Football fans who enjoy marvelling at the latest equipment would have been excused for turning their eye towards a different sport when the England Rugby beat Argentina at Twickenham by 16 points to 9.


England beat the Pumas, but it was the arrival of their special Purple Rugby shirts and some seriously cool football boots that stole the show.

Not only were the entire England team wearing the new purple rugby kit, Nike also introduced a limited edition white and purple Mercurial Superfly football boot to celebrate the new national strip.

Mercurial Superfly White Purple – Limited Edition


Ugo Monye, the Harlequins winger / full back, was the man charged with wearing the Superfly which was one of only 70 that have been manufactured. Each boot has been handmade in Italy and individually numbered from 1 to 70. The white boot with purple Nike swoosh carried the message ‘Wear it Proud’, whilst the tongue carried his name.


The Mercurial Superfly is an ultra light boot, weighing a mere 185 grams (for a UK Size 8), and is manufactured using Nike’s other innovation, Flywire technology.

Flywire is the technology designed to make a boot stronger without sacrificing weight. The essence of Flywire is to utilise high-strength threads that act like cables on a suspension bridge, which give lots of support precisely where it’s needed. The strength of Nike’s Flywire technology is created through the specific placement of these threads across the upper of the football boot.

With added feedback from Nike’s stable of athletes, Nike has also improved the soleplate for this year’s Mercurial Vapor. Nike then kept the carbon-fiber sole plate from the Mercurial Vapor SL to again make the Nike Superfly football boot even lighter.


England back Ugo Monye said:

white and purple superfly The purple change kit and now the white and purple boots are associated with the iconic track jacket and all things England Rugby. It is a privilege to wear purple and I can’t wait to play in the boots on match day.

Purple England Rugby Shirt


For the new England Rugby shirt, Nike and the RFU collaborated on a new design, drawing on inspiration from the purple track jacket that was awarded to players called up to represent the England squads in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

The innovation and technology in the new change kit mirrors that of the latest white home kit which, weighing in 27% lighter than in previous seasons, is designed to give the England team every possible advantage on the pitch.

Tight fitting rugby apparel was introduced by Nike in 2003 in a bid to help reduce the opportunity to be tackled via the shirt. Rate it: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars6 Stars7 Stars8 Stars9 Stars10 Stars (1 votes, average: 10.00 out of 10)


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  1. says: kuuku

    Wonderful stuff! I believe the mercurial steam and veloci come in that purple and white colour…..for those of you who want that colourway and don’t mind the lower level boots.

  2. says: MisterBroom12

    If they are really in NikeTown London, can someone tell me how much they are selling for and if they would be willing to purchase them and ship them to the US for me?

  3. says: Barriecuda

    Sexy stuff! That is a fantastic boot, and the shirt is beautiful as well. What a shame we won’t see this colorway as a mass production one (that would kind of ruin the ‘collectors’ effect of this batch). I’m surprised actually, that white/purple boot marketed on a prettyboy like CR7 would probably sell quite well in football circles.

  4. says: Ishmael

    horible, nikes just making the new boots so that peoples terrible opinion on the shirt will improve. I wouldn’t be seen dead in that purple shirt!

  5. says: MisterBroom12

    How much are they selling for at NikeTown London? Do they come in various sizes or just the Ugo’s 11.5? Would anyone, including those of you who run Footy-Boots, be willing to buy a pair of these at NikeTown London for and shipping them to me? I would pay for all costs incurred to do so.

  6. says: KickSprint45

    these look brilliant!

    Does anyone know if it’s wide fit? Most Rugby incarnations of football boots are i.e. Predators, Puma King. I have hammertoes so I need to buy wide fit boots.

    If so I would try all I can to buy these boots! I think there should be more speed boots availible in wide fit.

  7. says: Hugh

    I love them, the purple shirt is awesome and these boots are amazing!!
    I prefer football but I am glad that Nike are concentrating on Rugby a bit as well.

    I think it’s because they have realised how much money adidas make from their rugby predator incarnations!!

  8. says: diego

    theres so nice i love them but i love the shirt too o n i was thinking about a new shoe like all puerple n the nike check mark white or pearl

  9. says: MisterBroom12

    @Meji – I found that they are for sale via http://www.nikestore.co.uk like @OFCsoccer mentioned. I am not positive if I am going to buy them yet so if I am I can do it that way. Thank you very much though for offering to send them to me had this option not arose.

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