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Our Top 10 Selling Boots of Pre-Season 22/23
We take a look at which boots have been flying off our shelves ahead of kick off
Summer fitness is done, the ringing of the bleep test in your ears has cleared and the balls are finally out. You’ve clocked up the miles in your running shoes but now it’s time to put your boots on, and as the countdown to kick off continues we’re taking a look at what you’re wearing for 22/23 with our top 10 selling boots of pre-season.
We’ve been spoilt by new generation boots, fresh colourways, new models and limited editions which hasn’t made your new season boot choice easy, has it? But that’s good, after-all Pro:Direct Soccer is home to the world’s largest Bootroom, that choice ain’t suppose to be easy. But if you’re wondering what everyone else is wearing for kick off let us help you out. Here are our top 10 selling football boots of pre-season 22/23.
10 | Nike Tiempo Legend IX Elite - Black/Metallic Dark Grey/Anthracite
Black boot fans rejoice. This won’t be the last black boot on the list either. Your no-nonsense, appreciation of all things throwback while embracing innovation isn't going unnoticed by brands who still deliver their best boots under the cover of darkness while letting vibrant designs dance under the spotlight. Not hard to see with this edition of the Tiempo is in the top 10 is it? Let’s move on then.
Sergio Ramos and Mizuno is the perfect partnership. The premium quality and elegance of Mizuno complemented by Ramos’ elite mentality, trophy-laden career and all-round class on the ball in the heart of the defence is a marriage fit to last. His debut signature boot with the brand is every bit as class as you thought it was going to be, and unsurprisingly it’s been ripping out of our warehouses. If you want a brand away from the mainstream big three, a boot that’s leather, lightweight and in an all white colourway, you can’t go wrong with these.
8 | adidas Copa Mundial FG - Black/White
There she is. In all her glory. The adidas Copa Mundial is older than a good chunk of our customers but it still appears consistently on this list every year. Classic leather, black and white, folder rover tongue. It will never age. It even makes us a bit emotional that a new generation of players are falling in love with it for the first time. Is that sad? Yeah probably. But a brand new pair of Copa Mundials fresh out the box is pure football nostalgia.
7 | PUMA Ultra Ultimate FG/AG - Fizzy Light/Parisian Night/Blue Glimmer
Do you know what? PUMA are smashing it. Not only can they boast probably the strongest squad of pro players in decades, their boot line up is flying. The Future is built for playmakers, the KING is their comfort silo, and the Ultra Ultimate is their super-lightweight boot built for top speeds. Throw in a stunning Fizzy Light colourway for summer and you can see why it’s a popular choice amongst wingers, wing backs and strikers.
As long as balls are round and there’s grass on the pitch there will always be a demand for black boots. There’s still a large group of you that want to wear the latest technologies but all lovingly wrapped up in a blackout colourway. You want the best tech to enhance your game without running the risk of looking flash, and that’s fine. We get it. Your Dad gets it. He approves. The Predator Edge+ from the Shadowportal Pack nails it. The latest control, shooting and comfort technology under the cover of darkness. Sorted.
The Future 1.4 might be built for playmakers with its control-infused upper, agile soleplate and comfort but in reality it’s the perfect all-rounder which is why it comes as no surprise to us that it features in our top 5 best sellers this summer. It’s also lightweight too and this understated colourway has been a top option for players of all positions to adopt for 22/23.
A few years back we would’ve banked on a black Vapor outperforming a bright one every single time, but bright boots – certainly speed boots – have edged in front of their darker brothers. The little flash of Volt is just the right amount of colour pop to make these your choice for the season. Throw in the fact that Nike have tweaked their Air technology to complement the needs of the fastest footballers on the planet and you've got yourself a winner.
3 | adidas X Speedportal.1 FG - Solar Green/Core Black/Solar Yellow
If you like your boots so bright that they glow like toxic waste and make your dad involuntary shout the words “the game’s gone” then adidas would very much like a word with you. The X Speedportal .1 is the most advanced adidas speed boot of all time. Not only is it built for maximum pace, it's also designed for maximum agility in tight spaces, which makes sense when it's worn by Lionel Messi.
2 | Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Vapor XV Elite - Yellow Strike/Sunset Glow/Doll
We touched on it earlier but we'll go deeper here. Nike have injected the Mercurial with Air technology which gives the boot extra energy return when sprinting, jumping of pushing off – it's something we cover in depth in our full review – football is built on fine lines and this addition gives players that extra bit of speed that could be the difference on tired legs. The colourway? Yeah it's outdone the blackout, but that's no surprise, especially with players in full summer mode.
1 | adidas F50 adizero IV Leather - White/White/Silver Metallic
If I could walk around the office in these and these only without getting the sack, I would. The limited edition adidas F50 adizero IV Leather from the new Speed Legacy Pack is pure summer football. That all white, super-lightweight leather upper on the iconic 2014 silo is perfection.
So there we have it. Feel like we might’ve gone off topic a bit on the way but they’re our Top 10 Best Sellers for pre-season 22/23
Fancy something a bit different? Here are 3 of our favourite non-mainstream options:
3 | Lotto Solista 100 IV Gravity FG - Light Asphalt/All Black
We get that some players might want to avoid a top 10 list, to try and wear something a bit different so we’ll throw 3 different brands at you. First up, the Lotto Solista 100 IV Gravity. Laceless boots might feel new but Lotto were doing it a decade ago, they invented the laceless boot. Also, any brand logo that looks decent on retro sportswear gets your added points for wearing it on your boots. Built for lightweight, locked in speed. Strong contender to the Superfly.
2 | Mizuno Morelia Neo III ß Made In Japan FG - High Risk Red/White/High Risk Red
The Made In Japan line is Mizuno’s most premium collection of leather uppers supplied to their elite player pool. That silky upper injected with an ultra lightweight soleplate is “High Risk Red” just packs that little bit more maturity than other lightweight speed boots doesn’t it? The Mizuno Runbird logo is always worn on pitch by the best dressed player on a team night out. The player that puts that little bit of extra thought into what they wear. Not one to follow the crowd.
1 | Diadora B-Elite Tech - White/Gold
If we could pick the most underrated boot on the market right now, then this is it. The stunning Diadora B-Elite Tech oozes Italian class with a speed-injected soleplate and super-soft upper for a traditional feel. If you want to turn heads in the changing rooms these days, this is how you do it.
One last category? Our Top 3 Boots for Under £100
3 | New Balance 442 V2 Team FG - White/Black
The 442 silo has probably slipped under the radar a little but this is your contender to the adidas Copa Mundial and PUMA King. If you want something a little different that still provides equal ball feel, control and traditional comfort for pre-season then this is it. £85? Go on then.
2 | adidas Predator Edge.3 Laceless FG - Solar Red/Team Solar Green/Core Black
Remember the days when the elite level boot was a world apart from the lower price points? Well things have changed. Brands have invested heavily in the technology and time put in to designing and creating lower price points and the adidas Predator Edge.3 Laceless is proof of that. Laceless technology and an almost exact aesthetic of the elite edition for £85.
1 | Nike The Premier III FG - Black/Volt/White
I'm a creature of habit, and flicking through the Pro:Direct Bootroom every August knowing full well that after I’ve made my 3 hour shortlist of contenders that I’ll bottle it and buy another pair of Nike Premiers is about the closest thing I have to stability in my life. It's less than half the price of the elite Nike boots, but is it less than half the quality? Many players have bagged these as their hard ground, artificial grass essential to train in comfort. £90? I’ll have one in FG and one in SG, see you next year.
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