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while attending the launch of the new nike mercurial vapor superfly II football boots, designboom had a chance to talk with the boots’ designer andy caine. in our sessions with caine he discussed the newly developed nike sense technology that enables the boot’s studs to extend when the ground conditions require more traction. caine also explained the science behind the boots’ vibrant colour scheme. the bright purple predominates the outside, while the inside has a dark colour. the contrast of the two as a player is running creates a flickering effect that allows teammates to easily spot them. the new boot was developed over a two and half year period that saw 43 different prototypes of just the upper and years of testing.

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conversation with NIKE designer andy caine nike designer andy caine image © designboom

andy caine talks about nike sense

andy caine discusses the design process of a football boot

caine describes the science behind the superfly II’s colour

caine explains the irreverence of the nike mercurial vapor superfly II

conversation with NIKE designer andy caine testing shoe image © designboom

conversation with NIKE designer andy caine nike mercurial vapor superfly II image © designboom conversation with NIKE designer andy caine nike mercurial vapor superfly II image © designboom

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