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Black Boots

Dean Ariola

Black is simply timeless. With all the colour schemes available now, the traditional black boot still holds its own as stylish, sensible and easy to look after. Amidst today’s loud, hyper-coloured landscape, black still does it’s job well. They were good enough for Pele, they’ll be good enough for you too.

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Whether it’s the primary colour, or in the detailing, black is the low key, but no less threatening option. Just like Batman. The colour many say all football boots should be, whether you believe that too or are just being made to wear black, here they all are, perhaps you can get away with a touch of colour?

Nike Black Boots

Nike ensures all of its silos have black options, so that no matter which boot you choose you still get that traditional look. As the colour is mostly associated with leather, it looks most natural with the Tiempo Legend. Get that focused vibe while staying comfortable and maintaining elegant ball touch at all times with Nike’s longest-running heritage boot.

2023/24 Shadow I

With a blackened Phantom, the Swoosh brand offers you a control boot with a serious facade to match its precision in crosses, passes, long-range shots, and a whole lot more of technical ball skills. The boot does this through the sticky yarns called Gripknit that is integrated to the Flyknit itself.

And then there’s the Mercurial, the most iconic Nike silo of all time. The Mercurial, long know for its speed identity, has always been the lightest, tightest, thinnest, and most responsive among the three. It now even have a Zoom airbag on the sole for an added bouncy boost in every step of your acceleration. A black Mercurial is a perfect blend of modern boot qualities and a classic colourway.

adidas Black Boots

Black Predator 2024

The blackout Nightstrike adidas Pack got an update in February 2024 to include the year’s Predator generation. Black Predator 2024 at least had some shine on the stripes and gloss on the outsole. FT Elite even had an iridescent effect, giving it some aesthetical incentive over the other Elite Black Predator 24.

Solar Energy Predator 2024

adidas lead with the 2024-generation Predator in releasing the Solar Energy Pack at the start of the said year. To capture the nostalgia of the silo during the ’90s, this retail launch of the Predator ’24 went with the classic black, white and red colour combination, letting the former be the predominant colour and the latter two as the usual accent colours. A mix of yellow details inserted a progressive edge for this iconic Predator colourway.

Copa Pure II Base Pack

By the end of 2023, adidas dropped a couple of Copa Pure 2s to comprise the Base Pack. One pair was this blackout one, which had that silverish stripes with an iridescent finish.

X Crazyfast Nightstrike

All parts of this adidas speed boot are black, except for the stripes and brandings that have a faint blue shine.

Puma’s Eclipse Black Pairs

King Icon Legends Pack

This dual SE King Ultimate release paid homage to two football legends who wore the Puma King in their prime days.

2023/24 Eclipse 2

Besides debuting the 2024 Future 7 generation in black, the second Eclipse pack of the 2023/24 season was marked with copper accents.

2023/24 Eclipse 1

The collection accompanied not just the 2023 World Cup white pack but also the season-opener Energy rainbow collection. This particular Eclipse had silverish accents to differentiate it from previous Eclipse releases.

Recent Black Football Packs


Crazycharged Pack

It’s as if adidas combined three releases into one with the Crazycharged Pack. It had the predominantly black colourway of Nightstrike, the electrifying graphic of the Crazylight and the greenish accent of the Crazyrush Pack.

Own Your Football Predator Accuracy and Copa Pure

adidas football for early 2023 gave us a predominantly black pair of new-gen boots in Copa Pure and Predator Accuracy for its on-pitch player pack. The former was minimally accented in pink, which showed up on the logos and stud tips. The latter, on the other hand, used pink to differentiate the Primeknit tongue and collar from the main upper.

Nightstrike Pack

Direct rival adidas also plays the black game and has it applied on both laceless and laced options for its lineup. And just like in the Tiempo Legend the colour fits best with the modern Copa. In fact, black helps the leather-knit transition in the silo’s Fusionskin upper to look as seamless as possible and aesthetically deliver the best of both worlds .

The X is the current adidas speed boot and boasts a thin and soft translucent upper and an uber-responsive Speedframe. Getting a pair of these in black is not necessarily flashy but is sure to make you feel like flashing past your opponents

If Nike has the Mercurial, then adidas has the Predator. Introduced in the ’90s as a power boot, it has now undergone a serious transformation especially these past few years. The current Predator in town has microelements on the upper to give you the grippiest ball sensation you can get. It’s a boot that works best in the midfield and defence, where it can be propelled accurately onto the space up front or take the shot from outside the box.


Nike 2022 Shadow Pack 2

This black pack opted to use accent colours mainly on the studs. We had volt green for the Mercurials, blue for the Tiempo and red for the Phantom GT II.

2022 Shadow Pack 1

Nike’s first Shadow Pack in 2022 used greyish silver and gold as the secondary accents, with the Phantom and the Tiempo using the former for the bespoke brandings and the latter for the Swoosh. The Mercs had this the other way around, silver for the Swoosh and gold for Superfly 8/Vapor 15 ‘blueprint’ visuals. The kind of gold appeared to be on the darker shade, bordering bronze.


2022/23 Eclipse 2

If you’re after Puma’s finest football boots in black, then always be ready for the brand’s ‘Eclipse’ packs. With the Ultra, you get the speed boot experience of a synthetic upper, slim profile, and snug fit. Its dual density soleplate now has a snap that rivals the adidas X’s Carbitex Speedframe. The Future, on the other hand, is a balance between comfort and touch-plush textile upper with a soft forefoot mesh.


Dean Ariola

Dean has worked Chief writer at the Black & Orange team since 2020, he has an indepth knowledge of all the soccer shoes from the big brands, you have him to thank for all the updates to our Boot Secrets guide and he is first on the scene with all the new releases for you!