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Nike Preview the 2024 Nike Mercurial Superfly

Dean Ariola

As part of the Nike Air Blueprint Pack, the Swoosh brand has given us a glimpse of the 2024 Nike Air Mercurial Superfly. The pack is meant to optimise the proprietary Air technology in Nike’s varied arsenal of footwear. And in this case its premium football boot is one of those that will showcase Air and its performance benefits. It is also a way for Nike to flex its access to elite athletes that provide them a great deal of feedback, allowing them to continuously improve and innovate how Air works on the football pitch. Retailing in July, the new Mercurials will miss the Euro and Copa America but will be there just in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Just based on the clip, I do see that the 2024 Mercurials will have some variation in the execution of Nike’s knit material for the upper. But for sure there seems to be some type of overlay, possibly for weatherisation and structural purposes. Per Nike themselves,

The team reduced the thickness of the Flyknit upper from five layers of material to three layers, or by nearly 30 percent, making it more mouldable to the foot and the lightest and thinnest full Flyknit upper ever for Nike Football.

The key phrase here is the ‘full Flyknit upper.’ Based on this statement, it looks like the Mercs will follow the basic structural makeup of the Superfly 7/Vapor 13. We’ll see this July if indeed the Mercurials are back to being fully knitted.

There’s also some adjustments to the headline Zoom Air technology. For one, Nike decided to remove the flex grooves on the strobel unit itself, opting instead to optimise the flexibility of the plate. Additional speed fins (or mini-studs, in my opinion) are placed on the Zoom Air window. And this is where another change has been made. The studs are back to a combination of blades and chevrons, so for anyone who really liked that aggressive traction and bite of this kind of configuration, you may look forward to this new-gen release.

Colourway-wise, the boot is mainly white with blue for the Swoosh and the AIR embossed branding on the heel. The Swoosh has a ragged application while the blue on the AIR branding has a spraypaint-like effect. Company cofounder Bill Bowerman served as the inspiration for the theme of the Air Blueprint pack. It is said that Bill would use a ballpen to dot a Swoosh on the sides of spikes, all for saving the weight from stitching a logo. It’s a nice touch to have one of the brand’s key person and his obsession with athlete performance represented in this pack.


Dean Ariola

Dean has worked Chief writer at the Black & Orange team since 2020, he has an indepth knowledge of all the soccer shoes from the big brands, you have him to thank for all the updates to our Boot Secrets guide and he is first on the scene with all the new releases for you!