It was back in late March 2009 when Footy Boots ran a series of articles questioning the robustness of the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Black Voltage Yellow

With the football boot world keenly anticipating the release of these highly innovative boots, it had become clear that the Nike footwear was struggling to stand up to the rigours of the professional game as Didier Drogba, Andrey Arshavin and Luis Fabiano all suffered the indignity of ripped boots.

And so, just days before the launch of the Superfly on the retail market, Nike pulled the plug and recalled the football boots from general sale. Fair play to Nike for that. Not only did they cancel the campaign but they held their hands up, admitted there was a fault and indicated their determination to put it right.

And now, three months on, the Superfly is back.

Mercurial Vapor Superfly Black Voltage Yellow

The ripping problem has been solved by Nike by adding more of their Teijin synthetic material to the previously vulnerable areas and it’s now hoped that with this important modification, this lightweight, speedsters football boot will be a viable proposition in a congested and highly competitive market place. You’d certainly think so, if nothing else, based on looks alone.

Another important update is that the new Superfly colourway. It has been worn by the pros in a Max Orange / Abyss / Silver design and most recently in Platinum / Red / White. But in our opinion, by far the best version going to order is in Black / Voltage Yellow. The football boot is on general sale and will retails at ‘Ł224.99.

vapor superfly black voltage yellow

Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Technology:

Engineered Flywire Thread is positioned to meet the needs of the fastest players, providing optimal support precisely where the foot needs it.

Composite Upper combines five ultra thin layers that encase the Flywire threads to create a finely tuned shell that functions in harmony with the foot.

Re-worked Teijin Synthetic Skin exterior surface to ensure the best possible fit and feel.

Flywire, Composite Upper and Teijin Skin combine to create Nike’s thinnest football upper to date and provide a uncompromising foot to boot, boot to ball fit.

superfly black yellow voltage

Lightweight Traction Sole Plates incorporate a higher density inner structure providing the necessary integrity yet allowing the extraction of unnecessary weight from the centre of the studs. These super-light, super-strong direct injected dual-density molded studs deliver optimal traction.

7-layer carbon composite outsole shaves off weight while delivering maximum resilience, strength and flexibility.

Minimal Internal Heel Counter provides added integrity in the heel for ultra explosive players.

One-piece Seamless Heel Pod Liner offers added comfort and fit.

Colourway: Black / Voltage Yellow

Weight: 185g

UK Size: 6 – 12

Price: £224.99 Rate it: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars6 Stars7 Stars8 Stars9 Stars10 Stars (8 votes, average: 6.50 out of 10)



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  1. says: Theo

    some seriously delicious looking boot after the pink swoosh on the Mercurial SL… I mean, we thought the red and the silver was good enough but the look of this boot is seriously deadly. I expected the silver/white version of the superfly to come out as well but I assume this is it.

  2. says: Ali

    This looks Amazing!! anyone know the sizing comparison to the vapor V? probably not since they are not out yet. 🙁

  3. says: Splinter09

    They look amazing, but over 200 quid for a pair of football boots to play Sunday league football is a bit too much for me. 🙁

  4. says: Fenboy

    You can bet your bottom dollar that Nike will have gone all out to rectify that ripping problem so the 3 / 4 month delay might not be such a bad thing.

    As for the colurway – just love it.

  5. says: Hugh

    Jamie B – Sorry mate but you just got ripped off. I am not trying to cause offence but 185 grams compared to the Vapor V which way 235 grams, is it worth £100 more?? No, definitely not. The fact that some of the pro Nike players like Nani and Walcott don’t always wear the Superflys suggest that they are not £100 better than the Vapors.

    Colour is insane though!!!

  6. says: EnglandgeezaDave

    The boots are beautiful, the price is disgusting, especially with our econemy right now. I collect and wear a lot of boots and would love to buy a pair of Superflys but not for $350, its an utter p*** take!

  7. says: Joaq

    Awesome looking boot. I wonder if Nike will ever release the all black Superfly that Arshavin and Droba seem to have been wearing during training. That boot is pure class. Price is outrageous though. 225 quid for these!? For that price Nike better have the whole 1st United squad come hand deliver em to me at me flat.

  8. says: Adam Tosic

    Cant believe people are ordering these at 225… Might as well just burn your money..

    The pros get paid k’s to wear them, They are too light..

    If I saw a player in these one strong tackle and bye bye..

  9. says: Sir Prance Alot

    Shows how dominant Nike are at the minute, when they release a boot at £250 that has publicly been recalled for falling apart.

    Nobody engages football fans better then Nike.

    The SuperFly perfectly captures Nike’s approach to football. Aggressive, Innovative and Visible.

    Its not perfect but its progress.

    Adidas wouldnt touch a £250 boot project like this as its too high risk and thats exactly why Adidas will soon be following in Nike’s footsteps.

    Anyone know about other manufacturers boots that have been recalled at the last minute?

    Thats got to be worth a follow up article…..

  10. says: NextNani

    I ordered these and most people who i know with the orange superflys, say they are a good boot, and that i should get these.

  11. says: Bazza07

    The platinum red colourway i have ordered a pair already, although there seems to be a lot of chat about size difference from the normal vapors to the superfly???

    Can anyone confirm or deny this or have any info??

  12. says: LFCjamie.s-9

    Just got the boots this morning for £225 andit is well worth it the colour is unbeleivible and as for the boots tey speak for their self.Must addmmit i am wary incase they rip though…still love them.LIVERPOOL.F.C JUSTICE96

  13. says: Callum

    whys is everyone bothered about them ripping because if they rip you just send them back to were you bought them from and get another pair or your money back simple and does anyone no the size difference if any

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