No. 4 – Nike Mercurial Vapor
Year Released: 2002
Released in 2002, this was the first Mercurial to hold the “Vapor” name, this boot is widely regarded as one of the most innovative released on the market. Nike studied player movements while accelerating and ended up producing the first asymmetric soleplate, utilizing a contoured last to distribute pressure more evenly through the foot. The upper was made of a thin synthetic and offered a very natural touch on the ball. For some reason, this is the Vapor that seems to have disappeared altogether from the market, not surprising considering their value!