This is without one of Nike’s boldest releases. With Cristiano Ronaldo on hand, Nike released the CR7 Safari – a boot that combines high-performance innovation and heritage of the Nike Safari print. You are probably going to read plenty about the release, but here is our take on the more important talking points of the new Nike Superfly II release.
If you search for ‘Nike Safari’ online, you will find a huge number of sneakers that feature a similar print, but this is the first time Nike has used the design on a soccer cleat. It was only a matter of time! The print was originally introduced on the Air Safari running shoe in 1987.
The release is basically the Nike Superfly II with a new design. There are no new technology upgrades on the boot, the unique NIKE SENSE adaptive traction system and flywire technology is still included.
Apparently, these were designed to the exact specifications of Cristiano Ronaldo! If you are wondering what is unique about the actual design, well in another nod to speed, the soccer cleats arresting Safari print is overlaid with a tonal chevron pattern that is illuminated in certain light. Nike has again focused on the premise of reflective graphics improving player awareness on the pitch – you will stand out more.
Breaking it down some more
The black dot pattern comes in two tones; a black and an almost gray. If you look at the side image of the boot you will notice that the areas are divided to make it look like arrows are pointing forward on the outside of the boot. This is the area that will stand out under lights. Not only that, but Nike have added matching laces!
Cristiano Ronaldo will debut the CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II on pitch November 7, during “El Derbi”, the battle of Madrid’s finest – Atletico Madrid versus Real Madrid.
My Personal Take
They are absolutely unique – yet I won’t be splashing cash on them just yet! Don’t get me wrong, they will appeal to a lot of players, and maybe they will look good on the field but they just are not my style! CR7 is a huge marketing tool for Nike, and in my opinion Nike are trying to take advantage of that by releasing a boot that is sure to get worldwide attention for its looks. In my opinion, they should have invested in redesigning the Superfly range so it performs better on field!
What are your thoughts on the release?