For junior boots you have two options; the Elite boots that are almost exact replicas of the adult versions worn by Professional players, only smaller and the cheaper lower level academy and club variations, that look the same but have less technology. Both can be good choices depending on the age & skill of your child.
1. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Academy
An affordable option to get your hands on the popular Nike Mercurial silo; available in the latest colourways; a synthetic alternative that still has a soft and adaptive upper. Also consider the Superfly further down the page.
2. Nike Phantom GT Pro
Arguably softer and more sock-like than the Elite; providing more comfort for the young players; great value for money considering you can find many of the older colour options on discount now, meaning they can cost less than £100.
5. Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Academy
With a price point below £50, these don't short change in terms of quantity and quality of the calfskin leather, if you want a leather boot for your child but don't want to stretch to kanaroo leather, this is a great pair of boots for your money.
7. Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Pro
Does a good job approximating the Elite Superfly experience; get these if you are willing to spend around £100 for a pair of kids football boots and bonus that they're going to look like they're wearing the same boots as Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
Kids boots are available in sizes junior sizes 1 through to 13½, and adult 3.5 to 5.5, if you are not sure on sizing, check our size guide. Nike, adidas & Puma make specific junior boots, that we recommend for children. If your kids have larger feet, you'll have to shop as if they are an adult, with men's sizes.
Elite Nike Children's Options:
Children's Mercurial Superfly 8 at the Pro tier; visually similar to the Elite that is worn by the pros
Phantom GT Pro
The GT is the latest in the Phantom series and is Nike's most promising control boot for Kids to date.
Superfly 6 Elite LVL UP
A prologue to the MDS series; white on white Safari print with a multi-coloured forefoot band made up of popular Mercurial patterns
Scroll down for cheaper Nike boots, which are their Academy and Club offerings. Nike children boots are categorized into Younger Kids (10.5C-3Y) and Older Kids (3.5Y-7Y), both of which are not available in the Pro takedown.
The Elite children's boots are made for older kids and not all colourways are available, usually you'll just find the ones worn by the biggest names on pitch make it to the Jr. models.
Phantom GT DF Academy
A great value for money to feel the sock-collared version of De Bruyne's control boot
Kids Vapor 14 Academy with multi ground soleplate suitable for grass or artificial surfaces.
Jr. Tiempo Legend 8 Academy kids, a classic leather boot options for children.
What are the best adidas for kids?
Kids boots are designed to provide ultimate protection, stability and flexibility without compromising speed, agility and acceleration. On this page we've tried to create a list of the highest quality kids football boots on the market today, read below for our top ten...
What are the differences between adult and child boots available?
Because adult boots are made of premium materials, there's a limit as to how much they could be scaled down in size without losing their performance benefits. Thus even if an adult's boot and a kid's boot fall under the same tier, there would always be minor differences in terms of certain parts, build, and shape of the boot. In spite of that, however, the kids boots would more or less give you an idea of the feel of the adult counterpart.
Are Girls and Boys Boots Different?
Not at this age. When you get to adult men's and women's boots, there are differences between them due to the shape of ladies' feet. But the differences are considerably less noticable at this age, so you can just look for the size boots and colours your player wants and you'll have a pair of boots that will work for her.
The feet of the younger generation are growing at a rapid rate, but they often want to lace-up in a pair of boots modelled on the same designs as the world class professionals within the game such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Eden Hazard, Mo Salah and Philippe Countinho, check out our players page, to see the latest boots being worn by the world's best players.
In 1995 Alan Hansen famously said, "you'll never win anything with kids" when Manchester United lost their opening game of the season to Aston Villa. Youth team players including David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt were introduced to the first team, Hansen was proved wrong as United went on to win the league and cup double that season.
Children's Football Boots
Kids can emulate arguably the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi, by lacing up in his preferred boot, the adidas Nemeziz. Nike's Mercurial poses as one of the highest quality boots on the market with an ultra-thin upper which makes for a lightweight product for optimal speed whilst offering a barefoot feel when touching and striking the ball. Lacing-up in the Superfly or Mercurial allows for younger players to match their heroes. Both Nike and adidas also cater those who prefer the touch of leather with their high-tech Tiempo Legend and Copa Sense respectively.
The Phantom GT is Nike's top-level control boot within the kid's football boot collection. Matching the same colour-ways as worn by the goal-scoring wonders of Harry Kane, Kevin de Bruyne, and Edinson Cavani, the young attacking players of the game can emulate the goals scored by their favourite strikers. The famous Predator range has been engineered by adidas to offer increased control and swerve on the ball using its Demonskin rubber elements, allowing players to dictate plat from long range like Paul Pogba.
The adidas X Ghosted is designed to provide players with the added pace to produce match-winning moments,therefore seeing attacking stars like Jamie Vardy, Son-Heung Min, and Mo Salah lace-up in the X range. Away from the Elite ranges, the Academy and Club as well as .3 and .4 options pose as the more affordable version of Nike's and Adidas' ranges respectively, which gives young players with fast-growing feet the ability to emulate their heroes without spending the high prices for the top-level boots.