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Men’s Football Boots

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On this page we offer you the best boots for men. Nike, adidas, & Puma boots dominate the list as they are the major brands that supply the male professionals and star players of the top domestic leagues in the world. Jump to Top 10 pairs.


Nike, adidas, & Puma make specific junior boots that we recommend for children. However, if your kids have larger feet, you’ll have to shop as if they are an adult. The brands normally have entry-level Club or .4 variants that are most suited for junior players. The Club boots are made of thicker materials and basic construction but have looks inspired by the top Elite or + models. They might have a bulkier feel but are more durable and protective, perfect for young players that are still developing their physical attributes.

For occasional players who want a budget friendly option, the Nike Academy (or .3 for adidas and Puma boots) fits the bill. The Academy boots present a significant downgrade from the Elite boots, and are obviously cheaper, usually costing below £100. However, they are a bit more performance-oriented than the Club and their looks are also based on the flagship top-end model.

Men’s Elite Nike Football Boots

Scroll down for the cheaper Nike Academy and Club nike football boots.

Adult adidas Male Top Boots

adidas is home to the most on-demand laceless football boots in the market. But they also make their top-end laceless football boots with a laced version to cater those who prefer the traditional closure setup. The same laced and laceless choices apply to the cheaper .3 adidas takedown boots.

Puma High-end Men’s Ultimate Boots

Top Boots for Men

1. Nike Mercurial Vapor 15 Elite


Easily the most popular among professional football players. That tight Mercurial fit and lockdown provides a performance benefit that allows the wearer to simply focus on the game. Now comes with the vaunted Zoom Air cushioning technology optimised for the football experience.

2. Nike Phantom GX Elite


A Nike football boot hit from the get go. Gripknit technology provides an optimal ball grip that enhances ball control and spin during dribbles and crosses.

3. adidas Predator Accuracy.1 Low

Still the best in terms of ball grip with those High-Definition Grip rubber blocks on the upper. And speaking of the upper, the Predator Accuracy is comprised of a comfortable Hybridtouch material that jives well with the knitted tongue and collar.

4. Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite


With the Legend 10, Nike has the lightest Tiempo to date and can appeal now to frontline players. Their new synthetic leather upper is infused with memory foam inserts to enhance that dampened ball touch.

5. adidas X Crazyfast

Messi and Salah are just few of the big names behind the powerful X adidas speed boots. The silo goes all out on speed, courtesy of the snappy, responsive feel of the Speedframe outsole. Really feels like getting a boost in each step.

6. Nike Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite


Nothing fundamentally different from the number 1 on this list except for the Dynamic Fit knitted collar. However, the Superfly gains a bit more prominence because of the fact that CR7 and Mbappe both rock a pair of Superfly in their matches.

7. Puma Future Ultimate

A unique, agility-based football boot featuring a midfoot Fuzionfit+ compression band and a soft meshed forefoot, all contributing to a comfortable build. Headlined by the Neymar Jr.

8. Puma Ultra Ultimate

Advantages of the Puma Ultra Ultimate over other top modern speed boots are its competitive pricing and on-par quality of build and materials. ULTRAWEAVE upper the same material used on Puma’s high-profile football shirts.

9. Nike Mercurial Vapor 15 Academy


As an academy boot, the last is a bit wider than usual for a pair of Mercs. The Nikeskin mesh upper, however, does a great job moulding around the foot shape and maintaining structure thereafter, in essence simulating the Mercurial tight fit on a more affordable price point. Performance benefit complements the fact that this is the most popular budget football boot.

10. Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Academy


Will always be one, if not the top Academy Nike boot in terms of how close it feels to the parent Elite boot. Needs just a few moments to break-in and break down any difference the leather has with the Elite’s synthetic leather proper. Only noticeable downgrade is the insole.

Soleplate Considerations for Men Football Boots

In addition to regular football matches that are played on a variety of pitches, there are also smaller-scale games like 5-a-side and Futsal that are played indoors. Usually, the Elite models have dedicate outsole models for all pitch types. With regard to the lower-tiered boots, the availability of certain soleplates vary among the boots and the brand themselves.


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.