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Best Cheap Football Boots

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When looking for cheap football boots, you are after one of two things, discounted elite level boots, that are cheaper than their full retail price or a scaled down less quality boot, made of cheaper materials, that will cost you less anyway. On this page we focus on the cheaper models, below you will find our Top 10 picks, we also show you the latest by each main brand.

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You can get the best quality football boots at discounted prices and on sale, you just need to know when and where to look and we can help you. Genuine products rarely get under 50% off, any further discounts be aware you could be looking at fake product which you should avoid.

Top 10 Cheap Boots

1. Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy

Removes the collar construction but retains everything else, offering the same Academy Mercurial at a cheaper level.

Most professionals prefer the Vapor over the Superfly given that it’s the same boot but with a more breathable and free ankle feel due to its low cut collar. The same collar difference applies on the Academy-level Mercurial silos, with the additional savings on the Vapors gaining even more consideration from budget-conscious consumers.

These cheaper Vapors are made of synthetic mesh material called Nikeskin and carry the visuals of the top-tier models with the same style graphic designs. The upper is a bit high class for its price, with the boot giving additional value for money by having the Mercurial-like tight wrap and Zoom airbag on the heel.

2. Nike Phantom GX Academy

Control boots for recreational players.

Nike’s control boot has this variation for those who like the silo but are reluctant to break the bank. With a Nikeskin mesh upper, the fit and feel has a similar vibe to the Elite GX, immediately making the boot above-average for the takedown level.

3. adidas X Crazyfast.3

The most popular boot in the adidas line, here at its price-friendly model, these are for the speedsters!

4. Nike Mercurial Superfly Academy

Bearing the name of one of the most iconic silos of all time, the Academy pair of Mercurial Superfly is always a best seller generation after generation. The fit and feel of the current takedown Superfly is now close to the Elite-level and the Nikeskin mesh upper is a premium one relative to its price point. A good cheap Mercurial option for casual players.

5. Nike Tiempo Legend Academy

The Academy Legend have a FlyTouch Lite upper based on the synthetic leather FlyTouch Plus of the Elite. The soft premium material may not be as soft as the K-leather, but it still delivers the familiar padded touch on the ball and the supple feeling around your foot. The only change that makes the Academy feel cheaper is the insole, but these are a solid entry level option.

6. Puma Future Match

Cheap in price but more of a midrange in quality; subscribes to the level of comfort of the Ultimate even if the materials used look more dense; a tremendous buy for boots in this list. Get them as laceless too.

7. adidas Predator Accuracy.3

Raised High-Definition texture way off in terms of grip, but the textile upper is at least soft and pliable for comfort. Just doesn’t have that much structure and support.

8. adidas Copa Pure 2.3

A decent alternative to the takedown Tiempos; offers some structure and responsiveness with its synthetic textile midfoot.

9. Puma Ultra Match

Closely matches the popular Academy mercs (most especially the low-cut Vapor) in build and fit; now available in a laceless high-cut model too.

10. Nike Premier

The Copa Mundial of Nike; more affordable yet more responsive, better fitting, and more modern looking

Cheap Nike Boots

The academy model is the best cheap option from Nike as they still have that little bit of quality to make them suitable for the casual player and kids, even if you’re not breaking the bank like the professional Elite boots or Pro options. Their construction is considerably better than the Club pairs, which should be considered for very young kids only.

The Academy Tiempo is highly regarded on how it feels similar to its parent Elite boot considering the significant price cut. The Club is the go-to for the cheapest possible Tiempo. The synthetic leather does require some break-in time, and arguably makes the case that the Club Tiempo is where one can feel the downgrades for the sake of a cheaper price. The Tiempo Club can serve its purpose though for young players as it is more protective due to its thicker and synthetic leather build.

The Academy and Club are your cheap options for the Mercurial Vapor and Superfly. The former is the takedown model where you see a significant change in material relative to the Elite, while the latter acts as the entry-level boot. The Academy has a meshed Nikeskin upper and a snug fit that replicate, with a certain degree of success, the Mercurial experience at a cheaper price point. The Club is best for young players who are still developing physically and need a pair that supports their growing feet while remaining economical in price.

Regarding the Phantom GX, the Academy somehow provides a solid cheap option despite the lack of Gripknit replication. The NikeSkin upper gives the boot a premium feel, not to mention the positive effect it has on the shape, fit and feel.

Budget adidas

The best option for cheap adidas boots, is their .3 range, similar to Nike’s academy they give you a little bit of quality, at a budget price, in recent years adidas have even made their laceless boots in the .3 level, making them more accessable for all to try. We would only reccommend the .3 laced pairs though, as the lockdown from the cheaper laceless models is not enough.

Some adidas Academy boots review:


Should you Buy Cheap or Expensive Boots?

Assuming money is not an issue, it’s still worth considering buying good cheap boots on the basis of quality. For example, previously, the older generation Copa Sense.3 was actually competitive relative to the Tiempo Academy than the +/.1 is to the Tiempo Elite. That was because of takedown Copa Sense (at least the laced version) had a calfskin leather that was significantly more in amount than the K-leather on the high-end variant. Predator Edge.3 actually addressed the comfort issues of its parent model while the Speedportal.3 took some of the silo positives like the moulded base shape and the decent coated-textile mesh upper. Surprising to note that some of the takedowns actually had some strong case to be objectively better than the more expensive pluses and point ones.

Take a look at these couple of videos that might help you decide which pair will be right for you. They take a look at the best cheap boots you can buy in 2024, with a breakdown of why brands offer cheap and expensive models, you can check those out in the videos below.

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Ian Ebbs

Founder of back in 2010, Ian went on to create and host their YouTube channel which now has 1.5million subscribers and over 300 million views, he also hosts their podcast which you can find on Spotify. Taking his over fifteen year experience in the football industry, Ian wrote the book: How To Choose Your Boots (find it on Amazon) where he looks to help footballers of all levels find their perfect pair.