First previewed on the feet of Nike CEO Mark Parker at the brand’s Football Innovation Summit in Madrid earlier this year, the HTM edition and lifestyle take-down of the Mercurial Superfly boot that is the Nike Free Mercurial Superfly finally gets its release.
With similarities to the Free Flyknit Chukka, the mid-height Free Mercurial Superfly retains the sock-like fit of the integrated ankle cuff but replaces the studded sole of its football boot kin with the flexible Free 5.0 sole. Intended as the ‘lifestyle’ option for the non-players, the combination creates a more wearable piece of footwear whilst maintaining the shape and construction that makes the Mercurial Superfly unique.
The HTM edition (with design input from Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker himself) features a blacked out Flyknit upper on top of a white Free sole for a clean and classic look that plays on the Mercurial’s performance benefits of heightened sensation and natural motion, adapting them for everyday use. The football boot’s signature traction skin is limited to the Swoosh that surrounds the toe, leaving the rest of the upper free to breathe save for the tonal leather heel support.
The Nike Free Mercurial Superfly HTM ‘Stealth Black’ is on sale now at NikeLab online and will hit the shelves of the brand’s newly energised NikeLab 1948 space tomorrow, June 12th, from 10am – marking the movement of 1948’s special releases from Saturday to Thursday; a pattern that we’ll see repeated in the months to come.