Cowboys Kicker Wins Game in 2008 Nike Mercurial Vapor Boots

Just a few seconds were left on the clock in the tied game, and Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys had the chance to once again prove he's the best kicker in NFL history. Having scored 25 of 26 field goals in 2015, Bailey drilled it in from 54 yards to win the game against Washington and retain a slim hope to still reach the play-offs.

But it wasn't only his impeccable kicking that caught the attention of many spectators, including Footy Headlines follower Martin. Many people, especially those familiar with soccer boots, were surprised by his unusual choice of footwear.

Dan Bailey's Mercurial Vapor IV Boots

Bailey laced up in 2008 Nike Mercurial Vapor IV cleats, opting for the white and blue colorway to match the Cowboys uniform. Headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Nike Mercurial Vapor IV was first launched in February 2008 and introduced a new concept for Nike's speed silo.

For the first time, Nike added a stitched lace cover, designed to offer a cleaner ball contact area, both for dribbling at high speed and for striking the ball. Other than that, it featured a typical Mercurial speed sole plate, complete with a heightened heel counter for added protection.

The concept of the lace cover was carried over for the next two Nike Mercurial Vapor generations, before it was dropped for good with the release of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VII in 2011.

To be honest, a bit more boot-diversity on European football turfs wouldn't hurt. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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