Nike's been leading the way with the soccer-inspired footwear trend lately, turning some of its most advanced boots like the Mercurial and Magista into street-ready kicks. Now, as the brand revs up for the 2016 UEFA Euro Championship, it's giving the casual treatment to the boots worn by four of the tournament's star players.
Belgium's Eden Hazard will see his Mercurial get turned into a black-based colorway of the Free Mercurial Superfly, pictured above, that features hits of red and a speckled midsole. "I just want to wear good, beautiful sneakers. I wear the Mercurial in football and now I can wear this type of shoe off the pitch. It's good to have that consistency," Hazard said.
Next up, Blaise Matuidi of France will get a colorful makeover of the Air Footscape Magista. Matuidi gave the Magista the ultimate endorsement, saying "At the beginning, I was a little apprehensive about this shoe. But now I cannot live without them."
The Free Hypervenom 2 takes a page from the Hypervenom Phantom boot worn by England's Daniel Sturridge, who says he's pleased to have a comfortable sneaker to wear off the pitch. "Basketball players have shoes they can wear on court, but they also have shoes they can wear off it. So it's nice to now have the same in football," Sturridge said.
The Tiempo Vetta is now available from Nike's Football app for $160, while the rest of this F.C. collection will drop on April 7.