Best Nike football boots: The latest footwear worn by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe

Best Nike football boots: The latest footwear worn by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe
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If you want the best Nike football boots or fancy emulating heroes including CR7, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane, you'll want to take a gander at these beauties. 

Having the right boots can make a huge difference to a player's game, with certain Nike ranges specifically designed to assist defenders, attackers, speed merchants and creative maestros. FFT has been dedicating itself to categorising designs to make boot shopping easier for you. If you're simply looking for the best football boots of any and all manufacturers (including Adidas, Puma, Umbro and New Balance), be sure to check out our other reviews.

But here you'll find the best Nike football boots on the market right now...

Best Nike football boots 2022

Nike Air Max Zoom Mercurial boots

The Nike Zoom Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite dropped to a raucous reception from fans (Image credit: Nike)

Nike Zoom Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite

Most weightless Mercurial boots ever

Specifications

Colourways: White/Off Noir/Coconut Milk, Black/Dark Smoke Grey/Summit White/Volt, Barely Green/Blackened Blue/Total Orange, Yellow Strike/Barely Grape/Coconut Milk/Sunset Glow
Studs: Firm ground, soft ground, multiground, artificial grass, indoor, turf
As worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Beth Mead

Reasons to buy

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Unbelievably light
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Tighter around your feet
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Beautiful design

Reasons to avoid

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Not many colourways yet
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Nike Swoosh isn't as prominent

The latest in the peerless Nike Mercurial range, the Air Zoom Superfly IX, dropped in July 2022 and was given its first run out at the Women's Euros. They'll be worn in the coming season by some of the biggest stars in the men and women's game, including at Qatar 22.

Aside from looking drop-dead gorgeous, in FFT's opinion at least, the Air Zoom Superfly IX is among the lightest boots on the market and offer unbeatable traction – making them ideal for speedy attacking players. The almost sticky skin on the upper is designed to assist with your touch, passing and shooting, while also offering decent protection. 

This is arguably the best football boot ever made. 

Buy the Nike Mercurial Air Xoom Superly IX from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)


A detailed view of the Nike boots of Beth Mead of England during an England Women Training Session at Elland Road on June 23, 2022 in Leeds, England.

The Mercurial Vapors are one of the most iconic Nike designs of all time (Image credit: Lynne Cameron - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Nike Zoom Mercurial Vapor 15 Elite

Just like the Superfly… without the ankle wrap

Specifications

Colourways: White/Off Noir/Coconut Milk, Black/Dark Smoke Grey/Summit White/Volt, Barely Green/Blackened Blue/Total Orange, Yellow Strike/Barely Grape/Coconut Milk/Sunset Glow
Studs: Firm ground, soft ground, multiground, artificial grass, indoor, turf
As worn by : Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Beth Mead

Reasons to buy

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Virtually weightless
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Excellent design
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Tight around your feet

Reasons to avoid

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The Superfly has better ankle support
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Not many colourways yet

The difference between the Vapor and the Superfly is subtle but important. The Vapor came first – you'll remember it all those years ago as being the silver beast that Ronaldo donned at France 98 – and this Vapor remains true to the classic. The Superfly came later and added the sock-like ankle support.

Whether you choose to have the Superfly or the Vapor is a personal choice and there's no right or wrong answer. 


Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 football boot

The Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 football boots are some of the most stunning for years (Image credit: Future)
Last season's efforts but by no means old news

Specifications

Colourways: Football Grey/Light Marine/Laser Blue/Blackened Blue, Black/Metallic Silver/Cave Stone/Metallic Gold, Chlorine Blue/Marina/Laser Orange
Studs: Firm ground, soft ground, multiground, artificial grass, indoor, turf
As worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Beth Mead

Reasons to buy

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Stunning design with slick curves and colours
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Weightless and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Design is one of Nike's busier Mercurials
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Nike have since brought out a new model

One of the very best football boots on the market right now. In our Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 football boots review, we praised the lightness of these boots in particular. At just 190g, this is among the lightest boots ever, despite being made from a material that does offer genuine protection and durability. They're so noticeably light, that even FFT (not quite blessed with the speed, say, of a young Theo Walcott) felt the difference in a game situation. They also offer great traction thanks to a unique stud pattern and are tight on the foot without any chance of coming off. 

The latest Mercurial Superly also boasts 'Anti-Clog Traction' technology. So if your Sunday league pitches are susceptible to heavy rainfall and poor drainage, they could be a good option – no more stud plates caked in mud after the firs five minutes of a game. 

Lastly, they look the part, come in a huge range of colours AND you can customise your own pair on the Nike store if you're really up for pushing the boat out. If you can afford them (they are pricey), they're worth every penny. Trust us. 

Buy the Nike Mercurial Superfly from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)


Best football boots for defenders

The Tiempo boots are worn by everyone, from strikers to goalkeepers alike (Image credit: Future)
Comfortable, versatile and stylish

Specifications

Colourways: Black/Iron Grey/Black, Team Red/Mystic Hibiscus/Bright Crimson/White, Grey Fog/Sapphire/Volt, Black/Anthracite/Metallic Gold/Metallic Dark Grey, Guava Ice/Sunset Glow/Yellow Strike
Studs: Firm ground, soft ground, multiground, artificial grass, indoor, turf
As worn by: Virgil van Dijk, Thibaut Courtois, Harry Kane

Reasons to buy

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Versatile: worn by goalkeepers and strikers alike
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Great for wide feet
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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Not Nike's flashiest boots
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Few colourway options

While the latest Tiempo's have been snapped adorning the feet of a host of players in varying positions, FFT's Nike Tiempo Legend 9 football boots review points out the fact that these are, in fact, boots built for attacking players. That's because, while extremely comfortable and durable, they're among the lightest on the market, weighing in at only 207g. 

They also feature a number of other little nifty gadgets, including memory foam and touch pods, designed to specifically help players shoot, dribble and control the ball. The chevron studs have been specially designed to add traction, helping attacking players can change direction more easily – perfect for bursting past defenders and other opponents. 

This is a stunning all-round boot, and one any player should consider adding to their toolkit. 

Buy the Nike Tiempo Legend 9 from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)


The right Nike Phantom boot of Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on August 14, 2021 in London, England.

The Nike Phantoms are worn by the likes of Mason Mount and Kevin De Bruyne (Image credit: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Nike Phantom GT2 Elite

The choice for speedsters and passers alike

Specifications

Colourways: Glacier Ice/Yellow Strike/Sunset Glow/Black, Black/Summit White/Bright Crimson/Dark Smoke Grey, aser Orange/Total Orange/Bright Crimson/Black
Studs: Firm ground, soft ground, multiground, artificial grass, indoor, turf
As worn by : Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Mason Mount

Reasons to buy

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Touch and control feels great
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Top boot for passing players

Reasons to avoid

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Quite an old design, now
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Not Nike's most recognisable boot

In one TV commercial for the Nike Phantom, the greats of the game build up these boots to be mysterious and lethal in equal part. Rino Gattuso trashes his office in rage and confusion while his former comrade Andrea Pirlo conjures an inky storm from the comfort of his vineyard, as French house duo Justice soundtrack the scene.

The latest iteration of the Phantom boots look 80s-inspired and worn by the likes of Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne. While they're the least-known of all the American brand's efforts, they're among the best: suitable for attacking midfielders or full-backs, offering control, lightness and a design somewhere between the Mercurial and the Tiempo. 

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