Latest Reviews, Mercurial Reviews, Nike Soccer Reviews — May 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Nike Mercurial Veloce II Review

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I’ve always been hesitant to recommend a takedown model, just because its almost never the best option when it comes to performance, and often isn’t the best value for your money. You can often find older colorways or even older models that are top-end quality for the same price or cheaper than an in-line takedown model.

With that said, the Mercurial Veloce 2 changes things, and I must say that I’m really impressed with the quality of Nike’s takedown models as of late. The Nike Tiempo Legacy and Hypervenom Phatal, are both great options if you’re on a budget, and with the introduction of the Veloce 2, the same is true. It retails for $70 less than the top-end model above it, the Vapor 10, and has 95% of features and elements that you would get from this years Vapor. Given the design of the Vapor 10 this year, the Veloce 2, while technically a takedown model, might actually be more appealing, and equally as good when it comes to performance.


The major design change coming from the Vapor 9 to the Vapor 10, is the introduction of the all-new one-piece upper. The upper is still made from ultra-thin Teijin synthetic, but instead of featuring a separate tongue through the middle of the boot, its seamless, kind of like the Superfly 4, but without the FlyKnit of course. Its unique, looks great and feels even better, and is the main “feature” that you miss out on with Veloce 2.

Instead of the upper being one-piece, the Veloce 2 is constructed the same way as Mercurial Vapors 1 through 9, which is totally fine. While I really like the one-piece design of the Vapor 10 for the seamless feel that it has to offer, many will argue that it wasn’t a necessary change to the constantly evolving Mercurial line, and they’d be right. If you haven’t had an issue with the layout of Mercurials up until this point, you won’t have any problems with the Veloce 2.

As far as the upper is concerned, you get the same ultra-thin Teijin synethetic found on the Vapor 10. As I talked about in my review of that shoe, this is by far the nicest variation of the Teijin synthetic that Nike has ever featured on a Mercurial. It’s as thin as it’s ever been, and surprisingly soft and flexible, which is also why the Vapor 10 and Veloce 2 go down as the most comfortable Mercurial models ever. Also, like you’ll find on the Vapor 10, you find an internal, fused on support cage that reinforces the entire upper, allowing the upper to as thin as possible, while still maintaining a very responsive and structured feel when making hard cuts and turns.

If compared to the previous Veloce model, every element of the boot has been dramatically improved, most notably the soleplate. The Veloce 2 features the same exact soleplate and stud pattern as the Vapor 10. Instead of being a standard TPU plastic like the original Veloce or even Glass Fiber like the Vapor 9, the new soleplate in made from Compressed Nylon. It looks very similar to what you get with the Hypervenom Phantom, but in comparison its much thinner, and significantly more flexible. It’s not as flashy as what we got from the MV9, but I prefer the more flexible, natural feel that it provides.

The new stud pattern sees Nike go back to a more “traditional” Mercurial layout. The firm ground variation now features four studs under the heel, getting away from only two studs found on the MV9, which makes for a much more stable feel, but at the expense of less aggressive traction. The layout in the forefoot also features a slightly modified layout, with the major difference being that there are a few extra studs, and the studs themselves are also a little wider in comparison to the MV9. Again, the trade off is better stability, for slightly less grip, but if you’ve worn Mercurials prior to the MV8, the MVX will provide a similar level of stability.

When it comes to fit, as you’d expect, the Veloce 2 has a tight fit. Again, something that seems to be a trend with takedown models is that they don’t fit as well as the top-end model, but that is not the case with the Veloce 2. Due to differences to the upper, the Vapor 10 and Veloce 2 do fit and feel different from each other, but what can’t be denied is that both shoes offer a great overall fit. Just like a Mercurial should, the Veloce 2 provides a one to one sensation on feet. The upper is thin, and wraps your foot perfectly like a second skin. Due to the tighter fit, the Veloce 2, or any Mercurial for that matter, isn’t really the best option for wider foot types. Also keep in mind that you won’t get much stretch, if any at all, out of the upper, even after the shoes are fully broken in. If you fit into previous Mercurial models, you’ll still fit into the Veloce 2.

As a side note, if you do have wide feet and absolutely must wear Mercurials, the Veloce 2 is available in a wide fit variation through the Nike iD customization service.

As far as sizing goes, the Veloce 2 runs true to size. I wore my usual size 9US for review, and the fit in the length was absolutely perfect. So, if you’re planning on ordering a pair, I would strongly recommend going for your normal size, or the same size as your previous Mercurials.


In terms of weight, the Veloce 2 is again very similar to the Vapor 10. In a size 9US, the Vapor 10 weighs in at 6.3oz, while the Veloce 2 comes in at 6.5oz. The difference is extremely minimal, and both in-hand or on feet, you simply can’t feel a difference in weight. They’re light, and that’s really all you need to know. It’s also worth mentioning that these are some of the lightest boots available within this particular price range.


Since the soleplate and stud pattern are exactly the same as the Vapor 10, the performance is also the same. The major change coming from the previous Mercurial line, most notably the Vapor 9, is that the stud pattern is now more stable, at the expense of being a little less aggressive.

For me, the biggest change is the heel studs. As opposed to having two studs, we’re back to four, maintaining the standard bladed shape. The two-stud layout was very aggressive and performed great when it came to digging into the ground, but weren’t the best when it came to stability. If you were playing on very well kept natural grass, firm ground playing surfaces, the stud pattern performed great, but if the ground is a little harder, which it often is for the average Joe, two studs in the heel doesn’t work so great. Going back to four studs allows for a little less grip, but significantly better stability, a change that I believe is better for most people and playing conditions.

In the forefoot, the changes are more of a tweak as opposed to a complete redesign. The FG layout is still very similar, with the major change being one extra stud. You’ll find two bladed studs on both the lateral and medial side of the forefoot, with one arrow shape bladed stud in the middle, one stud at the tip of the big toe and one additional stud just behind the one at the toe.

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In terms of how the new layout impacts the overall performance, like I mentioned, the major difference is stability. The studs themselves seem to be a little less sharp and narrow this time around, so they don’t dig into the ground quite as easily. With that said, on most natural grass playing surfaces, even ones that are slightly softer, the overall performance is up to the usual Mercurial standards. You get solid grip when accelerating into a sprint, and rarely slip when making hard, quick cuts at high speeds. It keeps you on your toes, and just feels great.

To put it simply, if you’ve been a long time fan of the Mercurial series, you’ll enjoy Nike’s latest stud pattern.


As mentioned earlier, this is the thinnest Teijin synthetic upper ever featured on a Mercurial. Because of that, you get a touch on the ball that is as close to being barefoot as you can possibly be while still wearing shoes. As thin as it is, it’s also very soft and flexible, so it moves very nicely with the bend of your foot. It truly feels like a second skin on your feet.

In comparison to the Vapor 10, again you don’t get the one-piece upper, so you don’t get quite the same seamless sensation. With that said, the touch that it provides is still as good as it gets. If you enjoyed the feel of a previous Mercurial model, you’ll love what you get from the Veloce 2.

The second feature that you don’t get on the Veloce 2 in comparison to the Vapor 10 is ACC. All Conditions Control is Nike’s invisible wet weather control element, allowing for better grip on the ball in wet playing conditions. Its honestly a small thing that is a nice inclusion on Nike’s top-end models, but it isn’t one of those features that is going to make or break your experience with any Nike shoe.

Texturing is something that Nike played around with quite a bit on the MV9. Through its entire run, the MV9 was made available with either a smooth, leather grain texturing or the golf ball-like, dimpled texturing, called Speed Control. Both offered a slightly different feel, either more or less grip, and it’s was honestly nice to have the option to choose between the two variations. With the MVX, so far at least, there’s only one upper variation available. The Veloce 2 features its own unique texturing, that I would describe as the middle ground between the Speed Control texturing and the smooth option available on the MV9.

Described by Nike as a micro-texturing, from a distance, the upper comes across as completely smooth. Up close, it’s easy to see and feel the very subtle texturing across the entire upper, which provides a very slight grip on the ball. It reminds me a lot of the very subtle texturing found on Nike match balls. It’s nothing too crazy, but its just enough to give you some kind of grip on the ball, as opposed to just leaving it completely smooth, and at the same time doesn’t add any bulk to the upper.

When it comes to touch, the Veloce 2 provides a high-quality, traditional Mercurial playing experience, that is every bit as good as the Vapor 10. If your looking for a truly premium barefoot feel on a budget, this is a great option.


Shooting the ball in the Veloce 2 is great, but nothing that I wasn’t expecting. The ultra-thin upper provides no extra padding between your foot and the ball, so you feel every part of the ball when shooting. The ultra-thin upper makes for a feeling of precision when curling and chipping the ball. The lack of cushion also creates a very responsive sensation when striking through the ball, something that I’m personally a huge fan of. The texturing also provides some minor grip on the ball, but nothing too crazy.

Another great aspect of the Veloce 2 when it comes to striking the ball is the lightweight, yet rigid feel when connecting with power. The upper stays tightly wrapped to your foot and the compressed nylon soleplate provides plenty of stiffness.

If you’ve worn Mercurials before, these will feel very familiar.


In order to achieve a premium barefoot feel for the ball, the upper has to be thin. The thinner the upper, the less protection that you’re going to have, and being that the MVX and Veloce 2 are some of the thinnest boots around, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they provide very little protection. Aside from an internal plastic heel counter, the Teijin synthetic upper provides next to nothing in the way of impact protection. Should you get stepped on or take any kind of blow to the foot, you will feel every bit of that impact. To put it simply, if you value protection, stay away from the Mercurial line, but if you don’t mind leaving yourself exposed in exchange for a barefoot feel for the ball, then the Veloce 2 will do that better than almost any other boot around.


For a shoe as light as the Veloce 2, it feels surprisingly solid, something that can be said about most of the high-end Mercurial models to come out over the years. While the Teijin synthetic upper is thin, it still feels very durable, and strong enough to handle just about whatever is thrown at it. Going from 2 studs under the heel to 4 studs should also extend the lifespan of the boot for use on firm, natural grass playing surfaces. After 15 plus hours of wear time, I have had no issues whatsoever when it comes to the structural integrity and general wear of the Veloce 2.

This a boot that should easily get you through an entire season worth of play, if not much longer should you take good care of them.

Please keep in mind that the firm ground version of the Veloce 2, or any FG boot for that matter, is designed for use on firm, natural grass, and nothing else. Using any FG boot on artificial grass/turf will result in premature durability issues with your shoes. For the best durability, stick to using your boots on the playing surface that they are designed to be used on. Also keep in mind that the Veloce 2 is also available in soft ground and artificial grass stud variations, so you’re pretty much covered for all types of playing surfaces, its just up to you to buy the right model.

The Verdict

The launch of the 2014 Mercurial line has seen a lot of positive changes and new models. Most of the attention has been on the new Superfly 4, but the Vapor 10 and Veloce 2 also have a lot to offer when it comes to lightweight performance.

As a “takedown” model, the Veloce 2 is as similar to the top-end option as you can possibly get. It features the same soleplate, same stud pattern, same upper material and very nearly the same fit. You’re missing out on the one-piece upper and ACC feature, but those are elements that aren’t overly significant when it comes to how the Veloce 2 feels and performs, versus what you get from the Vapor 10.

For that reason, this is one of the first times ever where I can honestly recommend the Veloce 2 takedown model as a great alternative to the top-end Vapor 10. The Veloce 2 should be taken into consideration either because you don’t like, or aren’t sold on the one-piece design of the Vapor 10, although it is very good, or if you’re on a budget, but still want top-end performance. Its still very strange to me that Nike would put out a takedown model so similar to the Vapor 10, but I’m not complaining. The Veloce 2 raises the bar for what a takedown can and should be, so hopefully Nike continues this trend with future models and other brands follow.

If you didn’t get the message after all that, than here it is. The Veloce 2 is a great shoe, for a great price that I strongly recommend. Easily one of the best options in the $100-$130 price range.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight10 out of 10
Traction10 out of 10
Touch10 out of 10
Shooting9 out of 10
Protection5 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE62 out of 70 or 89%


  1. So is the veloce’s upper and rest of the shoe identical to those of the vapor x? And that the only difference between both boots are the ACC and the tongue?

    • Yeah pretty much, those things and the $100 price difference are the only things that change from the Vapour to the Veloce

  2. A more comfortable insole! Great!

  3. So is the veloce’s upper designed for a barefoot like touch on the ball, as in the hypervenoms or the f50?

  4. Would you recommend this or the Evopower 1 in terms of comfort,durability,touch and protection?

  5. is the veloce 2 better in touch, comfort and shooting than the hypervenom phatal.

  6. Magista Orden vs Veloce ll, is there a clear winner?

    • Not really, because they;re two shoes that are going to provide two completely different types of feel for the ball. If you’re looking for a thin, barefoot feel, go for the Veloce 2, where as if you want something more leather-like, the Orden is a better option.

  7. In a dilemma…cannot choose between the Tiempo Legacy and this.Preference?

  8. Hey , The F50 Micoach leather and Puma Evospeed 1K Fit me perfectly.
    Will these be too narrow?

  9. Compared to the Hypervenom Phantom FG and the Veloce 2 FG, which would be a better product in terms of build quality?

  10. Is the veloce a better option in terms of quality compared to the f50 adizero 2014??

  11. which ones is better? nike hypervenom phantom or nike mercurial veloca 2?

  12. I know that the upper of the veloce model is the same for the vapor but the nose looks higher and the shape of the veloce looks different from that of the top end. Is the fit the same as the vapor

  13. I am trying to decide between this shoes and the Hypervenom Phatal, which one would you recommend me? Which are the main differences between them? Thank you, greets from Argentina.

  14. If i wear a size 8.5 in the puma evospeed 1.2 what size veloce should i get?

  15. would u recommend adizero f50 2013 retailed at half price or the veloce 2?

  16. My Mercurial Vapor 9’s, one of the studs broke. I’m just wondering if this would be a good replacement cleat.

  17. Would I get a pair of nike mercurial veloce 2 in a size 5.5 us or a size 5 uk for a coupon code?

  18. Hey Josh, can you please do a free-kick and traction test for the nike mercurial veloce 2? It would be so useful if you would do it.

  19. Hey Josh,

    I am having trouble to make a decision between the 2014 F50 Adizero and the Mercurial Veloce 2 could you give me few reasons or points why i would choose one over the other?

  20. should i get the nike mercurial veloce II or the adidas predator instinct?

  21. How do these compare to the Adizero F50 2014 Synthetic?

  22. Vapor IX or veloce II?

  23. where can i find the nike mercurial vapor VIII ACC or the nike mercurial vapor

  24. should i save the money and just get the veloce II than the vapor X

    • It depends on what you want. The MVX is the better overall boot, and to me, the seamless fit and feel makes a pretty significant difference in the overall feel compared to the Veloce 2. They’re both great boots either way. You have to determine for yourself whether or not the MVX is worth the extra money to you.

  25. where can i find the nike mercurial vapor VIII ACC or the nike mercurial vapor

  26. How would rate the shooting for this boot? Would it be the same as the MVX since you basically said the two are pretty similar?

  27. Hi, my barefoot size is 270mm(length) and 100 mm(width) in japan size.
    – length of 9.5(us) is good(5~7mm gap) but fit is too tight, I feel..
    – length of 10(us) is loose(10~12mm gap) but fit is comfort.. I feel..
    which one is better for me…
    please help me to prefer size…

    • That’s a call that you have to make on your own. The Mercurial line is designed to fit tight, but they still have to feel comfortable. They’re not going to stretch if that’s what you’re asking.

      • you need a leather boot that will stretch to your foot type
        this will make it tight in the toe area and the comfort will be great

  28. For the nike mercurial vapor VIII. which upper do you think performs better. ACC with swade finish, or ACC with leather grain finish?

  29. Predator instinct written review josh?

  30. Hey! Do you get a barefoot like feel with the veloce II or at least close to one? Or is the synthetic too tough/thick? Thanks.

  31. Hey Josh! I’m stuck choosing between the mercurial veloce ii and the hypervenom phatal. First of all, the does the Nikeskin support frame in the phatal give any advantage over the veloce in terms of the barefoot feel? Also, I read the phatal features a pebax outsole while that of the veloce ii is TPU. Does this make any difference in the overall performance? Please help. 🙂

  32. Mercurial Veloce 2’s or Tiempo legend 5’s?

  33. I am deciding between the veloce 2 and the vapor ix. Is it worth getting the vapor ix for the acc or is the veloce an overall stronger boot? I don’t want to get the vapor x because I don’t like the no tongue design.

  34. josh, i was wondering if these shoes stretch half a size larger once you break into them ?

  35. Hey josh is there less comfort in the veloce 2 than the vapour 10?

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  37. Josh, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much would you rate the Veloce 2 and the Vapor X

  38. does the veloce II perform as well on turf as well?

  39. I’m a size 7.5 in the victory 5’s. Will there be any substantial difference in sizing between the victories and the veloce 2?

  40. Josh when will this review come up?

  41. Josh mate when gonna put up the veloce 2 review on your website want a pair of nikeid’s but can’t decide your opinion is normally spot on

  42. Greetings from Ukraine!) Josh, I can not choose soccer shoes. choose between Mercurial veloche I and veloche II. there is great difference between them?

  43. My foot is just over 4 inches wide and i wear a size 11. I’m really worried about width but i need to buy these cleats asap if i want the discount

  44. In terms of overall quality and performance, would you reccomend the veloce 2 or the hypervenom phatal?

  45. Hey vujosh i want to buy the veloce 2 but i dont have budget of 130 $ us and i can buy them till he range of 115$ but the problem is i stay in india and you dont ship there so can you suggest me a website which ships in india and also gives discount

    • The problem with buying from a North American store is the shipping cost. Its expensive for global shipping, so unless you’re buying from a store in India, the shipping is always going to be expensive.

  46. Are you going to write a review??

  47. Josh jus wondering if your going to put the veloce ii review on your website. Been waiting a while jus feel you have good insight to how good the cleats are before decide to buy them or not

  48. Hey Josh i was wondering if the veloce 2 would provide a similar or even the same barefoot feel like the vapor x

  49. When is the review up Josh?

  50. Do you ship in india after taking more shipping price if yes how much shipping price do you take

  51. How do these compare to the Nike hypervenom phatal’s? Which cleat is the best?

  52. Does the Vapor or Veloce have a more padded feeling?

  53. Hey Josh.
    i fit in hypervenom phantoms size 8 without any problem as to comfort or tightness. Do you think i would have any problem fitting in veloces or vapors? I know they would feel a bit different.

    I dont have narrow feet but not overly wide either. At max 2E widtg wise i would say.

  54. Hey josh. I tried the veloce and they fit me in a nice tight way. I am glad i can fit in to mercurials now.

    I am ordering a pair in 24 hrs and got a pretty good deal for an AG soleplate (under 100$). I am thinking that the veloce in this price are a great way to venture into ultra thin premium synthetic boots without splashing 200$ on a pair of vapors.

    My question is the following: with the old AG tiempo mystic i used to feel stud pressure under my feet balls and ended up ditching it for a turf soleplate for a while. Would it be the same with the veloce or the new nylon solplate and insole are sti protective?

    Excuse my long post but you have been extremely helpful. Keep it up and thank you.

    • I’ve never had issues with stud pressure with any AG stud patterns, but I can’t imagine that you’ll run into any issues should you be using them exclusively on artificial grass.

  55. Thank you for your reply. Yes I use the boots exclusevely on AG. Maybe the problem was with tge thin TPU plate and thin non removable insole of the mystics.

    All in all many thanks again. Can’t wait to receive the boots!

  56. I play competitive football as a centre-back/Defensive-Midfield and I really like the Veloce 2, but I’m not sure if they will be durable enough for my position, and the way I play. I was also looking that the Tiempo Legacy would suit me more, but I dont really like the soft leather feel, I prefer that thin feel as found in the Veloce 2. What one would you prefer for my circumstances?

    • Josh has said many times in the past that your position on the pitch shouldn’t affect your boot choice. Go with your preference/the one you feel comfortable in.

  57. Can you make a play test of the Veloce 2

  58. should I get either the magista opus, vapor 10, or the hypervenom phantom? Those are $110, or should I get the Veloce 2 for $60?

  59. Hey Josh! My foot us still growing and im deciding between the vapor x and veloce 2. They both fit good with about 1 cm growing room. But the “tounge” area on the vapor x is kind of creasing because my foot does not fill out the whole boot. Should i still go for the vapor x because of the quality or go for something i know will fit me in the veloce 2??

  60. can you please do a review of the veloce 2 AG, it would be awesome

  61. MV9 or veloce 2? Is there any difference between these two boots?

  62. hey josh what would you recommend. Nike tiempo legacy or veloce ii. Am on a budget of around $150

    • For that price you can get a Vapor 10 or Legend 5, just check out the Super Deals section on my site or watch out for the Deals of the Week videos on my YouTube channel. Either way, I wouldn’t say that the Tiempo or Mercurials are better, because they both offer completely different feels for the ball. The better one for you depends on what type of feel that you’re looking for.

  63. Josh,can you make a comparison video of Nike Mercurial Veloce 2 and Nike Hypervenom Phatal

  64. Hey Josh,I wear 11questra indoor US10.5 and it’s fitting while my Hypervenom is US12 and it’s way too big.Which size should I get for this Veloce ll?

  65. Should I get the puma evopower 1 or the Nike mercurial veloce 2 cr7. Considering the traits and features.

    • I personally prefer the evoPOWER 1 out of the two, but they’re both very good shoes. It really depends on what type of feel that you’re looking for. The Veloce 2 offers a premium barefoot feel, while the evoPOWER 1 is thin, but has a slightly padded sensation to it.

      • Does the barefoot feel on the veloce 2 only on the upper or the whole shoe and also I play as a winger, which shoe is the better one considering the position I play on.

  66. Hey Josh,I’ve just been wanting to ask,would you recommend the mercurial vapor x or the veloce 2 ?

  67. Hey Josh! I had tried on the victory V cr7s and was a size 10. Would that size be true for this shoe as well?

  68. Hey josh what is the maximum break in time for the veloce 2?

  69. Veloce II or Hypervenom Phatal?

  70. Hey joshua, would you say the veloce 2 offers the best barefoot like experience in the 100-200$ price range?

  71. Hi, I wanted to know if it(veloce 2) will stretch like the Phelon FG. Phelon did not fit well at first and felt more narrower. But after some weeks it fit perfectly which might be due to stretching of the upper. I want to know if veloce 2 will fit the same.

  72. How does the veloce ii fit compared to the vapor x??? Thank you

  73. How much does the veloce II sg pro weigh? I am really looking for some sg boots and would love to get these because of the similarities with the vapor x. do they weigh about the same as the vapor x sg pro?

  74. Hi Josh! I am deciding between the hypervenom phatal and the mercurial veloce 2. I know that both of these boots are for narrow fit but would like to ask which of them is a bit wider? In addition, do you prefer the look of the stealth pack phatal or veloce?

  75. In terms of over all quality and at a performance stand point which do you think is better, the Veloce 2 or the Tiempo legacy? Although i also like more added grip on the ball. I would also like it to last because y hypervenom phantoms didn’t even last the whole summer. sorry for so many questions but soccer season is comming and would just like to know out of the 2. Thanks.

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