From the Adidas Predator to the Nike Tiempo, football boot culture has exploded during the last 25 years, with bolder designs and brighter colours continuing to catch our eye on an almost daily basis. They say you have to be a brilliant player to wear garish boots on the pitch, but that doesn’t stop many of us from trying to stand out. However, if you really want to be the centre of attention, try getting your hands on these five extremely sought-after boots which are among the ten rarest you can find on StockX...
Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Off-White
Dropping in March 2018, these bright orange boots were worn by Kylian Mbappe for PSG against former club Monaco before the wonderkid lifted the World Cup with France that summer.
Created by Nike in collaboration with Virgil Abloh, the American fashion designer who became the artistic director at Louis Vuitton in the same month the boot was launched, the dots on the boot represent the perfect place to strike the ball (not that a player like Mbappe would need any help in that respect). Less than 1,000 are said to have been made.
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Quinto Triunfo’
Gold boots for a gold standard player, these special Mercurials were produced to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo’s fifth Ballon d’Or triumph in 2017 - Quinto Triunfo translates into fifth triumph in Italian. Winning the Champions League six months earlier as Real Madrid beat Juventus, the Portuguese was rewarded with another pair of personalised Nike kicks.
Featuring CR7 on the heel, the years of his previous successes for the famous, individual football prize, also appeared with the Nike swoosh and boasted the brand’s premium sole. Just 1,000 pairs of the boot were released.
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Elite 10R
Before Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, there was Ronaldinho. With his distinctive long locks, beaming smile and jinking runs, the Brazilian lit up the Nou Camp at the start of the 21st century and reigned supreme as the most exciting player in La Liga.
In 2018, Nike again only made 1,000 remakes of the Tiempos Ronaldinho wore in 2005 with each boot visibly numbered. Dubbed a ‘Touch of Gold’, the sole featured the icon’s name. If you recognise them, they are the boots the Samba star wore in the famous ‘crossbar’ video in which he strikes it three times with such elegance and ease. Ronaldinho really was one of a kind.
Adidas Predator Accelerator
One of the most instantly recognisable pairs of boots in football history, adidas Predators were synonymous with David Beckham, his precision passing and world class ability at whipping and curling free-kicks. The fact Zinedine Zidane also wore the three stripes just added to the popularity.
The classic red, black and white colourway and fold down tongue are just so iconic, these are the football boot for an entire generation of fans. Launched in 2018, nearly 25 years on from the original launch, there were just 1999 pairs of the reissue created.
Nike Tiempo Legend VI ‘Tottix-Roma’ Special Edition
Another absolute legend of the game, Francesco Totti was a one-club man, spending 25 years at Roma and scoring 307 goals in 786 appearances. Adored by fans of the club in the Italian capital, he had admirers all over the world thanks to his stunning strikes and skill on the ball and so any boots he wore proved popular.
In 2017 to mark his final season in football, Nike released 2,500 pairs of the Tiempo Legend VI, a stunning tribute that was very much fitting for ‘the King of Rome.’