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What’s black and green, six years old, and weighs less than an unripe banana? The original Nike Green Speed, that’s what – one of our favourite boots ever. If you were a fan too, you’re in luck, because today Nike reveal a cutting-edge, limited edition remake of the 2012 Mercurial Green speed classic.

Taking inspiration from the original GS, the 2018 Mercurial Green Speed 360 is a lesson in how to execute a concept boot. It borrows the best bits from the modern Mercurial’s revolutionary design, while also building on the 2012 boot’s unique ethos both in its construction and looks.


First of all, the next-gen Green Speed features a circular knit upper in a 360-degree execution. This is something entirely new for Nike – circular knit has never before been utilised in such a way, all the way. The result is an exceptionally comfortable fit, and the production of the knitted sock creates absolutely zero waste. Very efficient, very green.

The environmentally friendly vibe continues throughout the boot. The skins on the upper are made from recycled materials, as are the laces, and the foam in the sockliner. All 100-percent recycled. That’s not easy to do – kudos to Nike for really committing to the concept. In addition, the box uses less ink than regular packaging, and the included boot bag is made from recycled polyester.


Underfoot, you’ll notice a big difference in the soleplate compared to the latest Vapor and Superfly. While the split-claw design is retained, the traction is very different. That’s true to the philosophy of the OG Green Speed, which featured a genuinely unique soleplate. Like the 2012 original, 2018’s Mercurial Green Speed 360 sheds weight at any opportunity, hence the cut-out sections of the soleplate at front and rear. The traction itself isn’t quite as focused on straight-line speed as the standard firm ground Mercurial though, allowing a bit more rotation with its triangular studs. Agility and overall fleet-footedness is the aim here.

The new boot also boasts All Conditions Control, which wasn’t present on the original. ACC was added on the second-generation GS2, if you remember, so it’s no surprise to see it included again six years later – thankfully without the massive lettering. Every pair is individually numbered though, as you’d expect with a limited edition release.


Just as in 2012, Nike have taken cues from the year of release to decide how many pairs of the Mercurial Green Speed 360 to make available to buy. That means 2018 boxes of planet-saving boots worldwide, one of which is reserved for Kylian Mbappe, who will follow in Neymar’s footsteps as a Green Speed ambassador and wear the boot against Liverpool on Wednesday.


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