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Football Boots > Nike Mercurial Vapor R9 II & III - Football Boots Vault

We open the SoccerBible Boot Vault for a Mercurial Vapor R9 special, as the great man hangs up his boots we thought we'd take a retrospective look at Ronaldo's iconic Mercurial Vapor II and Vapor III football boots...

Long before Cristiano turned out in boots featuring Flywire technology and carbon fiber sole-plates, Nike had already combined the world's greatest player to the world's fastest football boots! For almost a decade, Brazilian superstar Ronaldo was the main man when it came to Nike's Mercurial range, and the boots created for the speedster helped to shape the football boots world as we know it today.

In his prime 'El Fenómeno' was an awe-inspiring, lightning quick player, and his exploits led to Nike creating his very own R9 football boots range. Signified by the R9 shield on the tongue, the innovative technology and bright colourways of Ronaldo's boots became the benchmark for speed footwear.

It's not unusual to still see players turning out wearing either the Nike Mercurial Vapor II or Vapor III football boots, and there are very good reasons for this. These synthetic speed football boots offer lightweight speed performance with great ball touch and feel.

The Nike Mercurial Vapor II football boots arrived on pitches in 2004 and were worn predominantly by Ronaldo and Thierry Henry, players setting new standards for speed, goalscoring and close ball control. Featuring a NikeSkin super lightweight upper, the Mercurial Vapor II retailed for around £140 GBP / $200 USD / ¥18500 JPY when first introduced to the market. They incorporated a contoured glass-filled nylon structural sole-plate, with a Speedtract configuration for unrivalled speed and acceleration characteristics.

The Nike Mercurial Vapor III was the first of the range to feature the revolutionary new Teijin synthetic upper, which conformed and adjusted to the shape of the wearer's foot for a 'second skin' fit. The Vapor III also introduced carbon fiber to the Vapor range, in the form of a lightweight heel wrap to distribute impact during heel strike. Both materials have since gone on to become integral materials for the Mercurial Vapor series. Interestingly, the Vapor III was released for a reduced price of £120 GBP / $185 USD / ¥15500 JPY.

We love delving into the SoccerBible Boot Vault, and both of these football boots and colourways must conjure up some great footballing memories of Ronaldo, the catalyst for one of the greatest ranges of football boots!

Stay tuned to the SoccerBible as we reveal even more soccer cleats from the Boot Vault, showcasing the best retro, classic and once forgotten boots and bringing them back to life!

Only published comments... Feb 17 2011, 10:11 AM by Editor



victor23 said:

the yellow boots are the best

February 17, 2011 12:03 PM

Liverpool maniac said:

It's a shame how these two lines of boots have skyrocketed in pricing, I want a pair of them sooo badly.

February 17, 2011 12:05 PM

toadaload said:

third and great boots

February 17, 2011 12:10 PM

bunderking7 said:


February 17, 2011 12:21 PM

ErlendLG said:

the IIIs were so nice !

February 17, 2011 12:38 PM

oskarllson said:

  ooh nice! Like the yellow ones

February 17, 2011 12:43 PM

gak8 said:

 i like the yellow green ones.... classy! and wow, cheap too

February 17, 2011 12:48 PM

tomislavdalstop said:

I have a new pair of Nike Vapor III SG(white/silver). I have tried them out and they feel really good.

February 17, 2011 12:49 PM

Juve96 said:

Great boots! Got a red pair of mercurials IIIĀ“s but their too small :(

February 17, 2011 12:50 PM

beep14 said:

best vapors ever!!!!! both are so much better (and lighter) than the new superflys,

i am lucky enough to still have both pairs and wear them regularly!

February 17, 2011 1:06 PM

jazzovani said:

like that'banana'boot and the wearers!!

February 17, 2011 1:37 PM

Jordancfc16 said:

I still have the yellow ones but they don't fit me :-( but the blue ones I want and are the nicest colourway ever in a vapor

February 17, 2011 1:38 PM

4otto7 said:

never saw those blue ones

February 17, 2011 3:01 PM

bootchampion said:

This means the Superfly III will be out soon!!

February 17, 2011 3:21 PM

Nobi Speed said:

how much do da 2's weigh?

February 17, 2011 5:05 PM

Rami10 said:

these are a memory for one the greatest talents in the history of football more then shoes for sale

February 17, 2011 5:07 PM

Rami10 said:

these are a memory for one the greatest talents in the history of football more then shoes for sale

February 17, 2011 5:07 PM

cozzy111 said:

Best "Boot Vault" yet!

February 17, 2011 5:09 PM

KEENOOO11 said:

Does anyone know where I could buy these boots from now???

February 17, 2011 6:15 PM

MarkLawrence14 said:

Check out Nike Vapor on wikipedia, Vapor iii's are lighter than superflys by a good 20-30grams - so how have Nike got better? With a moving stud?


February 17, 2011 6:45 PM

ErBayern said:

R9 II  is my favourite.

February 17, 2011 6:48 PM

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February 17, 2011 7:25 PM

HH4PREDS said:


February 17, 2011 7:53 PM

next messi said:

the III's are the best but cant find dem in shops!!!!

February 17, 2011 8:29 PM

calos said:

me gustaron los asules estan chidos

February 17, 2011 9:06 PM

aji10 said:

what about the gold ones? they were a classic

February 17, 2011 9:11 PM

Edward said:

I think the yellow ones are the best

February 17, 2011 9:44 PM

ari millis said:

yea there mad boots but the best iii's are the white with the gold at the bak

February 17, 2011 9:50 PM

Conman said:

Both sick.I like the smaller swoosh it looks cool.Nike should make the new Superflys lighter than these and give them a touch like these.These boots had an amazing touch.

February 17, 2011 9:50 PM

moriorixs said:

i absolutely love the yellow vapor iii

February 17, 2011 10:00 PM

speciali said:

Plastic crap

February 17, 2011 10:17 PM

Arian said:

of course the price has skyrocketed, due to Nike not producing them anymore! ive got 3 pairs and I've retired them! their the best boots in the mercurial line.. II's and especially III's


February 17, 2011 11:50 PM

nitemare2112 said:

we should write apetition to nike to do a re-release of the same boots same price and they would make a fourtune

February 18, 2011 12:44 AM

koreyoshi said:

nice and classic,i love it ,want get it!

February 18, 2011 1:17 AM

Yehudi10 said:

i think that they should have never changed the vapor from the Vapor III or Vapor II. those were not only the best colorways released but were the best vapors released period. i'd take either of those over the superflys any day.

February 18, 2011 1:20 AM

Madridmanfan792 said:

I love these boots I have the yellow ones. I've actually had three pairs of the III's and they are amazing by far the best vapors I really wish I could find some of the II's but everyone on eBay wants like $400+ for them. It would be great if Nike took the III's and put a carbon fiber plate on them and the flywire, I know it seems like they would be the same but it really wouldn't cause the upper on them are different, so hopefully Nike is reading this

February 18, 2011 1:36 AM

pcm19 said:

vapor 3s are great boots

February 18, 2011 2:30 AM

Timothy_Lee said:

Vapor III is the best vapor of all time

February 18, 2011 2:48 AM

koreyoshi said:

February 18, 2011 2:52 AM

ROQUE13 said:



February 18, 2011 4:48 AM

ozilfan said:

nice boots

February 18, 2011 6:01 AM

ozilfan said:

nice boots

February 18, 2011 6:03 AM

ozilfan said:

nice boots

February 18, 2011 6:03 AM

f50 said:

So simple, but the most effective exactly like the adizero. If nike keep trying to advance in technology theres no way theyll ever compete with adizeros.

Bring these back!

February 18, 2011 8:27 AM

D keeper.. said:

February 18, 2011 8:48 AM

D keeper.. said:

February 18, 2011 8:48 AM

Matthew5 said:

very cool and sylish boots!!

February 18, 2011 10:45 AM

RedDevilCR7 said:

the greatest mercurial vapor ever...before all carbon fibre and flywire, a pure speed boot...this and the vapor iv

February 18, 2011 5:40 PM

barc4b0y said:

never liked them but Ronaldo make them look great.

February 18, 2011 8:55 PM

Getsuga04 said:

nice boots...

February 18, 2011 9:25 PM

pabzsoccerhound9 said:

Never really fancy nike boots except the r10's in tiempo but these were nice.

February 18, 2011 11:30 PM

Adidas_forever said:

i always thought they were for CR

February 19, 2011 3:58 AM

19stu82 said:

Brilliant boots fit for a brilliant player... stop posting crap links to fake boots though. you should be banned from the site for putting fakes on here

February 19, 2011 12:00 PM

larrylaz said:

ALL TIME BESY NIKE MERCURIAL VAPOR 2002 World Cup Limited - Chrome/Lime Edition BRING BACK THE CHROME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 19, 2011 3:09 PM

boller said:

bring on the chrome

February 19, 2011 7:05 PM

Sounder4Life said:

If china wanted to really make some money they'd redo these generic style....

February 20, 2011 4:52 AM

Miikeey said:

They should bring them back...!

February 20, 2011 10:38 AM

Savage11 said:


February 20, 2011 8:46 PM

Savage11 said:


February 20, 2011 8:47 PM

Portugal R live said:

He was a beast!

February 20, 2011 10:33 PM

alexdamercurialdude1097 said:

I don't like the tongues but the iii is soooooo tank!

February 21, 2011 5:04 AM

123nat said:

gorgeous my friend :)))))))

February 21, 2011 11:17 AM

nathannds123 said:

im sorry but these are the best vapors out of all em hands down

February 22, 2011 2:32 AM

sitrusvattu said:

i had the vapor III in red/white :D

February 22, 2011 4:42 PM

tsinsi11 said:

best nike boots ever made!!!

February 23, 2011 9:55 AM

Goalscorer said:

Best nike vapors ever! lol they are lighter than the current ones, and look no carbon fibre! shows the gimmicks that are around nowadays!

February 24, 2011 8:03 PM

mercurial16 said:

Love both of them, ronaldo was the master, Love him!

February 25, 2011 6:53 PM

xoxo said:

Only the old guys use that --'

February 28, 2011 5:30 PM

Mr.Upper90 said:

I like these,but they don't like me.My feet's too wide and i can't find them...would like to have a pair!!

March 3, 2011 10:25 AM

Chris bates said:

Them blue vapours are the best ones nike have made ever!!

March 5, 2011 12:32 AM

FCBarcelona009 said:

Anyone know where i can get the yellow ones?

March 5, 2011 4:06 PM

Steven4vapor said:

will someone send me a message or respond telling me where i can get these? under $250?

March 10, 2011 5:07 AM

rugby4life said:

i hope these boots are really good quality because there looks arnt!!

March 13, 2011 3:42 AM

Jaze21 said:


March 18, 2011 1:13 PM

feichauang2011 said:

April 15, 2011 2:19 PM

Parkerutd5 said:

i reckon nike should bring these boots out on sale again! because i knoiw for a fact people would buy them cause there lush, i think they should sell them for half the normal price

May 3, 2011 8:55 PM

swales10 said:

where can i get a pair of the yellow ones

May 28, 2011 9:15 PM

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June 14, 2011 1:52 PM

Fiber said:

OH MY! Wow, amazing models here, unlike today's. Still have my Argon Blue III's.

June 29, 2011 7:31 AM

cison said:

I have the 98 wc mercurials,yellow,blue and silver for sale ... us size 11 great condition

July 8, 2011 8:03 PM

SteelerPaul90 said:

Just got myself a pair of the Vapor  II's on eBay, best looking boots ever.

July 16, 2011 11:49 PM

Ronan said:

yellows r 1 of my favourite boots ever!

July 26, 2011 6:55 PM

AntonBivesjo said:

where can I but those?!?!?!?!

August 2, 2011 10:43 PM

2fast4you said:

where can i get them ?

August 18, 2011 7:00 PM

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October 31, 2011 2:29 AM

A_Di_Natale said:

legend !!

November 14, 2011 12:13 PM

gonzalo.pad said:

como compro uno de estos??

November 15, 2011 3:25 AM

palani said:

there is someone who sells a few things like the size of 42-43 a pair or two is fine???

January 17, 2012 5:41 PM

aguilera503 said:

Where can i get those and size 7 1/2 ?

February 3, 2012 6:22 AM

DJ China Heart said:

i have teh yellow one.... and it's amazing!!!!

February 16, 2012 2:54 AM

morawa said:

the iii were the best boots of all time i wish they carried on making them

February 20, 2012 4:04 PM

Vaporista said:

IN LOVE!!!! <3

May 17, 2012 12:48 PM

garydavid said:

amigos ayudenme a conseguir las amarillas por favor !!

March 23, 2013 5:42 AM

osamabinlaggin said:

anyone notice how low the heel is on the blue one?

April 2, 2013 6:20 PM

nikito said:

where can i buy the yellow ones? they are old but i loove them. please

August 5, 2013 11:52 PM
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