Alright sports fans, I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the new Nike Mercurial Superfly III’s, and we’re lucky enough to be able to bring you a first hand look at these sick new shoes. Now images of these boots have been floating around the web for months, and there has been a lot of speculation as to what changes Nike have made, how they’ll actually look, and how they feel.
First of all, Nike haven’t changed much. The shoes still sport all of the features that have made the Superfly the lightweight striker’s shoe. You’ll be happy to see that Nike have not added a lace cover to the Superfly III’s, as some had thought, and we can confirm the Vapor version will be without one as well. Honestly, I’d be happy if they never included a lace cover on anything again as the thing get in the way of mending your laces if they break, or adjusting the fit of your shoe during a game. The upper itself is made of Teijin synthetic leather which contours to your foot like real leather, while not absorbing as much water as a natural soccer shoe.
The Superfly III also sports the same pressure activated studs that have made these soccer shoes famous for traction on any surface. These let your really take advantage of the fiber glass out sole to get maximum off-the-toe acceleration. When you start to take off running in these shoes, you can actually feel the sole plate flexing back to catch your heel and move with you, giving you that extra force behind your run.
These shoes also retain their shape well, even when cutting sharply to the side, with the help of the flywire technology in the upper. The placement of the flywire alos give greater durability so your soccer shoes will last longer and perform better over the long term. I’m glad Nike decided to keep this feature as the new Adidas F50 Adizero Prime‘s suffer from a lack of arch support on the sides. You can see some professionals taping the boot around their foot to help this problem, and for my part, I don’t know how Messi plays in them.
Overall, they’re a great speed shoe for any striker or midfielder. At $399.99, they aren’t cheap, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.
Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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