Best football boots 2024

Best football boots
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Looking for the best football boots in 2024? Look no further: we've reviewed the latest releases from Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance and more.

With so many football boots on the market right now, it's important to know what you're looking for. Boots are now tailor-made for specific roles on the field – whether you're looking for boots for strikers or boots for defenders – but also for specific players, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and even Harvey Elliott with trademark boots of their own. 

Whether you'd like something comfy for your weekly five-a-side or you take football boots a little more seriously and need a pair of the greatest football boots of all time, we've got your back… well your feet, of course.

FFT's designated boots expert
Lolade Jinadu
FFT's designated boots expert
Lolade Jinadu

A football shirt and boot aficionado, Lolade Jinadu has over 40,000 followers on Instagram and a vast collection of football boots. With all kinds of equipment ranging from retro to brand-new releases and one-off special edition boots, Lolade has tested hundreds of football boots over the years from a range of brands, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the market. 

Let's cut to the chase, here: this is the rundown of the best football boots that you can currently buy.

The best football boots in 2024

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Best overall

Nike Phantom GX Elite

Nike Phantom GX Elite (Image credit: Future)

Nike Phantom GX Elite

The best boots available on the market right now

Specifications

Colourways: Hyper Turq/Black/Fushcia Dream/White, Bright Crimson/Black/White, Black/Chrome/Hyper Royal, Baltic Blue/Pink Blast/White/Laser Blue, Barely Volt/Gridiron/Barely Grape, Guava Ice, Black, Total Orange
Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Artificial Ground
As worn by: Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Alexia Putellas

Reasons to buy

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Unique Gripknit technology 
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Great traction

What you need to know: Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Rodri, Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne can be seen taking it in turns to torment opposition defenders with the GX on their feet.

Design: They are one of the best-looking boots of the year and these have all the hallmarks of a future classic.

Performance: The Phantom GX boasts arguably the best piece of innovation in the boot market of 2023 with its sticky Gripknit upper geared towards greater control of the ball. The soleplate is excellent, combining agility and stability in a way that allows the craftsmen among us to flourish.

Best for goalkeepers

New Balance Tekela V4 Pro Low

New Balance Tekela V4 Pro Low (Image credit: New Balance)

New Balance Tekela V4 Pro Low

Comfortable and lightweight, the low version of the Tekela should be considered

Specifications

Colourways: Copper/Black, Black
Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground
As worn by: Raheem Sterling, Harvey Elliott, Endrick

Reasons to buy

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Wide fit option
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Great alternative to 'big three'

 What you need to know: NB have recently added Brazilian wonderkid Endrick to their roster and these are the boots he will be lacing up in. The future seems bright for both. 

Performance: In 2023 New Balance released a low and laced version of the Tekela V4 Pro and this has all of the quality of the laceless with the added adjustability and lockdown that comes with laces.


New Balance Tekela V4 Pro FG boot review

New Balance Tekela V4 Pro (Image credit: Future)
An extremely lightweight boot with a minimalist feel, the Tekela V4 is a great alternative to a more established option

Specifications

Colourways: Black, Copper/Black, Black/Gold, Silver/Bright Lapis, Dragonfly/Chloro Green
Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground
As worn by: Timothy Weah, Harvey Elliott, Endrick

Reasons to buy

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Sleek laceless design
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Wide fit option

Reasons to avoid

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No artificial ground version

What you need to know: Once the problem child of the New Balance selection with the V4 Pro the Tekela has finally come of age. If you are looking for a laceless football boot then these should be near the top of your list. After years of looking to muscle into the old boy’s club of established boot brands, with its current selection NB has not only joined the club but might soon be in line for a lifetime membership.

Performance: The hypoknit upper is as soft and flexible as anything out there the lockdown of the laceless system almost makes you feel like you aren’t wearing any boots at all. 

Read more: Tekela V4 Pro review

Best for defenders

Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite

Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite (Image credit: Nike)

Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite

A reimagined old-school classic, these iconic boots have recently switched to synthetic

Specifications

Colourways: Hyper Turq/Black/Fuchsia Dream, White/Black/Bright Crimson, Black/Chrome/Hyper Royal, White, Guava Ice/Black/Total Orange
Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Artificial Ground
As worn by: Virgil Van Dijk, James Ward-Prowse, Jamal Musiala

Reasons to buy

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Classic design
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Wonderful comfort
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Great touch on the ball

What you need to know: In anticipation of the release of the Tiempo Legend 10, Nike released a limited-edition remake of the CTR 360 Maestri with the Legend 10 featuring an updated version of the Kanga-Lite upper of the now iconic CTRs. Think prime Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. If you remember how good those felt, then you might want to take a look at these.

Design: 2023 was the year Nike transitioned from natural leather to a synthetic upper for its Tiempo line. Don’t let that deter you though because the boot retains all of the comfort and touch that we have come to expect from one the most iconic models in the game.


Diadora boots

Diadora Brasil Made in Italy OG football boots (Image credit: Pro:Direct)

Diadora Brasil Made in Italy OG

Reminisce on the greats of the '90s with these absolute beauties

Specifications

Colourways: Black, Gold, White/Fresh Salmon, White/Navy
Studs: Firm Ground
As worn by: