Milestones – Nike Mercurial Vapor III 2006


Nike Mercurial Vapor III was released in 2006, for the FIFA World Cup in Germany. And if Mania was regarded as a peak of Adidas Predator range then we could say the same thing about Nike Mercurial Vapor III. Mercurial Vapor III was the third boot in the Vapor generation and was truly a speed boot. The new feature in Vapor III was Teijin microfiber which added comfort
and a perfect shape to the upper. Also it made the boot more durable than earlier Vapors.


 Nike added also some padding to the heal area with a supportive carbon last. The boot itself weighed around 196g, which was very light back in 2006. Another new feature was the two-piece soleplate that gave extra lightweight.


Nike released 15 different colorways of the Vapor III. Most special of them is the Nike Mercurial Vapor III 10th Anniverary (black/white) they were a limited edition 1000 pairs made to celebrate 10 years of Nike Mercurial!


The boots were worn by Ronaldo, Thierry Henry & Didier Drogba and ofcourse by the rising star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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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 – 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.

Check out for more Milestones coming!

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All Of My Vapor III

Here is an update of my Nike Mercurial Vapor III collection. 

And if you don’t know anything about this boot: 

Nike Mercurial Vapor III was released in 2006, for the FIFA World Cup in Germany. And if
Mania was regarded as a peak of Adidas Predator range then we could say the same thing about
Nike Mercurial Vapor III. 


Nike released 15 different colorways of the Vapor III. Most special of them is the Nike Mercurial
Vapor III 10th Anniverary (black/white) they were a limited edition 1000 pairs made to celebrate
10 years of Nike Mercurial! 

In the picture you can also see a pair that is completely gold, this colourway was never released as I painted them myslef 😛

Top 10 Pickups of 2016!

So the list continues with my 4 of best pickups this year!

Number 4:
Nike Mercurial Superfly V Fg 1998. This boot was one of my projects this year and they are custome made to look like the Mercurial that Brazilian Ronaldo (R9) wore in the World Cup 1998! 


Number 3:

Adidas Predator Mania Sg “Blackout” edition! I dare to say these are the rarest Predator Manias made, even the Japan Blues will be at 2nd place!


Number 2:

Nike Mercurial Superfly V Fg “EA-Sport” edition, limited edition only 1500 made!

One of the best looking boots!


Number 1:

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR SE Sg-Pro!

Took a while for me to find these for a reasonable price. Limited to 100 pairs in the world, my pair is numbered 63 of 100!


Can’t wait to see what new comes in 2017!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Nike Mercurial Superfly V “1998”

Honestly this project is one of the coolest thing this year! I had planned to do this custome makeover since early 2016. But I knew I had to wait for the right Superfly V boot to be released. 


So I decided to find a pair of Superfly V that basically had the right base colour, I chose the Nike “Elite Pack”!


As so often I trusted my good friend @maalinetti to help me with the paintjob. He never dissapoints me!

So my goal was to recreate the most famous boot in Nike Mercurial history, the Mercurial 1998 R9, by using the latest technology provided by Nike! 


Always looking forward to new projects and always happy when they turn up as great as these!

I promise that there will be more in the future, thank you for reading!

Custome gold Nike Mercurial Vapor III Fg

Here’s my custome painted Nike Mercurial Vapor III Fg. I spray painted them few months ago and re-spray painted them yesterday, as the gold colour is very sensitive. The final result is great! 


The original colour of these was the release colourway white with the yellow heel and a black Nike swoosh. My first plan was to keep the Nike swoosh visible by painting it white or silver. Once I got painting the gold base I decided to paint the whole boot gold because everyone recognize this boot by it’s shape not by the Nike logo 😉 


Had to paint the original laces seperately to make sure they was painted all the way. 

Really satisfied how they look today!

Nike Mercurial Vapor III


One of my favourite Nike Mercurial Vapor III colours the “Argon Blue”! Were looking for this colour for ages, and got hold of them from a friend of mine in Asia.


Pretty rare colourway here in Europe but I noticed they were more common in Asia and US, and I never seen this colour been released in my home country. So could be that they never had an official release in Europe?

Best of Nike


Can you spot any favourites in the picture? Some of the greatest in Nike football boots history! 

I think Nike Mercurial has kept it’s look and touch during many years and they always suprise somehow!


It’s nice to see the developement of Mercurial going from R9 to CR7, which player will continue the era of speed boots?

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