10 best football boots

Treat an aspiring Messi or Milner to new footwear this Christmas. Tom Sheen kicks off the search for the perfect pair

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Whether you’re lacing up for a quick kick about with friends or preparing for the Champions League final, here’s our pick of the best football boots to get you through the rest of the season.

1. Nike Tiempo Legend V: £98, zalando.co.uk

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Now in their fifth generation, Tiempos have been around since the mid-90s with only small adjustments; it’s easy to see why. These give a blend of power, great comfort and protection combined with classic, subtle looks. With a vast range of colours, and retailing at a very decent price, there’s a pair for every player.

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2. Adidas Copa Mundial: from £62, amazon

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First produced in the late 1970s, this perfectly-designed boot has been in continuous production ever since. Comfortable and without any gimmicks – and now with a hugely popular ‘blackout’ version - every football player should have owned a pair in their life.

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3. Under Armour Clutchfit Force: £80, lovell-soccer.co.uk

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These are a great pair of reasonably-priced boots from the American brand. They’re very light but are still able to offer good protection, comfort and an excellent feeling of control when in possession. If you like your kit super-bright, these are for you. Currently on offer.

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4. Pantofola d'Oro Lazzarini - SG: £100, prodirectsoccer.com

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The Italian boot, made of 100 per cent kangaroo leather, are something straight out of the 1950s - indeed, they were Wales and Juventus legend John Charles' boot of choice when football was played in black and white. Supremely comfortable and sure to turn heads, though not as long-lasting as some on the list.

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5. Puma King II: £50, lovellsoccer.co.uk

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Another mid-90s classic, this version has been tweaked to make it lighter and more comfortable than the original version. These fit like a glove and players will not regret buying this well-made, good-value boot. Our only gripe? The colour schemes are a bit uninspiring.

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6. Nike Magista Obra: £230, kitbag.com

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Another eye-catching design from Nike, but this offers a different playing experience from the Mercurials. The boot feels slightly heavier, offering a bit more protection and giving the player more control and power when on the ball. In football terms, this boot is designed for the playmaker while the Superfly is one for the winger.

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7. Adidas Predator Instinct: £100, thegaastore.com

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One of the most popular boots around, the Predator, first launched in 1994, continues to push the market forward with the rubber strip technology on the top of the boot. Hugely comfortable, it might feel a bit heavier than other boots but it gives unparalleled control to the player in possession.

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8. Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0: £90, prodirectsoccer.com

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A very durable-feeling boot, these offer excellent comfort, are a cut above rivals in the looks department and are available in a range of colours. We tried this glow-in-the-dark version but the shade’s academic really - all the options give players an excellent sense of control on the ball.

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9. Puma evoPOWER I: £90, kitbag.com

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One of the most comfortable boots on the market, the evoPOWER is designed to deliver accuracy when passing and shooting and allows the player to do just that, with great precision. A truly excellent boot, it’s a shame it comes in some pretty gruesome colours at the moment, though more are becoming available.

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10. Nike Mercurial Superfly: £181, tifoshop.com

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If you rock up to a game in these, you are going to get people looking in your direction. Built for speed, the Superfly is so light it feels like a sock. The nylon material doesn’t offer much protection from the opposition, but with these boots on your feet, you should be fast enough to outrun them anyway.

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Verdict:
The Nike Tiempo and Puma evoPOWER both offer a bit of something for everyone at a reasonable price. If you want to be talk of the town then go for the Mecurial Superfly, but if you want substance over style then the Copa Mundial is a good bet.

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