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Nike Mercurial Superfly IV - Review

Now that this particular range is becoming very hard to find in the reseller market, prices are starting to go up, up and up so we thought we'd do a quick review onto why this boot is quickly becoming a classic.

Nike Mercurial Superfly IV was one of the top football boot models on the market.

The Mercurial was first unveiled in 1998, the original Mercurial was a radical and unprecedented piece of design that established Nike as the leader in football boot innovation. With the new Mercurial Superfly, Nike created not just another cutting-edge boot but a leap forward for on-pitch speed.

Maintaining the Superfly’s signature carbon fiber soleplate and a FlyWire-esque support system, now called Brio Cables, pretty much everything else about the Superfly 4 is new and never been done before. With the main talking points being the FlyKnit upper and Dynamic Fit Collar, the Superfly 4 is unlike any of its predecessors, and is truly the next step in Nike ever-evolving Mercurial line.

Nike Superfly IV boots

New Collar

Of course as the flag ship range, these boots look really great. The most notable thing is the NIKE brand sign on the toe but the biggest difference was of course the DF (dynamic Fit) collar which totally changed the silhouette of the modern day boot.

It took a little getting used to visually (had a distinct American feel to it) but once the Pro's started wearing them they were a smash!

The Superfly 4 fits and feels unlike anything else on the market, although the Nike Magista Obra will provide a somewhat similar type of feel. The upper is entirely made from FlyKnit, a material that Nike has been implementing in many of their performance models across several different sports over the last couple of years. FlyKnit is a machine knit material, made from various types of yarns and other synthetic fibers, creating a one-piece, seamless enclosure for your foot. What’s particularly attractive and exciting about the introduction of FlyKnit on a soccer cleat is that the construction process is 100% engineered, so Nike has control of every square millimeter of the upper. Nike can determine the thickness, strength and stretch of the entire upper, without seams, without extra material and without extra bulk, something that only makes this shoe great, but also leaves so much room for potential in future models. The possibilities are endless.

What’s great about the mid-cut design is that it provides that seamless sensation. As opposed to being shoes on your feet, the sock-like fit and mid-cut design makes the Superfly 4 feel like an extension of your body, part of you as opposed to a piece of equipment.

Inside the shoe, the heel is lined with a smooth synthetic material, similar to what you might find in other Mercurial models, backed by a decent amount of padding. The rear portion of the shoe also features an internal heel counter, providing the necessary structure and stability required of any soccer cleats. The insole is also fully removable, but definitely nothing special. It’s made from a single layer of perforated foam, with a mesh lining, providing some decent underfoot cushioning, and most importantly, it doesn’t slide around.

There were lots of different colours available and plenty of collectable limited editions as well as a CR7 range.