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Vapor Next Nature

Dean Ariola

Using a palette of beige, pink, and black similar to its Rawdacious boots, Nike introduces its sustainability-based Mercurial Vapor SOS SE. While this release boasts the application of a Nike-patented technology, the primary highlight centres on its build from recycled materials. Safe to say, it has the same concept as Puma’s First Mile Pack. Nike intends to learn as much as possible from this release to meet the target of future Mercs having at least 20% recycled content. The Vapor Next Nature has its precedent within the brand in the form of the Nike GS boots.

Vapor Next Nature is the debut football boot for Nike’s Flyprint, the brand’s technology for 3D-printed textiles. In theory, Flyprint offers the highest-fidelity to foot shape and size because the upper material is printed based on the specifications of one’s foot. Whereas there is frictional resistance between the warp and weft of the 2D fabric interlaced yarns, there is a seamless and fused interconnection in 3D textiles that allow their shape and containment to be subject to precise fine-tuning. Aside from Flyprint, the upper also includes recycled poly, recycled TPU, and skin manufacturing scrap, all built into one four-layer structure.

Underfoot, the Vapor SOS utilises the Aerotrak tooling iteration in the Vapor 14/Superfly 8. Given the opportunity to own one, you can expect to have a snappy and responsive sensation in every step you take on the field. SOS intends to bite into natural grass aggressively if the chevron stud configuration is any indication. Consistent with the theme, the plate, the chassis, and the midsole are 100% recycled materials from manufacturing wastes.

Overall, the Vapor Next Nature is 50% recycled in terms of weight, raising the prospects that the best boot in the world can propel the best players while protecting nature and the future of the sport. Some visual design elements include the windmill-like formation of the Swooshes on the medial side that has the appearance of encircling a sphere (the logo equated to the brand’s sustainability efforts). The Swoosh on the lateral side employs the same wavy, zigzag pattern seen on the Rawdacious Mercurials. Random patches of overlays and brandings scatter across the upper for an abstract effect.


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!