As much attention as Nike paid to innovation and as many superstar athletes as wore it, the first generation of the Nike Hypervenom was a boot which benefited massively from the word of mouth of its buyers. Focused on the deadly agility of attacking players like Neymar Jr, Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski, the Hypervenom was designed with the idea that it would encourage and support those who need to create and take chances in tight spaces. Its innovative mesh bound NikeSkin was attention grabbing, and while that All Conditions Control supported upper allowed for a very true and very even touch, it wasn’t until the boot was worn and truly tested that word of its explosive release and balanced sole-plate truly began to resonate. By the end of its lifespan, the Hypervenom was widely regarded as a true player’s boot.
Two years after its debut, Nike have revolutionized the silo. With feedback from players, including the aforementioned Neymar, Rooney and Lewandowski, as well as the likes of Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Hypervenom II was given the brief of achieving the ultimate level of anatomical synergy in a boot. That meant making it as supportive and responsive throughout the foot as possible, so with the initial ethos of ‘deadly agility’ in mind, the Hypervenom evolved.
The first anatomical advance in the Hypervenom II comes through the inclusion of Nike Flywire, which has been strategically mapped into the boot, with additional siping added in heavy ball-contact areas for enhanced touch. That touch, which was so crucial in the first generation of the boot has evolved, while being integrated into the Flywwire structure which has been integrated into a responsive loft mesh of varying density levels, which is a clear departure from the uniformly dimpled upper of its predecessor and one Nike’s athletes have embraced.
The first boot to combine Nike’s trademark Flyknit collar with an enhanced mesh upper and the aforementioned NikeSkin and All Conditions Control, the barefoot like feel of the Mercurial Superfly and Magista Obra have been transferred to the Hypervenom, but with a twist. The Flyknit Dynamic Fit collar has been given as aesthetic upgrade, revealing a pop of underlying colour when flexed, something unique to the boot, with previous incarnations all featuring a one-colour knit.
Matching the immediate visual impact of the original Hypervenom, the Hypervenom II has been given an ‘aggressive, bold, powerful and edgy’ design, with a strong ‘zig-zag’ motif representing the Hypervenom player’s agility and ability to execute direction moves in tight spaces, zigging when others zag. The laces have been offset to the lateral side of the boot, allowing for a larger medial side strike-zone, free of lace interference.
One of the Hypervenom’s most mentioned qualities was its comfort and through player feedback, the boot’s sole pate has evolved to be built with a softer compound, creating an even more foot-friendly feel. The split-toe design and agility traction pattern unleash a quick response for sudden changes of direction, while a wrap-around graphic adorns the plate and sidewalls of the boot.
Watch Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck put his new Hypervenom boots to the test below and buy the Nike Hypervenom II from jdfootball.co.uk now.