After bringing us Flyknit for football on the Superfly and Magista in 2015, Nike are properly consolidating a new generation of footwear for small-sided football with the launch of Nike FootballX.
The brief for FootballX is that “football isn’t just played on grass pitches with eleven players a side; it’s played by small- sided crews on the turf of Mexico City, in the cages of Berlin, the streets of São Paulo and everywhere in between.
While the size and surface of the game may vary, the attributes of the players are the same.
Today, Nike introduces NikeFootballX, featuring remixed Magista X and Mercurial X boots designed with small-sided style and surfaces in mind.
NikeFootballX boots feature Nike Grind on high abrasion and drag areas for enhanced durability.
Cushioning against hard surfaces has also been taken into consideration. Magista X features a responsive Lunarlon midsole while Mercurial X has low-profile Phylon cushioning.
Both boots will be available in indoor court (IC) and turf (TF) versions with outsoles that cater not only to the relevant surface, but the underfoot play prevalent in small-sided football.
The remixed MagistaX and MercurialX carry an “X” as a nod to the combined number of players in a game of five-a-side.
Both boots will debut in the “Street” colorway, inspired by the footballers Nike’s design team met with who play at night by streetlight. The boots feature a stealth black geometric graphic that is reflective under the lights.
“NikeFootballX merges Nike’s pinnacle boot technology with design elements unique to small-sided football.
We’ve met with small- sided players all over the world and they want the same performance benefits Magista and Mercurial provide, but with outsoles and colorways unique to their game.” – Max Blau, VP Nike Football Footwear
Availability: On sale from 20th March 2015
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