With all of the attention the Mercurial Vapor IX soccer boot has received over the last month (and for good reason), there are other cleat models from Nike that have flown under the radar—in particular the Mercurial Veloce.

At first glance, the Veloce looks pretty much identical to the Vapor IX, but when you break it down, you’ll definitely notice some differences. Unlike the Vapor IX, the Veloce model doesn’t come with Nike’s All Conditions Control (ACC) weather technology, so you may have some trouble on a wet pitch. The microfiber upper of the Veloce lacks the overall feel and flexibility of the Vapor IX, however, it still has a textured surface to reduce air resistance and increase overall speed. The boot’s outsole is similar to that of the Vapor, although it doesn’t house a full-length chassis. Not to worry though, the cleat’s Forefoot Grip Zone (an element that is inspired by track spikes) makes up for that, providing great acceleration and pivot motion.

If you’re wondering what the point is of having two nearly identical cleats, it’s quite simple: the price. The Veloce may lack some of the performance specs of the Vapor IX, but it makes up for it with a price point of $110 (less than half of what you would pay for the Vapor IXs). Given the boot’s second-tier status, it’s a perfect option for amateur players, or anyone who doesn’t want to go broke buying a top-of-the-like cleat. 

Pre-order a pair of the Mercurial Veloce by clicking here. 

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