Here we look at the top ten best football boots which won’t be very heavy on your pockets.
1. Nike Vapor 12 Academy Mg
The Mercurial Vapor series is among Nike’s premier series of football boots. Designed as a forward’s boot this is made for speed. In addition to that, it also provides a good amount of comfort and the soleplate has enough traction to let you make quick turns. The Academy version is the second tier version of the Elite Vapor 12 boot but still is a bang for the buck. The upper is made of synthetic materials and delivers great ball control ability.
- Excellent looks
- The ball- control is impressive
- The shoes offer very nice grip
- The use of chevron and circular studs make the cleats great for multipurpose use in both artifical and natural grass grounds.
- It is advised to buy a size larger than your normal.
- The shoes are not very durable and have good chances to break.
2. Adidas Nemeziz 18.4 FxG
Football and Adidas go hand-in-hand, ain’t it? The Nemeziz is one of the best football boots from the German manufacturer. For a boot known for its sock-like fit , attractive looks and impressive traction, it is endorsed by Roberto Firmino and a special edition, by Lionel Messi. Now, how many would say “No” to a boot endorsed by these players? Not many. But without any of that, Nemeziz is still one of the best football boots. It has an impressive touch which gives a bare-foot like feeling and is great for quick turns and change of direction.
- Synthetic knit upper is very comfortable and provides a good fit
- Shoe is very agile and will help in twists and turns
- Impressive ball control lends a good first-touch.
- Lightweight construction
- The shoes are very rigid and take time to mould according to the player’s feet.
3. Nike Mercurial Superfly 6 Academy Mg
Nike’s most premium boots and kind of an elder brother to the Vapors’ is the Mercurial Superfly range. Endorsed by legendary Portuguese forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, Superfly do justice to their name in every possible way. The Superfly 6 Academy is the takedown version of the Superfly Elite.
They are similar to the Vapor Fly, but are even lighter in weight and come with a sock collar. The Superfly’s standout and most liked feature is the big “Swoosh” Nike logo on the frontal part of the shoe. The finishing in the upper is of synthetic materials while the shoe is very comfortable and has a great fit. The soleplate design now features a 11-stud design consisting of a chevron stud in the centre and two more on the top of the soleplate which aids in improved acceleration.
- It is ideal for running fast; improves your speed
- Extremely lightweight
- Fit is comfortable and the shoe fits like a glove
- Soft rubber cushion provides good comfort under heel.
- Very likeable design
- The shoe is slightly difficult to put on
- The laces need to be re-threaded.
- Weak soleplate
4. Puma Evospeed 17.5
Puma’s EvoSpeed does what it stands for, speed. The boot is really light in weight and has an exquisite barefoot feeling. The quality of these boots is unquestioned. Their lightweight construction, tight yet comfortable fit and good levels of traction to aid change of direction is what made this boot special. The only issue would be durability as Puma says, these should be used on your absolutely important matches.
- Really lightweight construction
- Good mix of comfort and lightweight which is difficult to make.
- Good traction to enable change of direction
- AccuFoam offers great potection despite the upper being thin
- Durability remains a question mark.
5. Nike Phantom Venom
Replacing Nike’s legendary Hypervenom series is never easy. But Nike decided to do so and brough out the Phantom Venom series. This boot is everything the Hypervenom had and a bit more. Firstly, Hypervenom boots were always known for their touch and barefoot feeling the thin synthetic upper gave.
These boots do keep that and have become even more responsive giving a much better feel while shooting. This is courtesy the Precision Strike Zone which replaces the Poron pods of Hypervenom. But the upgraded “Agility” boot of Nike is still renowned for its major quality, the HYPERACTIVE 2.0 soleplate which is one of the most multi-directional sole plates in Nike boots and provides traction on almost any surface.
- Upgrade over the highly-popular Hypervenom series
- Phenomenal shooting precision
- Precision Power Strike zone improves shooting and ball-control
- Excellent traction on any surface
- Aids in high flexibility in toe box
- Aggressive looks
- Difficult to put your foot in
6. Puma EvoPower Vigor 1
Puma boots have always stood out in terms of their technology, their styling and features which give them a separate identity. And they did it again, when they thumped both the brands in the “Power” boot category with the EvoPower Vigor 1.
The Vigor 1 was much better in performance from other shoes . The Adaptalite upper of the shoes continues to have the Accufoam technology but they work better together than the previous generations, making it one of the best boots in the world in its category. Made of synthetic mesh, the upper is genuinely thin and gives a great feel while shooting. Worth mentioning is also the sense of comfort you get, once inside the shoe. It gets a very pleasingly tight fit and the sock construction will shape according to your feet. Another pleasing feature missing out on most boots is what we get here; it is really accommodating for wide feet.
- Very catchy, attractive look
- Very impressive power and performance
- Shooting is really easy as the boot is responsive
- The boots are Value-for-money.
- Glove-like fit
- The cleats take a bit of time to break in.
- Sizes are not appropriate; it runs a size large.
7. Nike Hypervenom III
One of the most popular series from the US giant, the Hypervenom is no more under production, being effectively replaced by the Phantom series. This makes this boot a steal at this time in the market, considering its quality.
The Phelon III has a low-cut design with a single piece tongue and upper. The upper is made of suede-mesh like synthetic material which still remains as one of the best among takedown versions. This enabled a great first-touch and gave a barefoot feeling which was crucial in shooting and accuracy. But the best feature of the boot remains its HYPERACTIVE soleplate, which enables quick turns and traction on almost any surface.
In the current market scenario, if you cannot opt for the pricey Superflys or Phantoms, the Hypervenom Phelon III remains one of the best football boots.
- Barefoot-like feel on touch
- Comfortable and aggressive sole plates which provides good traction and multi-directional ability.
- Ideal for the wide-footed player.
- Will be a steal buy at this point of time.
- Excellent durability.
- Not suitable for narrow-footed players
- The Phantom venom from Nike is an upgrade over this line.
8. Nike Tiempo Rio III
Nike’s “touch” boot is an iconic line. The Tiempo had a major role in bringing Nike to the forefront of the footballing world, when it was used by 10 players of Italy and Brazil in 1994 World Cup Final. The Tiempo Rio line was used by players like Carles Puyol, Ronaldinho and Sergio Ramos has been known for its exquisite touch and comfort. The soleplate consisting of chevron studs in the frontal part also improves quick change of direction and acceleration.
- Synthetic leather upper finishing is supreme.
- True size
- Moulded strike zone gives good ball control
- Cleat needs minimal break time
- The overall quality, look wise is a bit bland compared to other Nikes
- The insole is poor and offers less protection.
9. Adidas Predator 19.4 FxG
Adidas’ most famous line, the Predator 19.4 is a decent boot when compared to its predecessors and competiton. It gets the signature predator-styling of having rubber embossings on the upper, which help in improving ball control. The upper is made of synthetic materials and is highly praised by its users. The boot also receives central lacing, which enables you to customise your fit . Moreover, its 12-stud design of conical studs decent price and clean looks definitely make this an option to look for.
- Very comfortable fit
- Central lacing allows customisation in fit
- Value for money shoe
- Performance is as good as hard ground and firm ground shoes
- Very simple, clean look
- The shoe is not for players with wide feet.
10. Adidas Copa 19.4
A decent pair of takedown cleats from Adidas, the best feature of the Copa is its affordable price, comfortable fit and minimal break-in time. This boot almost moulds to your feet as you slide it in and definitely is one of the best football boots in its price segment. If you are one having narrow feet and is on a budget, the Copa will do a great job for you.
- Very comfortable fit
- Minimal breaking-in time.
- Optimum speed and power
- High Value-for-money
- Catchy looks
- The shoes are not for broad-footed players