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The lightest football boots you can buy in 2023

Catch these before they float away. We’re taking a look at the lightest football boots around this year.
Author Image of Kevan Thorpe


one year ago


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It’s fair to say that football boots have changed a bit over time.

By hopping in your time machine and travelling back to the 1990s, you’d find Baggio, Beckham and all your other heroes lining up in heavy leather Diadora and adidas.

However, in the late ‘90s brands began to play around with synthetic and knitted sock materials, serving up boots which were lighter than ever before.

Ronaldo 'R9' Nazario (wearing the first all-synthetic Nike Mercurials) was almost unstoppable at the ‘98 World Cup, showcasing how effective these new lightweight boots could be.

Traditional leather boots from that era could often feel a little bulky, whereas modern synthetic boots allowed players to make the most of their explosive pace and have defenders spitting dust.

25 years on from that incredible tournament, boots have improved massively and we’re here to take a look at the lightest football boots in the world, right now.

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Does the weight of your football boots matter?

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Let’s get one thing straight: buying a pair of lightweight football boots isn’t going to transform you into the next Kylian Mbappé overnight.

However, what they will do is let pacy players move comfortably and freely, without hindering their movement or slowing them down. Basically, they make you feel confident enough to sprint on demand.

Your choice of football boot will still depend on what’s most important to you. Whether you prefer comfort, feel, durability, shape or something else entirely.

Lightweight football boots are ideal for wingers or strikers who don’t feel comfortable in heavier boots, but they won’t miraculously turn you into a speed demon next time you step over the white line.

Faster players typically focus their performance around that part of their game, so it’s only fair that they’ll want boots which optimise their acceleration and pace.

What are the lightest football boots ever made?

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The Puma Ultra SL Tech which was released in 2021 is officially the lightest football boot ever made, weighing in at a measly 90 grams!

It stripped 2015’s adidas f50 adizero 99GRAM of its title, but the adizero 99GRAM will forever remain the first boot to go sub-100g.

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The lightest football boots available right now

There have been plenty of other insanely lightweight football boots down the years, with adidas and Puma seemingly locked in an endless battle to produce the lightest boots on the planet.

But, we’re here to look at the boots that are currently commercially available, since there’s no point in waxing lyrical about incredible boots if you’re unable to get your feet into them.

So, without further ado, here are the lightest football boots in the world right now, and each one is perfect for a speedster like you…

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Note: All boot weights are based on an FG soleplate in a men’s UK size 8.

10. Puma King Ultimate (208g)

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Somewhat of a surprise entry to start us off. When you think of the King, you probably think of heavy leather.

Well, this modern vegan-friendly “K-Better” upper construction is much lighter than the leather OG King model.

At a similar weight to Nike’s earlier Mercurial Vapor 14 (yes, really), this could be a sound alternative for those more traditional players who still want to be lighter on their feet.

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9. Nike Phantom GX Elite (204g)

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Coming in a huge 14g lighter than its predecessor, the Nike Phantom GX is even more nimble than before.

Not quite as quick as other Nike models, it still partners well with sharp, reactive players like City’s trio of De Bruyne, Stones and Foden.

The Elite model uses Nike’s lightweight Flyknit yarns to take any unwanted bulk out of the design with amazing sock-like results. This one is lighter than it looks.

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8. Lotto Solista Gravity 100 Laceless (204g)

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Not often seen on the pro pitches, this Lotto Solista is a lightweight laceless option for those who prefer something a little different.

The 3D one-piece upper wraps the foot in a mix of synthetic fibres and knitted tech, with a total weight of just over 200g.

An allover embossed finish across the upper allows for closer control of the ball during dribbles, perfect for tricky wingers.

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7. Nike Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite (200g)

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Now it’s time to hear about some of your favourite ‘leg-it-proper-fast’ forwards.

Fit for the likes of Rashford, Mbappé and Musiala, the Mercurial Superfly 9 is one of the lightest Nike football boots and every bit as good as anything on the market.

With its breathability and slimline shaping, Flyknit tech keeps the upper super lightweight. It’s available in lots of airy and vibrant colours to complement your pace too.

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6. New Balance Tekela V4+ Pro (198g)

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Moving into a mid-table position is the updated New Balance Tekela V4+ Pro model.

A laceless one-piece construction made from synthetic materials lends itself perfectly to less bulk.

The looks may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re after something a little off the beaten track, the Tekela could be the one for you.

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5. adidas X Speedportal+ (196g)

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Now we slip into one of the most notable releases of the year, the adidas X Speedportal.

A certain Premier League legend in the shape of Mo Salah proves weekly just how quick you can be in a pair of these. Oh, and his pals Jota and Díaz trust it too.

Also available in a laced ‘.1’ version, adidas’ lightest football boot tips in at slightly under 200g. A winger’s dream partner, the adidas X could be the tool you need to leave defenders in your wake every weekend.

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4. Mizuno Alpha MIJ (190g)

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Surprised? So were we. Really, it should be no shock that Japanese tech has advanced to give us a premium boot with true nimbleness.

The Mizuno Alpha is a rare sight around Europe, only seen on the feet of Sergio Ramos, but it’s a beautiful one nonetheless.

Using a multi-layer synthetic construction on the upper, it weighs the same as the Mercurial Vapor 15. Packing an enormous punch for the pitch.

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3. Nike Mercurial Vapor 15 Elite (190g)

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Marketed all around the speed it delivers, and cruising into our top 3 is the Mercurial Vapor 15 from Nike.

As we’ve come to expect with Vapor releases, it’s dainty enough for top speedsters. That includes rapid forwards such as Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen and Sam Kerr.

The Mercurial Vapor 15 is the lightest Nike football boot and every bit as good as the Superfly model from earlier, minus the sock collar.

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2. Puma Ultra Ultimate (188g)

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A little heavier (+28g) than the earlier Ultra 1.4, the Puma Ultra Ultimate has traded up in quality whilst saying super light.

As Puma’s lightest football boot, they’ve ensured its nimble framework is packed with advanced technology. Gakpo, Mitoma and Antony can all attest to that.

Sounding like something off the Starship Enterprise, the ULTRAWEAVE knit uppers and SPEEDPLATE sole tech in this boot deliver superb on-pitch performance.

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1. New Balance Furon V7 Pro (180g)

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New Balance have romped into first place with their updated Furon V7+ release.

Weighing only 180g, the NB Furon should be underrated at everyone’s peril. This boot works effortlessly for silky wingers Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka and Sadio Mané.

These boots are optimised to within an inch of their life. And wrapped in their lightweight Hypoknit uppers, you’ll glide over the surface leaving opponents in your wake.

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You can compare prices on a huge range of lightweight (and even heavy) football boots right here at FOOTY.COM.

Whether you want the lightest boots money can buy or something to smash top bins, you can always bag the best deals with us.

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