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Haaland’s Football Boots

Dean Ariola

What boots is Erling Haaland wearing right now? Well it was hard keeping up! Previously a Nike contracted player, it seemed that after his deal expired in 2022 everything will be changing on his feet. Haaland’s boots in 2022 have included various Puma, Nike and adidas. In fact everything was new in the 2022/23 season for the big Norwegian; new country, new league, new team. Ultimately, though, he decided to sign up with Nike and help the brand secure a formidable duo with him and Mbappe.

 

Haaland Force9 GX 2

This might not technically his first signature, but it was the first to be available for retail. Nike had this pair of red GX 2 all about the celebration of his Norwegian roots.

GX 2 Mad Ready

Fully buying in the second Phantom GX, Haaland continued his club’s title charge in the middle of the 2023/24 season with the Mad Ready boots that displayed the GX in a very light yellow, almost white upper backed by a black quarter.

Phantom GX 2

The striker was out injured by the time that the GX 2 got released. But in training sessions, Haaland had the Vortex pair on his feet, so it was easy to assume that upon his return he would be seen wearing the second generation of the Gripknit boots.

Phantom GX Peak Ready

If there was one player who can live up to being peak ready, that’s Haaland. He had carried his goal scoring form to the first few months of 2023/24 at least by the time he wore the Peak Ready Phantom GX. Be it in the Premier League or the UCL, the Norwegian continued to meet expectations as far as delivering the load up front, and it starting their Champions League defence he wore a pair of Hyper Turquoise and White boots that was also worn by teammate Phil Foden.

Force 9 GX

Now a Premier League champion and record goalscorer, Haaland more than deserved to have a signature release. Nike did so with a custom Phantom GX that built on the colourway foundations of the Luminous GX. The boot launched under the striker’s marketing name, Force 9.

’35th’ Phantom GX

In his first season in the EPL, which was the 2022/23 campaign, Haaland was able to break Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s joint-record of 34 Premier League goals in a season. And so to celebrate that record-breaking 35th goal, the striker received a customised Luminous Phantom GX that displayed a ’35’ branding on the lower edge of the quarter.

The thing was the season was still ongoing, and Haaland added another one to his tally when he played with the customised boot. He then had to crossout the ‘5’ and wrote ‘6’ beside it to accurately reflect his number of goals at that time.

Previous Haaland Boots

Lime Yellow GX
22/23 Season-ending Phantom GX

Having officially signed with Nike, Haaland wore the yellow Phantom GX from the Nike Luminous pack, meant to be the last pack release for the season. Despite having numerous stars for the silo, Haaland was still a huge addition for the GX, setting him up for a mouth-watering intrabrand rivalry with Mbappe’s Mercurial.

Multicolour GX
Link GX

In a couple of training sessions in 2023, Haaland was spotted wearing the Phantom GX. This further fueled speculation of an imminent renewal of contract with Nike. He had tested the white with sky blue ones from the player-wide released Blast pack, but what’s worth noting was his decision to test out the ‘Link’ GX Fusion Special Edition. It was a rare sight of having an unsponsored football star testing out a pair of special edition football boots. Haaland then went on a tear and scored big in his next few matches (including a near double hat-trick against RB Leipzig in their UCL R16 Second Leg).

Lucent Yellow 22/23 Pack
Lucent Pack

When he was still without an official boot sponsor, the striker favoured the yellow Vapor 15 from the Lucent pack. The fact that a player of his calibre decided to wear the said boot on his own choice should say a lot about the quality of the Nike Mercurial. It also presented Nike an incredible opportunity to have both him and Mbappe, arguably the next biggest rivalry next to CR7 and Messi…

adidas X.1 Speedportal Boots

In 2022, he tested the said year’s new adidas speed boot, wearing the laced X Speedportal.1. He might be known for his size and strength, but Haaland does not lack in speed, so the adidas boots surely fit the bill and he joined Salah and Messi in wearing these boots, not bad company! He did wear the Speedportal.1 at the start of the season, but perhaps expressing how much he value the fit, feel and objective performance from his boots, he ended up wearing the yellow Air Zoom Mercurial Superfly 9 while checking his boot brand options.

Perhaps going through a feeling-out mode when he was running down his contract with Nike, Haaland was once spotted training with the Predator Edge.1 from the Diamond Edge pack. He did so after wearing the X Speedflow.1, his first adidas boot at the senior level, from the same collection. He once even had the Puma Ultra, but more likely just for a photoshoot with his signing to Manchester City (which is sponsored by Puma).

Haaland Nike Boots

What was Erling wearing before adidas, the Manchester City hitman seems to have a taste for speed-based football boots. Before testing out adidas and its the Speedportal, Haaland was one of Nike’s Mercurial players, even becoming part of an exclusive group of stars that joined CR7 and Mbappe in wearing the Mercurial Dream Speed series of boots.

Speaking of his Nike, Haaland headlined the Nuovo White Vapors as one of Nike’s up and coming talents of 2019. During Norway’s 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup group game against Honduras, he has made the Game Over Vapors proud with his record-breaking 9 goals-in-one-match performance.  In recognition of his ‘Golden Boy’ 2020 award, a black with gold Vapor 13s customised through the Nike By You service was debuted by Haaland in Januar 2021.

Early in his career, he would switch now and then to other Nike boots like the Magista and Hypervenom. But in the end, he opted to be a regular Mercurial guy, specifically going for the low-cut Vapors for many years.

Mercurial Dream Speed 004
Mercurial Dream Speed 004

The only player to wear the MDS 004 in the Vapor version, Haaland had his own pair without a collar that were not made available at retail. Joined in Nike’s Dream Speed series by Ronaldo and Mbappe the MDS 004 was designed to be out of this world with a design inspired by rockets reentry from space.

Mercurial Dream Speed 003
Mercurial Dream Speed 003


The third iteration of Nike’s Mercurial Dream Speed series, Fernandes joined Haaland in wearing the Vapor MDS 003, whilst Sam Kerr, Kylian Mbappe and Ronaldo wore the Superfly pairs, with subtle white, black and safari designs on the boots.

Nike White Nouveau Boot Pack
Nike White Nouveau Boot Pack

The cleanest looking set of Nike boots you may have ever seen! This white Nike pack, are just that white, with subtle hints of silver, iridescence and transparency used to stunning affect on the Mercurial Vapors worn by Erling.

Haaland’s Socks

One of Haaland’s secret weapons are his grip socks, he is known for wearing the GearXPro Sports SoxPro range, as you could often see under his Dortmund socks, these are designed to stop is foot sliding around in his boots.

His 9 goals against Honduras was more than enough to get him the Golden Boot in the 2019 U20 Fifa World Cup despite the failure of Norway to qualify for the knockout stages. His exploits so far in the UEFA Champions League has been unprecedented as he is listed as one of the few special ones to score in five straight UEFA games together with Alessandro Del Piero, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Robert Lewandowski, none of which has reached Haaland’s tally of eight goals within the said number of games.

Who is Erling Haaland?

The son of former Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, and Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling Haaland’s first top-flight experience is with Eliteserien’s Molde when he joined the said club in 2016 at just 16 years of age. After just two seasons, he makes a move to Red Bull Salzburg and in just 12 months would move to Germany’s Bundesliga when he signed with Borussia Dortmund in January 2020. Goals are becoming synonymous with Haaland as it is the striker’s goalscoring capabilities that allow him to get attention from premier clubs at such a young age. He joins the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Alan Shearer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Wayne Rooney to score a hat trick during their first appearance for their respective teams.

The highlight of Haaland’s playing style is his eye for the goal. He has a wonderful striker’s positional sense as he seems to be always in the right place at the right time for rebounds and tap ins, and can also strike the ball with little to no time to aim. Despite his strong bulky frame and a tall 6’4” height that can make him a target man, his pace, movement off the ball, and ability to get behind the defenders make him better suited to passes in behind the defences which more often than not lead to his clinical finishing.

Author

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!