Football Boot Review: 5 Best Kicks In The Market Right Now

  • Adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit
    1 / 5 Adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit

    Rating: 9/10

    This boot has great touch, which feels almost like leather. Several times when we needed to kill the ball dead or redirect it for a pass, the forgiveness of the material certainly came in handy, and the TPU stripes gave a really good platform in the instep during longer passes.

    One thing we really loved during our test was how we didn’t need to re-adjust the boot’s tongue every 20 minutes. This has been a problem for most boots, and its Sprintframe did great on both grass and artificial turf.

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    Turning with the ball was fantastic, especially on synthetic turf – which can be the difference, as some boots do catch on thicker artificial grass.

    $399, http://shop.adidas.com.sg/

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  • Puma Tricks Evopower 1.3
    2 / 5 Puma Tricks Evopower 1.3

    Rating: 8.5/10

    This is for the barefoot purist who wishes to have ultimate control of the ball. The boots have been engineered with a longitudinal flex from upper to outsole, giving the tester plenty of power in a shot that even Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be proud of. Be prepared to stand out from your team – not just because of the Tricks’ loud colours – but also due to the embedded Accufoam upper that delivers a smoother and cleaner kicking surface.

    There’s also a stretchable Adap-lite upper that bends with the foot, which means you can now produce curling crosses with thrilling efficiency. Conical studs are mixed with bladed variants beneath the boot, so don’t worry about doing a Steven Gerrard while running on soggy turf.

    $299, www.puma.com

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  • New Balance Furon
    3 / 5 New Balance Furon

    Rating: 8/10

    When a pair of boots can fit like a second skin, your performance on the turf will pick up naturally. The vibrant Furon delivered an asymmetric adaptive fit that not only lent comfort, but also allowed our tester to manoeuvre with pace on various turfs.

    When striking the ball, the boot’s hybrid mesh upper seemed to harness even more power upon contact, firing shots that would unsettle even the calmest of goalkeepers.

    Unlike some boots, there’s no need to break into the Furon in order to gain a more flexible vamp. Instep passes were also firm to the touch and accurate, while ultra-directional studs ensured proper traction.

    $229, www.newbalance.com.sg

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  • Mizuno Ignitus 4
    4 / 5 Mizuno Ignitus 4

    Rating: 7.5/10

    This model has been incorporated with the Mizuno Wave midsole technology, and together with its soft Primeskin upper, delivers utmost comfort and stability for footballers to thrive in.

    The boot’s snug fit also ensures that lateral side-to-side stability is achieved. This means if you like to cut inside from the flanks and take pot shots at goal, you can do so without slipping – aided by well-placed bladed studs that offer greater traction and speed.

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    Equally vital are the footwear’s bio-panel spin areas that enabled our tester to deliver Beckham-esque crosses, while there’s also a non-spin area if you’re going for in-step passes and placed shots.

    $259, www.mizuno.asia

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  • Mizuno Morelia Neo
    5 / 5 Mizuno Morelia Neo

    Rating: 8.5/10

    The Morelia Neo caught our attention with its price tag, which is the most expensive of this lot. But once our tester had a feel of the boot – made in Japan and crafted from the finest K-Leather – there’s only one way to find out if it’s just as luxurious on the field.

    A glove-like fit at the start was charming, while flexibility and durability to stand the rough and tumble of football was aided by graded Pebax sole plates.

    Perhaps more suited for grass than artificial turf, the lightweight boot’s classic multi-stud pattern dug deep and excelled on the grass surface. So if you want speed, this is king. 

    $449, www.mizuno.asia

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