Football and fashion.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
On the face of it the collaboration between Nike and Virgil Abloh, head honcho of aggressively cool fashion label Off-White, really shouldn’t work.
For a start, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 x Virgil Abloh boots are orange. Bright orange.
They’ve got circles all over them.
And, as with all Off-White products, they’re covered in random scribblings between quotations marks, like “KNIT” and “FAST AF”.
Even the shoelaces say “SHOELACES”, just in case you weren’t quite sure what they were for.
But we quite like them. Actually, we like them a lot.
Maybe we’re just massive hypebeasts, but we think these are one of the nicest pair of Vapors to come out of Nike’s factories in recent years.
Of course you can’t beat a pair of black boots, but those days are long gone.
There is a purpose to some of the seemingly random elements of the boots, with Abloh explaining: “For this Mercurial, I was interested in bridging the gap between foot and eye coordination.
“All the dots on the boot represent an optimal place to strike the ball.”
So, in theory, they’ll make you a better player as well as looking good/ensuring you get your ankles snapped by a gnarled veteran who has no time for bright coloured footwear.
The best part of the Virgil Abloh collection is a vintage black and white chequered shirt, modelled by Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe will be wearing the boots (but not the shirt) when PSG take on Monaco in the French League Cup on Saturday.
You can get them on the same day, if you need them in your life.
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