The polls have closed and the votes have been counted – we’re officially ready to unveil the winners of the 2010 Football Boots Awards.
The votes flooded in, in tens of thousands of votes from Footy-Boots.com readers who were ready to put their nominations forward and acknowledge the best football boots that 2009-2010 had to offer.
Football Shirt of the Year 2010
To many brands, a new football shirt is a chance to show some design flair, or to honour heritage, or to embrace a new technology.
Puma’s Africa Unity Kit not only does all of the above but also raised money for UNEP Year of Biodiversity and united all of Puma’a African teams under a single banner – it’s more than a Kit, and that’s why we suspect many of you voted for it.
Here’s what Puma had to say about their victory in this tight category:
“It is with great pleasure that we at PUMA accept this award, especially as if reflects the interest of so many fans in this concept and product. With the tournament being held in Africa for the first time, and being referred as taking place in Africa as opposed to South Africa, it was clear that this was seen as a continental event.
Many will know that we have been and continue to work with many African Teams, helping to develop both talent and innovative design concepts. Therefore we are proud to have created the first ever Continental kit.
The thought process, reflecting both African Unity and the evolution of colours from the earth to the sky, demonstrates PUMA’s story telling through products, and we are pleased that this has been embraced and appreciated by fans.
Safest Football Boot 2010
A solid Taurus Leather upper and a rigid PowerSpine in the soleplate – there’s no doubting that the adidas Predator_X refuses to compromise when it comes to player safety.
Whereas adidas could follow the trend and make the adidas Predator more lightweight, they’ve left its solid heel counter and rigid design intact – and that’s why you made it your Safest Boot 2010
Upon receiving their award, adidas said:
œWe are delighted to pick up this award for the latest version of our iconic Predator boot. The innovations included on the Predator_X are geared towards power and protection.
Most notable, is the Powerspine technology which reduces reflex on the underside of the boot and produces 7% more power than the previous boot.
Thank you to the Footy-Boots team for nominating us and thanks to everyone who once again backed Predator.
Most Outrageous Colourway
Nike T90 Laser III – Electric Green/Black/Red
There’s been plenty of wild’n’wonderful colourways in the past 12 months, but we will never forget the boot that caused uproar last December when they launched.
Taking a risk and using two ‘pop’ colours in the upper and heel counter proved to be a winner for Nike, despite some early outrage at the design update and the removal of the Radial ShotShield, it’s hard to imagine the T90 Laser III any other way now!
Most Innovative Football Boot 2010
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II
Whilst many were quick to attack the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II for not being the lightest boot ever made; there can be no question that it is one of the most innovative football boots ever produced – and many of voted as such.
Full Carbon Fibre soloeplate, NikeSENSE adaptive traction, visual ‘flicker’ on the upper and a re-engineered FlyWire system add up to a boot that whose technology we’ll see used on other football boots for years to come.
˜The Superfly II is comfortable to wear, but it also looks cool and the technology in the stud traction and the upper gives me added acceleration and speed which is key to my game.™
Panel Football Boot of the Year 2010
Nike CTR360 Masetri
Our expert panel of players, journalists, retailers and bloggers almost unanimously agreed to honour the Nike CTR360 Maestri as their football boots of the year.
Nike seemed to have performed the impossible when releasing this boot, after many fans questioned the need for a boot designed around such a niche position.11 months later and the Maestri has become one of the most popular boots in Nike’s Silo worn from Strikers to goalkeepers.
Nike elected Chelsea FC & England star Ashley Cole to tell us why he feels the CTR360‘s are worthy winners
“I think, first and foremost, you want to be comfortable as a player. With the CTR‘s, the material is so soft; sometimes you get boots where the heel is too firm, but here it’s just right. Overall, they’re very, very comfortable and best of all – they help me score some goals so I’m happy!”
Football Boot of the Year 2010
3rd – Mizuno Wave Ignitus
2nd – Nike CTR360 Masetri
1st – adidas F50 adiZero
Despite only being launched 2 months ahead of the summer’s big tournament, the adiZero rose to become the most popular boot at the FIFA World Cup as well as the highest scoring. With such a huge upturn in popularity, there’s no surprise that you picked it as your football boots of the year.
adidas said this upon receiving the award; œThe public reaction to the adidas F50 adiZero has been phenomenal and we are thrilled to pick up the boot of the year award. On the back of being the top scoring boot at the World Cup, the F50 adiZero continues to perform well on the pitch, with players like Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi demonstrating the speed of the F50.
We are delighted with this award “ it proves we are getting it right. For all the fans of the boot we have something special coming early next year that we hope will help cement the F50 adiZero range as the fastest, the lightest, and the best
adidas elected Aston Villa winger Ashley Young to accept the award on their behalf:
“I’ve been wearing the adidas F50 boots for a couple of years now and the adiZero is definitely my favourite out of the series. It allows me to express myself and helps me be faster on the pitch. It’s a great boot and I’m delighted that its claimed this award.”
And that’s it for 2010! We’re already looking forward to which boots will show up in the 2011 Awards! adiPure IV? Superfly III? Who knows!
Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote, you turned out in record numbers and really made the 2010 Football Boots Awards the best yet!