Part of Nike’s “World Cup 2018” pack, this white rendition of the Swoosh’s classic silhouette oozes class, with a clean white upper accentuated by metallic silver and blue finishes. The heel counter contains a triangle with 32 lines, one for each country in the tournament — showing Nike cares about the details even on the most minimalist of designs.
PUMA’s most technologically advanced boot yet, the FUTURE 2.1 is designed to represent the gray matter of the world’s most creative players. It also has the first truly customizable fit, featuring NETFIT technology, which allows the wearer to lace their boots in any way they want. Oh, and the silver/turquoise colorway is pretty nice, too.
New Balance might not be a household name when it comes to soccer boots, but with its upgraded Tekela and Furon 4.0 silhouettes,the New England brand is definitely knocking on the door. The white and flame red colorway is a nod to the host country’s national colors, combining for a sleek, minimalist look.
Another Nike boot, another Mercurial. This one is designed by none other than Virgil Abloh. Although never good enough to play in a 2018 world cup himself, Abloh played the game when he was younger. The designer is a big football fan and the sport has formed a big part of his recent work, too. The spots on these boots represent the optimal “strike zone” for hitting the ball.
Mizuno is always good for a classy boot. For this year’s World Cup, the Japanese brand has decided to go with an all-red approach. Worn by Japan stars Keisuke Hondaand shinji okazaki, the “Passion Red” collection comprises the Morelia II, Rebula 2, and Morelia Neo II..
For boot fiends, no World Cup would be complete without a new version of Nike’s Mercurial. In fact, as you’ll find out later in this list, we’ve been treated to more than just one this time around. This “Just Do It” colorway sees the boot first made famous by the OG ronaldo at France ’98 draped in a matte white Flyknit from the ankle to the sole, with a bright orange stud plate and matching Swoosh branding.