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Nike clearly have a good feeling about 2019. While brands sometimes stick to subtle, let’s be honest, relatively forgettable colourways in January, this year the Swoosh have dropped a super-classy blackout pack for your post-Xmas exertions.

The Black Lux Collection, as it’s officially known, features gold accents on blacked-out uppers, utilising an animal skin-inspired texturing effect that takes its cues from the Mercurial’s new “Fast By Nature” direction. Here though the wild styling extends across all three silos, allowing the Tiempo and Phantom VSN to try out an understated version of the primal look. No Hypervenom though, for reasons that will become clear very soon.

The Mercurial’s offered in both Vapor and Superfly, and the only difference between the two, as usual, is the collar. Both boots are available at Elite level in FG and AG, with gold tips on the soleplates completing the luxury look. It’s the Anti-Clog SG version we prefer though, with its standard all-black plate that’s a perfect match for the upper. There hasn’t been a black and gold Mercurial this good since the special edition Flyknit Ultra that Eden Hazard wore in 2017.
We’ve seen a fair few regal-looking Tiempos released in recent times, from Ronaldinho and Sergio Ramos special editions to the White/Black/Gold celebration of the silo Nike dropped at the end of last year. None of those was quite as stealthily sleek as the new release, however, with the black upper adorned by minimalist gold details in addition to the animal-print Swooshes. Look at the little golden Swoosh on the inside heel – that’s just class.

The Black Lux Phantom VSN, meanwhile, marks a rare occasion where the silo’s trademark triangular midfoot panel is the same colour as the rest of the boot. If we’re honest, we probably would have preferred the panel to have been gold, but then it wouldn’t be a blackout, would it? The gold-tipped studs on the FG and AG plates are a more natural fit on the Phantom, however, complementing the Hyperprecision micro-textured areas underfoot in an eye-catching design.


Nike are off to a great start this year then, and with the prospect of a brand new boot on the horizon, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Rest assured you’ll hear about it first at

The Nike Black Lux Collection is available to buy now for US customers at Keep your eyes peeled for a rest-of-the-world release date, coming soon.


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