Who should buy the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG

This firm-ground soccer cleat from Nike is perfect for you if you are looking for a shoe that:

  • has great traction to help you run faster on any type of field
  • is made of the most high-quality materials
  • has a great ball feel to help you control the ball well

Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG logo

Who should NOT buy this soccer cleat from Nike

Look away if you want a cleat that asks for no break in time, which means the upper causes no hot spots especially in the beginning and it's actually protective. These two might fit the bill then: Nike Tiempo Legend VIII Elite Firm Ground and Nike Premier II Firm Ground

Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG midsole

As the flagship premium version, the Vapor 14 Elite is expectedly expensive. Those who want to get soccer cleats for a lower price may want to check out the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Pro FG

The Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite has a dependable grip on the firm ground

Solid and reliable are how footballers characterize the grip provided by the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG. The outsole ensures comfort, too, as some even added that they hardly felt stud pressure or pain when wearing them.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG outsole

However, some players commented that this shoe is not versatile enough to be used on artificial grass. Because the spikes are long, the shoe tends to be extremely clingy and aggressive on AG. This, of course, is a safety concern.

Support and stability are never a problem with this one...

Many attested that the upper material of the Vapor 14 Elite conforms to the footwell and elegantly moves with it, ensuring dependable foot containment. 

According to Nike Mercurial fans, this soccer cleat does not have the form-fitting Flyknit collar of the Superfly 8, yet the Vapor 14's Vaporposite upper is equipped with extra support features in the heel, and they are more than enough to provide a secure lockdown. This plus the grippy soleplate results in more stability even when running at full speed.

...but not enough upper protection

However, verified buyers noted that the upper is quite thin. This becomes even more apparent when compared to the material used in the previous version. Because of this, some commented that the shoe cannot provide that much protection against trauma.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG upper

The upper feels so minimal you get a very close feel of the ball

Because of its engineered mesh upper, athletes commended this soccer cleat as it has the right texture for effective ball handling. Some also commented that it offers an almost barefoot feel. 

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Given all this, the passes felt sharp and the shooting continues to feel engaging, as most athletes mentioned. 

The Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite Firm Ground boasts a nice one-to-one fit

Footballers are pleased with the shoe's one-to-one fit, saying that the Vapor 14 contained their feet perfectly. Those with slightly narrow to normal feet find that this soccer shoe fits them just right.

This shoe feels so light

The Vapor 14 is a little heavier than last year's version, but it still feels so light. In fact, Nike Mercurial fans say that if they didn't weigh both shoes, they wouldn't know that there's some weight difference!

The streamlined design of the shoe also does not hamper the player movement, according to some players. 

The Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite boasts modern aesthetics

Several players point out that these mid-top cleats from Nike look streamlined and are aesthetically appealing.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG collar

The Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 is actually a spitting image of its Mercurial sibling the Superfly 8; it just doesn't have the Flyknit collar for added support.  It retains the traditional low-top look of soccer cleats, and the upper materials and support features are enough to ensure a truly dependable foot lockdown.

Additionally, this low-top soccer cleat has features like the Speed Wings that give it a characteristic look.

This shoe is comfortable but still has to be broken in

Soccer players commented that they need to wiggle their foot in through the tight ankle opening the first few times, but once they are on they felt great. Some mentioned that the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite now ranks as one of their preferred boot options that are very naturally comfortable on foot.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite FG aesthetic

However, many mentioned that the pair needs to be broken in. Some also complained that they still have to experience blisters before the Vapor 14 softens up and starts to perform better.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 7.2oz
Top: Low
Surface: Firm Ground
Collection: Nike Mercurial, Nike Mercurial Vapor, Nike Mercurial Vapor 14
Lacing System: Laced
BRAND Brand: Nike
Release date: Feb 2021

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