Best Speed Boots of 2022
It has never been a better time for football boots. With each passing year, the big brands release lighter and more high tech products. There has also never been more options to choose from. In this list we are focusing on the best speed boots of 2022.
These speed boots are characterized by their light weight, thin upper, and aggressive stud pattern. This makes these boots ideal for players who are looking for a more barefoot feel on the ball. Often these speed boots are worn by wingers and forward players who are looking to elevate their play style. The truth is, these boots are a great option for any player who’s looking for a modern fit and feel.
Puma has been massively improving their speed boot line up, and the Ultra 1.4 is a testament to that. Weighing in at just 160 grams, these are the lightest boots on this list. If you’re focused on minimizing the weight of your boots, this is definitely one to look at.
The upper on the Ultra 1.4 is built with Puma’s MATRYXEVO technology. This material consists of woven carbon that provides both strength and durability. Puma’s Grip Control coating also helps give you more traction on the ball when dribbling.
The Ultra 1.4’s outsole is inspired by the design of running spikes, making it great for explosive acceleration. The boot runs slim through the mid-foot with some additional room in the toe-box.
At a retail price of $200, this is also the most affordable speed boot on this list, making it a great value pick. Check out our full review of the Puma Ultra 1.4 for more information.
The X Speedflow.1 is one of the most popular boots in Adidas’ product line, and it’s not hard to see why. As far as comfort goes, I personally think this is the best boot in its class. The PRIMEKNIT upper is both supportive and flexible, making the boot feel almost sock-like. The flexible shape of the boot makes it great for wide-footed players, while still maintaining a great lockdown system. This makes the X Speedflow a great choice for almost any foot type.
The sole of the X Speedflow features Adidas’ Carbitex carbon fibre insert. This addition to the sole plate actually helps the boots feel more propulsive during forward movement. This results in a noticeable improvement when accelerating in tight spaces.
The X Speedflow is also constructed with a cushioned heel liner. In my experience, this heel cushion helped to add comfort while still maintaining strong lockdown.
If you have wider feet or are just generally looking for the most comfortable speed boot, the X Speedflow is a top tier option.
The Nike Mercurial Vapor is largely credited for starting the speed boot revolution. The first Mercurial was released over 20 years ago, and it has gone through many improvements since then. The Vapor 14 Elite is the latest and most high tech mercurial to date.
The Flyknit upper on the Vapor 14 has a unique texture and feel that you can only get from a Mercurial. Nike has taken a minimalistic approach by reducing materials, resulting in a lighter boot. The upper is both durable and textured for better traction on the ball.
The chevron shaped studs on the sole plate allow for maximum traction on firm ground surfaces. There is also added grip to the insole of the Vapor 14s that help prevent your foot from sliding around inside the boot. If you’re looking for the speed boot with the most lockdown, the Vapor 14 provides the most snug fit of all the options on this list.