It was back in late March 2009 when Footy Boots ran a series of articles questioning the robustness of the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly.
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.
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 ‘Ĺ224.99.
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.
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
UK Size: 6 – 12