Who should buy the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy

The Academy version of the 14th Vapors is for the following:

  • players who are OK with a roomier toe box
  • buyers who look for cheaper alternatives to the high-priced Mercurial Vapor 14 Elites and Mercurial Vapor 14 Pros
  • soccer athletes who play on varied court types

Who should NOT buy this soccer cleat from Nike

Those who are into premium-feeling and really flashy picks are advised to just stick with the Elite and Pro versions of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14. Yes, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy performs well but it still is not comparable to the higher-tier models when it comes to shoe techs and overall material quality.

Those who want their toes to be as snug as the rest of the foot may also go for the Elites and the Pros. If these picks are too expensive, they can go for the equally affordable Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy MG, still from Nike.

Who does not want an overall performer?

Given its fairly low price, there is really not much to complain about the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy because it just offers so much value. One expert says that it is "actually pretty good" in terms of overall performance, making it quite a solid option if you consider what others at the same price offer.

Though its 7.7 oz (219g) weight is around the average 7.65 oz (217g), it still manages to make an expert reviewer feel that it has an "impressive weight."

Given all that has been said about the soccer cleat, one reviewer finds it fit to conclude that "Nike does a better job than anybody else" at this price range. For him, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy MG is simply the most practical pick.

The Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy MG digs into different surfaces

This shoe actually has an MG (which stands for Multi-Ground) attached to its name, and boy did it live up to that suffix! An expert says that it has a "phenomenal stud pattern" that performs "well above average." Because of this, another expert concludes that the Vapor 14 Academy is indeed a "really good MG option", especially when you compare it with other soccer cleats from the same price range. 

The soleplate delivers some spring back 

A soccer player does not hold back on his praises for how the soleplate of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy performs. He says that it has a "decent amount of stiffness" from the midfoot down to the heel, but the forefoot is quite on the flexible side. This clever setup allows the shoe to deliver a "decent amount of spring back" that allows the player to run with better efficiency.

You really can't expect luxury!

Priced at around $80 per pair, a reviewer expects the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy to be made of materials that are "far from feeling really premium." Even the tongue, which still helps with support, is described by another as "a little bit on the plasticky side." He also points out that this soccer cleat can look "a little bit cheap." 

But cheap doesn't really mean low-performing

Athletes are very clear on one thing: just because a soccer cleat feels and looks cheap does not really mean it is going to be a letdown when it comes to performance on the pitch. In fact, a reviewer describes the synthetic materials, especially around the forefoot area, to be "super nice" and "super soft" so it's able to deliver a "nice touch on the ball."  Another player says that this part provides a "decent barefoot sensation." Given all these benefits, it is not surprising if players are able to have more control and experience less ball-handling difficulties when they are wearing the Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy from Nike Soccer.

Support and lockdown are definitely there!

Like perhaps all Nike soccer cleats, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy has for the most part a snug fit. It is also made of materials that deliver a "decent amount of responsiveness." It must be noted here that because of how soft the upper is, the toe area may not be as form-fitting as the rest of the shoe. This may or may not be a problem, depending on whether or not a roomier toe box is preferred.

This shoe's heel part is described by an expert to have a "really nice" shape, allowing it to deliver much-needed support in that area. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 219g
Top: Low
Surface: Multi 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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