Speed, agility, and aggressiveness are the first three words that come to mind when I think of the Nike Mercurial silo.
The new generation of Mercurials is expanding on the classic speed boot mantra that Nike is famous for. The Superfly 7 is softer, lighter and thinner than any Mercurial we have ever seen before.
The upper, straight out of the box, feeling up to twice as soft and supple in hand compared to the previous Superfly 6, which felt a little stiff.
Nike has gone and fixed this stiffness issue, creating by far the most comfortable Mercurial I have ever worn. The upper requires little to no break-in time.
A major issue I had with the previous generation was the stiffness of the upper.
However, Nike has improved on the Superfly 6 by incorporating a double yarn, which feels softer, thinner and grippier with the Superfly 7.
The first yarn used is mainly for the structure of the boot. This structure includes the lockdown, shape, and configuration of how it fits on foot.
The second yarn is used for the grip and texture of the upper. It is coated with Nike’s ACC all conditions control technology.
The ACC allows for an even texture all over the boot aimed at a superb touch on the ball.
By incorporating these two yarns, it creates a thinner boot upper, which is form-fitting and molds to the shape of your foot within the first wear.
The upper feels much more textured and is almost rough to the touch. Therefore, it generates a ton of grip—which is perfect for curling and striking the ball
It is also ideal for use in wet and rainy conditions thanks to the all-conditions control chemical imbedded in the second yarn.
Another upgrade from the previous generation is improved soleplate. It now incorporates a new ‘AeroTrak’ spine, which makes the soleplate stiffer and more responsive.
It offers a greater spring-back, increasing your speed, agility as well as motion on the field. The soleplate reacts as soon as you do.
I found when cutting corners or pushing forward for a sprint, it offered a little more traction and aggressiveness compared to the last generation.
The studs are also 1mm longer and have more of an extended triangular chevron pattern compared to the 6’s. This is where Nike has also hollowed out the heel section to reduce the boot's weight.
The split sole design looks aesthetically pleasing. It also has a bunch of Nike’s slogans written all over the bottom of the boot, branching out to the side.
This soleplate is by far the most aggressive and lethal on the market to date. However, I do not like the wearable finish on the toe area of the plate, which slowly wears off after a few uses.
I hope Nike could find a way to keep this reflective and bright pattern on the soleplate forever. It would look much better than it wearing off and looking a touch distorted after a few uses.
Aesthetically, the colourway and design of the Superfly 7 make the boot my favourite looking Mercurial of all time.
The blue stands out and pops amazingly on pitch, with the white accents being a great secondary colour used.
The large “MERC” branding below the oversized swoosh on the exterior of the boot looks incredible, as it throws back to the classic Mercurial design we all know and love.
It is simply a great looking football boot, no faults.
I also enjoy how the dynamic fit collar hugs your ankle nicely. It allows the boot to feel as though it flows directly onto your foot, having a one-to-one sensation when first putting them on.
My only criticism of the boot is that Nike has reduced the volume in the toe box by a fraction compared to the Superfly 6. So, I was tempted to go up half a size to cater for that.
However, once broken-in, the upper stretched and molded to the shape of my feet, and the sizing was perfect. I would suggest going true to size to achieve the best possible fit.
The Nike Mercurial Superfly 6 is one of my favourite boots on the market and Nike have done a great job in improving this next generation of Mercurial compared to the last.
I am in love with the touch, feel, comfort, design, as well as performance factors of Superfly 7, which allow me to play at my best whenever I step onto the pitch.
Superfly 7 is an excellent boot with a great colourway.
Good to know
Infused with a wide range of technologies, the Nike Mercurial Superfly VII is the quintessential speed shoe. The upper, for one, makes use of lightweight Flyknit for its construction. The knit-based material delivers a comfortably snug fit as it envelops the player’s foot. For this release, the brand also made use of a high tenacity yarn that ensures the lightweight feel of the shoe.
In addition to this, the model also has Nikesin, which also has All Conditions Control technology. Nikeskin is a mesh-based material designed to bring softness and breathability for the player. And to make sure that ball control is maximized even in wet conditions, ACC is applied as well.
A total of eleven chevron studs are integrated into the outsole. Seven are placed in the forefoot while four are found in the heel area. This stud configuration is designed to bring traction and grip on the soccer field. It is not only geared for sprinting but its also been developed for slowing down.
The Nike Mercurial VII is constructed with a Flyknit upper paired with tenacity yarn. On top of this is a thin Nikeskin material as well as an ACC coating. This combo creates a snug but comfortable feel. The cleat’s mid-top design reinforces support for the player’s foot. A central lacing is part of the shoe’s construction to maximize fit customization and lockdown.
The upper of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VII is composed of technologies that are geared toward fit, touch, and control. The area is primarily made from a Flyknit material with tenacity yarn. This yarn is significantly more lightweight while also catering to a snug fit. Side by side with this knit-based element is Nikeskin. The one applied to this model is one of the thinnest developed by the brand so far. The technology makes use of mesh to deliver softness and breathability while containing ACC. Also known as All Conditions Control, it is a layer of polyurethane film applied on Nikeskin for optimal ball control regardless of the weather condition.
The outsole of this Nike Mercurial Superfly model holds a total of eleven chevron studs. The forefoot carries seven studs while the heel area has four. This configuration delivers traction and grip on the pitch. It is effective not only for acceleration but also for abrupt stops.
Nike Mercurial Superfly VII "New Lights"
The New Lights colorway of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VII makes use of white and a sky-like hue for its colorway. The majority of the upper is drenched in a blue shade with brand elements in white. The sides of the shoe bear the Mercurial logo topped with the all-famous Swoosh. The studs in the outsole, on the other hand, is a mix of both hues. A shimmer effect is noticeable from this colorway. It is due to the Nikeskin material used.
Nike Mercurial Superfly VII "Laser Orange"
A surefire way to stand out in the pitch is wearing the Laser Orange colorway of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VII soccer cleat. The colorway makes use of a laser orange, black, and hyper crimson shade to demand attention. With only 2019 pairs for its global release, this Nike Mercurial Superfly VII colorway showed the world what it truly means to be a limited edition cleat.
The upper is primarily colored with the zesty hue while the other elements are in black or hyper crimson. The Nike shoe balances things out with a bold white Mercurial brand diagonally placed on the lateral side, near the heel. The other side of this, an equally bold ‘Just Do it’ quote is just as attention-grabbing. Some of the studs, however, are colored in green.
Nike Mercurial Superfly VII “Blackout Under the Radar"
Subtlety is at play for the blackout version of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VII. Named as the Under the Radar colorway, this version brings a stealthy look on the pitch. The upper going is undoubtedly inky black at first glance. However, a closer look reveals a more nuanced aesthetic. The instep bears the Mercurial name with a slightly lighter shade of grey.
Nike Mercurial Superfly VII “Olympics Pack"
In anticipation of the 2020 Olympics, the Nike Mercurial Superfly VII is drenched in a modern look. The primarily white upper highlights neon pink Swoosh element situated on the lateral side of the cleat. At the medial side of the boot are turquoise blue brand logos. The plates also carry these colors, taking after a gradient effect from pinkish reds to turquoise blues.
- The Nike Mercurial Superfly VII has also been released in a Laser Crimson/ Black colorway.
- The Nike Mercurial Superfly VII is lightweight at 6.84 ounces.