Which Nike Boot is best for you? [Guide]

With such a varied lineup, it's hard to pick the perfect pair of Nike football boots. That's why we've put together the Ultimate Nike Boot Guide for you.

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For years, Nike Football have been bringing us some of the most innovative boots on the market. But with the sheer number of models, styles, shapes and technology put into each pair, it can all get a bit confusing. Here at FOOTY.COM we want to help find the perfect pair of Nike boots for you, based on your playing style, needs and budget. Introducing the Ultimate Nike Boot Guide.

What boots does Nike make?

There are four main boot lines which Nike Football produce; the Mercurial, the Hypervenom, Tiempo and Magista, with each boot targeting a specific type of player. 

The Mercurial is designed for fast wingers and forwards, while the Hypervenom is aimed at strikers with a lethal shot. The Magista is built for players who like to be on the ball and control the game, and the Tiempo is a no-nonsense leather football boot, made for traditional players. An honourable mention also goes to the Nike Premier — a very affordable leather boot in the brand's lineup.

With so many boots to choose from, it can be difficult to pick which is the right one for you. That's why we're here to guide you through the ins and outs of all Nike's main boot silo's, their history, features and available model lists from higher to lower tier— perfect for bagging your dream boot at an affordable price.

Nike Mercurial

Speedy, light and beautiful, the Mercurial is the boot for players with pace to burn. Image: news.nike.com

Who wears Nike Mercurial boots?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Eden Hazard, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sánchez

Models Available:

Superfly V, Vapor XI, Veloce III DF, Veloce III, Victory VI DF, Victory VI, Vortex III, Proximo II, Finale II

Nike's longest-running boot dynasty: the Mercurial line stretches back to the 90s when the original Ronaldo was wearing the Mercurial R9 and doing his thing. It was a game changer for the industry, something so different it made people take notice. In 2002, the very first Vapor was released — this was when the lightweight Mercurial began to take shape. Since then, we've seen 11 generations of the Vapor and five of the Superfly.

The modern day Superfly is a big upgrade from the original which was released in 2009. The first generation was based on the Vapor, but with added Flywire and a carbon fibre soleplate. Over the years, it has been a commercial success and developed into the quintessential speed football boot.

 

The Superfly V is crafted using Nike's Flyknit material, allowing the boot to wrap around your foot, giving you freedom to create on the pitch. With added textured speed ribs to create friction, you have total control of the ball with every touch. The Flywire incorporated in the upper ensures you have incredible lockdown, keeping your feet secure, comfy and flexible.The latest Superfly models include a Dynamic Fit collar system, designed for a sock-like fit to keep your ankle secure and prevent rolling — giving you the sensation the boot is part of your foot, for a custom, lightweight and responsive feel.

The latest Superfly models include a Dynamic Fit collar system, designed for a sock-like fit to keep your ankle secure and prevent rolling — giving you the sensation the boot is part of your foot, for a custom, lightweight and responsive feel.

The Vapor XI has been touted as the best Vapor yet. If you aren't sold on the Dynamic Fit collar but still want a speed boot, the Vapor is perfect for you. Gone is the Flyknit, replaced with a premium synthetic leather upper that requires no break in period, delivering a soft, supple feel which moulds to your foot instantly. The upper still features textured speed ribs to help with ball control, however, the Vapor has much fewer frills than the Superfly.

Both the Superfly and Vapor now feature a new anatomical soleplate which Nike spent years developing. An astonishing 40% lighter than previous carbon fibre Superfly soleplates, the chevron stud configuration is created for maximum acceleration, perfect for beating defenders to the ball.

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Nike Hypervenom

The Hypervenom has received a huge upgrade: the HV3 is a complete overhaul. Image: news.nike.com

Who wears Nike Hypervenom boots?

Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappé and Wayne Rooney

Models Available:

Phantom III DF, Phantom III, Phatal III DF, Phelon III, Phade III, Proximo II, Finale II

First introduced in 2013, the Hypervenom replaced the Total90. Featuring NIKESKIN — a soft, supple mesh bound upper — the first Hypervenom was considered to have one of the best uppers of all time. It became an overnight hit with professionals and amateurs buying them in droves.

In 2015, the Hypervenom II was released, introducing a Dynamic Fit collar to the top model. However the upper was not as comfortable and supple as the original, causing Nike to eventually revert back to the HV1 upper with the new tech of the HV2.

 

The Hypervenom III was launched at the start of 2017 and saw the boot line back to its best with a complete redesign. Now featuring a full Flyknit upper and a brand new soleplate, the HV3 is top of the line in terms of technology and innovation. The flexible and comfortable upper features multi-layered Poron foam pods to soften your touch and increase power when striking the ball. As Nike say, "this is a finisher's boot", it is built to cut, strike and score.

A new sole was inspired by the technology of Nike Free trainers. The Hyper-Reactive plate in the forefoot is enhanced by a flexible sole to give you increased range and movement in turning, stopping and accelerating, making it one of the most flexible soleplates on the market. Made up of hexagonal studs and sidewall chevrons, it ensures you have a good grip no matter which direction you turn. 

Available in the Phantom III DF and Phantom III models, the top tier model gives you the option of having a Dynamic Fit collar — perfect if you're looking for a cutting edge boot with a traditional low-cut fit.

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Nike Tiempo

Need a no-nonsense football boot? The Tiempo is your answer. Image: news.nike.com

Who wears Nike Tiempo boots?

Sergio Ramos, Jerome Boateng, Gerard Pique, Raphaël Varane

Models Available:         

Legend VI, Legacy II, Mystic V, Genio II, Rio III, Proximo II

The first time we saw a Nike Tiempo was at the 1994 USA World Cup. The boot was Nike's first big push into football, however, the boot stayed out of the spotlight until it's much-celebrated return in 2005. Featuring soft kangaroo leather for a perfect touch, it was every bit a classic now as it was then. 

Over the years we've seen different iterations of the Tiempo. Nike's modern day Tiempo (filled with more tech than you can shake a stick at) really is a boot full of innovation while staying true to its heritage. The most innovative model of the Tiempo line, the Legend VI utilises a cushioned cage vacuum pressed to the leather, ensuring seamless contact, providing support for the leather upper. More quality leather with minimal stitching required — the perfect leather boot.

 

The traditional tongue of the Tiempo has also seen a bit of change too. A one piece solution sees the tongue maintain the structure and support provided by the internal cage, while keeping the aesthetics of a Tiempo with its classic tongue. Around the back, the heel counter has been designed for ultimate lockdown and comfort, that not only works but is very easy on the eye.

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Nike Magista

The Magista is made for the midfield maestro. Image: news.nike.com

Who wears Nike Magista boots?

Mario Götze, Kevin De Bruyne, Andrés Iniesta, David Luiz

Models Available:

Obra II, Opus II, Orden II, Onda II, Ola II, Proximo II, Finale II

The original Nike Magista burst onto the scene at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most memorably in the form of Mario Götze's injury time winner in the final. As the first boot to feature Nike's Dynamic Fit collar system and a complete Flyknit upper, it really did herald the start of a football boot revolution.

As for the second model, the Magista Obra II passed our playtest with flying colours. The boot is almost a complete redesign of the original in terms of sole and upper, but the basic essence and feel of the Magista line very much remains. Nike wanted the new Magista to be "an organic extension of the foot", something that would have the truest touch and feel possible. The upper is not flat but uses peaks and troughs to create premium touch areas that align with where your foot will touch the ball most.

 

The new dynamic fit collar is constructed to accommodate the shape of the ankle, while keeping the knit thicker around the ankle bones for protection and comfort. As for the fit, the use of Flywire cables and an internal heel counter enhances lockdown across the whole boot, keeping your ankle secure and comfortable. The soleplate has also been reworked and made lighter. The use of chevron studs around the ball of the foot helps with turning and agility, while the conical studs around the rest of the boot provide great acceleration and traction.

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With years of development and investment in new technology, Nike really are pushing the football boot game forward.
 
Nike produces a variety of boots for a large range of surface types, whether it’s firm ground, soft ground, artificial ground, astroturf or indoor. There's also a huge range of colourways available too, including the Motion Blur Pack, Revolution Pack, CR7 range, Radiation Flare Pack, Dark Lightning Pack, Tech Craft 2.0 Pack, Elite Pack and Floodlights Pack.
 

You can shop the entire range of Nike football boots at FOOTY.COM, where we work tirelessly to find you the best prices for every boot on the market.

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Adam is a lover of all things football and a collector of boots and shirts. When he is not writing, he can be found scouring the globe on Football Manager for the next Wonderkid.