A lot of our readers in the northern hemisphere are just starting to hit the start of their pre-season training regimes, so it is probably time for a new pair of boots! Not everyone is fortunate enough to own multiple pairs of boots at the one time, and we know you guys are concerned whether your boots can hold up a whole season of football. Our definitive guide looks at (what we have found) to be the most durable boots on the market that should hold up for 12 months.
Note: For the purpose of this article, we are only commenting on boots that Soccer Reviews has had in it’s possession for more than 3 months. This is why boots such as the leather finish Vapor VIII and Predator LZ will not feature in this guide, simply because we have not held it long enough to comment on the durability of the boots. All of these boots have gone through intensive use (used 3+ times a week) on both artificial turf and regular grass to ensure we push the boot on the durability front.
adidas Copa Mundial
Puma PowerCat 1.12
While there is some light discolouring of the leather where the upper meets the soleplate, it does not affect the actual durability of the boots and is simply because of my kicking style where I tend to lightly drag my foot along the ground when I kick. The upper is still securely attached to the soleplate and there are no other cuts or areas worth noting. While we cannot comment on the synthetic ‘Gravity’ Puma PowerCat 1.12, the launch colour way Pearl White/Puma Royal/Team Gold PowerCat 1.12 is available for less than $150 on Soccer.com and the boots should last beyond the next 12 months.
Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite
The thing that ensures the Legend Elite makes this list is the fact that Nike had enough faith in all of their Elite boots to slap them with a two year warranty. No matter if some bruiser comes through and makes it his life purpose to destroy your boots, Nike are prepared to take these boots back within two years of purchase and either exchange them or give you a Nike credit. This might not seem like it helps with “durability,” but it certainly helps that lump in your stomach that you feel when you drop cash on a pair of boots. For our purposes, we will say that the Tiempo Elite is not only extremely durable, but it takes a lot of the risk and fear out of buying an expensive boot.
adidas miCoach F50 adiZero (Synthetic)
Our Energy/White/Electricity boots look brilliant when they come out of a wash, despite their 6 months of use. Except for one or two scuff marks in the instep (when I got stepped on accidentally) and near the toes due to my kicking style, they still have that brightness about them just like the first day I started using them. We know the miCoach F50 adiZero may get knocked about for feeling like plastic bags, but we must admit that they do hold up outstandingly well. While buying your synthetic miCoach F50 adiZeros with the miCoach bundle can be expensive, you can grab the Infrared/Bright Blue/Running White colour way seen all over the EUROs for $200 at soccer.com.
One last note
While we have found these boots to hold up very well, the durability of a pair of boots does ultimately depend on the user. You have to treat and care for your boots well. When we say that, we mean that you clean it every time you use it with the traditional brush and water, refrain from drying them outside in the sun or near a heat source and use leather cream for your K-Leather boots.
Storage is also important, I keep my boots in the box it first came in with newspaper inside them. If you do this, then you give yourself the best chance to have a pair of boots that will last you 12 months. If you are still concerned about paying full price for a pair of boots and being concerned they will not last, you can always buy a lower tier boot for training sessions and have your expensive boots just for match day.