Several of Nike’s latest Vapor IX colorways were inspired by the Mercurial boots of the past. The idea of a release inspired by previous colorways is something very common in sneaker and clothing releases, but this is one of the first times we have seen it in an accessible form in the boot world. For the older crowd that was around when the originals were released, this is a very exciting idea. It was also important that Nike chose old releases that fit in well with today’s colorways, and the colorways of the other boots in their portfolio. I personally think Nike accomplished this in an eye catching way. Bryan covered the new versions of the Fast Forward collection in a great article here, but keep reading for a deeper look at these releases and the boots that inspired them.
Check out the full gallery below to see both the new boots and the old release Nike drew inspiration from. I personally hope this is a trend that continues in an affordable, and non-limited release method from all of the boot companies.
What do you think of the releases? Did Nike do a satisfactory job with the transformation from old to new? What other companies would you like to see get in on the act of throwback releases? Share your thoughts below.
My Favorite will always be the chrome. While I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of Nike at the moment (sock shoes just don't float my boat, despite how innovative they are) I really really love the Chrome Mercurials, both current and original. Look out as adidas is set to do a similar concept this year with the new predator. They will release predators that look a lot like the old models but on the new template taking it one step further. Otherwise Well done Nike on this pack of releases.