Nike Mercurial Superfly IX boot review: This is one of the best lightweight boots Nike have ever released

In our Nike Mercurial Superfly IX boot review, we ask whether these newer models match up to Mercurials of the past

Nike Mercurial Superfly XI boot review
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FourFourTwo Verdict

Insanely lightweight and perfect for speedsters on the grass, the latest Mercurial boots are as good as anything Nike have ever put their name to


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    Barefoot feel

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    Gorgeous aesthetic

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    Unique air zoom unit

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    Aggressive studs


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    Unsuitable for wide feet

The Nike Mercurial Superfly 9 boot is the latest in one of the best-selling ranges in the market – and in its 25th anniversary, its popularity shows few signs of fading. 

Coming in a low-cut Vapor and mid-cut Superfly version, the Merc has long been considered by most as the pinnacle of the ‘speed’ boot category. Players with pace to burn who need a lightweight, minimal boot to complement their style and attributes have turned to this – and there are some big-name advocates of the brand. 

Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Superfly IX Elite BlackWas £250Now £140

Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Superfly IX Elite Black
Was £250 Now £140

These beauties are so light, that if Sir Alex Ferguson had pinged one of these at David Beckham's eyebrow, you'd be hard pushed to imagine they'd leave so much as a scratch. These are designed for speed and close-ball control, and that's obvious the moment you take them out of the box. Fleet-footed strikers will leave defenders trailing in their wake. 

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Lolade Jinadu

A football boot and shirt enthusiast who collects all kinds of kit and equipment, Lolade Jinadu is a social media influencer with over 40,000 fans on Instagram. Lolade boasts all kinds of boots in his extensive collection, from retro classics to brand-new releases and has an extensive knowledge of some of the biggest and best brands in the beautiful game, thanks to his years of sampling high-end products. Lolade reviews boots for FourFourTwo.