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Football News > Customized Nike Mercurial Vapor IV with (RED) Laces

The weekend of 13/14th March 2010 sees all the top European Leagues in unison to raise the awareness of the (RED) campaign to help fight AIDS in Africa. 


Nike announced their partnership with (RED) back in December 09, with their initiative being "Lace Up, Save Lives". Since then literally hundreds of thousands of players have shown their support by wearing red laces with their football boots. But here at SoccerBible HQ one pair of soccer cleats caught our eye - community member FulhamFTW's customized Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Citron!



We got straight onto FulhamFTW - aka Ben to his teammates - as we were eager to find out more about his custom boots. Hailing from St Louis, Missouri, we just had to ask Ben to share an insight into how he went about customizing his boots:  


above: Before the action...Ben's Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Citron


"The first step was removing the lace cover. It's a pretty simple and straight-forward job, but should still be done delicately to avoid damaging the boots. There was some cleaning up of the adhesive to do, but once this was done I made holes for the laces. You could opt to just leave it as is, but they definitely look better with laces looping all the way up the front..."


above: With the lace cover removed and cleaned up.


So what did Ben think of the process? "It can be tough! But go out and buy a pair of Nike (RED) laces, lace them up, save some lives, and go play some football!" 


With the everything completed in under 2 hours, we think Ben has done a really innovative and great job of showcasing the Lace Up Lives campaign.


above: The finished article proudly displayed over Ben's team 'HotShots'


What do you think of Ben's customized Vapor boots? Perhaps you have done the same, or have you added the RED laces to your boots in an unusual way? Send all your boots & laces pics to our inbox at, and we'll feature the best ones on the site!


Please note: The SoccerBible accepts no responsibility for any damages or issues to football boots should any attempts be made to replicate this article. The above is presented as a feature only from community member(s). If in doubt, simply don't try this at home!

Only published comments... Mar 13 2010, 01:00 PM by Boot Spy



timdxking said:

my mercurial vapour citron is exactly the same like this. with removed lace cover and also red laces. :D

March 13, 2010 3:09 PM

hamsanyz said:

humm nice...but where can i find nike mercurial vapor 4 color red / gold...or marine yellow voltage

March 13, 2010 3:14 PM

pcm19 said:

did the same exact thing with my vapor v's

March 13, 2010 4:10 PM

VillA 4LiFe said:

can some1 tell me like the process to do it? i wanna do it to my vapor iv's (i have the orange first colourway) n i dont wanna damage the boot.

March 13, 2010 5:28 PM

AE7 said:


March 13, 2010 5:41 PM

FulhamFTW said:

Ha, 15mins of fame! Villa, i can pm you a write up on how to do it cleanly if you want.

March 13, 2010 6:14 PM

FulhamFTW said:

Ha, 15mins of fame! Villa, i can pm you a write up on how to do it cleanly if you want.

March 13, 2010 6:15 PM

mercurialcr79 said:

dem this shoes look awesome

March 13, 2010 6:21 PM

joga_bonito said:

nice! good job i've been considering of (RED) laces for long time maybe im gonna buy them let's see...

March 13, 2010 6:22 PM

MR_COOL said:

Cool :)

But the nike swoosh is upside down on the laces on the left :p

March 13, 2010 7:08 PM

FulhamFTW said:

Ha, good spot Mr. Cool. I actually took a corrected picture, but accidenty sent them the wrong one instead! I kinda like the mirror image though.

March 13, 2010 7:40 PM

barcaafan said:


March 13, 2010 7:44 PM

_afellay_ said:

I have an erection?

March 13, 2010 7:50 PM

Tiki said:

what? Those are nice Fulham

March 13, 2010 7:57 PM

Men City...CT32 said:

how can i do that,,, please help i have the nike mercurial v red/silver

March 13, 2010 9:04 PM

_____steve said:

in the right shoe, the lace are wrong turned.

it would look better with nike mercurial vapor SL

March 13, 2010 9:11 PM

AJRyaan_ said:

<i>I've done the same but kept the lace cover on! still looks pretty sweet :)

March 13, 2010 10:25 PM

emil4ata said:

why buy a lace covered boot if youre gonna get it off

March 13, 2010 10:40 PM

Jorge 11 said:

i dont like it

it doesnt match

March 13, 2010 10:53 PM

Jorge 11 said:

i dont like it

it doesnt match

March 13, 2010 10:53 PM

soccerskillz_11 said:

i like it. :D

March 13, 2010 11:10 PM

thenextnumber7 said:

what a waste. i changed the laces of my vapor iv's without ripping the lace cover, it took me a long time though

March 14, 2010 2:20 AM

FulhamFTW said:

@Emil4ata: Because I can spend my money how I see fit and because it's a good cause. Also, the lace cover was ripping a little anyway, so why not?

@thenextnumber7: Since when is charity ever a waste?

March 14, 2010 3:47 AM

V Is For Victory said:

thenextnumber7 is right wat a waste i changed the laces on my vapor v's without taking the cover off and it looks way better than that..

March 14, 2010 3:57 AM

holland said:

that actually looks sick! i had seen it around on other websites before

March 14, 2010 6:29 AM

Jonathan said:

The thing is that if it is of any help to ur gameplay. Whether it is indeed better a boot without the lace cover, then with it.

March 14, 2010 7:42 AM

Cammy Talaria said:

I like them:D great idea

March 14, 2010 10:33 AM

enatron said:

fullhamFTW! haha.

March 14, 2010 11:11 AM

WR10MUTD4lyf said:

they look unreal! i put my red laces in my talarias i got from nike id

March 14, 2010 11:20 AM

Masterofsoccer said:

Wrong way :P but nice : D

March 14, 2010 1:09 PM

AMJ said:

Nice work mate! I reckon the lace covers look cheesy anyway. I'll be rocking Red laces when I get my Superfly II's in two weeks. Top stuff!

March 14, 2010 1:27 PM

enatron said:

all my vapors, minus thte euros, have the lace cover off. they fit better and ive never got a blister with them

March 14, 2010 2:26 PM

Arab CR7 said:

lol my vapours were a lil too small for me nd i did this nd den they ripped half way through the match so i had to change  to my trusty Nike Vapor II SG :P

March 14, 2010 5:15 PM

Sixstud said:

great charity, HORRIBLE boots

March 14, 2010 8:19 PM

soccerlegend14 said:

any1 know where they still sell the red and gold vapor IV?

March 15, 2010 2:10 AM

enatron said:

soccerlegend14, what size?

March 15, 2010 5:15 AM

sidthekid said:

*** boots

March 15, 2010 6:04 AM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

These suck and i bet alot of people have done this already and like Jorge 11 said they don't even match so I think they are pretty wack

March 15, 2010 1:19 PM

SPEEDY6 said:

arent people just trying to look like they've got superflys ?

March 15, 2010 4:20 PM

soccerlegend14 said:


March 15, 2010 11:07 PM

Steven4vapor said:

theyre ulgy. i agree with 'SPEEDY6". theyre jealous of the fact that i have two pairs of superflys

March 16, 2010 1:16 AM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

FulhamFTW- dude u set ur self up for alot of criticism with this, it doesnt match alot of ppl have done this already and it doesnt look amazing or anything, but at the same time ppl can be jealous ur boots got noticed and ders didn't but still I have ur boots and they look better with the lace cover and without the laces

March 16, 2010 3:17 AM

Jonathanish said:

I have the gray red merecurial vaporn, I removed the lacecover and it was really neat! It is sweeter when you can tie all the way from the bottom.

March 16, 2010 1:19 PM

FulhamFTW said:

@cronaldo: I didn't set myself up for anything. You're just one of the people who don't like it. There's plenty of people who do. Lucky for you and all the other haters, they're my boots, and you don't have to wear them. SoccerBible contacted me because I posted pics on the forum. They were impressed by them and asked to do a feature. I have never claimed to be the first person to do this nor do I claim to have the best example of them. As a matter of fact, Enatron posted a pic of his pine vapors that I think look way better than my citrons. The point was to support the (RED) initiative, not impress some wannabe soccer fashionista like yourself who's concerned because "the laces don't match!" boo fcuking hoo. Why don't you go put on your boots with matching laces and stare at yourself in the mirror all day. At least then you wouldn't be wasting space on this forum trying to berate someone else's creativity and appreciation for charitable causes.

March 16, 2010 7:30 PM

FulhamFTW said:

@steven4vapor: Based on that comment, I can't imagine anyone being jeaous of you at all. Let's grow up a little before we start posting on forums. Ok?

March 16, 2010 8:28 PM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

FulhamFTW- look u *** dumass, I have the red laces too, and I said I like the citron boots with the lace cover and y do u give a *** they're my boots too ok dumass. I support RED I bought two pairs of laces and put them on my superflys and ctr's ok? I understand the charity cause but I gave an opinion, whether u like it or not which i dnt give a ***, ur boots look like *** but are for a good cause, so stop complaining ok?

March 17, 2010 2:05 AM

FulhamFTW said:

Cronaldo, you have quite a temper, don't you? I completely respect your right to have an opinion. Plenty of people expressed their dislike for these boots on here and I respect their opinion too. I'm just curious as to why you felt the need to post twice saying "alot of ppl have done this already" and "u set ur self up for alot of criticism". The feature was SoccerBible's idea, not my own. You just saying that you don't like them because you prefer the lace cover would have sufficed. But your posts make you look like you're trying to call me out for stealing someone else's idea and presenting it as my own, which I've made perfectly clear that I'm not. It's MY opinion that your posts looked like an attack on me personally and that they make you look like a douche. And, judging by your last and very colorful post, you've proven my point just fine. Thanks!  

P.S. Let's try to extend your vocabulary past the use of four letter words. Maybe it will help sound a bit more intelligent with your responses.....maybe.... ;-)

March 17, 2010 3:30 AM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

FulhamFTW- I'm not gonna lie dude ur a smartass alright, I'm not trying to call you out nor did I ever try, if it was soccerbible who did this well that sucks but i'm telling you the facts and I clearly stated that ppl that don't look ur boots can be jealous bcuz ur boots got noticed. In a way I complimented u for u supporting RED but i didn't like ur boots and I'm also taking ur side when I say ppl are jealous but if you wanna run ur mouth dats fine I have no problem with dat

March 17, 2010 4:07 AM

Josex97 said:

I did it today :) but I didn't remove the laace cover, I love them now :)

March 19, 2010 2:10 PM

jussdatkid said:

i think vapors look better with the lace cover but cutting them off and putting the red laces are for a good cause !

March 23, 2010 2:33 AM

Josex97 said:

the good cause is BUY THE LACES AND TAKE THEM ON YOUR SHOES, if you don't remove the lace cover but have the red laces, you're still doing a good thing :)

March 23, 2010 1:12 PM

Trevino2450 said:

fullham ftw, can u pm me the process also, im looking to do it with the red/gold iv's myself

April 7, 2010 10:09 PM

ChelseaFC said:

Hey FulhamFTW, can you send me the writeup on how to remove my lace covers?

April 9, 2010 9:47 PM

vinnie said:

helloo fulhamFTW can you also sendd me an email on how to take off the lace cover?

April 14, 2010 12:09 AM

guztavoo23 said:

can someone tell me how to put the laces without taking off the lacecover please.?

June 23, 2010 8:29 PM
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