Speed has always been the Nike Mercurial Vapor's forte – explosive players like Christiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Melbourne's own fiery forward Archie Thompson have skinned countless defenders in the featherweight gem. The latest update to the range is the Mercurial Vapor IX, which aims to retain the speed capacity of previous models, while also introducing a redesigned upper with 'Speed Control' texture, which has added friction to aid ball touch. The boot has a swag of other new features too, soccer scientists should hit up Nike, Inc. for more details. Both fireberry and sunset colorways will be available for pre-order on January 18 and will release on January 31 at Nike.com and retailers worldwide. Enjoy Nike's slow-mo promo for the boot below.