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Since Nike released the Mercurial Superfly in mid-2014, the silo has come a long way.
If you compared the first generations to the eighth generations now, you would see a big difference.
This is because Nike has done much work behind the scenes to take the silo to the next level.
Using cutting edge technology, they have made better and lighter football boots for anyone who wants to make their mark on the football pitch.
Since you are here, you’re likely interested in either just looking at the newest designed Superfly’s Nike has released or are potentially interested in purchasing one for yourself.
Whatever be the case, in this post, I will take you through some of the best Nike Mercurial Superfly’s (in my opinion that you can buy now.
Being a user of the silos themselves, I will also be taking time to discuss why you should and shouldn’t buy them based on my experiences.
What Are Mercurial Superfly’s?
The Mercurial Superfly’s are a silo released by Nike that was released with the idea of giving footballers a more in one connection between foot and ankle.
There are currently two types of mercurials on the market: the Vapors and the Superfly’s.
The one noticeable difference between the two is that the Vapor’s is a standard Nike football boot without a sock. Simultaneously, the Mercurials have the sock, which is more professionally referred to as the dynamic collar.
While each one has had aspects changed over previous generations, the other one hasn’t. They are fairly close to being the same despite the addition of a dynamic collar on one model.
If you are yet to try the Superfly’s or any boot with a sock, let me tell you they have a unique fit that you will experience when you put them on for the first time.
The dynamic collar wraps around your ankle as you would expect, and while wearing them, it does feel weird at first.
What To Consider?
Nike Mercurial Superflys are made primarily for those who play in wide positions or as a winger. This is because it’s been designed to utilize players pace and help them get into their stride fast.
Now you can, of course, buy them if you play in another position. As it is all about picking boots that will fit you well and give you great comfort, that is what’s important.
But if you play as a defender, you could also check out the Tiempos Virgil Van Dijk wears and midfielder Kevin De-Bruynes, who wears the Phantoms for further options.
When it comes to buying them, though, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Which Superflys Do You Like The Look Off?
If you are yet to see what’s out there, you won’t know the answer until you have seen the options later on in this post.
But I would say the boot design is something to think about because while there are so many Mercurial Superflys, you want a pair that will get you hyped up for wearing them on matchday.
As long as you stick to the newest generations, it shouldn’t matter too much which one you go with as they will all be equipped with the newest technology.
What Surface Will You Be Unleashing Your Speed On?
Secondly, you want to consider the ground your planning on playing on with the Mercurial Superflys.
This is because whatever ground you are planning on playing, most of your footy is the surface you will want to opt for.
If you’re playing on different surfaces, I would recommend buying numerous pairs so you have boots optimized for the ground type.
It can become a little expensive, but if you buy lower ends of Nike Mercurial Superfly’s, you will be able to save a considerable amount of money.
Features Of The Nike Mercurial Superflys
The boots I will be talking about in this post will consist mainly of generation 7 and 8.
This means that apart from the look, everything about the boot will be mostly the same apart from the odd improvement from gen 7 to 8.
Instead of repeating the features of the boots, I will bullet point aspects that are great about these silos.
1. Dynamic Collar
Regardless of which model you choose, it will consist of a dynamic collar that has been low cut to give you support around your ankle.
It’s a really nice feature that I have become used to myself, and I do like how they do give you this all in one experience.
2. Flyknit Upper
The upper of the boot is designed to give you a comforting feel while wearing the boot. Flyknit also wraps around your feet to give you a complete fit.
The Vaporposite upper allows players to control a football drilled in hard to them at pace because of a grippy grid mesh and premium lining.
4. ACC (All Conditions Controlled)
Standard procedure with Nike nowadays sees all Mercurial Superfly’s innovated with ACC in them. This means they will perform well regardless of the conditions you are playing in.
1) Nike Mercurial Superfly (Laser Orange)
Released towards the end of summer in 2020, we have the 7th generation in a laser orange colourway.
On the boot, you have lines of white on the midfoot and around the black swoosh, which on the left-hand side of the boot is in a lightning shape.
2) Nike Mercurial Superfly Dream Speed 4
Part of the Dream Speed pack, this set of Superflys was released at the start of 2021 and has been worn by some of the fastest players in the modern game.
Footballers like Mbappe, Haaland and Ronaldo have worn these boots with a fresh Multi-Coloured theme, consisting of a red, yellow, and orange blend.
3) Nike Mercurial Superfly (Black/Cyber/Off Noir)
These boots are part of the latest generation of Mercurials and come in two different on point colourways.
The one shown above is black, red and yellow, which with the design shows all the intricacy of the knitted upper.
You can also see the inspiration around the dragonfly too. The swoosh is also really nice in a standout blend of red and yellow.
4) Nike Mercurial Superfly (Bright Crimson/Red)
While you have the blackout colourway, the other boots I was alluding on number three is the bright crimson colour.
This is the colourway you buy as part of the early set of 2021 Nike Mercurials, and personally, I rate them on par with each other, both of which looking rather slick.
5) Nike Mercurial Dream Speed 7 (White/Black)
Nike’s previous generation of Dream Speed boots are ones I am fully behind. The crisp white on the upper and around the collar looks really nice.
Along with that, you also have the patterns that give them a fast look and are also inspired by the idea of chasing your dreams in collaboration with top players like Cristiano Ronaldo.
6) Nike Mercurial Superfly ‘Silver Safari’
Nike’s second release of Mercurial Superfly in 2021 see a colourway of black and silver volt as part of the Silver Safari boot pack.
These boots have hit the shelves for players to wear over the remaining domestic and champions league ties.
The design is sweet, and the idea is that it’s made to stand out under the lights on a football pitch.
So if you’re playing some midweek matches under the floodlights, then it’s going to be hard for people not to take notice of these boots.
Why Choose Nike Mercurials?
The Nike Mercurials Superfly has several benefits, which make them worth considering as a football boot for matchday.
1. Looking For Responsive Football Boots
Firstly you have the fact these boots are designed to be very responsive to any movement you make. If you want to turn 180 degrees, these boots will make actions like that effortless.
It’s all thanks to the soleplate, which is Aerotrak which is of a brand new generation and also includes an improved stud configuration. This will help you not only get off your mark but quickly too.
2. Won’t Hold You Back
One of the main focuses of football boot brands is to make the next set of boots even lighter than the last.
That is why we have so many brands boasting silos that weigh only a few grams. With the Superflys, and you could say for mercurials in general, they are a super light football boot.
When you put them on, it doesn’t really feel like your wearing a shoe, and because of that, you have this free feeling on the football pitch.
I have in the past tried football boots that give you this ‘heavy feeling’ which if you experience on the pitch make you feel tired.
A pair like the Superfly’s and especially the pro and elite tiered boots will give you a good experience on the pitch.
3. Offers Support
Of course, the main feature that sets the Superfly apart from the Vapors is an innovative, dynamic collar.
At first, I wasn’t a big fan of it, the fit wasn’t as great with the old models, and quite frankly, you were far better off buying the vapor version instead.
However, the new Nike Mercurial Superfly’s dynamic collar give you that support, and with it being dynamic, you have this seemingly tight fit that wraps around your ankle.
Why Mercurial Superfly’s Aren’t For You?
As you can tell, I am a fan of the Mercurial Superfly range which means I may be a little biased towards them.
However, not every boot is for everyone, and while there are reasons to wear them, there are also some reasons why maybe you shouldn’t get them.
1. Prefer Boots Without A Collar
When I play for my local team, I would say that most players still wear football boots without the sock/collar.
While not everyone has the budget for the expensive superflys, there are plenty of players who like it simple and would rather have a standard pair of boots that will do the job for them.
Some people see the collar as an unnecessary addition, especially with football teams wearing a long sock under their boots anyway.
They’re also people who want a more basic look, too and not one with bright designs like spoken about in the list above.
At the end of the day, it’s all matter of preference, and if you are someone who would rather have something more standard, then a boot like the Vapor’s or even the Tiempos that has your more typical silhouette would be the better choice.
2. Want A Boot With More Support
The other aspect is the support of the Mercurial Vapors, now let me say any football boot made by brands these days go through vigorous testing.
However, that doesn’t mean that some boots will offer a bit more support than others. Mercurials are made with a synthetic material that isn’t as sturdy as kangaroo leather.
So if you wanted to have a pair that would give you more toe protection, e.g., then a boot made from leather would serve you better than the Mercurials.
Does The Version Matter?
Whether you are interested in Tiempos, Mercurials or Phantoms, you will find different versions of them to buy.
The ones I have attached photos of above are the Elite version of the silo, which is the most expensive but, of course, the best football boots you can purchase.
For the Nike Mercurials Superfly, you could end up spending less than £50, but you could also spend close to £300, so picking the model which you want and afford is important.
Now the question is, whether buying an elite model is more worth it than buying a cheaper version such as the club and academy?
From trying out different levels myself, I would personally say that the elites are by far the best boots and give you the best experience from a playing and comfort point of view.
The lower tiers such as club and academy will do a job, but I found the dynamic collar and overall feel of the boot a little looser, and because of that, I wasn’t a fan.
So while spending less will mean you aren’t putting in as much money, the quality is with the more expensive boots.
It really is a case of you pay for what you get, and it is worth bearing that in mind when coming to a decision yourself.
From this post, I hope I could give you some great suggestions for Nike Mercurial Superfly’s to potentially buy and that this guide helped you figure out whether they are for you.
If you have any questions or you know of a pair of Superfly’s that ought to be on this list, then do make sure to leave them in the comments section below 🙂