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Nike 2022 World Cup Boots Out!

Dean Ariola

Nike decides to strike a balance between the multicoloured Al Rihla pack and the uniformed Fearless boots with its own 2022 World Cup Mercurial, Phantom, and Tiempo. Under the umbrella of the ‘Generation’ pack, the Nike silos style themselves in their own ways with metallic copper, black and purple, the chosen theme to reflect the Qatar World Cup.

Across the boots, Nike HQ’s coordinates and the 20(xx)²/ Q lettering are displayed in white brandings. As much as the pack represents the Swoosh brand’s participation in the first winter WC, the pack also brings to mind one of the classic Nike boots produced exact at the turn of the 21sth century.

The Copper Air Zoom Mercurial opts for a clean combination of metallic copper Vaporposite+ upper and black Flyknit tongue and collar. As such, the 2022 World Cup Nike speed boots evokes memories of the classic Match Mercurials worn by Brazilian great Ronaldo Nazario. The application of the base colour on the soleplate involve a glossy finish on the forefoot structure and a matte one for the rear.

Kids can also join the fun with the laceless Superfly Pro Nike Jr. boot. Check the boot on this video below:

The Phantom puts a balanced mix of black and copper to its boot, courtesy of the GT 2 bespoke block webbing graphic. Overall, Nike’s control boot starts of with the metallic shade at the base and transitions to the secondary major colour at the top right after the GT-specific linear visuals. In addition, there are pops of purple accents here and there. As usual, the GT comes in both DF and low-cut versions.

The Tiempo Legend and its deep purple base arguably has the most Qatar WC feel among the Nike boots. The shade seem to have that similarity to the national flag, and the copper-bordered white Swoosh does complete the influence of the host nation’s colours. Like the Mercurial, the Tiempo’s outsole has a chrome-like surface on the forefoot structure but a different one for the heel. In the Legend’s case it is translucent beige, and covers about three-fourths of the studs (the front medial one takes the metallic copper instead of the pink like the rest).

Call it a bonus, but the Generation Pack does have a value in store, getting the Premier III as part of the collection. It does share the same space purple colourway as the Tiempo, but differentiates itself from the prominent heritage boot with its hot pink logo accents and the lowkey black outsole.


Dean Ariola

Dean has worked Chief writer at the Black & Orange team since 2020, he has an indepth knowledge of all the soccer shoes from the big brands, you have him to thank for all the updates to our Boot Secrets guide and he is first on the scene with all the new releases for you!