Teased yesterday and unveiled today by Nike and soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo, is the new CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II. While most are probably familiar with the Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II from its launch prior to FIFA World Cup 2010, the new release combines two laudable and celebrated aspects of the sportswear giant– technology and heritage– and the result? Groundbreaking.
This is the first time Nike’s ubiquitous Safari print has been used in performance soccer, and this harks back to 1987 when the now famed Safari print is first introduced on the Air Safari Running shoe. Also, in another trailblazing move to revolutionize the aesthetics of performance footwear, Tinker Hatfield had began adapting the print to other athletic and performance-driven sports shoes. The Safari print had quickly garnered fans, and now, twenty-three years later, the print finds a new home on one of the most technologically advanced soccer cleats.
Combined with the fiercely striking safari printed Nike Flywire upper, the shoes also feature the new Nike SENSE traction system, which features revolutionary retractable studs that can help the player adapt to any ground condition and pressure exerted by the foot. The SENSE system, combined with directionally positioned blades allows for quick changes of direction and cutting.
An interesting point to note about the Safari print, is that is is overlaid with a tonal chevron pattern which will illuminate in certain light, and this is designed to appear as a flash in the player’s periperhal vision, improving the player’s awareness on the pitch.
The new CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II also comes with unique user code to unlock insider tips and Master Speed training content which allows for access to training insights from players and coaches through Nike Football+.
Ronaldo will be debuting the new CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II on the fields during “El Derbi”, which features Madrid’s premier football teams on November 7. The new cleats will be available to all at retailers and online at nikestore.com starting November 15.