Best football boots to buy 2021: New releases from Nike, Adidas and Puma

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The best football boots for you will naturally depend on a number of factors: what type of player you are, what designs you like the look of and, of course, what kind of budget you're working with. 

Here, we review the best boots on the market in 2020, from Nike, Adidas, Puma, Umbro and more. We give detailed explanations of why each boot is good and which type of player they would be suitable for, so you can make an informed decision about which pair to buy. 

Need to fill the whole kit bag? Check out our expert guides on the best shin pads, goalie gloves and footballs too.


ADIDAS BOOTS Mutator, Nemeziz, X Ghosted and Copa Mundials
NIKE BOOTS Should you buy Mercurial Vapor, Tiempo, Superfly, or Phantom?
BEST ASTROTURF BOOTS Top Nike, Adidas and Puma choices for 5-a-side

1. Adidas Copa Sense

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The minimal option from Adidas worn by the likes of Jude Bellingham and Joao Felix, the Copa Sense is all about touch and feel. They're super comfortable, too.

While the crimson red version is in fashion right now, Adidas have brought out a black and gold version and brighter, more colourful versions, too. 

Buy the Adidas Copa Sense from Adidas's official site

2. Adidas Copa Mundial

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The classic. For some of a certain age, the Copa Mundials are the definitive football boot - and you can still buy them.

Minimal, black and white football boots are almost a statement these days and there aren't many more stylish than these. 

Buy the Adidas Copa Mundial from Adidas's official site

3. Adidas X Speedflow

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The boots for speed merchants, Adidas's X range is worn by everyone from Mohamed Salah to Lionel Messi. 

These incredibly lightweight boots feel amazingly comfortable and are said to be inspired by birds of prey. 

Buy the Adidas X Speedflow from Adidas's official site

4. Adidas Predator

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The Predator has come a long way since Beckham and Zidane wore them in Japan and South Korea, almost 20 years ago.

These days, it's Pogba who's the big ambassador for the Preds and these versions are covered in dozens of little rubber spikes for making contact with the ball. Available in multiple colours, too. 

Buy the Adidas Predator Freak from Adidas's official site

5. Nike Phantom

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Kevin De Bruyne's boots, the Nike Phantoms are all about touch and control.

They've evolved over the years but this Mondrian-like pattern is one of Nike's nicest designs we can remember. Very snazzy.

Buy the Nike Phantom from Nike's official site

6. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14

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The Mercurial Vapor is an icon, reminiscent of Ronaldo - both Brazilian and Portuguese - Thierry Henry and Adriano.

The modern update is so technologically advanced that it can make a cup of tea for you (well, nearly). And you can customise these ones to switch up the colours as you wish. 

Buy the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 from Nike's official site

7. Nike Tiempo

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The Tiempo is Nike's legacy range, inspired by the boots of the 90s.

The current design is a more contemporary update on them but still something that feels rooted in the nostalgia of Ronaldinho.

Buy the Nike Tiempo from Nike's official site

8. Puma Future Z

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Puma's flagship range, these are the boots that Neymar first wore when he joined the manufacturer. 

Available in multiple colours, our pick has to be these blue and green numbers.

Buy the Puma Future Z from Pro Direct

9. Puma King

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Arguably the most iconic football boot of the 20th Century, the Puma King is a legend that Pele wore.

They're still going strong, too. You can get them in black and red but for us, there's no beating the original black and white. 

Buy the Puma King from Pro Direct

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