Originally released in November, the Nike Mercurial Superfly “Mbappé Flames” has become one of those top seller boots since the start of 2022. We’ve seen Mbappé score some legal goals while wearing them, and since it could be one of the biggest years of his career (is he going to Real Madrid?) it makes sense for Nike to have him a signature boot. The overall design of the Mercurial silo is highlighted by a stylized KM flame badge and layered flame graphics, with an official color scheme listed as Light Thistle / Indigo Burst / Bright Crimson / Metal Silver.
We all know the capabilities that Mbappé possesses, and this latest color scheme has enabled him to showcase an additional level of dynamic flair while he is next to Messi and Neymar in line. Mbappé bases his game on explosive speed, something that evokes the fiery design; relentless pace and the pursuit of excellence. The side Swoosh is engulfed in red blame that switches to blue as you get to the heel. Depending on the amount of light it hits, the colors fluctuate from neutral to dynamic flare.
How do they fit?
Compared to previous Mercurial releases, this boot is much more accommodating and offers a bit of added width to suit a wider audience. That being said, they are still a Mercurial geared towards speed, so the silhouette is meant to be sleek and aerodynamic. I have a medium / wide fit, and they just felt “OK”. By the forefoot, I had the right amount of space for them not to affect performance, but I can not say with confidence that the same would be true for a wide-ranging player. If you have the chance to try it, I would definitely recommend doing it before you buy.
The stripped Flyknit torso delivers a distraction-free feel while reducing weight in the process. Below the top and around the forefoot you will find a new Speed Band designed to hold you and keep you ready to accelerate. Avail Q lining is a new microfiber application that adds a tangible surface over the top for better ball control at high speeds.
Under the foot, Nike uses the latest forward-thinking Aerotrak 2 sole plate. It’s all about speed, with specially designed grooves for explosive acceleration. Chevron struts provide instant multi-directional traction for faster, high-speed cuts on firm ground surfaces.
And when it comes to weight, they fall in at a very competitive 7.4oz, which currently makes them one of the lightest boots on the market.
What is available?
As mentioned, this suit was one of the best sales of the year so far. So, you can be lucky to find pairs in your right size. Everything from the Superfly to the Academy model with dynamic collars has been released, including IC and TF versions. There is a lot to choose from in terms of personal preference and playing style, it’s just a matter of finding pairs that are not sold out.
Find all remaining “Mbappé Flames” boots available at SOCCER.com.