The stud-configuration has also seen some change, with the new studs looking to improve your explosiveness, as well as one very special feature that might surprise you. The studs are angled in such a way that the different areas of the boot improve the aspect they are most suited for. The front foot angles increase forward propulsion, while the heel studs are flat on the side, so you can break quickly.
That might seem weird on the Mercurial, which is all about speed and not slowing down, but through extensive research Nike found that if you have more confidence in your ability to break quickly, you psychologically boost yourself to run faster. My gimmick sense is tingling, but that being said, if it works for some, who am I to argue? And furthermore I thought the NikeGRIP socks sounded like a gimmick and I can confidently say they are pretty damn sweet.
Other fixes and modifications include the soleplate now being 40% lighter, as Nike have used a composite sole similar to the one on the Vapor X boots, rather than carbon fibre. In addition to that, the inside of the heel has been made softer and more comfortable. All changes for the better basically, as Nike move their most popular boot from fourth generation to fifth.
Start looking forward to the beginning of June, where the Nike Mercurial Superfly V will be available. If you prefer the old one, then our selection of Mercurial boots can be found here.