Milestones – Nike Mercurial Vapor I 2002


In 2002 Nike released the Vapor I, a true speed boot made of light synthetic material. The boots were inspired by Italian sport cars design, giving fast players a perfect balance been lightweight and foot to ground feel. The boot had a slim fitting with a natural shape of the foot, adding many lace holes to get the boots tighten close to the foot. Majority of the stitching’s was replaced with glue to reduce the weight. Originally released in cinder colourway, but followed by several
colourways. 

Also there was a special edition in Chrome/Lime made for Brazilian striker Ronaldo for the World Cup final in 2002. Ronaldo scored two goals against Germany and became World
Cup Champions. The Chrome/Lime was the first numbered limited edition boot by Nike, they were limited to 4600 pairs globally.


For sure one of my favourite boots in the history.

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Milestones – Adidas Predator Accelerator

It is still regarded as one of the best boots Adidas ever produced. The Predator Accelerator was released in 1998 along with the FIFA world cup in France. The boot was advertised by some of the greatest players like Zidane and David Beckham. France won Brazil 3-0 and Zizou scored twice! 



This boot featured a re-engineered TRX outsole, asymmetrical lacing for larger striking surface, the rubber fins sewn into the leather gives a swerve when hits the ball. The boot’s weight about 300 grams and consists of several layers of high quality leather. Also in my opinion one of the few Predators that have a non-clumsy feeling when played in.


Adidas released this boot in four colours: Black/white/red, white/black/red, red/black/white and in a limited edition colourway called Electricity yellow.

Milestones – Nike Mercurial 1.0 1998


There have been a football boots “battle” between Nike and Adidas since 1994. In 1998 Adidas introduced the Accelerator, so Nike released the first ever Mercurial, which became Nike’s new star! It was the Brazilian star Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima, also known as R9, who debuted in the very first Nike Mercurial in World Cup 1998. 


The original colourway was black/white, it was the first time Nike used synthetic materials in a football boot. The syntethic material proved to be the succes, as they could make a boot light and durable at the same time.

A special version in sliver/blue/yellow was released for the World Cup final for Ronaldo to play in. This was the first step for Nike getting into the market of light speed boots.

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Milestones – Nike Tiempo Premier Sg 1994

Nike showed that they are also able to make football boots! The year was 1994, world cup in USA. It was the year Nike announced themselves to the world of football boots. In the world cup Nike managed to supply 10 of the players to wear Nike Tiempo in the World Cup Final between Italy-Brazil. Also 2 of the biggest stars to wear the boots, Romario and Maldini!


(Picture from my friend on InstaGram @botasclasicas, edited by The Boot Vault)

Nike wanted to keep the comfort and keep the boot strong. Nike Tiempo 1994 was a classy black leather boot with a white Nike swoosh. Already then Nike wanted to keep the boot quite simple and light compared to the other brands.

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Nike Hypervenom Phantom

Nike Hypervenom Phantom was introduced to the world in 2013; it also became Neymar´s
signature boot. The Hypervenom Phantom was a brand new silo, with an upper made of
“NikeSkin” technology. The skin features a 3D texture that gives superior ball feel, lightweight
and close to foot feel. One of the most comfortable boots I have tried. 


The 2nd generation of Nike Hypervenom never became as famous as the first one, although Nike added a collar to them. People were most critical about Nike removing the popular “NikeSkin” upper, however Nike added the “NikeSkin” in 2016 to the 2nd generation but it somehow didin’t change the fact that they never got as popular.


So things have changed! Few weeks back Nike revealed the 3rd generation of Nike Hypervenom Phantom III with knitted upper with foam pods that improves the touch and gives you a better strike to the ball! 


Also it got a new lighter and more flexible soleplate. Another major improvement is the internal traction system, what means that Nike uses three levels of traction:

Sock-Sock Liner-Inside Plate Liner!


Can’t wait to give them a run and got big hopes for these! And that colourway really makes you stand out.

Adidas Predator Mania 3G Turf

Todaya Pickup is a pair of absolutely classic Adidas Predator Mania 3G Turf edition! They knew how to make the Trainers/Turf boots back in days, they are exactly as normal Manias just the heel pattern and soleplate has been changed.

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