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Top 10 boots of 2014

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Underarmour Clutchfit Force Fg (Worn by Michael Dawson and a selection of Rugby players)

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Originally rugby brands, Under Armour is now the main sponsor of Tottenham and are breaking into the football market. It has a unique two way stretch upper, the boots wrap your feet in a lightweight ‘second skin’ for incredible feel and powerful support. The rubberised 3D-printed external layer also has the added benefit of improving contact with the ball in any conditions. It’s main attraction is the comfort and fit of the boot.

9

Mizuno Wave Ignitus 3 (Worn by Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida)

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Mizuno are renowned for their innovation in new technology and they don’t disappoint with these state of the art boots. Three different panels on the instep perform different functions: Mukaiten (‘non-spin’) creates an unpredictable flight pattern for the ball, and is designed to throw the keeper off; Tatekaiten (‘top-spin’) creates vicious amounts of dip; and Yokokaiten (‘side-spin’) gives players more controlled curl. It’s unclear whether these functions actually work but it certainly is something that catches the eye.

8

Warrior Skreamer 11 (Worn by Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Kolo Toure)

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A very lightweight boot due to the fact that they are made of tiny microfibers giving the player the ultimate playing experience. Suppler S-Lite upper reduces weight and provides the Skreamer II with a glove-like fit for improved touch and more responsive control. A 4d Arrowbed Insole offers better circulation, helping you maintain top performance.

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Tiempo legend V (Worn by Carlos Tevez, Kaka, Francesco Totti, Gerard Pique)

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These slick boots are part of the new ‘Shine Through’ collection at Nike. Hypershield outer layer blocks moisture and dries faster to retain the boot’s shape.  All Conditions Control (ACC) technology for consistent control in dry or wet weather. Flexible plate moves with your foot for stability, traction and comfort. Conical and bladed studs enhance traction and underfoot ball control, for ultimate control.

6

Adidas Samba Primeknit (Worn by Luis Suarez)

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Designed to be likened to predatory animals, the predator boot has been revamped on its 20th anniversary. It has a control frame that is wrapped around the entire boot. There’s also a new gel pad and hybridtouch material, all of which promise precision dribbling and ultimate control. Featuring classic Red and black, this is the 1st of 14 to be released in the year.

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Adidas Predator Instinct (Worn by Xavi, Oscar, Steven Gerrard, Mesut Ozil and Edin Dzeko)

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Designed to be likened to predatory animals, the predator boot has been revamped on its 20th anniversary. It has a control frame that is wrapped around the entire boot. There’s also a new gel pad and hybridtouch material, all of which promise precision dribbling and ultimate control. Featuring classic Red and black, this is the 1st of 14 to be released in the year.

4

Puma Evopower Stampa (Worn by Mario Balotelli, Marco Reus and Ander Herrera)

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These exclusive boots are to be released shortly with only 250 pairs up for grabs. These unique boots are actually covered in newspaper articles about the enigmatic Italian and will be show pieced by him at Liverpool in the near future. There is a twist on the famous ‘Why always me?’ shirt he revealed after scoring against Manchester United.

3

Adidas F50 Adizero (Worn by Gareth Bale, Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Bastien Shweinsteiger)

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The coveted list of players that wear these boots tells you all you need to know about them. Made with a soft premium Taurus calf leather upper, they feature ‘Sprintframe’ support and the ‘Speedtraxion’ stud alignment that lights up firm ground pitches. High tech stud configuration ensures light weight feel and stability and high speed stud alignment ensures for maximum acceleration and quick turns.

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Nike Magista ‘Shine Through’ white edition (Worn by Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Andres Iniesta and Mario Gotze)

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The Magista has redefined the way a boot can be produced. They are feather light and have a unique sock like feel. Providing improved fit, touch and traction, the boot is designed for the needs of the creative playmaker. Nike Flyknit technology has been engineered for football for the first time, allowing the foot to get closer to the ball and to deliver enhanced ball-feel and control. Flyknit technology delivers unprecedented feel, fit and control by creating a second-skin, sock-like feel and allows for strength and support to be knitted directly into the boot.

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Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 (Worn by Cristiano Ronaldo)

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Exclusively worn by the greatest player on the planet, these boots speak for themselves. First unveiled in 1998, the original Mercurial was a radical and unprecedented piece of design that established Nike as the leader in football boot innovation. With the new Mercurial Superfly, CR7 Nike has created not just another cutting-edge boot but a leap forward for on-pitch speed. The Mercurial Superfly CR7 is designed for the player who is always a step ahead of his marker and the game itself.

The Mercurial Superfly’s revolutionary design is driven through Nike’s most advanced technology: Nike Flyknit. A new three-knit weave puts less material between the foot and the ball to enhance players’ touch – a vital element when operating at high speeds. The high-top Dynamic Fit Collar, which radically transforms the Mercurial silhouette, is designed to create a better fit and a heightened sensation of the boot as an extension of the foot.

 

Barney Whitehall

Barney is an avid football fan, tired of searching the internet for original football related content. When he’s not writing top 10 lists you can find him on Twitter.

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