Nike Mercurial R9 1998. One of the rarest and most iconic Mercurials ever made. The first signature R9 mercurial produced in 1998. Size 8.5us/7.5uk. Brand new condition, completely unworn. Slight hairline crack in soleplate, refer to last picture. Common issue with these boots due to aging. The KNG-100 was Nikes new material, and it worked wonders on the boots. In terms of aesthetics, the Mercurial outshined all the other boots. The KNG-100 had a sticky feel to it which helped provide control on the ball. Not only that, but it was also lighter than Kangaroo Leather, which is why the 1998 Mercurial was considered the first Speed boot produced. As far as innovation goes, Nike did not miss a single chance to revolutionize these boots. The upper proved to be a unique design that was unlike anything on the market. However, the sole plate could be argued as the key innovator from these boots. The thickness of the sole plate was reduced significantly which contributed to making these boots super lightweight. As far as performance, I have been told they provided superior traction with the newly designed studs as well. Different from the traditional round studs, Nike introduced a new shape that provided better traction. From a collecting standpoint, this newly designed soleplate was not great for withstanding the test of time. As you can see above, my pair has a crack in it. This is a very common occurrence for these boots. They are very fragile and very delicate, so they are definitely not recommended for wearing purposes, as most of them will most likely break instantly. Check out my entire collection of rare classics for. Looking for something specific? Over 400 pairs of classic models. The item “Nike Mercurial R9 Vapor 1998 Superfly CR7″ is in sale since Friday, January 17, 2020. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Team Sports\Soccer\Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Shoes & Cleats\Men”. The seller is “patbu-6418″ and is located in Jersey City, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Brand: Nike
- Featured Refinements: Superfly Mens’ Cleats
- Type: Cleats
- Sport: Soccer
- US Size: 8.5