For a soccer shoe to be exceptional, it must have the best technology that blends well with its materials to help the player improve his game.
With the emergence of more advanced technologies and superior materials that allow the soccer cleats to maintain their friction, touch, and control on the ball, this year is probably the best year of soccer world in terms of footwear improvement. And as early as the second quarter, we have already came up with our top 10 best soccer cleats of 2020.
In the first quarter of this year, soccer enthusiasts have already seen the hard work of leading brands (Nike, adidas, PUMA, and Mizuno) to make the necessary tweaks that were lacking in their footwear before to come up with a perfect combination of technology and materials.
With the improvements we have seen in the latest soccer cleats, we have shortlisted only the best in our top 10 list (with some honorable mentions). We are excited to show them to you.
Best Soccer Cleats of 2020
1. adidas Predator 20.1
This soccer cleat only weighs 8.2 oz and is arguably the best model in the Predator series. With over 400 upper rubber spikes designed for better swerve and control, the Predator 20.1 is among the most talked about soccer cleats in 2020.
The adidas Predator is known for its grip element and power cleat feel which are unique characteristics not found in other soccer cleats. In the 20 series, we think that the design is going back to its predatory roots (which is a very good thing) with some key improvements.
adidas Predator 20.1 is the official soccer cleat of:
- David Luiz, Defender for Arsenal FC
- David Alaba, Defender for FC Bayern Munich
- Ferland Mendy, Defender for Real Madrid CF
- Victor Wanyama, Midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur FC
- Alphonse Areola, Goalkeeper for Real Madrid CF
Note: The Predator 20.1 has a lot of grip inside, so you may need some break in period before using it on an actual match.
2. Nike Mercurial Vapor 13
This soccer cleat weighs only 6.8 oz and it uses a 360-degree Flyknit construction which wraps your foot for a close, secure feel on the pitch. The insole of Vapor 13 provides lightweight cushioning yet it has the NikeGrip technology which maximizes grip.
Nike says the Vapor 13 is best for use on slightly wet, short-grass pitches but it also has the All Conditions Control (ACC) technology in the upper material which allows the cleat to maintain friction, touch, and control on the ball in wet and dry conditions.
Nike Mercurial Vapor 13 is the official soccer cleat of:
- Neymar, Forward for Paris Saint-Germain FC
- Eden Hazard, Midfielder for Real Madrid CF
- Bruno Fernandes, Midfielder for Manchester United FC
- Philippe Coutinho, Midfielder for FC Bayern Munich
- Leroy Sane, Forward for Manchester City FC
3. New Balance Furon v6
Having started as an arch support company in the early 1900s, New Balance claims to differentiate their products with technical features (and with made in the USA labels).
With the launching of the new Furon v6, New Balance has not only proved that it belongs to the soccer world, it has made an exceptional soccer cleat this time. In fact, the New Balance Furon v6 is among the most mentioned soccer cleats of 2020 with a lot of positive sentiments.
This shoe is arguably the best soccer cleat New Balance has made so far. It’s lightweight (6.4 oz only), completely redesigned, and uses a knit upper (called Fit Weave) which is thinner, softer, and more flexible. This shoe also has the premium materials that New Balance is known for.
New Balance Furon v6 is the official soccer cleat of Sadio Mane, Forward for Liverpool FC.
4. Mizuno Rebula 3 Japan
This soccer cleat is probably the most underrated cleat in 2020 but it has one of the best releases with a comfort and performance that can challenge the leather cleats of Nike.
Mizuno Rebula 3 is very comfortable and has the best handmade Mizuno materials. Mizuno claims that if you invest in a pair of Mizuno MIJ cleats, you invest in quality. That statement is true with the new Rebula 3 because it has so much improvements that we couldn’t imagine how Mizuno will make it even better in the next release.
This soccer cleat weighs 7.4 oz and puts more emphasis on control (with an added element on speed) which is great for midfielders.
Mizuno Rebula 3 Japan is the official soccer cleat of:
- Aaron Hunt, Midfielder for Hamburger SV
- Shoya Nakajima, Midfielder for FC Porto
5. Nike Tiempo Legend 8
Every Nike Tiempo is made with a thoughtful consideration on simplicity, touch, control, and dependability. Its latest release, the Legend 8, now uses Quadfit mesh, along with its kangaroo leather, which helps to lock your foot in through every change of direction.
But even the latest model of Tiempo still offers the classic, comfortable fit that it’s known for. In fact, Nike Tiempo Legend 8 is a doctor-recommended soccer cleat for overpronation because it has more lateral and ankle support than most soccer cleats.
Nike Tiempo Legend 8 is the official soccer cleat of:
- Virgil van Dijk, Defender for Liverpool FC
- Sergio Ramos, Defender for Real Madrid CF
- Alisson, Goalkeeper for Liverpool FC
- Gerard Pique, Defender for FC Barcelona
- Thiago Silva, Defender for Paris Saint-Germain FC
6. Nike Phantom Venom
This soccer cleat is probably the most overlooked among Nike cleats, overshadowed by the other more popular models. But Nike Phantom Venom is part of our top 10 list because it is an exceptional cleat. In fact, the Phantom Venom is the official footwear of at least 15 popular soccer players for the year 2019-2020.
Nike Phantom Venom weighs only 6.8 oz and is made for the center forward (striker) but is also equally capable in other areas of the pitch because defenders and midfielders are also comfortable wearing them.
This soccer cleat has a super soft Flyknit upper which creates a soft touch on the ball, Dynamic Flywire cables which offers a locked-in fit in every area of the foot, and Precision Power zone which is designed for optimal ball spin and control.
Nike Phantom Venom is the official soccer cleat of:
- Lautaro Martinez, Forward for Inter Milan
- Sergio Busquets, Midfielder for FC Barcelona
- Harry Kane, Forward for Tottenham Hotspur FC
- Andrew Robertson, Defender for Liverpool FC
- Raheem Sterling, Midfielder for Manchester City FC
7. Mizuno Morelia Neo III
This is the soccer cleat that you can wear all day and still feel comfortable after you remove it. Like its brother, the Rebula 3, the Morelia Neo III is also highly underrated but you cannot deny how great it is.
Mizuno Morelia Neo III weighs only 6.8 oz and is made with soft and ultra thin kangaroo leather. The outsole has conical studs which allow optimal traction and pivoting ability. In the midsole area, it has a bladed stud which provides an extra take off speed.
This versatile soccer cleat is one of the most comfortable leather cleats that are built for speed, comfort, and touch. In fact, the Neo III ready and capable to perform on any field position.
Mizuno Morelia Neo III is the official soccer cleat of:
- Lazar Markovic, Forward for FK Partizan
- Thiago Motta, Midfielder for Italy national team
- Dodo, Defender for UC Sampdoria
8. PUMA FUTURE 5.1
This is PUMA’s flagship soccer cleat. The FUTURE 5.1 has one of the best lock-in sensations with a technology that is up there with the Nike Mercurial Vapor 13. Coming with a massive upgrade from its predecessor, the FUTURE 5.1 is now our top-rated, most comfortable soccer cleat of 2020.
With its new one-piece engineered knit and NETFIT technology, you can now have a more comfortable and secure fit. The added soft texture on top of the knit, for the latest model, gives you more control on the ball, while, the outsole is rapid and lightweight.
PUMA FUTURE 5.1 is very comfortable that you won’t feel there’s a need to break in this shoe. You can be confident wearing a fresh pair on your match day without having to worry about blisters and cramps.
PUMA FUTURE 5.1 is the official soccer cleat of:
- Luis Suarez, Forward for FC Barcelona
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Forward for AC Milan
- Antoine Griezmann, Forward for FC Barcelona
- Samuel Umtiti, Defender for FC Barcelona
- Allan Saint-Maximin, Forward for Newcastle United FC
9. adidas X 19.1
This soccer cleat is by far the best adidas X release. It’s better, lighter, and faster than its predecessor.
Built for those looking to show off their speed in the game, this cleat has adidas’ latest speed innovation and technology. In fact, there are at least 15 popular soccer players using this cleat for 2019-2020, majority of them are forwards.
The adidas X 19.1 weighs 6.8 oz and comes with a redesigned SpeedMesh upper which is lightweight and acts like a second skin, molded heel with internal padding that give stability, cushioning, and customized fit, and a SpeedFrame outsole for fast, lightweight, and stable traction on the pitch.
adidas X 19.1 is the official soccer cleat of:
- Mohamed Salah, Forward for Liverpool FC
- Karim Benzema, Forward for Real Madrid CF
- Gareth Bale, Midfielder for Real Madrid CF
- Thomas Muller, Forward for FC Bayern Munich
- Marcelo, Defender for Real Madrid CF
10. Nike Phantom Vision 2
This soccer cleat is best for midfielders but it’s occasionally used by defenders and forwards as well. In fact, the Nike Phantom Vision 2 is used by at least 15 popular soccer players, majority of them are midfielders.
This latest release of the Phantom Vision is a continuation of its predecessor with some important tweaks to make it even better. Weighing at 7.6 oz, the Vision 2 gives your foot freedom but tightens up every area that needs support as you apply pressure.
This cleat has one of the best locked-in fit and it uses the new Synergia sole plate which is lightweight, responsive, and durable. For this model, Nike also used different stud shapes to deliver the perfect traction while accelerating and rotating.
Nike Phantom Vision 2 is the official soccer cleat of:
- Kevin De Bruyne, Midfielder for Manchester City FC
- Mason Mount, Midfielder for Chelsea FC
- Casemiro, Midfielder for Real Madrid CF
- Wojciech Szczesny, Goalkeeper for Juventus FC
- Aaron Ramsey, Midfielder for Juventus FC
Other Top Soccer Cleats to Consider
The other soccer cleats that almost made it to the top 10 list are:
- PUMA ONE 20.1 – the official soccer cleat of Bernd Leno of Arsenal FC, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City FC, and David Silva of Manchester City FC
- PUMA King Platinum – the official soccer cleat of Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan
- New Balance Tekela v3 – the official soccer cleat of Rose Lavelle of USWNT
- adidas Copa 20+
These new soccer cleats are not only excellent in helping the player improve his performance on the pitch, they are also the official soccer cleats of popular players (until the end of 2020) who will never use their second-best footwear on an actual match. But we are still in the early part of the second quarter of 2020 and this top 10 list of the best soccer cleats will most likely change as soon as new and better models will emerge.
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