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The Top 10 Most Expensive Football Boots in 2019

Every player needs a great pair of football boots. Unfortunately, the best ones often come at a price…

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Much like the players who wear them, football boots can be expensive. Very expensive. Each new release boasts cutting-edge boot tech and stylish colourways, while also promising to significantly improve your performance out on the pitch. Oh, and there’s usually an endorsement from one of the game’s most famous faces. 

But are these high-end boots actually worth it? 

Following a shower of fresh pre-season boot drops, I’m running you through the priciest releases out there, while also recommending some cheaper boots along the way. 

How Much Should Football Boots Cost?

This obviously depends on what kind of level you’re playing at and how deep your pockets are. Cristiano Ronaldo’s custom-made Mercurials probably cost a lot more than what your mate Jason wears at Powerleague, for example.

Football boots can be typically classified into four tiers: entry-level, semi-pro, professional and elite. Although you might be leaning towards a particular silo or colourway, your choice of football boot should largely depend on which of these tiers you fall into. After all, you don’t want to break the bank for a pair of cutting-edge Predators if you’re just playing a bit of casual five-a-side every week.

Although prices fluctuate between retailers and different playing surfaces, we’ve broken down how much you should realistically expect to pay in each bracket (adult sizes):

Entry-level boots: £20 - £50

Semi-pro boots: £50 - £80

Professional boots: £80 - £150

Elite boots: £150+

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Boots in 2019

For those who consider themselves a serious footballer, forking out for boots becomes an inevitable part of every new season. Since you’ll likely fall under the “elite” category, these boots often come with eye-watering price tags, and your bank account will soon feel much like an away side at the Etihad. Battered, depleted and just a little bit violated. 

But what are the most expensive football boots currently available on the market? After comparing prices with the most popular online retailers, I’ve compiled a list of the priciest boots out there, along with some cheaper alternatives to help you save a few extra pennies. 

Let’s dive in. 

PLEASE NOTE: prices have been taken from boots which are currently available from at least two or three different retailers on FOOTY.COM, so that I can avoid any market anomalies and provide you with more accurate figures.

10. Puma Future 4.1 FG/AG - £178

Image: Puma.

What You’re Paying For:

Laces. Lots of laces. Well, to be more specific, the Puma Future features the innovative NETFIT technology, opening you up to all kinds of lacing possibilities and making sure you’re always comfortable out on the pitch. But you probably already knew that. 

What you might not have realised, however, is that this new generation has been released just 6 months after the Future 19.1. Although this might frustrate Future fans who like to stay as up to date as possible, it’s nice to see a brand spotting ways to improve their product and then just going for it. Besides, with all the new Nike and adidas releases, Puma won’t want to feel left out. 

These improvements combine the NETFIT and 3D Havoc Frame into one seamless layer, which is basically designed to provide a closer touch of the football. Aside from that, the biggest development is the fact that Puma has created a special “Anthem” playlist on Spotify to accompany its release. Yes, I’ve listened to it. No, it’s not my cup of tea. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

The tweaks are so minor here, the obvious answer is to opt for the cheaper Future 19.1. If you’re on a tighter budget, then the older Puma evoPOWER boots could be just what you’re looking for.

9. Puma King Platinum SG - £180

Image: Puma.

Release Date: June 2019

What You’re Paying For:

The Puma King is one of the greatest football boots of all-time. Without question. Famously worn by the likes of Johann Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pelé, this is a boot which has stood the test of time and remains just as popular as ever. So, it’s fair to say that this modern update has been welcomed with open arms. 

Building on the iconic design of the original boots, the King Platinum introduces all kinds of innovative new features. Following input from a certain Thierry Henry, the snug knitted tongue, RAPIDSPRINT outsole and 3D touch texture upper are all included to help wearers keep up with the speed and power of the modern game. Not too shabby at all. 

Perhaps more importantly, the classic k-leather upper will hit older players with a serious dose of nostalgia, as Puma successfully introduce all their futuristic boot tech without affecting the famous retro appearance. In short, this is a fantastic boot option for players of all generations, regardless of whether you’re playing on firm, soft or artificial ground. Long live the King indeed. 

Cheaper Alternatives: 

Instead of opting for this fresh new release, you can always get your hands on an older pair of Puma Kings to save a bit of cash. Prices on FOOTY.COM currently start from just under £62.

8. New Balance Furon v5 Maagum Pro FG - £189 

Image: New Balance.

Release Date: June 2019

What You’re Paying For:

If you’re a huge Sadio Mané fan, then these are the boots for you. If not, then they’re probably not worth the investment. Paying tribute to the Senegalese star, these special edition Furon v5 boots come complete with signature details which commemorate the biggest moments of his international career. 

Aptly named “Rise of a Lion”, the boots feature a black and white colourway which is inspired by “The Simb”- a ritual which marks the transformation of a man into a lion. The unique black pattern also takes inspiration from this ritual, while the inclusion of Mané’s name and number is a far more obvious tribute to the Champions League winner. 

Like I said, unless you’re the man himself, this boot is only really suitable for Mané super-fans. There’s no new boot tech to set it apart from the other v5 models (which are much cheaper), and the high price tag is a result of New Balance only releasing 405 pairs worldwide. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

Aside from choosing literally any other Furon v5 colourway, the Mizuno Morelia Neo II is another popular boot similarly built around speed and power. Prices at FOOTY.COM start at just over £80.

7. Adidas X 19+ FG - £199


Release Date: May 2019

What You’re Paying For:

Speed. That’s what you’ll get for your money. Of course, putting on the adidas X 19+ won’t suddenly bless you with the pace of Marcus Rashford, but the X helps naturally speedy players fly down the wings at full throttle. That’s why the likes of Mo Salah and Gareth Bale have been wearing them for so long. 

Originally released as part of the “302 Redirect” pack, the 19+ marks the latest generation of the famous adidas speed boot. This is a pimped up, streamlined version of previous X models, with the introduction of a fresh new upper perhaps the most notable upgrade here; apart from the glorious silver and red colourway, which is just downright beautiful. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

Following the release of the latest adidas boot generation, the hugely popular x 17 and 18 have enjoyed a significant drop in price. Alternatively, you might want to look at the New Balance Furon 4.0 or an older Puma evoSPEED boot. 

6. Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite SG - £200

Image: Nike.

Release Date: June 2019

What You’re Paying For:

The iconic Nike Tiempo has always set the bar for leather football boots. Right up there with the Puma King and adidas Copa Mundial, Tiempos have always been known for their comfort, durability and gatecrashing the 1994 FIFA World Cup final. After what’s felt like an eternity (it’s actually just been 2 years), this classic boot has been given a major face-lift. 

The Tiempo Legend 8 has initially been released in two contrasting colourways: one black and the other white. Not only are both of these versions absolutely gorgeous, but they also take the silo’s boot technology to a whole new level. While the traditional k-leather is still used in the forefoot, this is now complemented by a Quad-fit mesh to make the leather more flexible. 

The leather upper has also been structured slightly differently, designed to offer greater levels of control and a softer touch. Inside the boot, a Flyknit Fit Tunnel wraps around your foot and improves stability, making them one of the most comfortable and reliable Tiempos ever made. Unlike some of the other boots in this list, the Legend 8 offers a major upgrade to past iterations. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

Other great leather football boots include the Mizuno Morelia Neo II, Puma King and adidas Copa. All three are fantastic boots, so your choice will depend very much on your personal style of play. 

5. Adidas Predator Zidane Accelerator FG - £220

Image: adidas.

Release Date: March 2019 (although technically they’ve been around since 1998)

What You’re Paying For:

Just shut up and take my money. You only need to look at these boots to see that they’re worth every single penny. Celebrating 25 years of Predator, these limited-edition Accelerators are quite possibly the biggest boot drop of 2019 so far, sending our nostalgia for 90’s football to an entirely new level. 

Basking in a glorious gold colourway, the re-released Accelerator honours Zinedine Zidane’s 1998 Ballon d’Or triumph, featuring the same design and k-leather materials as the original. Coming complete with the colours of the French flag and “ZZ” initials on the heel, these boots are a love letter to one of the greatest midfielders to ever play the game. 

As part of the same release, adidas also unleashed a special version of the 2001 Predator Precision, with the glorious white and red colourway honouring another legendary midfielder of that era: David Beckham. Of course, both boots are available in limited numbers and the demand is huge, which is why they cost upwards of £220.   

Cheaper Alternatives:

This is a gold limited-edition of the most iconic football boot of the past 25 years. There is no alternative.  

4. Nike Mercurial Vapor 13 Elite FG - £220

Image: Nike

Release Date: July 2019

What You’re Paying For:

No pun intended, the next-generation Mercurial was always going to have big shoes to fill. The 360 Mercurial Vapor 12 was enormously popular, raising the bar for football boot innovation and becoming widely acclaimed by some of the world’s top talents. Eden Hazard, Neymar, Frenkie De Jong: they all loved the previous version of the Vapor.

Fortunately, this newest generation builds on the success of its predecessor, improving upon the ground-breaking 360-degree Flyknit technology which made it so successful. Lighter and more responsive than ever before, the Mercurial Vapor 13 provides an impressive upgrade on the previous edition, even if it isn’t as much of a game-changer. 

Packed with Nike’s latest boot tech and boasting a striking design (Nike has gone even bigger on branding this time), the new Mercurial is certainly worth the investment if you fell in love with the Vapor 12. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

It’s difficult to find a direct alternative to the Mercurial Vapor, but the New Balance Tekela places a similar focus on speed, control and manoeuvrability. 

3. Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite FG - £230

Image: Nike.

Release Date: July 2019

What You’re Paying For:

Slightly more expensive than the Vapor 13, the new Mercurial Superfly 7 follows a similar theme in building upon the foundations of its previous generation. It’s a stronger, stretchier and more comfortable upgrade to one of the most popular boots of the decade, with subtle tweaks brought in to improve its overall design and performance. 

Once again, this new release has by no means pushed the boundaries in the same way its predecessors have, but this is obviously a great purchase for any die-hard Merc fans out there. Aside from some slight adjustments to the soleplate and collar, the most obvious change here is the striking new branding. Well, at least everyone can tell you’re wearing Mercurials.

Cheaper Alternatives:

Since you’re essentially paying extra for Nike’s Dynamic Fit Collar, the evoKNIT sock of the Puma ONE could be considered a viable alternative here.  

2. Adidas Predator 19+ FG - £230

Image: adidas.

Release Date: November 2018

What You’re Paying For:

In short, you’re paying for a colourway. Since it was released towards the end of last year, the Predator 19+ has already featured in a variety of awesome boot packs. Of course, that means a selection of stunning designs are already available, and prices inevitably fluctuate between these colourways. 

While the older models (such as the red “Initiator” Predator, pictured above) are now available for around £150, the newer versions are much more expensive. The silver “302 Redirect” and special-edition Paul Pogba Predators will take a serious chunk out of your wallet, as will the glorious gold Beckham/Zidane-inspired designs. 

The most expensive of all, however, is the brand-new “Dark Script” design. Released just in time for the new season, these blackout boots are ideal for school or academy players, with the smooth laceless upper looking incredibly slick indeed. Although the Predator’s tech has hardly changed since its famous 2017 re-release, it will always be a solid purchase. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

The adidas Ace is the natural alternative to the Predator, and the discontinued silo still remains incredibly popular today. This blackout Ace for just over £80 is a great replacement for the expensive “Dark Script” boots. 

1. Adidas Nemeziz 19+ FG - £280

Image: adidas.

Release Date: May 2019

What You’re Paying For: 

So this is it: the most expensive football boot currently available on the market. It seems only right that the crown goes to the boots worn by Lionel Messi and *ahem* Jesse Lingard. 

The adidas Nemeziz has always been about agility, with the ground-breaking 360 Agility Bandage allowing players to twist and turn at pace. Instead of simply tweaking things, the latest generation actually offers some major improvements, creating a football boot which is more comfortable, flexible and, above all, agile

Featuring a fresh new weave, updated soleplate and V-shaped tape collar, the Nemeziz 19+ may well be the most innovative boot on the market. While this is certainly enough to justify its hefty price tag, the most expensive version of the boot is actually a surprise limited-edition “Spiderman” design (pictured). 

Weighing in at a whopping £280, I guess all most of us can do is simply marvel at it. If you’re a huge Spidey fan with almost £300 to spare, then by all means get your hands on these before they sell out. If you’re more of a DC fan or don’t really rate comic books altogether, you’ll be much better off sticking to the other colourways, which are around £30 cheaper. 

Either way, the Nemeziz remains just as unpredictable as the players who wear them. My spidey sense is definitely tingling. 

Cheaper Alternatives:

Another boot built around speed and agility, the Umbro Velocita 3 is available for just a fraction of the price. FOOTY.COM has found deals starting from just £45. 

There you have it. Those are the most expensive football boots of 2019. Of course, you could probably hop straight onto ebay and find a pair going for £900, but these are the priciest boots currently commercially available. 

While some are certainly worth the investment (such as the Nemeziz 19 and Tiempo 8), many others are still riding the hype wave of their recent release dates. For the most part, they feature only minor changes to their cheaper predecessors. So, unless you’re the most avid of boot collectors, it’s certainly worth waiting for the hype to die down before bagging a pair. 

In fact, FOOTY.COM lets you set up price alerts on your favourite boots, so that you can be notified as soon as they fall within your budget! Just head over to the relevant product page to set it all up!

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