Football Boots For Women
Are football boots manufactured differently size-wise to accommodate boys and girls, men's and ladies feet? Are there specific boots for Women's Football? The answer is well yes and no, let us explain...
The Problem With Finding Women's Boots
Nike, adidas and Puma have at some point made their boots specifically for women, which is a great thing, as women's feet are anatomically different, the problem is the availability of these boots is sporadic! Often marketed around the Women's World Cup and then disappearing again, Nike have recently started promoting all their boots as suitable for Men & Women, which is great to find your size, but not ideal looking for a great fit for your foot as women's feet tend to be narrower than mens.
Top 5 Best Boots For Women
1. adidas Predator Women
adidas have been making Women's specific Predators since at least 2010, but you have to be quick to spot them when they release and know where to look. The latest options are 19.1 and 19.3 versions, nothing in the Mutator 20 line, hopefully to re-emerge with the Predator Freak.
2. adidas Women's Copa
The leather option for women's feet, the Copa is a great choice, especially if you feel you have slightly wider feet and want the leather to stretch and mould to you over time.
3. Women's Tiempo Legend VI
The Tiempo 6 was the last time Nike made a women's specific leather boot, the quality of these is fantastic and give you a great touch and feel for the ball. A tight fit you may need to go up a size. Modern Tiempos, like the Legend VIII are gender neutral, but designed for men's feet so you'll find they are not as narrow as the female specific pairs.
4. Puma ONE Women's
The latest boot Puma have made specifically for women, designed for the female foot and for a superb feel for the ball with the leather upper, it also features Puma's evoKNIT technology.
5. Women's Nike Hypervenom
Hard to find now, but if you can get a pair in your size you are doing really well. Incredibly popular when they released you can get them in the high (DF) or low collar options, these were at the forefront of all the Nike World Cup packs of recent years.
The big brands somehow differ in the boots they make availalbe, adidas often bring out the odd women's boot or colourway and Puma still put the above mentioned physical differences into consideration, with adidas using special soleplates designed specifically for women. What this means is that all things being equal in size, an adidas or Puma boot has an overall smaller built than the silo labelled for men.
Nike, on the other hand, started making their measurements and specifications more universal, and therefore more inclusive, by the summer of 2015. This has been made evident by first making the EU and UK values the same for men and women. US values still have a difference of 1.5 but this is displayed on the box, not only indicating that the built is the same regardless of gender but also confirming that the boots are unisex. And speaking of unisex, Nike’s Motion Blur collection back in 2017 is considered to be as such even if there were separate colourway releases for each gender.
adidas created the first football boots specifically engineered for women with their 1975 adidas Anja, which was rereleased in 2017, and consistent with their focus of designing boots for women had released the ACE and X in 2016 with women's options; the boots, debuting in ‘metallic shimmer pack’ colourways, have shorter, smaller studs as well as unique stud configuration to cater to female foot shape and physiology.
Aside from the women’s Motion Blur collection, some of Nike’s women-specific packs are the ‘Built for Brilliance’ 2015 Women’s World Cup which applied a Volt Yellow and Canadian lake-inspired Blue Lagoon colourway to the leading silos at that time-Mercurial, Magista, Hypervenom, and Tiempo. Headlined again by the US Women National Team was 2016 Sparking Brilliance Pack used in the 2016 Olympic games. The Spark Brilliance Pack wrapped the Superfly V, Hypervenom Phantom, and Tiempo Legend 6 in a blue and white colourway representing the colours of the US flag.
Rivalling those in 2016 were the adidas Speed of White Pack, also made for some of the US women football stars at that time. The adidas Speed of White Pack displayed the X16+ Purechaos and the ACE 16+ Purecontrol in a white base with solar red and yellow colours respectively. More recently, in 2019 Nike unveiled the Victory Pack worn for that year’s Women’s FIFA World Cup which was held in France. The Victory Pack included the Mercurial, Phantom Venom, Phantom Vision, and Tiempo in an armoury blue hue with hand-sketched wing graphical print.
Gone are the days where brands just make a pink boot & call it their women's option, although Megan Rapinoe did get an incredible custom pair from Nike to celebrate here Balon D'Or achievement of 2019. More than looking into equality or political correctness, the matter of men and women football boots, with football being a physical performance endeavour, should take into consideration the comfort, fit and physical attributes of the wearer regardless of sex, and that should allow men to try out women boots and vice-versa if the sizing and looks fit personally to them, some men's feet may suit women's boots better and some women may find they prefer men's boots.