I’ve been needing a new pair of indoor soccer shoes for a while now, and after the upper on my Puma Speed Stars began to wear away, I started to look at different options. I needed these shoes primarily to be comfortable and durable since I would be wearing them a lot, and since I coach for a Nike Premier Club, I really wanted to get a pair that were Nike from a brand standpoint.
I’m also not really into flashy boots, I much prefer my soccer footwear to be functional rather than stylish (call me old-fashioned, I know). That being said, I didn’t really want to restrict my options when it came to deciding which shoes to go for. I eventually settled on the Nike Mercurial Victory IV shoes. They seemed to offer the two things I was primarily looking for, and the reviews about them on Soccer.com were decent as well.
For the purpose of this review, I bought a size 10.5 in the White/Black/Electric Green Colorway, and they weigh 9.2oz.
Since a lot of the people who are likely to be interested in these shoes are going to be wearing them to play indoor soccer, I took that into consideration for this review. I have to say though, I wasn’t that impressed with the comfort of these shoes out of the box. I thought they were way too rigid, and I ended up with blisters on the back of my achilles – they were red raw. I had to switch over to another pair of shoes for a couple of weeks while waiting for the blisters and general discomfort to go away. I have a breaking-in regimen that I stick to when testing and trying out new shoes, but for some reason these Mercurials just didn’t want to budge.
After the blisters had healed, I tried wearing them again and this time they were much better. I’m now able to wear the Mercurials with long socks, no-show socks, and even no socks and they are now really comfortable. They also seemed really long initially, and feel almost awkward, but once you’ve been wearing them a while, any awkwardness or self-awareness that you might have had disappears.
Since the game of soccer played indoors moves much faster than it does on grass or turf, my thoughts about the touch of these were a little different. Generally I look for instances of being able to receive the ball in the air, and on the ground, and I’ve got no complaints. As I mentioned above, the shoes do seem to be long at first, and they may be, but this only increases the surface of the foot that comes into contact with the ball when receiving.
The striking surface is large, so there’s plenty of surface for you to make contact with the ball. The synthetic leather for these shoes are totally appropriate for the indoor game. Let’s put it like this, if you don’t have a very good first touch before wearing these Mercurials then they’re not going to transform your game overnight. But, if you work at it and play indoor soccer often, I’m not really sure that there’s a better indoor shoe on the market right now. If there is, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
The Nike Mercurial Victory IV are available to buy at Soccer.com.
These shoes feel like they’re well made. They feel solidly built without adding anything extra or unnecessary. In terms of their overall performance, I can’t really fault them. I’ve worn them on the way to training sessions, coaching games, giving demonstrations in coaching sessions and they’ve held up well. The area of reliability that I have questions with is two-fold: firstly the beautiful pattern on the inside of the shoe, and the second, the area on the back of the heel.
The Mercurials are beautiful out of the box, from the upper, to the sole, to the inside of the shoe. Check out the image below to see the intricate pattern on the inside.
Unfortunately, that beautiful pattern is cheaply made and is stuck to the sole-cushion with some kind of adhesive. It started to peel away pretty quickly, and is now almost totally gone from both shoes (as you can see from the image below). I’m not sure about anyone else, but I would expect something like this to last a little longer than it has. Hopefully this isn’t indicative of the kind of indoor soccer shoe Nike is creating.
What you can also see on the image below on the shoe on the left is that the back part of the heel is starting to tear. This really shouldn’t happen to a pair of shoes after only a couple of months. I’m not expecting these to last forever, but I do expect them to hold up.
I paid almost $70 for the Mercurials and they’ve done everything I asked them to do. Unfortunately, it seems like these shoes aren’t built to last for a decent amount of time, so be prepared that when you buy these (or if they’re a gift), they may not last the season, or indeed for as long as you need them to. While they aren’t at the top of the price range, I wouldn’t class them as a budget or discount shoe either. I really expected more from them in terms of the value, especially since they perform so well.
If you want them to last, I suggest you clean them every month. They do scuff very easily, and with them being a light color, any scuff or blemish is just going to be magnified. Read our cleat cleaning guide for help with cleaning.
Areas for Improvement
No soccer shoe is perfect, and the Mercurial Victory IV certainly have their issues. I expected that I would be able to break these shoes in much quicker than I did. Also, there’s the tearing away of the material on the heel, and the adhesive on the sole cushion coming away too easily. I would hope that this isn’t a trend for Nike, and I’m prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it will leave me a little uncertain with Nike shoes in the future.
The Final Say
The isolated issues that I found with these shoes aren’t enough for me to not recommend them, but I would say this: don’t buy these shoes expecting them to last. When you buy them, I would probably go so far as to say buy two pairs. They’re a decent shoe, and they do what they do very well, so if you can get past the reliability problems that I experienced, they won’t let you down. They’re also priced a little cheaper than what I originally paid for them, so now may be the perfect time to pick a pair (or two) up.
The Nike Mercurial Victory IV can be found at Soccer.com.