It has long been known that when Nike add pink to a boot in the Mercurial range, it immediately elevates the boot to a completely new level and it becomes a hot seller. Well, that is the case with younger generation players that like a little extra flair with their boots.
It all started back in 2008, when Nike turned Franck Ribery into the Pink Panther. There were also several low key renditions in between that release and the popular 2015 Lightning Storm edition. And currently, there is a Hyper Pink edition currently grabbing some serious attention on the women’s side of the game. All different shades and styles of pink. This time around, Nike use Racer Pink as their preferred shade on the upper of the Mercurial Superfly V.
Check the complete Mercurial “Racer Pink” collection at soccer.com.
In order to create the latest high performing silo, Nike leveraged data-informed texture mapping to create a Flyknit “speed rib” 3D texture upper for the Superfly. The raised surface provides added friction between the surface of your foot and the ball.
These ribs range in thickness from 1 millimeter to 2.5 millimeters, giving you an idea of how much definition runs through the forefoot. On this edition, they have integrated some white knit to create a more dynamic effect across the side of the boot, with a snow cap design along the front of the upper.
When it comes to the Superfly, the all important question lies around the actual fit. Size wise, they will more naturally fit players with a narrow foot, that has been a common feature of the Mercurial series. But the inclusion of a Flyknit upper means they have some give and can actually accommodate a wider fit. Let me clarify some more here by stating that they don’t sit alongside the top wide fitting market options; they are simply the most accommodating Superfly release we have seen to date.
In terms of length, they are pretty much true to size. I encountered a tight fit through the heel while initially wearing them, but I wouldn’t change the size I tested. After breaking them in, it was no longer an issue and the general fit was pretty ideal.
One other note here. I’ve had several readers comment about the layer of material that runs around the front lip of the boot. It’s purpose is to add some extra durability and ensure you get a little more wear time out of your pair. What you might be surprised to hear is that this is not a new feature on the Superfly V. On other versions, the material used has been transparent. Here, Nike has gone with a color that actually matches the upper and can spotted.
Finishing up, the same colorway runs right through the Mercurial series, with the Vapor XI leading the way!
You can’t find the Superfly Racer Pink at soccer.com.