Adidas Energy Mode Predator 18+x
The bold electric yellow and black colourway isn’t the only striking part of this shoe, to be worn by the likes of Paul Pogba and Mesut Özil. The Predator 18+ features a Purecut Laceless System to deliver maximum surface control. A Forger Knit integrated midfoot structure creates medial and lateral stability, while a full-length Boost midsole provides energy return with every step. The best part – there’s a lifestyle remake that you can get your hands on for off-field use.
Nike Mercurial Superfly 360
The brand has gone with white boots across its four broad categories, with premium plate finishes to distinguish them – Total Orange (Mercurial Superfly 360), Volt (Hypervenom), Bright Crimson (Magista) and Blue Hero (Tiempo). The clean white uppers feature a matte pearlescent skin and metallic cool grey Swooshes. Every heel counter contains a triangle with 32 lines, one line for each country in the tournament. Players will have the option of populating that triangle with a graphic representing their country. Our pick is the Mercurial Superfly 360, which Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé are expected to wear.
Puma Future 2.1 Netfit FG/AG
The brand’s popular Netfit 2.0 upper technology combines with a form-fitting textile base material and a knitted ankle sock to offer a supportive, snug fits around the ankle. The outsole is an ultra lightweight and flexible Pebax hybrid that makes it suitable for playing on natural as well as artificial surfaces. No wonder it’s the choice of players like French star Antoine Griezmann.
Under Armour Magnetico Pro FG
A shoe that requires zero break-ins, this one is also high on comfort, with a form-fitting toe box and the ultra-responsive Charged Cushioning footbed. Bladed and conical studs offer optimum traction, with the latter enabling quickness in all directions, for enhanced agility and change of direction. Swiss star Granit Xhaka will be seen wearing this pair.