BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR FOOTBALLERS
When choosing football boots, apart from price consideration, the favored fit and feel is largely determined by the player’s foot shape, the position they play, the surface they play on and, most importantly, personal preference of the football boots.
Durability, comfort, strong design and effective lock-down are the most important qualities to look out for in a new football boots. ‘Lock down’ is jargon for ‘anti-slip’ which is essential for a comfortable and responsive fit, for that all-important first touch.
Nike’s newest football boots and one of their most innovative to date, with an evolved Flyknit upper that helps provide a precise touch for key contact areas of your feet.
this boot is designed from the inside out, for the world’s trickiest players.
- One-pull ghost laces, hidden beneath upper material+Broken in out of the box
- Brand new models can be a slightly unknown quantity
Built for speed and acceleration, this football boots is mostly preferred by top players. A lightweight speedframe outsole includes strategically-placed studs which, coupled with the super-thin speed mesh upper, gives the boot a minimal feel. A real contender for the fastest boot around.
After debuting the boot at the World Cup back in summer, top strikers like Mo Salah, Luis Suarez and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus have entrusted their goal-scoring fortunes to the Adidas X18+ for the 2018/19 domestic season.
The improved version for 2018/19 X18+ has been described as the spiritual successor to the beloved F50.
- Lightweight and fast
- New Skeletal Weave upper offers support and control
- Claw collar may be too snug for some
The Nike’s superfly 360 football boots is designed for acceleration, speed and for the quickest players on the pitch with its split sole plate, lightweight flyknit upper and revised collar for snug lockdown.
According to the manufactures (Nike), This new innovation hugs the foot and eliminates the gaps between the foot and the soleplate. In fact, it eliminates the soleplate altogether. Furthermore,The 2018/19 version of the classic boot also promises an aggressive forefoot for acceleration and quick-stop heel studs that’ll help you backtrack towards that misplaced pass. Overall, Nike says this makes the sole more like a claw than a hoof.
- +360 Flyknit construction eliminates soleplate
- protection now embedded, rather than added
- Ronaldo fanboy boots
No longer a heavy power boot, the Predator 18+ aims to master control with cutting-edge tech such as Adidas’s patented Ultraboost cushioning, Primeknit laceless collar for the ultimate fit, and those iconic Predator vamps across the toe box.
The Mercurial boot might be Nike’s most popular legacy boot, but we’ve had a soft spot for the Adidas Predatorrange since Australian Craig Johnson unveiled the crocodile-inspired boots way back in 1994.
The sportswear giant is adding a full-length Boost midsole for energy return, while an anatomical upper locks the heel in place. The 18+ editions are less focused on that classic Predator power, adding a little more focus on control.
- Classic colourway will never stop being cool
- Offers more balanced than the previous versions
- Concerns over ankle collar loosening
- Laceless design may not suit all
Puma’s attempt to disrupt the dominance of the big two brands (Adidas and Nike) comes with this unique take on a laced boot, introducing NETFit which offers seemingly endless lacing possibilities.
The boot also features an evoKnit sock to give support and comfort around the ankle, and is a sophisticated choice for pre-season and beyond.The boots offer a combination of blades and conical studs for added traction and of course, there’s the classic Puma logo on the heel, adding to that striking design.
- Striking ‘Shocking Orange’ design
- Good option for those seeking the personalise fit of laced boots
- Protective TPU layer gives the boot a ‘plasticy’ feel
As the name implies, the fourth-generation Velocita boot is built for speed. These understated speed boots have everything going for them, as long as punters can bring themselves to buy Umbro over the likes of Adidas or Nike.
Amazingly, Umbro says the boots have been designed with the natural movements of the foot in mind. Umbro has also revamped the inner sock to provide an improved ankle fit. The black/white/acid lime colourway won’t suit everyone, but that double diamond logo has a deliciously retro feel.
- Laces design is great for traditionalists
- The double diamond design promises some retro cool
- too many white with black dots
For a deadly finish and a decisive accuracy, this is the best boot for you. The fourth generation Furon boot suppresses the previous model with a new layer construction and frame design for a superior fit.
The feel around the front of the foot is superb, and the tongue-less upper design gives a very clean and comfortable fit.
Worn by: Sadio Mané
- Leather construction
- Great on firm early-season pitches
- Leather model a little costlier
The second-generation boot is a massive improvement on the first Nemeziz is designed with the game’s most agile players in mind. The aptly-named Agility Bandage tech is inspired by sports taping and stretches in one direction, but locks in the other.
The manufactures (Adidas) says this boot offers support, plus complete flexibility. The laceless boot has a new asymmetrical collar that offers a slightly tighter fit and boosts support.
- Laceless design with a secure fit
- Ultimate agility without compromising support
- If you want Messi’s boot, he wears the Nemeziz 18.1
- Collar design takes some time in getting used to
Designed for speed and comfort-ability. The Puma ONE boot, is a lightweight boot thanks to its Rapid sprint out-sole which provides unrivaled acceleration.
Furthermore, the Puma one boot is designed to fit perfectly around the foot with a combination of evoKnit sock extension and Fuse Fit material, it effortlessly offers more feel of the ball than its competition.
- Very comfortable
- Lightweight and fast
- has a plasticy feel
A boot named Legend has a lot to live up to, and this seventh edition of the famous Tiempo line delivers to expectation. With Flyknit introduced for the first time alongside a premium k-leather forefoot, this boot is a sophisticated choice for footballers looking for a perfect balance on the pitch.
- Very comfortable
- Flyknit construction eliminates soleplate
- Wears out fast
THE BEST BOOT TO BUY
The options of boots listed above ranges from solid, mid-range boots to wild flights of footwear tech fancy. Don’t forget to carefully choose between the various options that most of them offers. For instance, alteration for hard and soft ground.
You should also probably be realistic about your skills. Having a boot that’s super-light and offers next to no protection is not the best idea if you’re not as fleet of foot as you once were. On the other hand, having a super-flash set of boots can give you added confidence and a good first touch, if you’re not completely hopeless in the first place.
You will find a wide variety of prices for some of the boots above, due to a quirk of how our retail partners work. Particularly at large online shops like Amazon, stocks of last year’s version of all the major boots remain on sale – and sometimes from years before that, too.