Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7
Boasting the same high top design from the Mercurial Superfly IV, this classy looking pair has been specially designed for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. We're big fans of the sleek black design, a colour that doesn't get a lot of boot love these days, which is a shame. A new shimmer effect has been created from the updated NIKESKIN tech, so the boots should still standout on the pitch and a micro-textured Nike Flyknit upper gives a barefoot feel, aiding comfort and precision.
£250 | Nike
Adidas Predator Instinct
Designed with predatory animals in mind, Adidas have revamped their Predator boot on its 20th anniversary, featuring a revolutionary control frame, reaching all the way around the boot and down the forefoot. There's also a new gel pad and hybridtouch material, all of which promise precision dribbling and ultimate control. Featuring the original and classic red, white and black colours, this is just the first of 14 Predator editions being released this year - eyes peeled, people.
£TBC | Adidas | Worn by: Mesut Özil, Edin Dzeko, Xavi Hernandez, Andrea Poli & Julien Draxler.
Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 FG World Cup
With a distinctive black and white pattern to stand out on the pitch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Nitrocharge 1.0 FG football boots are engineered by adidas for endless energy. The cleats are ultra-light and reinforced with tough protective layers in the heel and toe, which use Adidas technology to harness energy so no move is wasted.
Price: £150 | Adidas | Worn by: Daniele de Rossi (Roma and Italy), Dani Alves (Barcelona and Brazil), Javi Martinez (F.C. Bayern and Spain)
Underarmour ClutchFit Force FG
Engineered by Under Armour with a unique two-way stretch upper, the ClutchFit Force FG football boots wrap your feet in a lightweight 'second skin' for incredible feel and powerful support, with the main focus being on comfort and fit. The rubberised 3D-printed external layer also has the added benefit of improving contact with the ball in any conditions.
Price: £156 | Underarmour | Worn by: Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur, England)
Warrior Skreamer II
Made of microfibers to give players an incredibly lightweight experience, the new softer and more supple S-Lite upper reduces weight and provides the Skreamer II with a glove-like fit for improved touch and more responsive control. Its major innovation is a ‘4D Arrowbed Insole’ that stimulates blood circulation inside the foot, helping you to maintain playing at your peak.
Price: £130 | Warrior | Worn by: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City & Belgium), Maroune Fellaini (Manchester United & Belgium), Kolo Toure (Liverpool & Ivory Coast)
Puma evoPOWER Tricks 2014 World Cup Boots
Featuring two different boot colours for each boot, a pink colorway for the right and a light blue for the left boot, these boots have been designed with visibility in mind. However, the Puma Power Boots are also designed to optimise kicking power and accuracy, with one-way stretchable upper material allowing the foot to bend as much as possible, mimicking the barefoot kicking motion.
Price: £145 | Puma | Worn by: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea & Spain), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina), Mario Balotelli (A.C. Milan & Italy)
Nike Mercurial Superfly IV
Featured in Nike’s World Cup 2014 advert, the Mercurial Superfly has a high-top Dynamic Fit Collar, designed to create a better fit and a heightened sensation of the boot as an extension of the foot. A new three-knit brings your foot closer to the ball for enhanced touch at top speed.
Price: £230 | Nike | Worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal), Frank Ribery (FC Bayern Munich & France), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool & England)
Adidas Samba Primeknit
After two years in development, the world’s first knitted football boot has arrived courtesy of Adidas. Primeknit holds a number of advantages. It's as strong and water-resistant as any conventional boot, but allows Adidas to engineer all their Lethal Zones-esque performance tech into a single layer upper, which adapts to your foot like a second skin.
Price: £220 | Adidas | Available March 17th | Worn by: Luis Suarez (Liverpool & Uruguay)
Puma PowerCat 1
A glove-like fit, and incredibly soft leather are the hallmarks of the PowerCat, and layers of thermoplastic - varying in hardness - give you more striking power around the laces. And finally we can actually wear them, as the PowerCats are now available in colourways other than the original pink and white monstrosity.
Adidas Predator LZ
Built with the same SprintFrame chassis and SprintSkin upper as the ever-popular AdiZero F50 boot, the latest Preds take things a step further with the 'Lethal Zones' concept. Not unlike Mizuno's Wave Ignitus 3, different geometric rubber patterns around different areas of the boot give you extra power and control in the necessary areas and in all weather conditions.
Price: £160 | adidas.co.uk | Worn by: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal and Germany), Angel di Maria (Real Madrid and Argentina), Kaka (A.C. Milan and Brazil)
Concave Quantum 1
Made from kangaroo leather and microfibre, the Quantum should be soft and comfortable, whilst retaining the foot-moulding properties of the leather. The shape of the lace covering is concave, which supposedly cups the ball as you strike it, giving you a much larger sweet spot and a whole load more power.
Price: £125 | concave.com
Joma Super Copa
This is the lightest boot ever made by Spanish boot-makers, to celebrate the history of the Spanish Super Copa. The upper is made of superlight 'Fibratec' micro-fibre, making this is a real contender to other speed boots like the Mercurial Vapor and Mizuno's Morelia Neo. Joma boots are still hand-made in Spain, and well respected despite being rarely seen on the pitch.
Price: £65 | joma-sport.com
Lotto Zhero Gravity II 100
Still the world's only truly laceless boot - the Zhero Gravity II looks a little odd, but comes from Lotto's desire to design a boot that totally circumvented the problems caused by laces when it comes to striking a ball. Rather than using micro-fibre or leather, the Zhero Gravity is a rubber boot that you stretch out to fit, before it contracts around your foot.
Price: £160 | en.lottosport.com
Mizuno Morelia Neo
Most speed boots these days abandon leather for synthetics like micro-fibre. The Morelia Neo does no such thing, so if you're after a leather speed boot, you may have come to the right place. This is traditionally stitched and looks like you're average football boot, except that it weighs a meagre 170 grams. A thing of beauty.
Price: £130 | mizuno.eu
Nike Mercurial Vapor IX
A superlight 'Teijin' synthetic upper with leather grain fits snug to your foot, whilst the textured 'ACC' surface provides control in all weathers. Unique stud placement gives you the grip to change directions and accelerate quickly. It's no wonder that the Mercurial Vapor is about the most popular speed boot in the world.
Price: £170 | nike.com
For years, purists have complained about silly technology and ridiculous colourways. Well, Nike has heard you all and responded, not only with black and white colourways for the Mercurial Vapor and Hypervenom, but with the uber-traditional Nike Premier.
Price: £100 | nike.com
Mizuno Wave Ignitus 3
Mizuno's Wave Ignitus boots have a reputation for being innovative, and the eagerly anticipated third installment is no different. Three different panels on the instep perform different functions: Mukaiten (‘non-spin’) creates an unpredictable flight pattern for the ball, and is designed to throw the keeper off; Tatekaiten (‘top-spin’) creates vicious amounts of dip; and Yokokaiten (‘side-spin’) gives players more controlled curl. And they're lighter and more supportive than ever too - what's not to love about that?
Price: £130 | mizuno.eu | Worn by: Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow and Japan), Maya Yoshida (Southampton and Japan)
The Solistas are lightweight and extremely comfortable, largely because they’re made from a single strip of premium waterproof microfibre, which makes them very snug. What makes them truly unique is their ‘smear reflector’ coating which reacts fiercely to surrounding light sources, so you won’t need to worry about not standing out on the pitch. If you thought footy boots were getting too flashy before, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Price: £110 | lottosport.com | Worn by: Christian Maggio (Napoli and Italy), Luca Toni (Fiorentina), and Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan and Italy)
Under Armour Blur Carbon III
Under Armour hasn’t been in the footy game long; but you wouldn't know it looking at the Blur Carbon IIIs. They're a mere 177g of tough, lightweight micro-fibre, with carbon fibre ‘lateral wings’ that minimise foot roll when changing direction. Combined with a strong, energy-retaining Pebax and carbon-fibre footplate, the Blur Carbon IIIs are incredibly supportive and stable - perfect for quick players who need a boot that won't hinder their movement around the pitch.
Price: £150 | underarmour.com | Worn by: Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur and England), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur and Cameroon)
The Nike Hypervenom is a boot built for agility in attack, thanks to NikeSkin hybrid mesh, which brings your foot closer to the ball for improved control, and All Conditions Control (ACC) smarts that aim to give you a consistent touch no matter what the British weather throws at you on a Sunday morning. The midsole has been designed to amplify the natural foot shape and the stud position allows for faster penetration to the pitch and quicker release, keeping players on their feet for better reaction times.
Price: £160 | nike.com | Worn by: Neymar (Barcelona and Brazil), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd and England), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich and Germany) and Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium)
Nike CTR 360 Maestri III
For midfield maestros who seem to find the time and space on the pitch that bypasses most players in the middle of the park, the Maestri III boots will help you frustrate opponents by hugging that ball a little while longer. Kanga-lite synthetic material aims to deliver a more assured touch with All Conditions Control technology incorporated to ensure your control won’t let you down even if the heavens decide to open.
Puma Evospeed 1 K
If the fastest man on the planet does get the call from Sir Alex Ferguson, Mr Bolt will probably don a pair of the latest Evospeed boots that are tailored made for nippy little players. With a design inspired by the 100m and 200m Olympic champion, the ultra-light boot which is made with kangaroo leather features moulded studs and blades for better traction and laces that are tightly knit to help produce a more natural strike of the ball.
Price: £119.99 | Puma.co.uk I Worn by: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich and Germany), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City and Argentina) and Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid and Colombia) | Buy Puma Evospeed 1 K football boots
Pele Sports Titan K-Leather Trinity 3E
Increasing performance whilst training foot muscles during a game, the kangaroo leather boots use the latest tanning technology to add ultimate protection and promote a glove-like fit. Solid State Lubrication (SSL) delivers increased levels of moisture movement and breathability while a military grade water repellent treatment will keep feet drier and warmer for longer which will be handy when the winter fixtures come around.
Price: £195 | www.pele-sports.com | Worn by: Christian Fuchs (Schalke 04 and Austria) | Buy Pele Sports Titan K-Leather Trinity 3E football boots
Umbro Tailored Speciali 3 Pro HG
Worn by England players during EURO 2012, the pair of patriotic boots are part of Umbro’s St George Collection and include a striped design which is a tribute to 1966 World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey. Made from Kanga-Touch leather and a combination of full-grain leather and microfibre materials, the lightweight boot also features asymmetrical lacing giving you a larger striking surface. So now you’ve got no excuse not to leather the ball into the back of the net.
Price: £59.49 | Umbro.co.uk | Worn by: John Terry (Chelsea and England) | Buy Umbro Tailored Speciali 3 Pro HG football boots
Puma PowerCat 1.12FG
Housing Puma’s new 3D Power ShootingTechnology DUO, the PowerCats comprises thermoplastic material used in two degrees of hardness: high-density areas that are super-responsive and low-density ones that offer high rebound properties. As a result, energy isn’t absorbed upon ball impact but instead increases kicking power, helping proud Englishmen smack penalties deep into row Z.
Pantofola D’Oro Lazzarini
The chosen footwear for former Premier League stars Paolo Di Canio and Jurgen Klinsmann as well as a young Fabio Capello back in his playing days, the ‘golden slippers’ are made from calf leather to deliver ultimate comfort and flexibility. Crafted in exactly the same way as they were way back in 1986 when the business started up in Ascoli, Italy, they might not be packed with cutting-edge tech, but you are guaranteed to stroll onto the pitch looking like a millionaire footballer. Minus the pay cheque of course...
Price: £119 | Pantofoladoro.com | Previously worn by: Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur and England) Jonathan Walters (Stoke City and Republic of Ireland) and worn by Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town and Republic of Ireland) | Buy Pantofola D’Oro Lazzarini football boots
Under Armour Hydrastrike II FG
Under Armour's new Hydrastrike boot is 35% lighter than last years, and is designed to stay lighter for longer thanks to UA's Water Intelligence tech, which keeps your boot dry, and enhances control in the process. The lightweight but sturdy Pebax chassis is a foundation for 4G foam, designed to mould to your foot and reduce the pressure of the studs on the underside of your foot.