Following on from more-or-less every Vapor wearer at Real Madrid, Brazilian wonder-kid Neymar is the latest Nike football boots-endorsee to wear the new Mercurial Vapor VIII!

Brazilian International Neymar trains in the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII

Santos forward Neymar broke out the newest entry in Nike’s legendary line of speed boots as the Brazilian club took to the training pitch yesterday ahead of their home match against Ituano.

The 19-year-old seemed suitably impressed with his new footwear, performing his full array of tricks and flicks – including some seated kick-ups that were particularly remarkable!

Mercurial Vapor VIII

In comparison to the Hybrid-SG model we’ve seen Cristiano Ronaldo take a particular shine to in Europe, Samba-star Neymar has been given a pair of the new FG Mercurial Vapor VIII to try out on the sun-baked pitches of Brazil.

Once again these shots give us a great look at the new glass-fibre soleplate on the Mercurial Vapor VIII, replacing the expensive Carbon Fibre of the Superfly series.

The new stud layout also is of particular interest; the asymmetrical system puts more of a focus on acceleration and support in the forefoot – with studs under the very centre of the forefoot, big toe and the minimal use of studs under the heel the biggest talking points.

Neymar trains in the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII

As always, it’s impossible to see a picture of the new Mercurial Vapor VIII and not comment on how good the sleek, minimal upper looks on these new football boots.

With such a moulded, low-profile fit there’s good reason why so many speed freaks are getting hype over this new ‘back-to-basics’ approach from Nike!

Thoughts on how the new Mercurials are shaping up? Concerns over the unorthodox two-stud heel? Worries that Neymar’s new ‘Rufio’ look is going to catch on with the whole Santos squad?

Drop us a comment and share them with us!

Credit for this boot-spot goes to the irrepressible DDChile!

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  1. says: Anonymous

    Same s***. Just a couple of plastic removal on the cleats and some bright lines and the typical $400 slap on. I’d say the series went down hill from the IV’s. Mark my words.

  2. says: Smiffylfc

    looks almost exactly the same as the VII’s nike really need to change something, not got enough USP’s to make people upgrade to these

  3. says: hunter

    ever since the III’s I have always worn Vapors until just today, I purchased adizeros.  Vapors peaked at the V’s you got a little carbon fiber, a lace cover, and flywire.  ever since then they have become more and more like the lower end models but more expensive.  Needless to say this is disappointing.  

    side note: It seems as if cleats have hit a plateau in technology at the moment, look at the adizeros for the most part the exact same cleat that came out almost 2 years ago, without any major upgrades

    Vapors: superfly 1, 2, and 3 have all been for the most part the same, with the exception of the sense stud and colorways 

    Adipowers: basically took predator upper and put it with an adizero sprint frame to reduce weight.

    my point is I think all the hype for new cleats is starting to get pointless due to the lack of major upgrade, and Nike has been trying to hype up new mercurials every 7 or 8 months, even though its essentially the same shoe is starting to get annoying. 

      1. says: Sam

        The Nike Vapor is my favorite cleat to wear and I have tried the adizeros but these new Vapor VIII’s are the most comfortable shoes yet! Very snug fit which helps touch and acceleration. Very easy to break in and are better for the narrow foot. 

      2. says: 100loki001

        The Micoach proves ”hunter’s” point, rather than providing an exception. The boots can’t, or won’t, be upgraded so they are looking for other ways to improve the overall package into something salable year-on-year .

        You could have Micoach cells wrapped around your head and it wouldn’t make a difference to your boots actual, live performance.

        It’s all about economics; it’s for the same reason we’re seeing more cross-over soleplates, more synthetic uppers and more expensive boots.

        On the upside we’re getting plenty of colourways…!

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