Having already covered the steamiest football boots of 2018 by Adidas, we thought this would be the perfect time we talk about the other giant, Nike. Nike, over the years, have never left a stone unturned in their designs and this year was no different. Right from launching special CR7 edition boots to honouring the newly crowned Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, Nike have time and again showed why they are best in the business.
Having names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard in their roster, Nike have always maintained the equilibrium between their artistry and craft, and the results have always been astounding. So with that being said and done, let’s have a look at their top 5 designs from the year 2018.
1. EA Sports x PhantomVSN:
A paradise for every football fan, Nike recently teamed up with video game developers EA Sports in launching their limited edition EA Sports x PhantomVSN design. With EA Sports written in a golden font right up the tongue, the cleats carry a blueprint of Play Station controllers.
And if you think it is Nike and EA Sports’ first association, you are highly mistaken. Back in 2016, the two firms came together in launching the Nike Mercurial Superfly EA Sports boots. The following year, they came up with volt / black Nike x EA Sports Hypervenom.
2. “Black/Racer Blue” PhantomVSN Colourway:
A combination of warmer and cooler tone of blue coupled with sleek black finish has made this PhantomVSN one to die for. Launched in the “Always Forward Pack”, the geometric design on one side is followed by matte finished silver-coloured soleplate. Crafted in absolute style, this arguably remains an interesting option for the athletes.
3. Hypervenom 3 “Game of Gold”:
Launched ahead of the end of 2017/18 league season, Nike decided to release two versions of this Hypervenom 3 “Game of Gold” with one being an ankle knit style, while the other being a regular lo-cut design. A sleek texture on the front is combined with a golden coloured weave on the front as well as on the laces. The boot was eventually donned by some of the biggest names such as Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain.
4. Nike PhantomVSN “Black Op”:
It was in July this year that Nike came up with their PhantomVSN series, which reportedly replaced the Magista series. With no lace latched onto it, three colour variants were launched with one of them being this “Black Op”. This Black Op edition, which has two different shades of black, has a Quadfit technology and was worn by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Philippe Coutinho.
The catch, however, remains the fact that this “Black Op” edition wasn’t donned by any athlete. They rather used the “Raised on Concrete” colourway edition. The third version, on the other hand, is a purple alternative.
5. Limited Edition ‘Golden Touch’ Mercurials:
Marking the success of Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and France and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, Nike launched a special edition Mercurial Superfly VI Elite and Mercurial Vapor XII and named them ‘Golden Touch’. Both Nike and Adidas have been honouring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi respectively for their achievements with limited edition designs and this year was no different.
With Mbappe and Modric winning the Kopa Trophy and Ballon d’Or respectively, Nike launched Superfly for the former and Vapor for the latter. The boot also features a thumb print on the feel and is followed by the letter ‘M’ imprinted on it; which represents the initial of the players as well as the model. Furthermore, this limited edition only had 1,500 pairs available for sale from December 4.