The Best-Looking Football Boots You Should Be Pulling On For The 2020 Season
Let's face it, we're not Cristiano Ronaldo, and as such 99% percent of us exhibit a level of grace when presented with a Football that's closer to a newborn foal than anything you see in the Premier League.
Nonetheless, we all sign up every year, and thankfully it is possible to step on to the field with the kind of gear that's far too good-looking for anyone of your mediocre talents.
But while you can't change the kit your club has chosen for the last 4 seasons, footballing style rests entirely in the footwear for the everyday park player. So, in celebration of the 2020 footy season dawning, these are the best looking boots to flex on your fellow players.
Nike Mercurial Vapor/Superfly
Worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Sam Kerr
Nike's Mercurial 360 was the first boot to have flyknit that completely surrounds the boot when it first debuted in 2018, and Nike have built on the Mercurial's newfound reputation for ultimate lightweight, comfortable speed in the years since.
Still built on that legendary platform, the latest interpretation of the boot, dubbed the Dream Speed 2, features a design dedicated to honoring the speed of light.
Worn by: Lionel Messi, Roberto Firmino
Not just one for the Messi fan boys, the Nemeziz has since become one of Adidas' most popular boots, combining the comfort of its knitted upper with a blend of touch and speed that players who model themselves after the Argentinian desire so much.
Worn by: Kevin De Bruyne
Stealth and comfort wrapped up into one package, the latest iteration of the Phantom VSN is the classic playmaker's boot, with an all-over flyknit exterior covering both the outer laces and a soft interior sock lining for a more cushioned touch on the ball.
Adidas Predator 20 Mutator
Worn by: Paul Pogba, Becky Sauerbrunn, Marc-André ter Stegen
A little on the nose, wouldn't you say? Still probably the most talked-about boot release each year, the latest Predator is their most out-there in years, but there is apparently method behind the horror-inspired madness. The lumpy upper of the boot is packed with what's called DEMONSKIN, a system of textured spike layers that apparently allow for better touch and striking across the chief contact areas on the boot.
PUMA ONE 20.1
Worn by: Sergio Aguero
As the name sort of suggests, the PUMA One is sort of designed to be the brand's most approachable, one-size-fits-all-players sort of offering. And many believe they've done it, combining their sprintweb knit material with a tried-and-tested k-leather vamp at the forefoot for a unique blend of speed and touch.
Worn by: Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne
As the name suggests, the PhantomVSN's low-top brother, the Phantom VNM, is more of a strikers boot and almost akin to the Total 90s of old, featuring a raised insert on the inner toe that helps deliver venomous, stinging shots.
New Balance Furon V6
Worn by: Sadio Mane
They may not have the biggest names in the game, but New Balance have truly come into their own as an out-and-out bootmaker. The Furon V6 is the pick of the litter and a boot to truly challenge the likes of the Nike Mercurial and the Adidas X19, combining lightweight mesh materials in a way that provides speed and support in equal measure.
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