FOOTBALL BOOTS OF THE DECADE: 15 – 11

First off,'  a very happy Christmas to all you Footy Boots fans out there. We take it that as you are currently reading this, you’ve had enough of the in-laws / grand parents / Uncle Charlie (delete as appropriate) already!

Having looked out our favourite boots from 20 – 16 earlier this week, today it’s the turn of numbers 15 – 11.

We’d love to know what you think of our choices, so in between the turkey, Xmas pud and mince pies, do drop us a line by commenting below.

football boots of the decade 15

Strike Zone Pro Rage

Many people would probably argue that there were better incarnations of the Strike Zone series than the Rage – but I can honestly say these were the first boots where I experienced the oft-promised ‘glove-like fit’ from a pair of boots on the first wear. For anyone that never had the chance to try a pair of these boots – the Pro Rage sat slightly higher up to the ankles than most other boots, and were lined with – what one can only assume – clouds, dreams and pillows.

reebok strike zone pro rage

Well not really, but the point is the ankles were thick and supportive preventing any rolled ankles, and the forefoot had the bare minimum of laces on, for a sweet spot that was completely unsurpassed until the Lotto Zhero Gravity. Also this boot came at a prime time for Reebok, when Shevchenko was still in mercurial form for AC Milan and Giggs and Henry were battling it out in two highest place teams in the Premiership.

football boots of the decade 14

Mizuno Morelia

Not many brands can do classic cool like Mizuno; and no boot epitomises it quite like the Morelia Pro. Completely free of anything that might push the overhead up, the Morella Pro is a professional standard boot for every player.

mizuno morelia

Available only in the classiest of colourways, the upper is, once again, a supple K-Leather with streamlined stitching running across the toes to help it bend when running. A well worn pair of Morelia’s are just as comfy as a pair of slippers – and that’s why they deserve to be in the top 20.

football boots of the decade 13

Mercurial Superfly


A little bit controversial. The first mass-produced boot to smash the £200 price barrier, a mass recall due to a “product integrity issue” and STILL not as light as the Puma V1.08 Ferrari.

mercurial superfly

But sometimes it’s more what the boot stands for – in these days of leaked photos and scanned suppliers catalogues it was fascinating to see that it didn’t detract from the hype surrounding the boot and everyone that considers themselves a fan of football boots was watching when they were debuted by Christiano Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic in the Champions League.

football boots of the decade 12

Nomis Glove

The Nomis Glove is a boot that had to beat a very high set of expectations. Anyone that read my review on the Nomis Spark would get an idea that I thought they were a fantastic boot, so it was going to take a huge effort from their bigger brother push them off their laurels.

nomis glove

But The Glove went ahead and did just that – taking everything that I loved about the Spark (Sock-like fit, fold over tongue, Predator-style lacing system) and wrapped it in Wet Control Leather. Whilst many saw it as a gimmick the Wet Control tech is up there with the CTR360’s Memory Foam as an ‘why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?’ innovation.

football boots of the decade 11

PUMA v1.06

After a turbulent few years of speculation about its financial well-being, PUMA roared out the gates in 2006 with the first of its premier ‘v1’ series. In a make-or-break move to prove they weren’t just a prefix to the ‘King’ name, PUMA went for something completely different: a canvas-uppered, side-offset lacing, carbon-fibre sole-plated speed machine.

puma v1.06

The following 12 months were a complete turnaround for the German giant, sponsoring 12 teams in the World cup (one of them being the winners, Italy) and a boot in their stable to compete with the likes of Nike’s Mercurial and adidas’ new F50 lines.

Numbers 10 – 6 in our festive countdown will be posted on Footy Boots on Tuesday 29th December.


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8 Comments

  • Good, good, good. More interesting than the boots that are here are the boots that aren’t. Meaning that those will come later on. Nice.

    I like seeing that the CTR 360 memory foam is recognized as one of those “of course” *smacks forehead* features. Rage looks lovely. I can attest to the comfort of reebok sneakers and if these are a tenth as comfy as their ‘trainers’ then clouds, dreams and pillows is an understatement. 😉

    I’m thinking about picking up the nomis glove before it stops being sold. A few days ago I missed out on $40 konstrukt III boots on sale and I’m still beating myself up about that. I can’t imagine how I’ll feel missing out on ever owning some nomis boots and later realising that they are a rare piece of football history. The problem is: so many good boots, so little money to be spent frivolously. Well, I’ll content myself with admiring these boots on the round-up! Maybe after the list is done I will get the cream of the crop.

    Good job footy-boots! Keep ’em coming!

  • Very good martincillo. When do you think I should make the swoop for them? Is there a point they will be cheapest? I would love to have them for $50 again. Is that the magic price point to aim for? And which online store is best for such?

  • They were on kitbag for $50 including shipping for a while. I was tracking them but they got sold out before I could buy. They were in the black and gold colourway.

  • Srike Zone Pro Rage?! Shevchenko never wore them at Milan. He wore Lotto right up until near the end of his final season, when he switched to Mizuno. He then signed (after being forced by Adidas/Chelsea) for Reebok at the beginning of his first season at Chelsea (continued to wear Reeboks (though not the above ones) during his loan back to Milan). He only wore these ones for a few matches, and I don’t think Giggs or certainly Henry wore them once. Terrible boots which nobody bought or wore. Felt like big spongy trainers.

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