Nike Mercurial Vapor XV – Limited Edition 1998 Mercurial

Nobody saw this coming, as the world-famous brand Nike has released a mere 1,998 pairs of truly an amazing boot, the Mercurial Vapor XV, commemorating  the 15 years of the ‘speed’ range.

The original Air Mercurial R9 (follow this link) was launched in 1998, inspired by a true great, Brazil star Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (popularly dubbed “El Fenómeno”).

 

 

In fact, this special incarnation also boasts an exciting silver upper, complemented by touches of blue and yellow, with Phil McCartney from the Big Swoosh saying the following:

“Ronaldo’s impact on the game 15 years ago was immense, and in the run up to 2014, we wanted to celebrate that boot and the man himself. We thought a modern construction of his 1998 boot would be a great commemoration of that moment.”

 

 

In practice, the spirit of 1998 is reborn with the technology of 2013, with a one-piece seamless upper as per other Nike Vapor Mercurial IX editions, as opposed to the original version involving multiple materials stitched together.

The original Ronaldo captured the imagination with his style, flair, skill and incredible eye for goal, and his influence continues today as he guides the likes of Neymar to follow in his footsteps.

 

   
 
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