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Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Chapter 5” – Feature Review

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5

Welcome in the fifth chapter of the Cristiano Ronaldo life story as told through his boots, “Cut To Brilliance”. As is the case with all CR7 releases, this one has a visual design intended to capture the interest of other players on the pitch. The inclusion of a vibrant multi-colored Flyknit is intended to mimic the multitude of colors that diamonds refractact, sitting on top of a white base that sparkles under the lights. It is a simple, yet intriguing design. Obviously, there is huge interest in this release and its design, the CR7 Superfly has continually been one of the top selling boots on the market.

So, what does “Chapter 5: Cut to Brilliance” represent? On this one, Nike switches to the story of Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid and what has happened since. In the summer of 2009, he joined his current club for what was then a world record transfer fee of £80 million (€94 million). At least 80,000 fans showed up to welcome his move from Manchester to Madrid!

Here are some key details you need to know about the silo should you be interested in picking up a pair.

You can find the entire Superfly V CR7 line-up at soccer.com.

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5 Feature Review

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5 Feature

Design Notes

In person, this boot is so much more incredible from a visual perspective than expected. Online images really don’t do them justice. The multi-colored Flyknit really stands out effectively agains the ultra clean and crisp white underlay. Flyknit itself is an incredible material, the vast array of colors spun through each strand adds a look you won’t find elsewhere, very distinct. In the images, you can also see the semi-translucent white layer that is intended to add more durability across the upper. It also has that diamond cut effect, adding another visual cue when the boots are worn under lights.

Other key design notes to highlight include a textured CR7 hit on the medial side of the boot. It provides a tactile representation of the diamond graphic, while the heel counter provides a top-down view of a brilliant-cut diamond accompanied by the date of Ronaldo’s Madrid debut. The high heel reads “El Sueño Del Niño” (the dream of the child) as these were the words Ronaldo shared with Nike’s design team to describe how he felt about joining his new team.

The Fastest Boot In Soccer

One of the key features of the Superfly V is how all of the materials interlock to produce the most efficient package possible. A dynamic mid-cut collar secures foot to ankle, while the upper is a textured Flyknit material, with horizontal style speed ribs running across the upper for extra definition on the ball. According to the Nike design team, the concept was simple; “merge science with design to build the fastest boot in soccer.”

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5 Flyknit Upper

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5 Multi Color Flyknit

CR7 Flyknit Colors

Textured Flyknit Upper

If there is anything I absolutely love about these boots it is the textured upper that cover the upper. For the first time, Nike leveraged data-informed texture mapping to create a Flyknit “speed rib” 3D texture. The raised surfaces provide friction between the upper and 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. Flyknit is a great material to work with as it is thin enough to allow for natural touch yet it is thick enough to keep your foot protected through play.

You don’t need any extra fancy gimmicks as the speed ribs increase the general surface area without impacting control as you get on the ball. Plus, it runs through the instep and that creates a zone similar to what you’d find on the CTR360 series; ideal for taking long passes out of the air.

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5 Soleplate

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Chapter 5 Flyknit Colors

How do they Fit?

In typical Superfly fashion, these will more naturally fit players with a narrow foot, but the inclusion of a Flyknit upper means they have some give and will stretch to accommodate a medium/wide 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. The shape of the heel (it is cut deeper to cradle the heel) leaves the internal heel counter more exposed to the heel and that produced a definite hot spot through the first few wears. I found that my heel was pushed right back up against the wall due to the tight feel through the forefoot. The good thing is that as I wore them more and they opened up, that subsided and it hasn’t been an issue since. Note here that 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.

Nike Mercurial Superfly V Review

If you want a more in-depth take on the Superfly V, including a full breakdown on the anotomical soleplate, check out our review.

Retail Details

You won’t be surprised with where the Superfly CR7 lands retail wise, you will need $324.99 to pick up your own pair. This is typical for CR7 releases, as Nike know just how well they sell. If that price point is too high – which it will be for most of you – then other options to condider include the Vapor XI CR7 ($254.99) or the Veloce III CR7 DF ($179.99).

Again, you can find the entire Superfly V CR7 line-up at soccer.com.

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Logo Chapter 5

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