Right in time for all the end of season drama, Nike have released the new Mercurial Vapor VII. There are two official colorway for this release, with this post focusing on the Plum Red/White/Neon rather than the Photo Blue. Again, Nike have placed a strong emphasis on the visual characteristics of the range, with a bold Plum Red paint job and a bright volt yellow color covering the heal region.
What changes are there on this latest version of the Vapor? First is the new colorway with highly visible lightning bolt design on the heel. Next is the removal of the lace cover, something many players will be extremely happy bout as you can now tie your leases a lot more easily (and replace them when necessary). And finally, Nike have slightly altered and lowered the toe region, creating a more snug fit between the upper and your toes! And that is it – I guess the overall success of the Vapor VI range left Nike with no doubt they have a pretty perfect design.
OK, so to my thoughts. I’m not too sure about the colorway or simply the premise of the new release. Starting with a positive, the one thing I do like is the highly visible volt yellow design on the boot. I think it looks far better than the heel design we saw on the Vapor VI and I will be interested to see just how it looks on the field. The actual Plum is simply a continuation of Nike’s pet project to include every color of the rainbow on one of their boots, but of course it is hard to judge until I get to see them in action. And finally, I am not sure if simply removing the lace cover checks the boxes for an official new range – just my opinion – my I am all in favor of its removal. I struggled to change the laces on the VI.
Needless to say, the Vapor VII will have a mass following (more than the Superfly in my opinion) and will sell in large quantities. Final note, Nike have continued their trend of lightweight with this version weighing in at 8.0oz.
Also released today, check out the Nike Mercurial Superfly III.