We often get questions about which football boot is most suited for a defender or attacker. The answer isn’t as straightforward as you should think. Different factors plays a key role in what kind of boot is most suited for a certain type of player, this could be the type of foot, the playstyle and preferable upper or fit. We have therefore made a rough overview of some of the best football shoes and for what position they fit the best.
There is no right or wrong formula for what type of football shoe that fits the best to the different positions on the field. But many of the football boots are designed to fit a certain type of playing style. The most important property of the football boot is that it fits good and comfortable on your foot, so you have the correct size and fit. Some football boots are narrow, some are wide and therefore it isn’t that easy again to find the right football boot.
In this overview you will be able to see what type of football boot that we recommend for the different positions. Furthermore we will also explain why we recommend these boots. We will also write about how the fit of the boot is, so you easier can find out if the football boot fits your foot or position.
Some of the most important features for a goalkeeper is that the football boots have a good grip, comfort and that the upper is good so they can take long kicks. Most goalkeepers doesn’t run that much as the other players, so the weight of the football boots isn’t that important.
Adidas Ace: The Adidas Ace fits goalkeepers good, because of its solid structure and good upper. The boots are comfortable and have a good grip and wide striking surface. It has a medium to wide fit and the studs can be used both for natural and artificial grass. Used by players as Manuel Neuer, David de Gea and Petr Cech.
Nike Magista Obra/Opus: The Magista collection could be said of being the favourite amongst keepers, due to its wide striking surface and the great level of comfort. The Opus has a classic upper with good padding, while the Obra has a thinner upper and tighter ball control. The boot has a medium to wide fit. Used by players as Thibaut Courtois and Wojciech Szczęsny.
Nike Tiempo Legend: This is a football boot with focus on comfort and touch. The upper is made of leather which gives a silky and nice touch, while also offering a excellent comfort. The studs gives a good grip to the surface and the fit is medium to wide. Used by players as Diego Lopez.
PUMA evoPOWER: The evoPOWER is made for pure power and precision in every kick. Therefore it is a boot which is fitted good for a keeper who likes to kick long ball, due to the padded upper and a clean striking surface. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players as Gianligui Buffon and Roman Weidenfeller.
A modern back is quite good in both the defensive as well as the offense. This means that there is quite a large amount of different types of football boots to choose from. There are boots focusing on more offensive aspect of the game and some boot which focus on the defensive aspects. As written earlier, it all depends on what football boot fits your foot and playstyle the best.
Nike Tiempo Legend: The leather boot from Nike which fits quite well for defenders who wishes a comfortable football boot with a good touch. The Tiempo doesn’t offer lightweight options, but does offer a comfort which some other shoes cannot match. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players as Pablo Zabaleta and Branislav Ivanovic.
adidas X: More and more fullbacks uses lighter and faster football boots, which makes them player higher and higher up the pitch. adidas X15 is fitted good for a player who uses speed and technique, while also wishing stability and comfortable football boots. Narrow to medium fit. Used by players as Jordi Alba, Luke Shaw and Marcelo.
Nike Mercurial Vapor/Superfly: This popular Nike attacking model is getting quite popular among the fast fullbacks. The football boots offers lightweight, tight fit, touch and good grip. It has a narrow fit. Used by players as Dani Alves and Marcos Rojo.
As center back you have secure to keep a clean sheet while also starting attacks. You therefore need a boot which is comfortable, protective and in the same time offers you the control that you need to for making precise passes through the midfield and out to the wingers.
Nike Magista Obra/Opus: The control boot from Nike which fits the defenders who wishes a more modern football boot with a light touch. The studs are round so you easier can turn around and it also has a wide striking surface which makes it perfect for precise passes and clearances. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Mascherano.
adidas Ace: This is adidas’ new control boot which is a big hit among the defenders. The shoe is similar to the Magista Obra, which offers a close touch, comfortable fit and wide striking surface for passes. Medium to wide fit. Used by players as Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Per Mertesacker.
Nike Tiempo Legend: Also fits perfectly for center backs who wishes a more modern leather boot, which has focus on comfort. The leather upper gives a nice touch to the ball and an excellent comfort, even on the hardest surfaces. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as Gerald Pique and Sergio Ramos.
As a central midfielder you are the general of the pitch and controlling the game. The football boots you need must give you the best conditions for a good ball contact, good stability, clean striking surface and comfort.
adidas Ace: The control boot from adidas is developed for a 360 degree control of the ball and fits perfectly for the creative and controlling central midfielder, who wants to control the game with his technique and passes. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as Mesut Özil, James Rodriguez and Ivan Rakitic.
Nike Magista Obra/Opus: The Magista is a very good match for the midfield general who wishes a modern football boot with a light touch and flexible upper. The studs are round so it is easier to make turns and it also have a wide striking surface, which makes it perfect for precise passes. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as Iniesta, Blase Matuidi and Jordan Henderson.
New Balance Visaro: The playmaker boot from NB Football offers a flexible upper and a comfortable fit. The asymmetric lacing system and an anatomical formed upper gives a clean and prices striking surface for passes and shots. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as Aaron Ramsey and Marouane fellaini
PUMA evoPOWER: The power boot from PUMA which is made for the player who wants to use his or hers passing and shooting strengths. The boots has a padded and clear striking surface combined with a flexible sole, which makes it able for the player to use the maximum power in every kick to the bal. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as Cesc Fabregas and Yaya Toure.
The wingers usually plays with high pace or technique, and the best players often use both aspects in their game. The wingers wants and needs a boot that gives a good grip to the pitch and a light ball touch. The keywords for a winger is lightweight and thin upper.
Nike Mercurial Vapor/Superfly: The speed boot from Nike which is made for the fast and skillful player. The thin upper gives a tight touch to the ball and the studs gives an excellent grip and stability for making tricks and dribblings. It has a tight fit. Used by players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Raheem Sterling.
adidas X: The shoe which fit the players who wants to make chaos in the opponent's defence with his or hers technique or pace. The thin upper is combined with a responsive sole, which gives you a shoe that is made for speed and light touches. It has a medium fit. Used by players such as Di Maria, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.
PUMA evoSPEED SL: The lightest boot ever to be mass produced. It is made for fast players who want to get even faster. Ultra thin upper and sole makes it the ultimate speed boot. It has a tight fit. Used by players such as Marco Reus and Antoine Griezmann.
Hypervenom Phinish/Phantom II: With its soft upper and stabile sole the Hypervenom fits the flexible attack with good technique. Optimised for maximum movement and precise finishes. Well suited for wingers who like to go into the field and take shots. It has a medium fit. Used by players such as Neymar Jr. and Pedro Rodriguez.
The most dangerous attacker always know where to goal is, no matter what position or direction they are running. The football boots must have a clear striking surface, good stability for tricks and dribbling, a tight ball contact and a good grip to the surface so you can accelerate past the defenders.
adidas X: The X-series from adidas is made for attackers who wants a football boot with a tight ball contact, responsive sole and excellent fit. It fits perfect for an efficient and skillful attacker. It has a medium fit. Used by players such as Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema.
Nike Mercurial Vapor/Superfly: This is the most explosive football boot on the market. Made for acceleration and high pace. The light and thin upper gives the best possible contact with the ball and the conical studs give the best possible grip. It has a tight fit. Used by players such as Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
PUMA evoPOWER: These football boots fits perfect for an attackers who has finishes as his or hers biggest strength. The football boots are made with an upper and sole which secures that you get the most precise and powerful shots, every time you shoot. It has a medium to wide fit. Used by players such as Olivier Giroud and Mario Balotelli.
Nike Hypervenom Phinish/Phantom II: Made for the most dangerous attackers who always knows where the goal is and wants to decide the games. It is made from the new developed NikeSkin and Flywire gives it comfort and support. It has a medium fit. Used by players such as Robert Lewandowski, Wayne Rooney and Edinson Cavani.
The PUMA evoSPEED SL: The ultimate speed boot for players who plays as a False 9 and wants to use is full speed. Made for extreme pace with a ultra thin upper and a weight on only 103 gram. It has a medium fit. Used by players such as Sergio Agüero and Falcao.