If you are looking for a shoe that remasters Cristiano Ronaldo’s off-pitch off-pitch style, these Nike Free Mercurial Superfly are a must have. Although not the signature CR7 version, this Wolf Grey/Game Royal version is seriously on-point and in my opinion, the best colorway in the series to date.
In order to create it, a flexible Nike Free sole is matched with a Flyknit upper that features leather overlays for ultra-lightweight support. Just like the FG version, Flywire cables are used for lightweight support and an adaptive fit across the upper.
The story of Nike Free and how it was conceptualized for runners is pretty interesting, with this being the summary of its history from Nike:
After learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university’s golf course, three of Nike’s most innovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion. The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running. The results yielded a profound understanding of the foot’s natural landing angle, pressure and toe position, allowing Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible running shoe from the inside out.
When coupled with the soccer inspired Mercurial upper, it creates a dynamic shoe that is an option for “any-time, any-place” play. Whether you want to jump into a street game, or dedicate these for court soccer, if you are wearing these you are going to want to play. Nike Free is obviously not ideal for indoor soccer, but they will pass as long as you are not playing competitive. Then there is the bonus of being able to wear them as a stylish everyday shoe!
If you want to see more of this colorway, find them at Nike.com, retail $200.