Who should buy the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG

This soccer cleat from the Nike Mercurial collection is a solid choice for:

  • fast and agile soccer players who need a light and speedy shoe
  • people with narrow-to-average feet
  • those who want a sleek and eye-catching soccer cleat

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG shoe logo

Who should NOT buy this cleat

People with wider feet who can't stand being constricted by the shoe and don't want to deal with a break-in period would be better off with the Nike Phantom GT Pro FG or the Adidas Predator 20.2.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG shoe midsole

Superfly 8 Pro delivers excellent traction

The strategically configurated chevron stud pattern offers a high level of grip and stability. A lot of players give praise to this cleat's traction for helping them to accelerate. As one expert puts it, "the best boots are the ones you don’t have to think about," and this is exactly how he finds the Superfly 8 Pro.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG toebox

In addition, the shoe has a microfiber layer around the forefoot which creates a tactile surface. An avid soccer player "did notice an enhanced level of feel" which really helped with the ball control.

Lightweight structure of the Mercurial Superfly

Here is how the Superfly 8 Pro makes players feel throughout the game:

  • "I feel faster in these cleats"
  • "extremely light which is very helpful for making cuts and stopping on a dime"
  • "feel very light and responsive in the game"

Locked-in fit with good ankle support

The upper materials on this Nike shoe are sturdy enough to create a really supportive fit. It does require a short break-in period which takes anywhere between 10 minutes and two games, according to the players. But once you achieve a comfortable fit, the knit upper creates a soft yet snug wrap around the foot. "They are forgiving," says an expert.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG heel

The reviewers also like its sock-like ankle cuff which provides great containment without being too restrictive. As one of the testers puts it, "the “sock” that surrounds the ankle is very strong and thick."

Cheaper in price, NEVER inferior in performance quality

To make it more affordable, the Pro version of the Mercurial Superfly 8 FG ditches the high-tech materials that make up this model's Elite version.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG shoe laces

Instead, it uses proven and tested shoe materials and tech. While the components are a lot cheaper, the resulting soccer cleat cannot be overlooked when it comes to on-pitch performance.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG outsole

It serves as enduring proof that soccer cleats need not be flashy and sophisticated - though it also wouldn't if they are! - to be considered effective.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro FG collar

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 220g
Top: Mid
Surface: Firm Ground
Collection: Nike Mercurial, Nike Mercurial Superfly, Nike Mercurial Superfly 8
Lacing System: Laced
BRAND Brand: Nike
Release date: Jul 2021

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