Last Updated on March 28, 2010 by Jimson Lee
Here in Italy, we love our football or CALCIO.
After attending a few games, I started to see some patterns. On the clothing side, a lot of spectators wear Italian made KAPPA. You can’t miss their logo.
But for footwear among the players, it’s a toss up between the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly versus the Adidas F50
Soccer Football cleats.
Both are good shoes, or “boots”, and it’s all a matter of preference among brand names and loyalty. Last year’s press release for the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly can be found here.
Here are some pros and cons between the boots. The price are comparable, so that should not be an issue, unless you find a huge discount or deals. If you do, please let me know!
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly
Nike Mercurial Vapor V FG – Mens – Orion Blue/Metallic Silver/Dark Obsidian
Endorsed by Ronaldo, Drogba, and Ibrahimovic
Lightest shoe at 8.4 oz. 185 grams
Molded stud configuration with molded blades (may be a CON for some people)
Durability on older models were questionable after incidents of Luis Fabiano and Didier Drogba boots fell apart during a game.
No lace cover, which cuts down on weight and supposedly helps with accuracy when striking the ball.
In their own words:
Where there’s smoke there’s fire in the Nike Mercurial Vapor FG. This soccer shoe offers a soft, supple Teijin synthetic leather upper that uses contoured speed lasts to adjust to your foot’s shape. A lace cover increases the ball striking area. The midsole features a revolutionary internal chassis for instant acceleration. A contoured sockliner with EVA inserts reduces stud pressure providing comfort. Direct injected heel studs reduce weight on the outsole while the Vapor forefoot plate comes with a multidirectional traction pattern to make heads spin. Let the fire burn in the Nike Mercurial Vapor V FG. For use on firm natural surfaces. Wt. 8.4 oz. 185 grams
adidas F50.9 TUNIT – Mens – Cardinal/White/Dust
Detachable and interchangeable studs and cleats.
Endorsed by Lionel Messi and David Villa
CONS: slightly heavier at 10.8 oz.
In their own words:
Get creative and tune up your game with the adidas F50.9 TUNIT soccer shoe. Combine the sleek, new TUNIT adiGrip® synthetic microfiber upper for all weather touch, with your choice of chassis and stud set to create a soccer boot perfectly tuned to your skills. Modular technology lets your customize your shoe to your game. The innovative lace cover gives you increased kicking area and the AgION antimicrobial lining stops odors, bacterial and fungal growth. A new exchangeable TUNIT Standard Chassis offers premium support and cushioning, while the new exchangeable pre-molded TUNIT Standard Insock adds support and comfort. The TraXion™ grip outsole is solid on firm natural surfaces and comes with a set of additional SG cleats and HG studs. Customize your game with the adidas F50.9 TUNIT soccer boot. Wt. 10.8 oz.
The new mercurial safari are made to improve the speed of the player and the colourways make them stand out on the pitch.
Mod Ray (Admin) says
I have bought the newes mercurial vapor superfly for only $50 so in price it is way cheaper.And the Nike shoes are more comfortable compared to the adidas.Also I found that nike makes my game much easier than with adidas.I reccommend nike tp anyone except those who are more for defence
Bobby Hun says
To me mecurial is a better buy i has good technique and when striking the ball is hard to miss the target. But it depends on on your style is you like F50 than buy them if you dont like footbal dont play it. If you like predators then buy those mecurial and F50 are not the only type of boots you know.