Black never goes out of style.
In an age where boot brands produce football boots in all sorts of bright colours, it’s very rare that you see black boots on the pitch. What seemed like the norm 30 years ago is now the exception to the rule – black boots are now a rarity on the pitch.
However, you can’t deny there’s a certain aura about black boots. They feel stealthy and no-nonsense. Any player wearing all black knows how to get the job done without too much fuss, like a ninja who operates with deadly efficiency.
Here, we list the best looking black boots for you players who appreciate the colour that never goes out of style.
Black Football Boots – Nike
First up is the coolest of cool boots, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite. While it carries the silhouette of the previous two generations of Mercurial Vapor, this one has an updated upper which creates a “see through” effect that is plucked out of a science fiction film.
In black, it looks mighty sleek though Nike added in red hot accents to help the boot pop. The red/yellow accents form the border of the large swoosh on the side while elements of the knitted fibers underneath the upper also sport the accents which peek out subtly upon closer inspection. This is also the first model within the Nike stable to carry the new and improved AG stud pattern so if you play on artificial grass often, you might want to give this variation a try.
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Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite AG
Up next, the Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite. The leather/knit hybrid boot is one of our favourites here at BOOTHYPE for its fit and comfort. We love its diamond-shaped design all across that upper and it looks real classy decked out in black. Nike recently released a blackout variation with minimal colours – blue inner suede lining and a blue swoosh border that transitions to red towards the heel.
The red Tiempo logo burns red hot as defenders see the back of your heel as you charge past them. The boot will be phased out in the coming months so do get them while you can.
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Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite
Lastly from the Nike line up is the Nike Phantom GT Elite. This blackout colourway is one of the older ones from a few months back as Nike channelled its mean streak into the design.
The Nike Phantom GT carries a very deep shade of black all over with Chile red punctuating the logos and stud tips. Very subtle but it screams “don’t mess with me”.
Nike Phantom GT Elite
Nike Phantom GT Elite
Black Football Boots – adidas
There is no football boot out there more aggressive than the adidas Predator Freak. With its high collar and dangerous looking spikes, this is one boot that means business.
Predators have always looked great in black but adidas gave this is magic stardust with light grey spikes on the lateral side of the foot with black spikes on the instep that just stand out so beautifully. A must have for every fan of an adidas Predator.
For those looking for a full light grey spike setup, go for the laced adidas Predator Freak .1 instead.
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adidas Predator Freak + FG
Another boot that is on the way out, the adidas Nemeziz, knows how to go out with a bang. I’ve always loved the boot’s unique aesthetics and in black, it looks very much like what a modern ninja would wear.
The Nemeziz + edition also provides an exquisite oil slick effect on the soleplate that looks ultra premium from any angle. Pure class.
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adidas Nemeziz + FG
The adidas Copa Sense is a relatively new boot at the time of writing. We loved the launch colourway in black and bronze but adidas followed up quickly with this Chrome number to add a bit of bling to their selection of black boots.
It’s a black football boot that glows on the pitch. How cool is that? adidas has essentially created the equivalent of the Darksaber of Star Wars fame and I for one, can’t get enough of this black chrome boot.
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adidas Copa Sense + FG
We’re stretching it a little when it comes to this adidas X Ghosted .1. It’s got more of a dark grey vibe but the aesthetic does well to give it an even speedier feel. The entire boot looks like a Formula One car with its snarling silhouette, carbitex soleplate and those light blue stripes across the upper.
The adidas X Ghosted .1 is built for the sprinter and you’ll definitely look just as fast as you feel in these bad boys.
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adidas X Ghosted .1 FG
Black Football Boots – Puma
The Puma Future Z 1.1 is one of the hottest boots on the market now with its focus on its fit and excellent lockdown. Puma wasted no time from its launch to release a black out version for fans of the colour.
You get a pretty minimalist look with a white and grey band across the midfoot for that unparalleled security when changing directions. A nice touch is the subtle glitter effect on the soleplate that adds a dash of premium quality to an excellent boot.
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Puma Future Z 1.1
From the future, we now revisit one of the best football boots of the past. Diego Maradona lived and died by the Puma King Top and it remains one of the most iconic boots ever made that is still available today.
The classic black boots are elegantly accompanied by Puma’s white formstripe, white tongue and white soleplate. This classic favourite has received a small update in the form of a silicone backing beneath the leather upper for an enhanced touch on the ball.
If you’re looking for an old school vibe, you can’t look past the Puma King Top.
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Puma King Top
Black Football Boots – Mizuno
For the longest time, Mizuno has been the boot of choice for boot nerds everywhere. Their leather craftsmanship with the Made in Japan series is unmatched for its durability, leather quality and accommodating fit.
The current face of Mizuno is the Morelia Neo 3 Beta Japan, which blends knit and leather in one stunning package. The Japanese brand has developed an all black number but I prefer this variation from the Cyber pack – a primarily black upper with bright green, turquoise and yellow accents that highlight the Runbird and grills along the tooling.
It’s got that Cyberpunk vibe going for me.
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Mizuno Morelia Neo 3 Beta Japan
Black Football Boots – New Balance
The New Balance Tekela is a very unique looking boot with its 3D embossed patterns all across the upper. The patterns are supposed to help with an improved touch and grip on the ball but I can’t help but see an organic entity.
It looks like some radical alien tech on feet and it gets more eye-catching in black. There are hints of an Alien meets Venom suit when looking at the Tekela. If anyone’s looking to rock the intergalactic look, this one’s for you.
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New Balance Tekela V3 Pro FG
Black Football Boots – Diadora
One of the oldest names in football boots, the Italian was a staple during the heydays of the Serie A. Known for its leather craft, the brand has developed some of the best leather boots ever. Case in point – the Diadora Brasil Made in Italy K-Leather Pro.
Its classic leather feel ensures a luxurious touch and an all-black colourway looks like it means business. I love the small details and the Italian flag by the heel area adds a touch of class to this classic beauty.
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Diadora Brasil Made in Italy K-Leather Pro