Today Nike has unveiled the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII CR, the signature boot for star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

“The Mercurial Vapor VIII CR combines innovation and style with a track spike-inspired fit for explosive speed on pitch.

A striking new design takes color inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo’s new signature clothing collection, blending a classic black boot with a modern twist of blue and pink to stand out on pitch.

The bold graphic logo on the boot features a heart (representing a love of winning) overlaid with an X (representing a hatred of losing), to reflect CR’s philosophy on and off pitch.

The Mercurial Vapor VIII CR is constructed around a contoured last that mirrors the shape of the foot, preventing any unnecessary foot movement within the boot. This is enhanced by a minimalist ,softer heel area, to maximize comfort and fit.  The result is a boot that provides the best player in the world with explosive speed and support when he needs it.

The Teijin® Microfiber upper has a sleek close fit, achieved by making the material around the toe softer and more comfortable for a seamless touch. A thinner and stronger construction reduces the weight of the boot to 185g — just right for a combination of speed, with optimal levels of support and durability.

Traction is everything when the final goal is explosive speed: Two twin studs at the back allow for a quick release from the turf and the asymmetric design of the stud configuration delivers an explosive start.

Visually, the pink plate design provides a striking contrast to the classic black and white upper with pink fading to blue around the sole of the boot. ”

Performant and bold design are combined in this latest push by Nike into the football world. The Mercurial Vapor VIII CR boot will be available at retail November 15th, 2012.