Colour of Football Boots

It’s been a long while since the classic brightly coloured football boots debate has reared it’s head here in the office, but a couple of pieces of recent news has stirred the debate again!
Are boots like the Puma King what players should be wearing?

Coloured football boot debate

Firstly, Steve Bruce announced earlier this month that he was following in Sir Alex Ferguson’s steps in only allowing academy players at Sunderland FC to wear black leather football boots. The thinking behind this is that players should earn the right to play in excitingly coloured football boots, and growing feet should play in leather boots, rather than synthetic.

Then, David Moyes at Everton and Neil Lennon at Celtic agreed that keeping players in ‘basic’ football boots for their youth development period stops youngsters ‘getting above themselves’ and was a very good idea.

And quickly after came a study from Texaco, which showed that the majority of players in the English N-Power Championship and youth leagues still play in Black football boots anyway, with White a close second in both cases.

So, all this considered we want to know what the well-educated, intelligent and exceptionally handsome audience thought on the debate!

Down at the bottom of the post, we’ve got a poll that you can vote on (not to mention our spanking-new comments system), but first, here’s what some of our staffers think of the debate!


Purple pink football boots
Kyle reckons that if players feel better wearing boots like this, they should wear them!

I’m no massive fan of most of the coloured football boots on the market, I mean they’re nice and all, but I actually prefer black/white leather cleats anyway!

But I don’t understand why academy coaches feel that players have to ‘earn’ the right to wear the boots that they want to wear – it smacks of needlessly stamping your authority on a bunch of youngster whilst they’re still young.

The way I see it, if you’re playing football at a Premier League academy, you’ve already earned the right to wear whatever football boots you want! Academy life isn’t easy, and your future at the football club (and in some cases, your future as a footballer) hinges on every performance, every training session and every match. You’re under the microscope, and the you’re constantly aware that the chances of you actually making it to the reserves or first team of the team you’re at are already very slim!

So, if you feel better about your game playing in certain type or colour of boot, then why should you have that taken away from you?


adiPure IV - adidas - football boots

I’d have to take a different view, personally, I don’t have a problem with anyone that picks a brightly coloured pair of cleats.

However, how many times have you got onto the pitch and seen some clown in a pair of Nike iD Lasers/Vapors who, despite thinking he’s the business, just isn’t that gooder footballer?

I just think there should be some kind of law that stops players wearing boots like that without actually being able to pull it off – skills wise – and these managers and academy directors are nipping this situation in the bud at their clubs!


Even classic boots like the Tiempo aren’t guaranteed to be black anymore!

As someone who seemingly spends his life looking at football boots, I think it’s actually harder than you might think to try and get a pair of boots that fit the bill anymore, especially when it comes to brands like Nike and Puma.

Imagine if I was a Nike Vapor player, through-and-through, and I got picked up by an academy (as unlikely as that is!). My options for boots are pretty limited, I’ve either got the Circuit Orange Superfly II, the new Nike CR Safari, or the Black/Black/Yellow Superfly I.

But, now imagine if I was at Sunderland’s academy, where they have to be leather too – there hasn’t been a leather Vapor in 3 years, and what are the odds of me finding a pair of those?

I like the idea of bringing in a uniform to younger players and having to ‘earn’ some of the privileges that the first team have (Because the prospect of international fame and stacks of cash just doesn’t motivate kids these days), but I’m just not sure that it’s doable in the market at the moment, as bright colours are everywhere you look!

So, now you’ve read what we think – let us know what you think! Weigh into the debate with a comment and vote in the poll below! [poll id=”50″]


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  1. says: Greg

    Nothing worse (or funnier) than playing some clown who is wearing new vapors and still beating him down the wing the entire match, while wearing old adidas adipures. Nike and Puma and these companies should reintroduce basic black leather to all their boot designs to help the players in the academies as best they can. OR they should have tryouts anytime anyone wants to buy NikeIDs, your not good enough….. you get black leather!

  2. says: Stopngoals02

    Play football myself in the US. And I currently own both the gold synthetic adizeros and the blackout owns. Sure I love playing in both pairs and all but if I feel that I’m doing good and Im playing better then others I certainly wear my golds same said for the black outs. If I’m doing not as good I wear them more. But still, the color of a boot shouldn’t decied how good u truly are, or how talented. I have seen u-16 national players wear all black copas and lead the team like an Allstar then a intermural player wear the green adizeros and completely suck. Sure would be nice to have this system, but colors don’t matter

  3. says: Matt K

    I do not think its that big of a deal if you wear bright boots, if that is the style of boot you like and its comfortable then wear the boots thats cool. I do not think it should be a privilege, although it is quite funny when some people show up on their brand new expensive boots and they are not good at all

  4. says: Jhardy86

    I’m glad the managers have clamped down on the kids wearing bright boots. Footballers are becoming more and more above themselves because they get too much too young. Many have agents from a young age and think that they walk on water because they have people looking after them all the while. By throwing in a bit of discipline at the youth levels, it may help the kids remember they have not made it and they have to abide by rules.

  5. says: Taylor Jackson

    I feel that a lot more people would be wearing black and white boots if Nike would make Vapors, CTRs, and Lasers in black and white rather than all the colors they choose. The only boot they make in standard black and white are the Legends. As of now its just a way for players to get noticed

  6. says: naruto16

    They should just wear whatever they want, it’s their personal preference. We all say shoe colours don’t matter, but by banning them certainly means they matter!?

    If the rules must be enforced, I would vote for black, white, and blue boots to be allowed. Who wants to wear black k-leather in the 40 degrees celcius weather under the screaming sun.

  7. says: naruto16

    Also for kids who get over themselves for their boots colours… Their mentality don’t suit the game anyway. We don’t need more Balotellis… lol

  8. says: phil

    I think it would be fine if the older and more experienced players didnt let the newbies wear bright boots. but if a club does it then i think its just stupid.

  9. says: Zpucks

    Managers are putting perpetuating the wrong focus on the trivial part of shopping for football boost and for that matter a trivial part of football. They are falling into the big corp.’s advertising and PR game. It is a comfort issue and that is it. Any real football enthusiast cares more about the moves our favorite player does than the shoes, hairstyle, tattoos etc. a footballer is sporting. And if you really think that any of those things are going to make you do what that football star does on the field then really no one can help you. Good luck with that.
    So, I don’t agree with the “privilege” aspect of their reasoning but I definitely agree with the comfort/developing/growing foot of a young player (and for that matter ANY foot) aspect. The discomfort from those plastic shoes cannot be good for your shoes on the long run. Ask women and their many years of stiletos/high heel use if that brings them any form of FOOT DISFIGUREMENT!! You know what they’ll say?.. Beauty comes at a price…ha ha lol

  10. says: Zpucks

    @naruto16 Totally agree with you. We don’t need any more ballotelis or Christianos. The modeling/advertising/movie industry can have them right?

  11. says: Jimbo^2

    In retail, black boots are outnumbered by ‘other colours’. It’s getting harder to find a boot which would suit your feet and is black. Personally, I much prefer white boots, and will not buy leather boots for philosophical reasons.

  12. says: COYW

    Maybe academies should consider another way to have their players “earn” privilages. For example, many mexican clubs keep numbers 1-30 for the first team, 30-60 for the reserves, etc down the line. Academy players will wear numbers in the 100s and have to earn the right to wear a lower number.

  13. says: Alex

    You have to right to spend your money on whatever you choose. If the boots you are wearing make you feel better, you will play better.

    And since when does someone who isn’t great at the game wearing bright boots make him a clown? He’s just a guy playing the game he loves in a pair of boots he likes. Seriously, this is boorish, narcissistic elitism at its worst. I’m a guitar player by trade, so does this mean you shouldn’t get anywhere near my gaze unless accompanied by a cardboard Sears guitar? People like Cristiano, Messi, and Drogba who wear bright boots are legends of the game, incredibly hard workers, and ambassadors. They aren’t the problem. It’s people like those who begrudge others by the boots that are.

  14. says: Footy-freak25

    I have the new adidas adizero’s in orange and i’m only 14, but i didn’t get them because of the look, so they should be allowed because my boots are comfy, and i’m not worried about colour. I try to be a team player and also not show off.

  15. says: channo

    Andy got it spot on!

    moreover, nothing i love more than doing a 360 or a rainbow over some bright nikeID punks with my trusty old white boots 😀

  16. says: Joey

    the best young men and women of the game will rise to the top anyway. i’m pretty sure that the young players don’t even care that their shoes are pink or red or whatever. its just about the fit of the shoe, and a copa mundial doesn’t fit the best for every kid.

  17. says: Matheauhal

    The reason coaches choose to have youth players in all black boots is because it keeps all the players on the same page and no one is a standout. When you have players all in colorful boots and you know that they cant play or dont deserve the right to wear a boot like that then its just a circus. Also the culture of having a colorful boot was only for the very talented players on your team back in the day and it still should be that way now. Not every player is a Ronaldo to have flashy boots. Keep things simple and its a priviledge to have all eyes on your boots when your a great player not when your just another player.

  18. says: Dubb

    What you wear on your feet give you the mentality of what your gonna do when u play. When I wear my ctr’s I remember I’m a midfielder and I need to do my job, but if I was wearing orange mercurials I’d be wanting to take players on

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