Mercury Rising

Summer is upon us, cue shorts, slip slops and the big brands releasing a new lick of paint across all their boot silos ahead of another major competition. This year, Adidas decided to go fast and furious on us, by dipping their entire range in a slick bit of chrome!

The 'Mercury Pack' really is a collection that really shines with flair all over, it blends innovation through design with a beautiful composition. Simply emphatic, the pack takes form in the shape of the new X16+ PURECONTROL, the new Messi 16+ PUREAGILITY and the re-washed ACE 16+ PURECONTROL.

This is football footwear well and truly designed. A finish of pure class that weaves chaos, agility and control under one roof, it's an enviable delivery that does more than tackle the tastebuds. Going further, it inspires innovation. Not simply a shining aesthetic but engineered from every angle, each silo reinforcement the adidas statement that is focused to delivering match-winning performance product. Inspired by trophies, there's only one objective on those that wear these boots. Straight up, winning.

Watch world, Bale might actually be even quicker in these!

The new adidas X16+ PURECHAOS is the first of the three to bring this fresh chrome to the fore. A premium statement of intent, this boot has been made for the biggest stage. Landing in the heart of the action at Euro 2016, it'll be donned by the likes of Gareth Bale and is dedicated to harnessing speed. A DYNAMIC TECHFIT COMPRESSION upper keeps wear-in time to a minimum by moulding perfectly to the foot.

The NON STOP GRIP (NSG) finish and TECHFIT lacing system provides a glove-like fit, while the PURECUT SOCK SYSTEM is designed to keep the laces out of sight to offer an improved aerodynamic effect. Something noted as a key element for explosive players. The updated SPRINTFRAME outsole delivers traction and stability for high-speed movements. Out pacing the pack it's an almighty introduction to the scene.

Could laceless get any cooler?

Could laceless get any cooler?

An instant game changer in laceless fashion, the adidas ACE 16+ PURECONTROL, keeps cool in its delivery. The 'world’s first high-performance laceless boot' that was launched in January of this year, offers the ultimate in fit and feel. Getting a glistening makeover, the silver finish with touches of lime, it's a boot dedicated to control.

With a Primeknit upper and NON STOP GRIP, it's all about that perfect touch. Packed with its lightweight SPRINTFRAME too, there's a wealth of stability on show. Blessing the pitch with these will be that man Paul Pogba.

The best demands the best cue the Messi 16+

Setting the scene on American soil, the adidas MESSI 16+ PUREAGILITY has been created for 'the greatest footballer of all time' with a firm focus on speed and agility. AGILITYKNIT is what adidas dub as 'the pinnacle of weight and strength', it's a piece of tech that looks to offer zero wear-in time. The PURECUT internal lacing system works in sync with the heel lining, delivering comfort throughout whilst maintaining a focus on all things agile.

An innovative new SPRINTFRAME supplies stability and traction at the lightest possible weight, offering an improved aerodynamic finish. The MESSI 16+ PUREAGILITY will be worn on pitch by five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Leo Messi, as he continues to break new ground, looking to win a first Copa America this summer.

Gracing the pitch for the first time in the Champions League Final, the Mercury Pack will touch down this summer across both EURO 2016 and the Copa America.

Claudio Pereira