Best molded football boots 2022: The latest ranges from Nike, Adidas, Puma and more

If you are someone who tends to play football on drier, firmer ground or on artificial turf, you will want to find the best in-mold football boots on the market right now.

What are molded football boots, we hear you ask? “Molds”, as they are commonly called, are plastic or rubber studs (traditionally round but now available in a range of shapes) that do not detach from the sole of a boot. This means that they cannot be removed or replaced. The advantage is that they cannot unscrew and fall out. A downside is that they cannot be replaced if worn out.

Having the right shoes can make a huge difference to a player’s game, with some ranges specifically designed for firmer playing surfaces. TFF has been devoted to design categorization to make it easier for you to purchase boots. If you’re just looking for the best football boots right now, be sure to check out our other reviews.

But here you will find the best molded football boots.


Nike Air Max Zoom Mercurial Shoes

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Nike Zoom Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite

The lightest Mercurial shoes ever

Colors: White/Off Black/Coconut Milk, Black/Dark Smoke Gray/Summit White/Volt, Pale Green/Blackened Blue/Total Orange, Strike Yellow/Pale Grape/Coconut Milk/Sunset Light | Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Multi-Ground, Artificial Grass, Indoor, Turf | Worn by : Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Beth Mead

Incredibly light

Tighter around your feet

Excellent traction

The latest in the incomparable Nike Mercurial range, the Air Zoom Superfly IX was released in July 2022 and first debuted at the Women’s Euro. They are being worn this season by some of the biggest stars in men’s and women’s football, and will be widely seen at Qatar 22.

In addition to looking gorgeous, in TFF At least the Air Zoom Superfly IX is among the lightest shoes on the market and offers unbeatable traction, making them ideal for fast attacking players. The almost tacky skin on the upper is designed to make your touchdown, passing and shooting easier, while offering decent protection.

The boots are available in soft ground and firm ground versions, the latter offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


Adidas X Speedportal Boots

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Adidas X Speedportal

Boots straight off the feet of Mohamed Salah – via Rick and Morty

Colors: Solar Green/Core Black/Solar Yellow, Core Black/Solar Red/Solar Green | Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Artificial Grass, Turf | Worn by : Mohamed Salah, Alessia Russo, Lionel Messi

Redesigned heel

Extremely light

Few colors so far

Very snug fit: you may need the larger size

Released in conjunction with specially designed Rick and Morty shorts, the Adidas X SPEEDPORTAL boots are a natural evolution of the latest X model while improving the look, feel and comfort of the model.

We were blown away when they landed. These are the best looking Xs in years, with a freshly designed heel and the all new textless Adidas logo. Cheer.

The boots are available in soft ground and firm ground versions, the latter offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Football Boots

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Nike Mercurial Superfly VIII Elite

Last season’s efforts, but by no means old news

Colors: Football Grey/Light Navy/Laser Blue/Blackened Blue, Black/Metallic Silver/Cavern Stone/Metallic Gold, Chlorine Blue/Marina/Laser Orange | Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Multi-Ground, Artificial Grass, Indoor, Turf | Worn by : Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Beth Mead

Stunning design with smooth curves and colors

Light and comfortable

The design is one of Nike’s busiest Mercurials

Nike has since released a new model

Last season’s Nike offering, but still a great choice. In our test of the Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 football boots, we particularly liked the lightness of these boots. At just 190g, it’s one of the lightest boots ever, despite being made from a material that offers real protection and durability. They are so noticeably light that even TFF (not quite blessed with the speed of, say, a young Theo Walcott) felt the difference in a game situation. They also offer great traction thanks to a unique stud pattern and are snug on the foot without any chance to come off.

The boots are available in soft ground and firm ground versions, the latter offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


The best football boots for defenders

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Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite

Comfortable, versatile and stylish

Colors: Black/Iron Gray/Black, Team Red/Mystic Hibiscus/Bright Crimson/White, Gray Fog/Sapphire/Volt, Black/Charcoal/Metallic Gold/Metallic Dark Gray, Guava/Bright Sunset/Strike Yellow | Studs: Firm Ground, Soft Ground, Multi-Ground, Artificial Grass, Indoor, Turf | Worn by : Virgil van Dijk, Thibaut Courtois, Harry Kane

Versatile: worn by both goalkeepers and attackers

Ideal for wide feet

Sustainable

Not Nike’s flashiest boots

Few color options

The latest Tiempos are extremely comfortable and durable, and among the lightest on the market, weighing just 207g.

They feature a number of nifty little gadgets, including memory foam and touch pads, designed to specifically help you shoot, dribble and control the ball. The herringbone studs have been specially designed to add traction, helping attacking players change direction more easily – perfect for getting past defenders.

The boots are available in soft ground and firm ground versions, the latter offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


Puma Future Z boots

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Puma Future Z Lazertouch

Correct leather… but still light

Colors: Black/White/Gold | Studs: Firm Ground, Multi-Terrain, Artificial Ground, Soft Ground, Grass | Worn by : Neymar

Leather

Extremely light

Classic design

White sole/black leather not for everyone

Lack of color

In our recent review of the Puma Future Z Lazertouch football boots, we praised the genuine leather used in the boots worn by some of the keenest wingers in world football. The Neymar version of the Future Z is even lighter, made from synthetic material as opposed to the leather of the Lazertouch, so the choice is yours.

The boots are a fantastic fit, provide great traction, look great and are light enough to make you feel like you’re wearing carpet slippers. The Future Z is specifically designed to attack gamers.

The boots are available in soft ground and firm ground versions, the latter offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


Umbro Velocita 6 football boots review

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Umbro Velocita VI Pro

The great British football boot of our time

Nostalgic, British brand

Really beautiful colors

Among the lightest available

Traction could be better

The sole lacks flexibility

scraping material

TFF was pleasantly surprised by their lightness when putting together our review of the Umbro Velocita 6 football boots.

Weighing in at 190g – the same as the Nike Mercurial Vapors – that’s one area where this shoe sits comfortably alongside the best on the market. During the practices and games we took them out for, we half expected to look down and find we were wearing Crocs. Fortunately, what we found there was one of the best looking boots on the market right now.

You’ll absolutely fly past your opponents in these, knowing that if you get caught you’ll be well protected by the tough shell and textile. There are a few downsides, including a lack of flexibility in the core. But check out our review for more pros and cons.

The boots only come in a firm ground version, offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


New Balance football boots

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New Balance Furon V6+ Pro

New Balance‘s worthy competition to the big boys

Colors: White/White/Orange, ‘Impulse’, Black/Pink Alpha, Raheem Sterling Jamaica Edition: Yellow/Green, White/Pink Alpha, Bleached Lime Glo/Citrus Punch, Black, Cobalt | Studs: Firm ground, soft ground, artificial ground | Worn by : Harvey Elliott, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling

Lightweight, colorful and with pops of blue and red that are simply stunning, the New Balance Furon V6+ Pro are an absolute triumph. These boots will give attackers the edge in a run because they’re so light – but they’re also comfortable.

These are the boots worn by Sadio Mané and Bukayo Saka. Perfect for a speedster…and they look professional too.

The boots are available in soft ground and firm ground versions, the latter offering a molded mix of shorter lugs and blades on the sole.


Adidas Copa Mundial

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Adidas Copa Mundial

Colors: Black and white | Studs: Firm ground

Completely timeless

Cheaper than most boots

Designed for comfort rather than style

One for the old guard and the hipsters, there’s simply no such thing as the Copa Mundial football boots, no matter how many times Adidas reinvents the wheel.

For sheer comfort, nostalgia and dependability, it’s virtually impossible to top these brilliant boots, with buttery soft K leather ensuring your feet have room to breathe while staying warm and dry. The Adidas Copa Mundial is an icon – and if you’re a football fanatic, you deserve a pair at least once in your life.

The boots are only available in a firm ground version, offering molded conical lugs and all over the sole.

Here has FourFourTwo, our shoe testing procedure involves putting shoes on our feet and personally trying them out during kickabouts, practices and matches. Our editors test each pair for several weeks, in different playing conditions, to get an accurate idea of ​​what they are like on a football pitch.

This is the best way to tell if the boots are better suited to firmer or softer ground, what level of traction they provide and how they are designed to improve a player’s game. We are passionate about football boots and regularly attend launch events and Q&A’s to get as much information as possible from manufacturers and designers before we get started.

All of our reviews are honest (although we work with brands, no one can ‘buy’ a good review from us) and we always have real footballers in mind when giving recommendations.

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