' *Update: Mercurial Vapor Superfly 2 available to Order Now!*
Footy Boots has received a whole load of feed back since we ran our article highlighting that on 3 separate occasions, players had experienced problems with the new Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly football boots.
Didier Drogba’s boot was badly damaged when he played in a blacked out Superfly for the Ivory Coast against Turkey in February then this month Andrey Arshavin suffered a foot injury after a tackle from Blackburn’s Andre Ooijer which also ripped the Russian’s £225 Superfly.
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And only last weekend, a similar fate befell Luis Fabiano after a double tackle on the forward in the Spanish League game between Seville and Valladolid.
Luis Fabiano’s damaged Superfly football boot
After publishing the article, Footy Boots approached Nike for a response. Rather than rushing out a quick rebuttal, Nike have spent the last few days speaking to various members of their organisation and to a number of players before formulating a response. And this is what a spokesman told us today:
Nike is committed to delivering the best possible performance product to our athletes and consumers throughout the world.
Over 1300 hours of wear-testing and extensive athlete feedback and familiarisation have been undertaken in the development of the Mercurial Vapor Superfly football boot. This includes feedback from some of the best players in the world.
Our product development team recently received feedback from the players mentioned in the Footy Boots article and we are making slight modifications to the upper of the boots as a result.
We look forward to seeing some of the world’s best players continuing to score goals and outpace opponents in the Superfly.
Nike say the boot is still being retailed but that deliveries, as a result of this issue, will now be slightly delayed.
Update: The Superfly was launched in August and is now in our shop, order below.