It might look a little funny, but I have reverted to wearing CleatSkins over my Nike Superfly III Safari the past few days, in an effort to break them in!
It has been a pretty consistent pattern with the Elite range that I have tested – breaking them in seems to take longer than any other boots! The soleplate feels super stiff causing them to be uncomfortable to play in. I have worn them in several jogging sessions to date and they have been fine. But when it comes to twisting and turning, they just feel too firm and have caused my feet to cramp. Not exactly what you want from a $360 boot.
So, the solution is wearing them around with the use of CleatSkins! It looks odd and I actually got some comments while out of the house earlier, but all in the name of putting a solid review together – right!?! As an update, I am currently working on a full review of the Nike Vapor VII, which have performed super well to date. That review will come first, followed by the Superfly Safari once I get to wear them in a few games!
If you are interested in a pair of CleatSkins, the soccer range is available for $25. Alternatively, they have a new selection featuring team crests that look pretty cool for $30 (minus 10% if you use code cleats10)