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15 best football boots for 2022

Whatever level you play at, we've picked out the 15 best football boots you can buy in 2022. Dig in.

best football boots for 2022

Let’s face it, football boots are awesome. They always have been.

The sheer variety of models has never been more impressive, colourful or innovative. Classic black leather uppers have made way for lightweight, flexible synthetics, with each of the big brands providing a constant stream of new designs, tech and colourways. In fact, things change so quickly these days, it’s pretty hard to keep up.

Within the last 12 months alone, a dizzying number of incredible football boots have been unleashed, serving up an all-you-can-eat boot buffet for players. Whether you’re a semi-pro superstar, Sunday league maestro or a casual five-a-side player, you may find yourself a little spoilt for choice.

To cut through the noise, we’ve ranked the best football boots you can buy in 2022, with a little something for players of all budgets and styles. We've got a couple of useful tips before you make your own choice, so let’s do this thing.

How to choose football boots

Every player wants to make sure they’re wearing the best boots possible. After all, this is your weapon of choice out on the pitch, and the wrong pair could have you playing like Phil Jones on a bad day. Even worse, it could make you even more injury-prone and unreliable than, um, Phil Jones.

There’s a number of important factors you need to consider. Everyone’s got their own preferences in terms of sizing and colour, but you should always focus on these three things when buying some new boots: comfort, performance and budget.

Comfort will depend largely on the materials used (either leather, synthetic or sock), the shape of your foot (wide or narrow) and the lockdown each boot provides. Performance revolves around the features and technology included, as well as the overall durability and, to a certain extent, style.

Budget, of course, is fairly self-explanatory. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new pair of football boots or a box of doughnuts (or both), pretty much everyone craves excellent value for money, which is why our ranking considers the best football boots that have takedown budget options.

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READ | Our complete guide on how to choose the perfect football boots this season.


Which surface type do you need?

Before you consider any of the above, however, you need to make sure you’re buying boots which are suitable for your chosen playing surface. Picking up a pair of soft ground boots, for example, would be an absolute disaster if you’re tearing it up at Powerleague every week.

Every football boot is made for a specific surface, and we never recommend wearing certain boots on the wrong kind of pitch. It might cost you a little more money, but the wrong boot type could either become stuck in the turf or provide no traction whatsoever, causing some very nasty injuries indeed. Goodbye, knee cartilage.

There are exceptions. For example, if a boot is classed as “FG/AG”, then this means it can be worn on both firm ground and artificial ground.


READ | Our definitive guide on the different types of football boots for more information.


The 15 best football boots for 2022

Ever since Alan Ball showed off a striking white pair in the early ‘70s, football boots have gradually grown more exuberant and exciting. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with some classy black leather, now you can choose between countless colourways, silos, surface types and materials.

But, with so much choice available, what do we believe are the best football boots available in 2022? Let’s dive in.


PLEASE NOTE | The ranking below is focused on adult sizes. Check out our separate blog on the best kids football boots if you’re hoping to find something for the little ones.


15. Nike Premier 3

nike premier 3 football boots in black and white

The latest upgrade to the popular Nike Premier series is a hit with us. It’s always been a budget option, and it remains that way for the third installment. Available for under £100 in SG, FG and TF options, they’re a snip after bearing in mind such high quality craftsmanship is involved.

Granted, they are probably one for the nostalgics amongst us, but don’t be misled as these boots have been modelled to perform to a very high standard in today’s game. They’re not as exciting as some other options in this list, but hell, they’ll simply do their job with aplomb.

PROS:

+ Supple kangaroo leather wraps the foot in pillowy comfort, giving you the first touch of a prime Xavi. Possibly.

+ A two-in-one tongue gives you the option of traditional (old schoolers) or a more modern look.

+ The price. They are by far the cheapest premium leather boot on the market, you won’t find more value anywhere else.

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14. Puma Ultra 1.3

puma ultra 1.3 football boots in green

We’ve mentioned it countless times, but Puma have seriously stepped up to the plate in recent years with their boot silo offerings. The Puma Ultra is a purpose-built speed machine. And it performs incredibly well.

They’re available in a range of surface types and colourways with some extremely lively ones thrown in the mix, for the more exuberant players amongst us. The ‘1.3’ is an elite boot, but you can find lower tech, cheaper options with the ‘2.3’, ‘3.3’ and even ‘4.3’ takedowns which are all available in a selection of surface types.

PROS:

+ Super lightweight SPEEDCAGE and Peba SpeedUnit tech to benefit one thing: speed. Oh, and more speed too.

+ Sharp ULTRAcut and MATRYXEVO carbon yarn uppers for a comfortable fit when sitting those defenders on their bums.

+ Low-cut style with solid lace structure for a snug fit whilst you pummel home the volleys.

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13. Pantofola d’Oro Superleggera

pantofola doro superleggera football boots in black

Ah, the ‘Golden Slippers’ are back in our list. It’s impossible to ignore Pantofolo d’Oro’s premium leather boots, and they really don’t get much more supple than these Italian gems. They are most certainly one ‘Super League’ which isn’t a completely disastrous idea.

Only available in an FG soleplate in either black or white. Simplicity is the key as to why Pantofola d’Oro has been churning out quality since 1886. The Superleggera is truly one for the boot connoisseurs and they wouldn’t look out of place on Andrew Pirlo’s feet, coupled with a smoking jacket and a large red wine. Swoon.

PROS:

+ All of that handcrafted premium k-leather, which delivers a first touch softer than your favourite childhood teddy.

+ Unbelievable durability, these boots are built with precision and care. They’ll last forever if you treat them right.

+ Unbridled classic beauty in boot form, all your teammates will be asking you: “where did you get those?”

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12. New Balance Furon v6 Pro

new balance furon v6 football boots in red orange

This brand is impressing us with their offering this season, and New Balance’s Furon v6 comes out top of the pile. With England heroes such as Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka on their books, it goes to show that the New Balance Furon is able to hit the mark consistently.

This boot is a lightweight synthetic creation, with available takedown silos for all budgets in a range of colourways and a choice of FG/SG/TF soleplates. Hey, they even offer a slightly heavier leather edition for those who are that way inclined.

PROS:

+ A speed boot which is ideally weighted for tricky wingers. That’s probably why Sterling and Saka love them.

+ The FitWeave Stretch upper moulds comfortably around the foot to provide comfort on the move.

+ Removable aluminium soft ground studs means that you can adapt from SG to FG pitches with one pair. Now that’s value.

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11. adidas Copa Mundial

adidas copa mundial football boots in black and white

The oldest and most classic of all. It’s impossible to talk about the best football boots of the year without mentioning the adidas Copa Mundial. This design will always be one of the finest known examples in the history of the beautiful game. You look at it and it just commands your respect.

Only having had slight innovations around shaping and materials aside from adidas trying the odd modern Copa Mundial update, this original boot remains a stalwart in the G.O.A.T conversation since 1979. We don’t need to say much here, everyone just knows what they’re getting with a Copa Mundial.

PROS:

+ Insane levels of durability, we’ve seen players pull out pairs from their musty kit bags that are over a decade old.

+ Unchallenged comfort from the premier k-leather upper, once you’ve invested time to mould them to your own feet.

+ People will know you’re serious about the game if you rock up in a pair of these. They’re authority personified.

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10. adidas Predator Pulse

adidas predator pulse football boots in black and gold

We absolutely love a remake here at FOOTY.COM. And this adidas Predator Pulse tickled every nostalgic bone in our bodies. Beckham, Kaká, Zidane, Raúl. Endless memories for football enthusiasts of a certain age. Ohhh, they’re absolutely glorious.

Obviously, adidas had to switch the original ‘dangerous’ blades with their latest FG soleplate for this remake. It still works. Available in black/gold or a black/blue UCL edition, these will have you whipping free-kicks like it’s 2004. Unfortunately, unlike the originals there are no cheaper options, and they’ll set you back a fair whack.

PROS:

+ An incredible design brought back to life. It’ll cost you, but you’re going to look the business this season.

+ OG shaping and Pulse detailing, made lighter with an upgraded, modern premium leather upper.

+ New and improved FG soleplate used on all modern adidas boot silos. Be the Becks of the ‘20s.

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9. Mizuno Morelia Neo III MIJ

mizuno morelia neo 3 football boots in white and blue

It’s always a shock to us why Mizuno doesn't have more pro athletes on their books. Their boots, including the Morelia Neo III here, are an ode to leather craftsmanship. Comfort, style, lightness. They have it all in abundance.

This Made In Japan model offers the greatest comfort of any boot on the market, in a range of colourways and surface types including SG, FG and even indoor. It feels like a leftfield choice, but it shouldn’t be. Yeah, so it’s a big investment, but it’s undoubtedly elite level stuff.

PROS:

+ It’s like slipping your feet into a couple of marshmallows, but then being able to play football in them. Well.

+ High quality kangaroo leather is the material used for the uppers, it’s durable and allows for a silk-laden first touch.

+ The Dual-Density outsole gives a level of support and stability not offered by some other brands’ elite models. Solid.

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8. Nike Phantom GT2 Elite

nike phantom gt2 football boots in camo green and black

The Nike Phantom GT has been popular since its release back in 2020, and the next generation GT2 is no exception. Worn by top Premier League players in the form of Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and Rúben Dias, it’s not hard to see why you should grab yourself a pair.

This model comes in a raft of options to suit your style and need with FG/SG/AG/TF/IC soleplates, cheaper low-tech models, multiple colourways and even a Dynamic Fit collar boot design choice too. There’s truly something for everyone, all across the pitch.

PROS:

+ The sock-like Flyknit upper construction will help you become one with the ball. Just like Phil Foden.

+ With so many available options, you’re bound to find the perfect partner for your game and budget.

+ All-Conditions Control (ACC) tech helps to add a grippy level of touch in any conditions. Even the Sunday morning bog.

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7. Puma Future Z 1.2

puma future z 1.2 football boots in blue yellow and black

Another boot which has impressed us since its release is the Puma Future Z. Their latest installment has unparalleled levels of lockdown and support, something which world football superstars Neymar, Ederson and Jorginho can all attest to.

The Future Z is a model with many colourways (often Puma-level vibrant) and a choice of SG, SG mix, FG/AG blend and turf or indoor trainers. Their cheaper takedown models (‘2.2’ / ‘3.2’ and ‘4.2’) are still of a decent enough quality to perform every week.

PROS:

+ Puma’s patented FUZIONFIT compression band tech has been raved about since release, its lockdown level is unmatched.

+ More often than not, the Puma Future Z will come at a much lower price point than other brands. Ker-ching.

+ Adaptable lace closure system, giving you the snuggest ride you’ll ever experience.

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6. adidas Copa Sense+

adidas copa sense plus football boots in red

Our first laceless entry on the list (psst, it’s available in a laced .1 version for those who prefer). The modern adidas Copa Sense is a work of art. Smooth lines, padded k-leather comfort and a list of players wearing them that includes starlets João Félix and Jude Bellingham.

This boot looks beautiful in any available colourway, and you can grab them in FG/SG/AG/TF/IC surface types too. The takedown offerings (‘.2’ / ‘.3’ / ‘.4’) are often made from synthetic materials, which means you won’t get the same comfort, but you’ll get durability and change in your pocket.

PROS:

+ A sumptuous mix of k-leather and adidas Primeknit upper on the ‘Elite’ model, which adds up to a special level of comfort.

+ Sensepods and Touchpods across the boot add to feel and connection with the ball and foot. What a duo.

+ Available in so many colourways, lace options, soleplates and prices that you’re guaranteed to find your weapon of choice.

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5. Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elite KM

nike mercurial superfly 8 kylian mbappe in purple

That Kylian Mbappé lad, he’s not bad is he? A slight understatement, some may say. Turns out, his edition of the brilliant Nike Mercurial Superfly boot isn’t too shabby either. And unapologetically purple with flames. In fact, even the non-KM Superfly designs are incredible too.

The ‘Elite’ model offers some unbelievable features and a feel which won’t be matched, but Nike have offered plenty of cheaper versions of this design. They’ve even made kids’ sizes. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to grab an SG version though, they must think Kylian is too good for mud?

PROS:

+ A lightweight Flyknit upper gives a feeling that you might be able to match Kylian’s pace. You won’t, but you will get quicker wearing these.

+ Nike’s Aerotrack forefoot soleplate allows you to accelerate in multiple directions à la Mbappé.

+ Secure and comfortable fit from the Dynamic Fit ankle collar, the only ankles you’ll bend are the opposition defenders’.

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4. adidas X Speedflow.1

adidas x speedflow.1 football boots in black

The upgraded adidas X Speedflow is, as you’d imagine, a boot built for unadulterated speed. That’s probably why a little fella by the name of Mo Salah skins Premier League full-backs for fun every week wearing a pair. Oh, we almost forgot to mention, the arguable G.O.A.T Lionel Messi enjoys lacing these up too.

We’ve chosen to include the X Speedflow .1 laced version in our list, that’s because the ‘+’ laceless version can be a little tight for players with a regular width foot. This popular silo also has a wide range of colorways with the choice of surface types, and adidas’ ‘.2’, ‘.3’ and ‘.4’ budget takedown ranges.

PROS:

+ Lighter than light Primeknit skin and Agilitycage upper for explosive acceleration. You’ve seen Mo and Messi over 10 yards, right?

+ Low-cut collar and 3D cushioned heel for comfort and support throughout every second of the game.

+ adidas Speedframe and Carbitex carbon-fibre insert for more responsiveness when jinking those full-backs into submission.

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3. Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite

nike tiempo legend 9 football boots in white and pink

It’s time to take a break from the goalscorers for a minute. What about the unsung heroes? The gritty midfielders, the dominating centre halves? Well, this season they’ll be wearing this unbelievable silo from Nike, the Tiempo Legend 9. Piqué, Van Dijk, Henderson, De Vrij. They’re all in them.

The previous Legend 8 model was a big hit and those who wore it feared the worst from an update. They were wrong, this is one next-gen silo which has massively improved. It’s so much lighter, more agile and dare we say, more beautiful than ever before. Available in every surface type, even the cheaper ‘Pro’ and ‘Academy’ designs hold up well.

PROS:

+ Plush kangaroo leather upper like the interior of a Rolls-Royce, e.g. the type of player you’ll likely be regarded as.

+ Refined upper and redesigned soleplate to allow for lighter construction and less bulk.

+ Fantastic all-round boot perfectly useful for every position on the pitch. Utility players unite.

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2. Adidas Predator Freak+ EQT

adidas predator freak plus eqt in white and green

It’s a proper animal in at #2. The adidas Predator Freak+ EQT edition celebrates 30 years of adidas equipment, and it looks incredible. That classic green and white Three Stripes combo works perfectly with the Demonskin 2.0 upper of the laceless Freak+. It really has its claws out for all to see.

The looks of the adidas Predator Freak have been open to discussion since it was released into the wild, but we’re not here to sit on a fence. We love them, just like many of the world’s top players do too. The colour options are special across the ‘+’ and laced ‘.1’ versions, with multiple surface types and budget silos for the picking. Go and ravage your opponents.

PROS:

+ Unmistakable boot design in a ‘90s retro adidas equipment colourway. Take it back to the old school.

+ Laceless slip on silo with immense sock-like support for the foot, leaving you to hunt for space freely.

+ Aggressive Demonskin 2.0 rubber spines for unbelievable levels of curl and control on the ball.

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1. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite

nike mercurial vapor 14 football boots in blue and yellow

Well, well, well. It’s #1 for the second year in a row on our list. And rightfully so, thanks to the sharp updates made to the latest Nike Mercurial Vapor. We’re talking about the sharpest shooting boot on the market today, worn by golden boy supreme Haaland, Lewandowski, Vinicius, Chiesa and more.

The Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite certainly looked its best in Nike’s Recharge Pack (above), but we should appreciate every single one of its many colourways. Built for speed and finishing above all, Nike’s most popular silo continues to perform effortlessly.

Grab them in SG/FG/AG and even TF/IC for 5-a-side. Don’t fret either, the budget ‘Pro’ and’ Academy’ options can certainly do a job when you’re stumped for cash.

PROS:

+ The stripped-down Flyknit upper is lightweight engineering at its finest, giving maximum acceleration and speed.

+ Nike’s Aerotrak soleplate tech offers power off the mark with chevron studs for instant directional change. Jinks galore.

+ NikeGrip insoles prevent any slippage when you’re dropping shoulders and tangling defenders’ legs.

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Where to buy football boots

Finding your next pair of football boots is one thing, but you also need to think about where to buy them from. There are tons of fantastic retailers out there right now, with the likes of Sports Direct, Pro:Direct Soccer and Lovell Soccer serving up some great deals and discounts.

However, time is a precious thing and nobody really wants to spend their evenings searching through various websites. FOOTY.COM is the home of football price comparison, and we bring all these retailers and brands together to make your shopping experience a whole lot easier. It’s OK, you’re more than welcome.

All you have to do is find the boots you’re looking for (our boot collection is honestly massive) and you’ll be shown a list of live prices. You can instantly see which retailer is offering the best deal, then click straight through to make a purchase. Very simple indeed.

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How to look after your football boots

Once you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on a new pair of football boots, you’ll obviously want to make sure you’re looking after them properly. In addition to keeping them clean and making sure they don’t smell too bad (seriously, we all appreciate that one), most boots also require a bit of wear-in time and stretching.

Leather and synthetic boots need to be cared for in different ways, but there are plenty of hacks you can use to make sure they’re always kept healthy. Besides, after spending so much on a new pair of boots, you certainly won’t want to end up replacing them in just a few short months, especially if you’re playing on a tight budget.


READ | Our full guide on how to clean and care for your new football boots.


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Kevan Thorpe

Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.