Nike are a great, great company. Great Boots, great kits, you name it. But they do have one, inscrutably bad habit. Having a clearly superior colourway play second chair to something eye-catching. Case in point: the stunning Mercurial Vapor VIII – Sail / Red / Soar!

The secondary colourway of Nike's Mercurial Vapor VIII - Sail / Red / Soar - is available to order from March 29th 2011


Reminding us of the clean-cut, two colour colourways that used to grace the likes of the Vapor III and IV, we’re far too excited over the arrival of the Mercurial Vapor VIII – Sail / Red / Soar.

Classic white upper meets the same royal ‘Soar’ blue featured on the latest Laser IV, giving these latest Mercurial football boots a look that screams ‘fast’!

Since their launch yesterday, we’ve had plenty of positive feedback on the new Vapors, with many of you enjoying the return to a more simplisting design from NIke – something perfectly accentuated by the Mercurial Vapor VIII – Sail / Red / Soar‘s colourway.

Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots in Sail / Red / Soar

Whilst we’ve seen plenty of top stars taking up the new Mango / Dark Grey already – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric – we’re yet to see anyone unbox these beauties, and we’d have to guess that they’ll receive limited on-pitch support.

For those that missed yesterday’s reveal of the new Mercurial Vapor VIII, the key changes from the Superfly series include a redesigned upper, using a new suede-like Teijin synthetic for superb feel on the ball, whilst Carbon Fibre makes way for a single-piece Tepex Glass Fibre soleplate.

Flywire is also gone, giving a renewed focus on a better out-of-the-box fit that is said to be snugger and more pliable than it’s predecessor.

Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII - Sail / Red / Soar

Weighing in at 187g (FG version) and costing around £129.99/$220 US, we think Nike are on to a winner – but how do you think this colourway stacks up to the Mercurial Vapor VIII‘s other launch colourway?

Let us know in the comments!

MERCURIAL VAPOR VIII – SAIL / RED / SOAR, 8.9 out of 10 based on 111 ratings

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  1. says: Smiffylfc

    looks good, but i think im going to wait until a darker version comes out before investing, the blacked out versions we have been seeing for the last few months look so good, plus, these boots would stay white for about ten seconds on any weekend football pitch!

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