The Nike Mercurial Dream Speed has been released – and holy hell, these things are beautiful.
Nike's latest Mercurial boots have already dropped in a blue/yellow/orange colourway, as worn by the brand's biggest names, including Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz and Jack Grealish. But now, the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo have both worn a white/green/purple version – with both scoring in them this week.
The new boots are the latest in a long, long line of classic Mercurials, stretching all the way back to the 90s. With angular curves that resemble classic models and a volt green shade synonymous with Nike, these are some of the nicest Vapors ever.
1. Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly VIII Elite FG Dream Speed
The Elite boots are the ones that the players wear, just like the most expensive shirts that you can get on the market. These ones are best on firm ground and and with the sock-like material around the ankle, they help you plant your foot as you're running. Oh, and they look fantastic, don't they?
2. Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly VIII Academy FG/MG Dream Speed
The cheaper versions of these beautiful boots, the Academy versions can be spotted most easily from the soles: these ones are volt green underneath, while the Elite versions are purple.
They're very similar, with the key differences just being in the detail and colour. If you're looking for a cost-effective choice for these beautiful Mercurials, this is the option for you.
3. Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly VIII Academy TF Dream Speed
If you only play on astroturf, the Academy TF boots are the ones you need, for the same price as the firm ground ones.
These ones come with more of a rubber sole and still have the sock-like knitted material that wraps around the ankle.
4. Nike Mercurial Vapor XIV Elite FG Dream Speed
Not everyone wants a football boot that's going to wrap around the ankle. These ones are your traditional Vapor boots.
The Vapor is slightly cheaper and just like the Superfly, it comes in an Elite and Academy version. Again, these ones are beautifully detailed with a purple sole.
5. Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly VIII Academy FG/MG Dream Speed
The Academy Vapor Superfly boots are the cheapest ones that you can buy. These are the more stripped back ones with the ankle support – and they still look fantastic. The choice is yours…
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.