With the release of the Vapor IX just around the corner, it’d be easy to brush the durability problems of the Vapor VIII under the carpet and ignore them, with the hope that Nike will fix it for this upcoming release. Yet, after holding up admirably for a little while, my Clash Vapor VIIIs suddenly took a turn for the worse a week or so ago, hence this article.
This is probably old news for most of you, with it being widely known that all of the Vapor VIIIs prior to the Seaweed colourway were shoddily made. But for the people that haven’t witnessed first hand exactly what the bizarre faults on the VIIIs are like, here they are. On both boots, there is a tear on the instep, more prominently on the right boot.
This is common in most football boots now, but not after a matter of weeks. There are also strange little tears on the toe that refuse to show up on camera. All in all, it is disappointing. I thought that maybe it didn’t affect every pair out there, and I’d gotten away with it. But seemingly out of nowhere, these faults appeared with seemingly no explanation. The only comparison I can really think of is the AdiPowers, which split and tore almost immediately. So it’d be unfair to single-handedly criticise Nike for this, as other major companies have done it before.
It’s a shame that my experience has been slightly marred by this situation. There is no doubt that the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIIIs are top class football boots, but I’m sure that many people have been put off buying them because of these problems. We’re currently in contact with Nike about this, and they assure us that this problem has been sorted with the recent Retro/Orange/Red release, and by sorted, they mean completely sorted. For now, leave your thoughts in the comments section below.