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10 Most Innovative Boots Released In 2017

Predator and NetFit

We have seen some incredible new boots released to market over the past 12 months. From boots with zips to the return of the Predator, brands are pushing new boundaries and creating boots that perform at completely new levels. It has been a year of many firsts!

Here we take a look at some of the best boots of 2017, those that offer something unique yet worthy to be worn by the best players in the game. This is our list of the 10 most innovative boots released in 2017.

If there are any boots missing from the list that you definitely would have included, let us know in the comments section below!

Under Armour Spotlight FG Feature

No. 10 – Under Armour Spotlight 2

Released: September
Retail: $219.99

What Makes Them Special?

Under Armour has placed a Zipper down along the side of their second generation Spotlight release. “A ZIPPER”, I hear you scream. Yes, you heard me correctly. Just off-center, along the region where a tongue would normally sit is the same style zip you would find on your winter jacket. In this instance, though, Under Armour has gone to extensive lengths testing a design that serves a functional purpose on the Spotlight. [read more]

No. 9 – New Balance MiUK ONE

Released: January
Retail: $300

What Makes Them Special?

MiUK – there is a term you probably haven’t heard before, especially when it comes to the current boot market. MiUK is actually an abbreviation for “Made in UK”, with these special edition boots being the first to be exclusively manufactured at a New Balance facility in Flimby, England. [read more]

Nike Hypervenom Tech Craft

No. 8 – Nike Hypervenom Tech Craft

Released: February
Retail: $300

What Makes Them Special?

Nike crafted leather on to the forefoot of the Hypervenom 3 for the first time. Placing a leather across one of the most pliable materials in the game (Flyknit) is going to create an incredibly unique type of performance. When you factor in the PORON foam pods that sit right across the strikezone, touch and control is going to be completely modified. [read more]

adidas Predator Mania 2017 Upper

No. 7 – adidas Predator Mania 2017

Released: May
Retail: $330

What Makes Them Special?

A modernized remake of a book that represents a generation of players. The 2017 Predator Mania features a cream-colored upper and stitched-in Predator technology. As well as the distinctive asymmetrical lacing, the Mania features welded Predator rubber pads on top of the vamp to offer increased power and accuracy. Underfoot, you get a modernized outsole with a Sprintframe construction to provide lightweight support and balance. [read more]

 

Nike Mercurial Flyknit Ultra FG LE

No. 6 – Nike Mercurial Flyknit Ultra

Released: September
Retail: $250

What Makes Them Special?

The first Vapor release to feature a Flyknit upper! Adding an increased level of comfort, via Flyknit, to a speed focused silo has turned these in to a top performance option. The Vapor series has a reputation as being one of the more narrow fitting boots on the market. Nike use the same footbed mold to make the Flyknit Ultra, but there is a lot more stretch through the upper. Thus, they provide a much more natural fit for players that need something that is more on the medium/wide spectrum. [read more]

adidas Predator Accelerator DB

No. 5 – adidas Predator Accelerator DB

Released: October
Retail: $320

What Makes Them Special?

A remastered version of the Predator Accelerator, the ‘cleat of a generation’, this was the first time that adidas introduced us to a remake that actually held on to some of the boots original attributes. A modern knitted collar and sock runs through the midfoot, adding compression and keeping you comfortable and locked in the boot. But then through the upper, a kangaroo leather layer and iconic Predator elements across the strike zone offer control and added swerve when striking the ball. [read more]

adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360Agility FG

No. 4 – adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360Agility

Released: May
Retail: $320

What Makes Them Special?

To design the ultimate tool for the agile soccer player, adidas tapped into a common ritual in ancient battle, in dance and in sport: the use of taping for increased physical and mental strength. The unique AGILITYBANDAGE features revolutionary TORSIONTAPES technology to keep the foot locked down and deliver ultimate fit, whilst a dual-lock collar secures the ankle in place to enable explosive change of direction. [read more]

Puma FUTURE 18.1 with NetFit Lacing

No. 3 – Puma FUTURE 18.1

Released: November
Retail: $300

What Makes Them Special?

What makes these so unique is that they are the first boot with a truly customizable, locked down fit. The key to its creation is the inclusion of NETFIT technology that allows the wearer to lace their boots any way they want, creating a “perfect” fit. Whether you are wide or narrow footed the fit adapts to your fit specifications giving you the ultimate lock-down. Expect to see more of these in early 2018. [read more]

UA Clutchfit 3D

No. 2 – Under Armour Clutchfit 3D

Released: May
Retail: $270

What Makes Them Special?

Yes, Under Armour are one of the leaders in innovation in 2017! The Clutchfit 3D is a boot that features a crazy “3D Clutchfit Auxetic upper”, the first of its kind. It is designed to flex and moves naturally with the foot. The fact we are moving into a time of 3D printed boots is incredible, and it absolutely opens up a new type of performance for brands to expose. This is an area where we have never been, but with printing advancement, it is the stepping stone for brands to create a much more personalized boot. Kudos to Under Armour for jumping on it first! [read more]

adidas Predator 18+

No. 1 – adidas Predator 18+

Released: November
Retail: $300

What Makes Them Special?

The long awaited return of the Predator silo. Predator 18+ features an updated Primeknit SOCKFIT COLLAR, engineered to naturally expand to the foot’s shape while ensuring a supportive fit. The Primeknit material includes a layer of CONTROLSKIN for optimal grip in any condition alongside an ANATOMICAL UPPER which mimics the heel’s shape to provide ultimate lockdown. All in all, this is the perfect release to take the Predator silo back into the modern era! [read more]

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