Football boots are one of the most important wears of a soccer player when on the pitch and it has a lot to do with pace, speed and ability. It also plays a huge role in the goalscoring ability of a player when on the pitch. Football boots have also brought about many endorsement deals from huge companies like Adidas, Nike, Puma, New Balance, and many more for the players who put their boots on for games.
Over the years we have witnessed the evolution and the changes made to football boots to ensure better comfort, agility, and speed to the players. One of the biggest changes to football boots these days are their lightweight ability. The giant brands like Umbra, Nike, and Adidas are now producing the lightest football boots which will help boost players’ speed and agility on the pitch.
We all understand that holding onto a weighty object is most likely to affect how we move, our speed, pace and agility in the long run. That’s exactly how it’ll be for footballers when they put on a weighty soccer cleat, as their speed and agility will be hindered. Technology advancement has seen brands use synthetic and sock materials to produce amazing football boots to make them lighter than it was in the past.
The lightest football boots are important to players like strikers and attacking midfielder who mostly depends on their explosive speed to run past their opposing defenders in a bid to find the back of the net. A soccer cleat that brings unwanted weight to the feet when on the pitch could potentially hinder the performance of the player.
The First Lightest Football Boot?
Adidas F50 Adizero 99Gram is the lightest football boot ever produced. With a weight of just 99 grams, this lightweight is the first football boot to ever weigh a little less than 100g. However, the reality is that this Adidas football boot was meant for just show-offs to your friends, as they are not fit or durable enough to be used for playing football on the pitch. Being the first-ever football cleat to weigh in at 99g, Adidas never meant to mass-produce the product as they only released 299 pairs worldwide. It was released to the world in 2015.
Nike Green Speed – 160 gram
Introduced to the world by Nike back in 2012, the Green Speed boot debuted as Nike’s lightest football boot ever launched with a weight of 160 grams while retaining a rank as the most environment-friendly boot ever made by the big company. It then received a colour update and addition of AAC on the upper which makes it more stylish for the football players. The black and green Nike boot was focused and designed to bring about more explosive performance in a football game while reducing the impact on the ground.
While it was produced from degradable, recycled materials in Italy, the Nike Green Speed offers an increase in strength and agility on the pitch along with a sharp touch on the ball. The special TPU ensures the boot stability on the ground while the All Conditions control ensures ball control regardless of the weather.
Puma V1.815 Ferrari – 155 gram
Introduced to the world in 2009, the Puma V1.815 Ferrari is the oldest lightweight boot on this list. The designers at Puma worked consistently for two years making additions and alterations to produce the v1.815 Ferrari. Weighing in at 155 grams, this Puma boot was introduced to the world as the lightest boot ever at the time.
The light outer sole and the thin upper both contributed to the boot low weight. The designs and craftsmanship on the v1.815 are top-notch as the Puma stripe completely match the silhouette of the boot along with the alluring Ferrari logo located at the end of the Puma stripe.
Adidas F50 adiZero Prime – 145 grams
Adidas F50 adiZero Prime was released back in 2011 and it is one of the lightest football boots ever produced by Adidas. With a weight of 145 grams, it was introduced to be one of the best speed boots for football players.
Adidas launched an alternative to the leather and microfibre and that was how the Adizero series came about. The lightweight design of the boot was a result of the upper being made from a synthetic microfibre material. Adidas made use of the AdiLite Twin, which is the synthetic microfibre material, to achieve that level of low weight and also a better touch and feel on the ball. TPU was also implemented to ensure stability while protecting it from wear and tear. Weighing 145 grams, the Adidas F50 adiZero Prime deserves to be on the lightest football boots list.
Adidas F50 Adizero Crazylight – 135 grams
Adidas pushed themselves a bit further when making the F50 Adizero Crazylight which is just 36 grams heavier than the F50 Adizero 99Gram concept boot. Adidas implemented their lightweight technology as the upper is made from synthetic microfibre which makes it thin and strong while reducing the weight at the same time.
The Adizero Crazylight adopts the use of Sprintframe 2.0 with SpeedTraxion studs covered with an anodised coating to keep the boot light and strong. Adidas F50 Adizero Crazylight is a good pair of soccer boots for speed and weighing 135 grams, it sits second on the lightest football boots list.
Puma evoSPEED SL – 103 grams
Puma evoSPEED SL ranks first on this list as it weighs just 103 grams but it comes with a twist. Puma released this pair of boots back in 2015 as an immediate response to Adidas’ Adizero 99Gram. The only difference is that the evoSPEED can be used all through 90 minutes of the game but with a warning; the boot should only be worn during matchdays as they can only last for just 10 games.
Using the Speedframe technology the evoSPEED SL boot extremely thin on the upper while also acting as a support system to the player. It offers stability.
There are several football boots that are only a little bit heavier than the cleats on this list, and they are worth checking out if you’re interested in lightweight boots. The Umbro Velocita 4 is worth checking out as it weighs just 165 grams, Nike Mercurial Vapor 11 which is the fastest of the Mercurial series, and the Umbro Medusae 3 is considered the lightest leather football boot currently with a weight of 170g.