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Best football boots for speed & wingers 2023

Calling all speedsters! We’ve picked out the best boots for wingers and players who rely on speed as their key tool.

best football boots for speed and wingers 2022

You lucky devil, you. You’ve got bags of pace, and that’s an incredibly sought-after attribute.

The modern game is reliant on pace and power, and you’re the one that opens up the opposition by sticking on the afterburners.

When it comes to tippy-toeing past bewildered full-backs, you’ll need the lightest and most natural-feeling football boots on your feet.

That’s precisely why we’re looking at the best football boots to suit players who have speed and usually, those are the ones who play as wingers.

Buckle up, because we’re going into hyperdrive...

5. Nike Phantom GT2

nike phantom gt2 football boot in black and gold
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We’ve talked before about how the Nike Phantom GT2 is comfortably the best all-round boot available.

Whilst it’s not the lightest on this list, it’s proven at the top level for smooth dribbling and accurate cross delivery. Just check out the list of wearers that includes Grealish and Foden.

But, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t light. At 215g (Elite / UK9 / FG), it still makes our top 10 of the lightest boots list.

With its technical build, it’s an ideal choice for fast-turning defenders, tricky-toed wingers and lightning-quick strikers too.

On the Elite models, the ACC (All Conditions Control) coating helps the ball stick to the boot’s upper in any weather. Perfect for wing wizards.

Grab cheaper takedown versions, plus a DF (Dynamic Fit) sock version too. Available in tons of colours and every surface type, for kids and adults.

Who wears Nike Phantom GT2?

Jack Grealish, Rodrygo, Kevin De Bruyne, Fran Kirby, Karim Adeyemi, Phil Foden, Lucy Bronze, Andrew Robertson, Matthijs de Ligt, Pernille Harder, Nikola Vlašić and Debinha.

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4. New Balance Furon

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Ah, likely the most underrated addition to our list of speedy winger boots. For us, the New Balance Furon is more than worthy.

Nike, adidas and Puma have more money to throw at sponsorship. Truly, that’s the only reason why we aren’t seeing it more on the biggest stages in football.

With the latest V7, NB have created a lightweight winger’s dream that comes in at a measly 190g (Pro / UK10 / FG). Acceleration like Saka, Sterling and Mané is no longer a dream.

If swift changes in direction are your ally, so is the Furon V7. The Pro version’s Hypoknit upper can stretch and support at will.

There’s cash to be saved if you’re happy to look at takedown options, those models come in the forms of the Destroy and Dispatch.

Are you someone who’s looking to step out from the norm? The NB Furon is your ticket. Available for adults and kids in all surface types.

Who wears New Balance Furon?

Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mané and Eberechi Eze.

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3. Puma Ultra

puma ultra football boots in black and green
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The Puma Ultra is now a well-established speed boot. And the latest version is more of the same.

Tried and trusted by some of the world’s most lethal wingers and speed merchants, this lightweight elite Ultimate model has serious zip.

Weighing in at just 188g (Ultimate / UK8.5 / FG), this chassis is about as feather-like as you’re likely to see.

The key to acceleration is powerful propulsion, and the dual density SPEEDPLATE in the Ultimate option delivers that. By the boatload.

The three takedown choices are Pro, Match and Play. With Match offering laceless ‘+’ versions too.

Who wears Puma Ultra?

Antony, Memphis Depay, Antoine Griezmann, Eugénie Le Sommer, Kingsley Coman, Cody Gakpo, Christian Pulisic, Kevin Schade, Sheraldo Becker, Nikita Parris, Jeremie Frimpong, Raphaël Varane, Kyle Walker and Alex Sandro.

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2. adidas X Speedportal

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First the Ghosted, then the Speedflow and now this, the Speedportal. The X has been raising the game for many a season now and is definitely one of the best football boots on the market.

This boot is the bread and butter of modern wing play and sharp swivels. Lauded by the quickest on the planet. Messi, Salah and Son, to name a few.

Available in laced and laceless versions, the elite ‘.1’ and ‘+’ models are packed with tech to help you glide past defenders. With the laced '.1' weighing in at 200g (.1 / UK8.5 / FG).

Carbitex carbon plate, Speedframe 2.0 and Speedskin 2.0. Now, that’s one hell of a combination for explosive sprinting.

Takedowns come in the form of the ‘.2’, ‘.3’ and ‘.4’. Cheaper materials, but still very light. Get them in sizes for kids and adults for all surfaces.

Who wears adidas X Speedportal?

Lionel Messi, Mo Salah, Jeremiah St. Juste, Ferran Torres, Guro Reiten, Gerrit Holtmann, Zaidu Sanusi, Gabriel Martinelli, Kadidiatou Diani, Son Heung-min, Dani Olmo, Trinity Rodman, Serge Gnabry and Ashley Lawrence.

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1. Nike Mercurial Superfly & Vapor

nike mercurial superfly 9 and vapor 15 football boots in blue and yellow
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There’s a reason we’re picking both Nike Mercurials in our number one spot. It’s because they use exactly the same tech!

And yes, that tech’s been updated for the latest Superfly 9 and Vapor 15 editions. Packing the boots with Nike’s patented Zoom Air is a genius move.

The only difference between them is the sock collar, which is included on the Superfly. Hey, some people just prefer that look and feel.

These boots adorn the feet of most of the world’s superstars, past and present. And rightly so. We’re talking about CR7, Mbappé and Haaland right now.

The ‘Elite’ model has a Vaporposite+ upper to keep that ball glued in, and tri-star studs help you to gain traction when you’re shifting through the gears.

Nike have upped the ante when it comes to shedding the grams, with the Vapor 15 weighing a measly 180g (Elite / UK8.5 / FG). Easily making it one of the lightest boots in the world today.

If you’re not serious enough to shell out £200+, it’s takedowns-a-plenty with the Mercurial. Pro, Academy and Club versions can save you cash.

They’re two of the most popular models for kids too, and the Superfly and Vapor are available in all sizes for every surface.

Check out the wild and wacky colourways, but more importantly, get used to screwing full-backs into the ground every time you slip these on.

Who wears Nike Mercurial Vapor?

Erling Haaland, Ousmane Dembélé, Delphine Cascarino, Hirving Lozano, Theo Hernandez, Alphonso Davies, Youssoufa Moukoko, Caroline Graham Hansen, Alejandro Garnacho, Ansu Fati, João Cancelo, Eden Hazard and Beth Mead.

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Who wears Nike Mercurial Superfly?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Rashford, Lauren Hemp, Jamal Musiala, Jadon Sancho, Hirving Lozano, Chloe Kelly, Leroy Sané, Riyad Mahrez, Nico Williams and Marie-Antoinette Katoto.

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Are you still thinking you need other options for your pacy game? That’s fine, we’re only here to guide. And hey, you know your game better than anyone does.

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Kevan Thorpe

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