A leather upper on a Mercurial. Not a mix that sounds completely natural. The material is however not entirely foreign to the silo, which has appeared in leather a couple of times. Now Nike bring back the kangaroo leather on the Mercurial with the Tech Craft Pack.
It’s hard to argue against that Nike’s Mercurial Superfly is among the most popular boots in the world, if not the most popular. Nike also quickly discovered that this is the silo, for which people longed for a leather upper the most.
The Tech Craft Pack is the result of this demand. By fusing leather and Flyknit together, Nike have created a new football boot, which combines the best of two worlds. This combination was important for Nike to have,because it wasn’t just about putting a leather upper on their Mercurial. It was first and foremost about maintaining the attributes, which makes the Mercurial so popular.
Nike have therefore developed K-Fuse. A technology that allows Nike to fuse kangaroo leather onto Flyknit. For the Mercurial it was important for Nike to maintain the minimalistic expression, which this silo represents. Nike therefore designed the leather upper without any texture, apart from the microtexture, which the Flyknit upper delivers. That way Nike stay faithful to the silo we know and love.
The Tech Craft Pack is launched as an alternative to players, who want comfort, touch and the protection a leather boot provides. We have already seen Alexis Sanchez train in them and we can’t wait to see him wear them into action (We hope he does in any case). Will you be following in his footsteps?