Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Chrome / Lime

As Nike gear up for the release of the Mercurial Vapor X, they’re taking us on a whistle-stop tour of the great tournament Mercurials gone by, working their iconic colourways onto the current Vapor in a countdown to the tenth edition

This time out, it’s 2002 in the spotlight and the legendary Chrome/Lime Mercurial Vapor I’s that Ronaldo wore at the World Cup in Japan and Korea..

That year, Brasil forward Ronaldo returned to cheap soccer shoes centre stage debuting groundbreaking boot technology. With a new, sleeker silhouette that looked more track spike than football shoe, the ‘02 Mercurial Vapor was Nike’s first sub-200 gram boot. It also featured the company’s first stitch-less upper and was designed using Nike’s first anatomical last.

Wearing the boot, Ronaldo scored eight times in Japan and Korea and confirmed his status as the world’s best striker. Ronaldo’s bold chrome colorway stood out as a new icon of football footwear — just as his 1998 boots had done.

As with the last ‘Fast Forward’ edition, the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX ’02 – Chrome / Lime is packed full of nods that will be beloved by fans of the original colourway.

The sockliner packs a small fact sheet highlighting what makes the boot so iconic; from it’s defining moment to the groundbreaking technology that brought it to life.