How to Break in Nike Mercurial Vapors

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How to Break in Nike Mercurial Vapors
Break in cleats so they are ready when you need them. ( Images)

The Mercurial Vapor is a top line of soccer cleats made by Nike in several variations: the Mercurial Vapor I, Mercurial Vapor II, MViII and MVIV. The cleats are known for their light weight and as a result, are a popular choice for professional players. It is common practice to "break in" a new pair of cleats to make them more comfortable to wear and prevent blisters at game time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Try on the shoes before purchasing to make sure they are the correct size. If you are in between sizes, wearing a half size too large is better than wearing a half size too small.

  2. 2

    Bend and unbend each cleat about midway down the soles. Repeat several times.

  3. 3

    Rub petroleum jelly along all points of your foot that are most vulnerable to blistering and wherever they rub on the inside of the shoe.

  4. 4

    Perform a few light training sessions while wearing the shoes. Do not performe any prolonged running or simulate soccer motions while doing this.

  5. 5

    Wear the shoes to walk around in regularly.

  6. 6

    Perform sprints and change-of-direction exercises (such as sideways skipping) wearing the shoes.

  7. 7

    Scrimmage, performing most regular soccer motions wearing the shoes. If your feet feel comfortable when you do this, your Nike Mercurial Vapors have successfully been broken in and you are ready to play regular soccer.

Tips and warnings

  • Some makes of Nike Mercurial Vapors are easier to break in than others. The Mercurial Vapor VII Safari for instance is game-ready more quickly than the Nike Mercurial Vapor VI.

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