Soccer boot manufacturers are always trying to get a leg-up on the competition, much like soccer players. Whether releasing all-new cleats or upgrading existing models with new materials or designs, the top manufacturers’ football boot lines are constantly evolving. The top football cleat brands – Nike, adidas, and Puma – each offer several top-of-the-line boot models. Let’s dive in and examine them.


With about $15 billion in footwear revenue each year, Nike is an absolute titan in the industry. They boast a similarly sparkling reputation in the football cleat market, with elite players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, and Kylian Mbappe sporting the swoosh. Nike football boots are available in four models: Mercurial Superfly, Vapor, Phantom GX, and Tiempo. 

The brand’s flagship model (and the model worn by Ronaldo) is the Mercurial Superfly. With an integrated sock collar to provide a dynamic, stable fit, the Mercurial Superfly is particularly popular among forwards, who need every bit of stability they can get as they attack the goal.

The top-selling Nike football boot model is the Mercurial Vapor. Its low-cut design provides extra mobility and is favored by players like Lewandowski and Bruno Fernandes. Another popular boot is the Phantom GX; worn by many elite players, including Harry Kane, it is identical to the base Phantom model, with the only difference being a lack of sock collar.

If you’re a player who prizes comfort and tradition in their cleats, the Tiempo Legend may be the boot for you. Made with lightweight leather, these boots – worn by Virgil Van Dijk and Thiago Silva, among others – provide an unmatched level of comfort without adding excess weight.

One of the biggest calling cards for Nike football boots is their tiered system. The highest tier of boot, Elite, will offer more features (such as ACC treatment) at a higher price point. But if you’re a weekend warrior who doesn’t need all the bells and whistles Ronaldo does, you can opt for the lower-priced but similar-quality Pro, Academy, or Club versions, which offer the same boot with fewer high-end features.


With worldwide sales figures not far behind those of Nike, adidas is another major player in the soccer footwear market. And with elite professional players like Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba sporting adidas cleats, many players at all levels choose this manufacturer’s football boots over the alternatives.

There is plenty of variation among adidas soccer cleats, which include the Predator, X, and Copa models. The adidas Predator is one of the most iconic boots in football. With a sleek, laceless design in a stable mid-rise style, the Predator is suitable for players of any position.

With the rise in popularity of ultra-lightweight boots, adidas added the X model to their line relatively recently. The X is extremely lightweight and designed to maximize players’ speed on the pitch. 

Finally, the Copa is adidas’ legacy design, featuring a Calf leather shoe. While leather boots are often heavier than those made from other materials, the Copa is designed to provide the comfort of a leather boot without sacrificing footspeed. 


Perhaps the fastest-growing brand in the football boot sector, Puma is rapidly expanding in popularity due to its unique combination of quality and affordability. The brand offers three models of Puma soccer shoes: Future Ultimate, Ultra Ultimate, and King Ultimate. 

The Future Ultimate is Puma’s flagship soccer boot, and it is one of the most versatile models on the market. Headlined by Puma’s FuzionFit360 midfoot compression band, the shoe is designed to maximize players’ agility on the pitch. It is an extremely comfortable shoe and can be worn with or without laces.

The Ultra model is Puma’s speed-focused offering. Designed to optimize player speed with an ultra-lightweight design, the Ultra is immensely popular among big-name forwards and goal-scorers like Antoine Griezmann, Christian Pulisic, and Olivier Giroud.

The final model, the King Ultimate, is Puma’s legacy boot. Built with K-Better, a synthetic eco-friendly leather, the King Ultimate is comfortable, particularly with the addition of Puma’s Kingform inserts.

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