Nike Mercurial Superfly
Designed to trap your boot in place and not allow for any movement – all for $400!
Nike really lead the way when it comes to cutting edge boots and new-age performance, but they lost me on this release. Flywire was the big problem, as it didn’t serve its intended purpose as required by a soccer player. The concept behind the technology is simple, thread like fibers run across the midfoot to add support to the ultra lightweight boot – sort of like a suspension bridge. Sadly, this resulted in a very tight fit and players with a wide foot shape were left owning a $300 boot that really didn’t function properly. We often talk about our love of natural leather uppers, with a craving for that gentle stretch provided to adjust a boot to our required shape. Flywire constricted the foot and almost acted as a wedge to keep your foot completely locked in place. Adding in that insane price and the inclusion of adaptive studs (something I never figured out) this is the boot that ranks as one of the worst ever released.