Skechers SKX 01 review: Harry Kane's new boot sponsor entered the market with a bang, but are they any good?

Skechers first foray into football bears similarities to the Nike Phantom GT 1 & 2 but is it enough to entice people away from established giants?

Skechers SKX 01 football boots on artificial grass
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FourFourTwo Verdict

A very impressive elite boot market debut. The SKX 01 is good enough to be considered a viable, lower cost alternative to boots by bigger brands like Harry Kane's former sponsor, Nike.


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    Suitable for most foot types, particularly wide feet

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    Comfortable right out of the box

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    Lower price point compared to rivals in the category


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    No artificial ground version, yet

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    Precise Strike Control texturing has modest impact on control and strike

To say Skechers have entered the boot market with a bang would be an understatement. The SKX 01 launched with a mystery, unbranded prototype before it was fully unveiled by Skechers’ new poster-boy – England men’s captain Harry Kane.

In October Kane exclusively told FourFourTwo: "We started talking about six months ago. Skechers contacted me and my team, and told us about what they wanted to do. I’ve been really impressed with them. I’m really proud to be the face of the boots, and I’m happy I’ve been scoring goals in them already.

Skechers SKX 01 FGWas £195

Skechers SKX 01 FG
Was £195 Now £145
This is the first time we've ever seen a discount on Kane's new boots. At the time of writing he's managed 22 goals in 17 games in them. £50 off a boot that is already a lower cost alternative to the premium Nike models Kane used to wear means these have to be taken seriously.

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Lolade Jinadu

A football boot and shirt enthusiast who collects all kinds of kit and equipment, Lolade Jinadu is a social media influencer with over 40,000 fans on Instagram. Lolade boasts all kinds of boots in his extensive collection, from retro classics to brand-new releases and has an extensive knowledge of some of the biggest and best brands in the beautiful game, thanks to his years of sampling high-end products. Lolade reviews boots for FourFourTwo.