Who should buy the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy TF

This turf soccer cleat from Nike suits you if you:

  • are a buyer with a limited budget for soccer cleats
  • have narrow feet and really love a soccer cleat that has a quite snug fit
  • are younger and/or only beginning to master the sport

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Who should NOT buy this soccer cleat from Nike

The Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy TF is made of cheap materials. Athletes who are fond of premium-feeling footwear are the targets of this shoe. They should pick up the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elite.

Nike soccer cleats are usually described as narrow and not for wide-footers. Players who are with wide feet are better off getting cleats from other brands. The New Balance Furon 4.0 Pro is a good pick.

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Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy Turf: Dependable and affordable

The following are what reviewers have to say about the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy Turf:

  • "very good boots"
  • "great Astro turf trainers"
  • "brilliant boots"
  • "really good quality for the price"

Given all these comments, it's safe to say that this Nike cleat does not disappoint when it comes to overall performance. It is yet another example that you can really get more than what you pay for.

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The Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy Turf has a nice bite

An avid reviewer shares that this soccer cleat from Nike grips the court so well. They do not have worries when they make quick cuts and changes in direction.

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The upper is both comfortable and supportive

Commenters are happy with what they experience when they wear the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy Turf. They say that it is breathable enough to always keep the feet cool. The upper materials are also soft enough to ensure comfort; they are also responsive enough to help keep the foot in place.  You just have to get the right size to enjoy all the goodness that this shoe offers.

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The collar is made of a stretchy material, and according to one reviewer, it snugly wraps around the ankle. This makes him feel that the shoe delivers more foot containment.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy TF: Narrow and snug

The fit is among the most commented on aspects of this shoe. This is what many reviewers have to say:

  • "comes up a bit small"
  • "they are too small"
  • "toes were crushed in usual size"
  • "not enough room in the toe box"

The forefoot area is simply on the narrower side. Those with narrow to medium feet can go true to size, and the fit will be snug. Wide-footers and those who want a roomier fit should go up at least half a size.

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There are also wearers who say that it's quite difficult to put this shoe on. According to one, the opening is too narrow, and "there's no way to loosen the opening" for easier access.

This shoe is NOT the most durable

An avid reviewer shares that his pair of Superfly 8 cleats "don't have the best longevity" because the shoe already showed signs of serious wear and tear after being worn regularly for only six months. Another user shares that the collar starts to split after the second wear.

The Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy TF got the style!

Many think that the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Academy TF cleats are great-looking trainers. It's a bonus that there are a lot of colorways to choose from.

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Surface: Turf
Collection: Nike Mercurial, Nike Mercurial Superfly, Nike Mercurial Superfly 8
Lacing System: Laced
BRAND Brand: Nike
Release date: Feb 2021
Colorways: Blue / White / Red / Black / Green / Grey

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Akshay Kumar Malhotra
Akshay Kumar Malhotra

Akshay is a former professional soccer player turned sports journalist. His passion for the sport led him to start writing about it, and he is now a published author across various sports websites, featured on TheSportster and Sportskeeda among others. After he retired from the Singapore professional soccer scene, Akshay formed his own amateur soccer club FC Banterbury, initially just for laughs. Safe to say, soccer is an integral part of Akshay's life, and soccer cleats in particular are an obsession for him.