Originally released in November, the Nike Mercurial Superfly “Mbappé Flames” has become one of the top selling boots since the start of 2022. We have seen Mbappé score some legit goals while wearing them, and given this could be one of the biggest years of his career (is he going to Real Madrid?) it makes sense for Nike to have him wearing a signature boot. The overall design on the Mercurial silo is highlighted by a stylized KM flame insignia and layered flames graphics, with an official colorway listed as Light Thistle/Indigo Burst/Bright Crimson/Metallic Silver.
We all know the abilities that Mbappé possesses, and this latest colorway has allowed him to showcase an added level of dynamic flair while lined up beside Messi and Neymar. Mbappé bases his game on explosive speed, something that the fiery design evokes; relentless pace and the pursuit of excellence. The side Swoosh is engulfed in red blames that switch to blue as you get to the heel. Depending on the amount of light that hits it, the colors sway from neutral to dynamic flare.
How do they Fit?
Compared to previous Mercurial releases, this boot is a lot more accommodating and provides some additional width to suit a wider audience. In saying that, they are still a Mercurial geared toward speed, so the silhouette is intended to be sleek and aerodynamic. I have a medium/wide fit, and they felt just “OK.” Through the forefoot, I had the right amount of space for them not to impact performance, but I can’t say with confidence that the same would be true for a wide fitting player. If you have the chance to try them on, I’d definitely recommend doing so before buying.
The stripped-down Flyknit upper delivers a distraction-free feel, while reducing weight in the process. Under the upper and around the forefoot, you will find a new Speed Band that is designed to keeps you locked in and ready to accelerate. “Avail Q” lining is a new microfiber application that adds a tactile surface across the upper for better ball control at high speeds.
Underfoot, Nike use the latest forward thinking Aerotrak 2 soleplate. It is all about speed, with specially designed grooves for explosive acceleration. Chevron studs provide instant multidirectional traction for quicker cuts at high speed on firm ground surfaces.
And when it comes to weight, they drop in at a very competitive 7.4oz, making them one of the lightest boots on the market currently.
As mentioned, this pack has been one of the best selling of the year to date. So, you might be lucky to find pairs in your right size. Everything from the Superfly to the Academy model with dynamic collars were released, including IC and TF versions. There is a lot to choose from in terms of personal preference and playing style, it is just a matter of finding pairs that haven’t sold out.
Find all remaining “Mbappé Flames” boots available at SOCCER.com.