World’s Most Incredible Soccer Shoes
Since soccer involves a lot of kicking and running, it stands to reason that its players should wear qualitative, sturdy yet light footwear, especially when we’re talking about playing the game at a professional level. Consequently, some of the world’s most appreciated brands such as Nike and Puma invested a lot of time and money into researching and manufacturing high-end soccer cleats so that our favorite soccer stars could score those highly anticipated and spectacular goals. Below you will find a list containing some of the world’s most amazing soccer cleats.
adidas F50i TUNiT
The adidas F50i TUNiT was quite groundbreaking when it was released in 2009, since it allowed its user to change between different Hard Ground, Firm Ground and Soft Ground studs according to the state of the soccer field. This was all possible thanks to a high quality interchangeable soleplate, which added a touch of versatility to a bulky yet highly reliable boot.
Lotto Zhero Gravity
Released in 2009, the Lotto Zhero Gravity boot featured no laces, which means that it ensured a very large strike zone. Even though its looks and originality are not contested, some players eventually stated that the boot didn’t deliver enough performance, and since we’re talking about a very competitive sport, this might have been a serious downside.
Puma Mexico Finale
Of course, we just had to include the Puma Mexico Finale on our list, not just because of their great looks and quality but because they were actually worn by Maradona in 1986 when he scored one of the most legendary goals in soccer history. These particular cleats were so sought after that Puma decided to release them as part of a limited edition in 2011.
Ryal La Storia
With a perfect mix of classic looks and modern performance, the Ryal La Storia cleats are quite extraordinary. Released in 2011, these shoes look like they were brought back from the 1970s thanks to their vintage design and K-leather upper. Comfort, looks and performance – what more could one want?
Stylo Matchmakers boots were the favorites of George Best, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about them. Furthermore, other famous soccer players such as Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan also attested to their fantastic performance. What made these boots stand out during the 1970s was the fact that they featured side lacing as opposed to mainstream center lacing.
Diadora LX K Pro
Honoring the company’s 60th anniversary, the Diadora LX K Pro cleats were released in2008. Since Diadora’s experts have always tried their best to come up with new technologies in order to improve comfort on the field, the LX K Pro is packed with comfort enhancing features such as an Ergos Footbed, a Competition Comfort Bridge and an Engage insole. Made using kangaroo leather, these cleats look and perform admirably.
Umbro Geometra Pro
The Umbro Geometra Pro cleats are all about performance and comfort. These footwear pieces were made in 2011, just 3 years after Umbro was taken over by Nike. This means that they feature some very impressive technologies such as an ECZ padded control area. The boots are made using K-Leather, and they were definitely designed to be worn by soccer champions.
After the release of the Puma V1.06 in 2006, many companies acknowledged the many advantages of a lightweight cleat. At the time of their release, these stunning Puma cleats were the absolute lightest, weighing in at just 6.08 oz. The upper was made out of microfiber, while the lacing system was covered partially.
Puma King Finale
Even though there are numerous Puma King models out there, the 2010 King Finale is definitely one of the most impressive ones. Flaunting a superb leather upper as well as a new KING logo, these cleats look simply amazing to say the least. The famed Puma King technologies are all there in order to ensure comfort and performance, while the updated look allows the boots to meet modern aesthetic standards.
UA Hydrastrike II
The UA Hydrastrike II isn’t the most popular cleat on the market, and that’s really too bad because it offers some unique advantages. First of all, these soccer boots have the ability to repel water with great efficiency thanks to their H2Oi K-Leather upper, while a CoreSpeed soleplate ensures optimum acceleration on the field. Released in 2012, these cleats are also quite easy on the eyes, which is always a plus.
Mizuno Wave Ignite
In the right hands (or better yet, on the right feet), the Mizuno Wave Ignite cleats can do wonders. Released in 2009 and made famous by Keisuke Honda, these soccer boots feature a series of Mukaiten Panels that allow the user to perform an instep shot without spin. Naturally, such a move would require a lot of practice before it could be perfected, but once mastered it could become a real game changer.
Nike T90 Laser IV
As with most Nike cleats, the T90 Laser IV was built for extreme performance, which is why their advertizing slogan was “the perfect strike”. By using advanced technologies, Nike implemented a special strike zone called Adaptive Shield that allows the user to deliver outstanding shots of extreme precision and power. This means that the Nike T90 Laser IV is suited for Defenders and Forwards alike.
Nike Tiempo Ronaldinho 10R
When the Nike Tiempo Ronaldihno 10R cleats were released in 2006, the famous soccer player was playing for Barcelona and was enjoying a lot of positive feedback and attention. The cleats were personalized according to Ronaldihno’s specifications so that they would complement his play style and physique to the letter. The shoes flaunt a special fold-over tongue that ensures extra striking surface as well as a stunning K-leather upper with personalized stitching.
Pele Trinity 3E K
The Pele Trinity 3E K are indeed some of the lightest and most amazing cleats to hit the market in the last few years. These boots were released in 2012 and feature a Symbioskin upper as well as a new tri-stud system. With a weight of just 6.3oz, the Pele Trinity 3E k ensures optimum performance and comfort.
Nike Vapor VIII
The Nike Vapor VIII boots definitely represent an improvement over the Vapor VII, since they feature a brand new suede microfiber upper as well as an innovative two-blade heel design. Even though they look quite compact and curvy, these cleats are actually quite comfortable to wear, which is great because they also happen to ensure utmost kicking power and reliability. Some of the soccer stars who were spotted sporting the model include Ozil and Ronaldo.
adidas F50 adiZero miCoach
The adidas F50 adiZero miCoach soccer shoes seem to fit quite nicely on Lionel Messi’s feet. These high-end soccer cleats boast a special SPEED_CELL performance-tracking chip embedded in their soles, while a SprintFrame soleplate ensures great comfort and reliability.
Puma V1.10 SL
This particular model is definitely one of the lightest and most reliable ever created by Puma. The V1.10 SL flaunts a microfiber upper as well as a pebax piece complemented by a carbon fiber insert that ensures utmost stability and reliability without sacrificing weight loss. Sleek, gorgeous and light, the Puma V.10 SL was released in 2010.
adidas adiPure IV
Even though adidas released multiple adiPure models, the IV was definitely the most impressive. And since the adiPure range is centered mainly on comfort and stability, these cleats were outfitted with a neoprene pad system around the heels. This allowed them to accurately reproduce the shape of the user’s heel thus ensuring a perfect fit. The adiPure IV was released in 2010.
Nike Tiempo Premier 94
Even though they’re not the lightest shoes on our list, the Nike Tiempo Premier 94 were definitely quite exceptional back in the day. Released in 1994 as their name suggests, these stunning cleats were worn by Paolo Maldini and Romario, and they feature a sturdy upper made out of K-leather as well as a fold-over tongue and a vamp stitching pattern. In 2009, Nike decided to release the boots as part of a limited and upgraded edition.
adidas adiPower Predator
Even though they are quite light, the adiPower Predator soccer boots are definitely considered some of the most powerful ones in existence. The experts at adidas managed to implement a special PowerSpine design in the soleplate in order reduce some weight, while the Taurus leather upper also helped quite a bit in this regard. Moreover, the strike zone features a series of 3D fins that ensure strength and smoothness at the same time.
Nike Air Mercurial
The Air Mercurial boots by Nike were designed specifically for Ronaldo and were launched in 1998. During their glory days, these cleats were famous for their unmatched speed and comfort. In addition, the Air Mercurial represented Nike’s first attempt to create fully functional soccer shoes featuring synthetic uppers.
adidas Predator Accelerator
During their days of glory in 1998, the adidas Predator Accelerator soccer boots were quite breathtaking. These cleats featured a straightforward design that ensured as much power as possible without regard for weight saving. This allowed adidas’ experts to equip the Predator Accelerator with a series of rubber panels on the forefoot. These exceptional cleats were worn by David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.
Nike Mercurial Vapor III
The 2006 Nike Mercurial Vapor III feature a teijin synthetic upper, which means that they weigh no more than 7.1 oz. Furthermore, thanks to Nike’s Speed Last technology, the cleats were shaped specifically to follow the natural curves of the foot, which means that they ensure extreme comfort and speed at the same time. The Mercurial Vapor III cleats were made famous by Cristiano Ronaldo, who showcased some incredible performances while wearing them.
adidas Copa Mundial
Why fix it if it’s not broken, right? The adidas Copa Mundial were officially unveiled in 1979 but have received very little modifications ever since, probably because they were so close to perfection to begin with. As one of the top selling boots in the world, the adidas Copa Mundial were worn by the likes of Baresi and Beckenbauer, and they feature a minimal soleplate as well as a K-leather upper.
Nike CTR360 Maestri II
With the CTR360 Maestri II cleat, Nike wanted to ensure maximum control and comfort while on the soccer field. Boasting a Challenge Red colorway, these boots are definitely amazing in the looks department, but they actually stand out among their peers by boasting incredible technologies. For instance, the shoes received special pads that dampen the ball as it touches their surface, which dramatically improves control. This also means that these cleats are excellent for passing, and since they are so comfortable as well, they can be worn by any soccer player regardless of his play style.
adidas Predator LZ
When we hear adidas Predator, most of us think about incredible power. However, the latest Predator cleats by adidas were created with power and control in mind, which is probably why they are so amazing. The cleats were equipped with 5 performance areas across their uppers, which dramatically increase precision, power and ball control. The hybridtouch upper also ensures a perfect fit, while their black and red colorway is nothing of not menacing.
Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II
The first real power boot released by Nike was called Air Zoom Total 90 II. Launched in 2002, this cleat was worn by the legendary Luis Figo, and it was sketched out to deliver long-lasting comfort as well as perfect accuracy and power. The off-centre lacing feature was also quite a unique design choice in 2002, which made the boots stand out even more.
Mizuno Wave Cup
All Rivaldo fans know about the iconic Mizuno Wave Cup cleats that were released in 1997. Aside from its great looks and utmost comfort, the Mizuno Wave Cup impressed with a unique stud configuration that ensured maximum grip and stability. The design was so successful that the company decided to continue to implement the same configuration in its newer models, one of which is worn by none other than Keisuke Honda.
Nike Mercurial SL
The Nike Mercurial SL was released in 2008 and was worn by Christiano Ronaldo. Boasting a carbon fiber soleplate, this boot is still one of the lightest in the world at the moment. The cleat became very successful shortly after it was launched officially, and it eventually evolved to the Nike Superfly III version that we love today.