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Cheap Vapor Boots

Whilst the Superfly headlines Nike's Mercurial range of boots and has football superstars CR7 and Mbappe as its wearers, the Vapor enjoys more usage because of the preference of most professionals for the low-cut collar and the uninterrupted feel it gives around the ankle. The Vapor also has big names under its roster like Erling Haaland and Bruno Fernandes.

The Vapor are the low-cut variant of the Nike Mercurials, so are all options on the list (click here to go straight to the low-priced Vapor boots. However less premium, they are also made of synthetic material and carry the visuals of the top-tier model via graphical design. The upper may be considered soft, but it falls on the stiffer side when compared to the other Vapor levels and therefore might require some breaking-in when you first wear them.

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Cheap Vapor Boot Options

1. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy MG

Banks on the silo's high name recognition to become one of the best selling takedown boots; low-cut design preferred by most players

2. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Club MG

Another cheap Vapor option applicable to both FG and AG; more about academy vs club later

Academy vs Club

The Academy and Club are your cheap options for the Vapor. The former is the takedown model where you see a significant change in material and execution relative to the Elite, while the latter acts as the entry-level boot. The Academy has a padded synthetic upper and a wider shape for a relaxed fit. The texture of the engineered mesh is replicated via moulded texturing. A standard tongue construction replaces the Flyknit on the arch of the boot. While obviously not snappy as the actual Aerotrak outsole, the tooling of the Academy Superfly retains the spined split-sole structure. Academy is usually bought by casual adult players.

3. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy AG

Good for the new-gen synthetic pitches with relatively high grass length

4. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy TF

Your cheap Vapor for the shallow, carpet-like artifical surface

5. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Club TF

Entry-level Vapor Turf boots, More on Academy vs Club below

The Club is the go-to for the cheapest possible Vapor. It does have the padded synthetic material for the upper, though the visuals are solely carried out through graphics including the mesh texturing. The meshed heel liner, which easily wear and tear, is an area where corners have been cut to further trim down the price. The outsole is a full-length soleplate unlike the split-sole on the higher-tiered models. The Club is best for young players who are still developing physically and need a pair that supports their growing feet while remaning economical in price (due to the eventuality that the young player would need new boots in the near future).

Between the Academy and Club, the Academy is the better choice as it still has some elements of performance benefits, unlike the Club that feels like a generic boot at the end of the day. In addition to the Vapor, Nike also have cheap choices for its other boot lines.