In 1998 Nike launched the first Nike Mercurial football boot, a shoe inspired by and designed for Brazilian football phenomenon Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, popularly dubbed “El Fenómeno,” but more commonly known as Ronaldo. To celebrate 15 years since the debut of that boot, Nike has created a Mercurial Vapor IX inspired by the 1998 design. This version is a one-piece, seamless upper as per other Nike Vapor Mercurial IX editions. 1,998 pairs of the Mercurial IX Special Edition will be available beginning May 8 at select retailers around the world, including nike.com.
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