With European football taking a break ahead of the new season, fans from across the globe will fill the void by hitting the pitch themselves ahead of the new kick-off, making this the perfect time to grab yourself a new pair of boots.
But what football boots should you buy? Which are the best for strikers? Below, we look at five top-selling boots to help you make up your mind.
THE BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR DRIBBLING
Fancy bewitching your mates with a series of slaloming dribbles like the great Lionel Messi? Then why not look the part with the Argentina internaitonal's Adidas Messi?
“Built for the greatest player of all time,” they come with a “360 degree bandage to support explosive moments” that will help you recreate some of the Barcelona and Argentina superstar's finest moments.
If that’s not enough, the boots have “the highest mobility during radical play with the revolutionary TORSION TAPE of the laceless 360 AGILITY BANDAGE SYSTEM, inspired by sports taping for a completely new fit experience.”Buy Now at Amazon from £71.75
THE BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR SHOOTING
Want to knuckleball a series of swerving free-kicks past whoever is in goal? Then Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s Nike Mercurial could be the choice of boot for you.
These football boots are like socks. Their “innovative Flyknit wraps your foot fully for a second-skin fit. It combines with Flywire cables that integrate with the laces for superior lockdown,” that will do as much as any boot could in order to help you hit the back of the net as often as the legendary Portugal superstar.Buy Now at Amazon from £75
THE BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR FINISHING
From Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero to Ateltico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, the Puma evoSPEED have helped light up European football once again this season, and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has certainly taken advantage of the boots built for the game’s quickest.
“The ultra-thin textile upper is lightweight and provides a close touch to the ball, while the new laser-cut SPEEDFRAME structure delivers support during quick turns,” to ensure you leave your opponents trailing in your wake.Buy Now at Amazon from £38.82
THE BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR FORWARDS
Another for the pacey forwards out there is Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez’s Adidas X.
“One of the core elements of the X 16.1 Boots is TECHFIT technology incorporated within the synthetic material upper. This Dynamic Compression Material is designed to mould around your foot from the very first moment you slip them on, and this combined with a seamless one-piece sock collar provides a snug and secure fit and allows for ultrafast movement.”Buy Now at Amazon from £74.98
THE BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR SPEED
Worn by some of the game’s most prolific strikers in including Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and PSG’s Edinson Cavani, the Nike Hypervenom boot was designed for world football’s most deadly.
It “offers excellent touch, control and striking power thanks to a sock-like fit and a large strike zone.”Buy Now at Amazon from £80.99
THE BEST ASTRO TURF FOOTBALL BOOTS
With most of us taking to the astro turf every week to hone our skills, you’ll need a pair of football shoes that fit the bill.
The Nike HypervenomX “features a Dynamic Fit collar that locks your foot in place for precise control and unstoppable quickness,” and delivers “deliver enhanced touch and ultimate lockdown.”
Perfect for all weather conditions, it’s the ultimate multi-purpose boot for training schedule this summer.Buy Now at Amazon from £79.95
THE BEST WOMEN'S FOOTBALL BOOTS
Lyon star Eugenie Le Sommer has been utilising her women’s evoSPEED to put up Cristiano Ronaldo-like numbers in what has become the top female football team on the planet.
The France international hit more than a goal a game as Lyon claimed the league title and she also inspired them to a fourth UEFA Women’s Champions League title last season. There are few better choices on the market.Buy Now at Amazon from £124.50
THE BEST CHEAP BUDGET FOOTBALL BOOTS
For all the fancy, superstar-driven multicoloured boots on the market, why not keep it classic for the new season?
The Puma King is as classic as they come – they’re even made of leather. Turn back the clock by sporting these iconic boots when you take to the field, and allow your game to do all the talking.
They’re mightily affordable, too.
THE BEST FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR CONTROL
Are you one of those special no.10’s who are being marginalised from the modern game? Then why not prove your worth? And you should do so with the right footwear.
The Nike Magista Obra have been specifically engineered for unstoppable playmaking, designed for attacking midfielders who drift between the lines, “dictate play and create the attacks on firm ground.”
The look really cool, too. The perfect accompaniment to that classic no.10.
This article was produced in partnership with Amazon.