In 2013 Nike released a brand new boot silo called the Hypervenom. The boot quickly gained popularity with attacking minded players like Wayne Rooney and Neymar Jr. This week Nike unveiled the Hypervenom II and there are some pretty striking innovations that have been made compared to the original version. The OG version was widely embraced and loved by pros around the world, but Nike being Nike, they went ahead and improved on an already great boot.
“Players loved the original Hypervenom, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do even better. We’re not afraid to make as many changes as the boot needs to be the best. The kind of players who wear Hypervenom would expect nothing less.” – Max Blau, VP of Nike Football Footwear
“We started very simply, with members of our team wearing white socks and spray painting them while their feet were flexed in various football-specific movements,” says Phil Woodman, Nike Football Footwear Designer. “As they unflexed their feet, the unpainted white lines identified prominent flex grooves. That exercise quickly escalated into visits to Nike’s Sport Research Lab to consult with our scientists on how the foot can best move with the boot for ultimate agility.”
One of the very first things you will notice with the Hypervenom II is that it is available with the high ankle collar. This was such a forward thinking concept when Nike first unveiled it that many people didn’t quite know what to do with it or what to think about it. But it has been such a hit with players that we see the high ankle across a number of different boots.
“We had very positive player feedback on the upper we designed. It was a new feat of engineering for us to integrate a Flyknit Dynamic Fit Collar onto that upper in a way that transitions beautifully for the player. The collar provides a sense of enhanced fit and proprioception players demand with the iconic look they desire.” – Phil Woodman
The Hypervenom II also sees Flywire worked into the boot. I am personally a huge fan of Flywire on both the technical side and the aesthetic side. Flywire adds some important aspects to footwear. According to Nike:
To achieve the level of anatomical synergy the team envisioned, Nike Flywire is strategically mapped into Hypervenom II with additional siping added in heavy ball-contact areas for enhanced touch. The Flywire is integrated into a responsive loft mesh of varying density levels, a departure from the uniformly dimpled upper of the original Hypervenom.
“This is foot-informed design at its finest. All of the linear angles on the boot align with the natural flex of the foot. The Flywire powers a lockdown system that prevents the foot from sliding within the boot. We didn’t design a boot that works for the foot, but rather with the foot.” – Nathan VanHook
Take a look at some of the folks who you will see wearing the Nike Hypervenom II. If it’s good enough for these folks…
And this version comes in a version that is sized specifically for the women. Which is such a massive thing for female soccer players everywhere.
Nike Hypervenom II will be available via the Nike Football app beginning May 25 and on nike.com from May 27. The women’s colorway will be available via the Nike Soccer app in North America on June 2.