What the Pros Wear:  Top Soccer Shoes

What the Pros Wear:  Top Soccer Shoes

Nike Mercurial Vapor IV FG
Nike VaporDesigned with one thing in mind: speed! It’s everything you could want in a boot and more. Eye-catching design, bold color and game-enhancing technology. There’s no doubt when you lace into this bold orange version of the Vapor all eyes will be on you. UPPER: Soft, supple Teijin microfiber leather that adjusts to the shape of your foot. Contoured speed last. Covered lacing for increased strike zone. Internal chassis creates instant acceleration. Contoured sockliner with EVA inserts. OUTSOLE: Glass fiber reinforced innersole with direct-injected studs for weight reduction. Vapor forefoot plate with multi-direction traction studs. For use on firm, natural surfaces.

Weight: (8.1 oz.) (Second lightest shoe on this list)
Cost: $199.99
Who wears them: Cristiano Ronaldo, Clint Dempsey
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PUMA v1.08 I FG
The v1.08 was created with one thing in mind – to get you to the ball even faster. UPPER: Thin, lightweight textile material reinforced by a thin layer of microfiber for improved protection and durability. The internal chassis is the spine of the v1.08. Its double-density TPU frame provides stability using a carbon fiber plate to keep weight down. Features PUMA’s UNI technology for an incredible fit. PUMA’s AptoLast is an ergonomically-shaped last that follows the foot’s natural shape and provides a glove-like fit. OUTSOLE: Two-piece split PU outsole reduces weight while enhancing the fit. For use on firm, natural surfaces.

: (7.6 oz) (Lightest shoe on this list)
Cost: $194.99
Who wears them: Samuel Eto’o
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Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III FG
UPPER: Soft, supple ultra-lightweight KNG-100 for supreme ball feel and lightweight responsiveness. New Asymmetrical and integrated lacing system eliminates internal layers to provide optimal fit and touch on the ball. Contoured External heel counter mirrors the anatomical Footform Last while giving the player stability for the ultimate fit and comfort sensation. Injected Phylon midsole for optimal comfort and great stud pressure reduction. Heel Zoom Air unit for added cushioning. OUTSOLE: Total 90 FG with new circular studs for stud pressure reduction. Unique Spinal structural bars provide support, motion control and stability. For use on firm, natural surfaces.

: (10.4 oz.) Made in Italy.
Cost: Regular price is $203.99 List Price. Price: $103.99 You Save $100
Who wears them: Wayne Rooney, Nino Torres
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adidas F50.8 TUNIT Start Kit
adidas F50.8 Tunit Start KitGet started with your new customizable TUNIT set! This boot is ready for anything! UPPER: New engineered lightweight TUNIT microfiber synthetic for a soft and glove-like fit. Features semi-clear, 3-D heel/bottom unit for stability, flexibility and a cool look. Innovative lace cover for fit and increased strike zone. Features a synthetic Agion antimicrobial lining that stops odors, bacterial and fungal growth. Includes new exchangeable TUNIT ClimaCool® Competition Chassis for maximum weight reduction and breathability. A new exchangeable TUNIT ClimaCool® competition insole offers maximum weight reduction and breathability. OUTSOLE: Comes with set of soft ground, firm ground and hard ground studs with a stud wrench. For use on all surfaces.

Note: All TUNIT elements are compatible, which means the components ofthis kit are compatible with all other TUNIT elements including those of the F50.6 and F50.7.

: (11.6 oz.)
Cost: $169.99
Who wears them: Messi, Trézéguet, Riquelme
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adidas Predator PowerSwerve TRX FG
Play with precision and power! Every single element of the Predator adidas PredatorPowerSwerve is designed to improve performance. Predator® puts unbelievable power, swerve and control at your command.

The world’s premier boot with cushioning Predator® and flexible PowerPulse. UPPER: Kangaroo leather for durability, lightness and a glove-like fit. Features a smaller but extremely strong external heel counter. Includes reengineered Predator® that is more integrated into the power zone for shooting power. Predator® technology is also in the swerve zone for passing and shot power and control. Removable, dynamic PowerPulse, a Tungsten powder-filled element, shifts weight towards the point of impact as you kick for more powerful shots and increased flexibility. adiPRENE insert in the sockliner offers cushioning. OUTSOLE: Split Traxion™ FG for grip and comfort on firm, natural surfaces.

: (11.2 oz.)
Cost: $199.99
Who wears them: Kaka, Steven Gerrard, Beckham, Lampard
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Nike Tiempo Ronaldinho FG
When you put on Nike’s new Ronaldinho Tiempo, the boot inspired by the Brazilian great, you can’t help but feel a little different. Your game may seem a little faster, your shots a little straighter and your head a littler higher as you move down the field. Is it just the benefits of a well-made boot or is it that when you lace into Nike’s Tiempo Ronaldinho you bring a bit of that phenomenal player onto the field with you?Nike Tiempo

Designed specifically for his game, the Tiempo Ronaldiho features a large, clean sweet ideal for those legendary freekicks. It also has a poron midsole with lets the foot sit lower to the ground, which was ideal for Ronaldinho who grew up playing futsal. Even the stitching on the boot is a reflection of Ronaldinho, the three color stitching throughout the boot symbolize Ronaldinho’s three themes – joy, samba and family. The Tiempo features the star’s signature style at every turn with Ronaldinho’s signature and number 10 design at the side, an R10 at the front, his three color signature stitching, a golden Swoosh, the words for passion and joy in Portuguese under the tongue of each boot and an outsole design with Ronaldinho’s 10 and a signature inlay.

UPPER: High performance kangaroo leather with a unique fusion of strength, durability and touch. Molded Sockliner with full-length Poron inserts for enhanced cushioning. OUTSOLE: Lightweight TPU with three forefoot flex zones and textured stud tips for Ground Control. For use on firm, natural surfaces.

(11.6 oz.)
Cost: $149.99
Who wears them: Ronaldinho
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Umbro X Boot III
UPPER: Lightweight kangaroo leather with Michelin technology, medial kangaroo Suede with Touch Control and a PU application for incredible ball control. Lightweight TPU and glass fiber heel counter for protection. Compression molded EVA insole for comfort. OUTSOLE: TPU with a glass fiber rigid shank for stability on firm, natural surfaces.

: (9.6 oz.)
Cost: $149.99
Who wears them: John Terry, Michael Owen

Reebok KFS Sprintfit Pro II FG
Kinetic fit system or KFS allows for expansion and contraction of critical areas of the foot for improved comfort and performance. UPPER: Kangaroo leather for ultimate ball touch and customized fit. Asymmetrical lacing. Anatomically-contoured last for a great fit. ETC footbed lining reduces friction, moisture and heat build-up. Ortholite insole for cushioning. OUTSOLE: TPU split anatomical outsole that accentuates natural foot motion with integrated heel counter for stability. Bladed studs for stud pressure dispersion. For use on firm, natural surfaces.

: (11 oz.)
Cost: $174.99
Who wears them: Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs

The Classic Shoe

adidas Copa Mundial
New soccer technologies hit the field virtually every week and the latest soccer boot styles constantly push the limits of our imagination, yet adidas’ understated Copa, which first appeared more than 20 years ago, continues to thrive. Why? It’s the Copa’s craftsmanship, simple style and superior materials which adidas puts into every single pair. In 1982, when every legendary soccer player of that time stepped on the field, he was wearing adidas Copa Mundial cleats. In the more than two decades since, the adidas Copa Mundial has remained the world’s most popular soccer boot! A trusted and timeless classic, the Copa Mundial is made from the softest kangaroo leather available which provides for a comfort like no other. The Copa’s upper is fully lined with an extended leather tongue. Additional leather supports extending from the heel provide for increased durability and stability. The outsole is constructed of dual-density Direct injected polyurethane with molded studs. Recommended for hard and dry natural fields.

Copa Mundial

UPPER: The softest kangaroo leather available, which provides for a comfort like no other. Fully lined with an extended leather tongue. Additional leather supports extending from the heel provide for increased durability and stability. OUTSOLE: Dual-density direct injected Polyurethane with molded studs. Recommended for hard and dry natural fields.

: (11.7 oz.)
Cost: $89.99
Who wears them: everyone, from youth soccer players to college players and pros, it’s just a great shoe at a good price.

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