Air Zoom Mercurial borrows from the modern Nike Zoom Ultra which included a KD12 zoom unit by helping the design team manufacture the brand’s first-ever Zoom Air unit specifically for football.

“We worked on the Zoom Air that is dedicated to football (soccer),” says Colin Eder, Senior Director of Nike’s Global Football Shoe Company. “She’s really really thin. She packs a serious punch. This will keep her low to the ground and nice and graceful.”

The 2022 Mercurial Soccer Ball offers a three-quarter length design to aid smooth transitions. Eder says it also features flex grooves so the product can articulate and work with the natural movements of the foot.

In keeping with the lightweight tradition of a speed-focused silo—the new Mercurial comes in a lighter weight than the previous version—the Zoom Air sits directly under the sock, allowing for close-foot contact to the Zoom Air bag, which sits directly above the mercury plate. Under the plate, Nike updated the stud design, dropping a chevron shape in place of the Tri-Star design.

“We can improve lateral velocity and lateral velocity,” Eder says. “It allows us to be really fast from north to south and plant the foot and blast better on the side cuts.”

“Being a Mercurial athlete, I always think about speed. I want to be faster than my opponent,” says France striker Kylian Mbappe.

Besides the lightweight chassis, minimal airbag, and minimalist design, Nike says it’s stripped of anything superfluous. “We made it lighter and brought air into the luggage compartment,” Eder says.

Internal straps attached to the upper help stabilize the foot. Since launching the Flyknit in 2014 at Mercurial, it has proven to be a fan favorite, so it remains in the 2022 edition on the tongue and collar to help with adaptability and comfort. The Vaporposite+ upper with Flyknit lining evolves with an additional loft to reduce downtime.

Norway soccer star Ada Hegerberg says the new Mercurial is light and stable. “The finishing touch isn’t just about strength, it’s all about style, putting your feet on level with the ball,” she says. “Nike Air stands for strength, speed and technology at the same time.”

To highlight the addition of Zoom Air, a large text tag written “Air” covers the middle side of the shoe. The launch path has a white background with a red text mark. Nike has already announced its next colors. One offers a women’s design for the summer tournaments that mixes green and orange details and graphics featuring the Latin phrase “Move Together.” A vibrant yellow design with hints of orange and violet debuts at the start of the European club season in late summer and anticipate another colorful path in November for the 2022 World Cup.

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