Football boots have changed a lot over time.
In the 1950s and 1960s, manufacturers in South America and Southern Europe began shifting their focus on making boots lighter and more agile. It was during this period that Adidas introduced the first boots with interchangeable screw-in studs.
Boots soon became available in a wider variety of styles. The first manufacturer to shift away from the traditional black boot was Hummel who brought a white pair of football boots to the market during the 1970s.
Throughout the 1980s, design classics including the Copa Mundial and the Puma King were introduced, while the 1990s saw the impact of the Adidas Predator, arguably the most popular pair of boots in the history of the game.
Today, advancements continue to be made. Manufacturers now are even moving away from leather in favour of lighter and more durable synthetic fibres. Blades have also taken over traditional studs and the ability to customise boots is giving players the capability of building their own personal brands.
With the art of making a football boot ever-evolving, we take a look at the most popular football boot brands in 2020.
The Vapor and Superfly are the two most popular Mercurial boots on the market.
Worn by: Richarlison, Leroy Sane, Joe Willock, Adama Traore, Anthony Martial, Christian Eriksen, Riyad Mahrez, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Marcus Rashford, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi
Current boots in the Adidas X 19 series include the 19.1 and the 19+
Worn by: Mohamed Salah, N’golo Kante, Gigi Wijnaldum, Juan Mata, Scott McTominay, Daniel James, Son Heung-Min, Jamie Vardy, Gabriel Jesus, Sokratis, Gabriel Martinelli
The Phantom VNM and Phantom VSN are best recognised by their bold luminous green colouring. The Phantom VSN is one of many boots on the market that come with a ‘collar’.
Worn by: Harry Kane, Andrew Robertson, Mason Greenwood, Jack Grealish, Naby Keita, Kevin De Bruyne, Mason Mount,…