Look what Nike is treating some lucky fans to – a Limited Edition version of the original 1998 Nike Mercurial. This one is labelled as the Mercurial Vapor IX SE, with the XV in the post title representing the fact that it has been 15 years since we were first introduced to the speed range. In other words, this is an anniversary release.
Plus, there are only going to be 1,998 pairs of the boots available. People have been screaming for this boot to be re-released and although it is not the original, I absolutely love the approach Nike has again taken – soccer has been long overdue Limited Edition, one-off releases and this follows other successful releases such as the Green Speed and the Trinity SheOne.
The design is the unique factor of this boot. What Nike has basically done is took the Vapor IX and given it an old-school overhaul. With the original Mercurial Vapor, Nike used several different materials to piece the boots together but with this current version, the upper is completely one piece and the soleplate has undergone the speed treatment. The actual colors used are very similar, with Nike choosing to only update the Yellow seen on the 1998 release to a more modern Volt. Check out the comparison image above to really see how the boot has been modernized.
Just to note, you know that if you are one of the lucky players to snag a pair, you will have every player on the pitch coming up to ask you how you got your hands on the iconic boots.
If you are interested in being one of the 1,998 to snag a pair, WorldSoccerShop and Soccer.com will be the places to go and May 8th will be the date. We haven’t heard the details on quantity yet but I imagine there will be a mad rush to secure pairs. Once we find out more details, we will have it updated right here.