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Top 20 Horribly Ugly Football Boots Of All-Time

The days of plain black football boots are a distant memory. Like any attire, fashion inevitably becomes stale over time and a new trend emerges to take its place. Footwear is no longer simply a means of covering and protecting one’s feet during a game of football, top players now use what they wear on their feet to push their own personal brand.

Boot manufactures understand that footballers want to be seen and perhaps even instantly recognisable just by their footwear. With this in mind, companies are now producing designs that include all-fluorescent color schemes, striking patterns and unorthodox features to ensure you remember Lionel Messi wears Adidas and Cristiano Ronaldo is an Nike athlete.

Technology has also played a significant hand in influencing the appearance of modern football boots. For example, designers build featherweight boots to tailor for the quickest players in world football and often match the boldness of the wearer with strikingly colorful patterns. It seems absurd, but just like car manufacturers, this is all about embodying a statement of intent within the appearance of a product. This logic has led to some bizarre designs.

Another trap boot manufactures often fall into is the temptation to blend the vintage style of classic boots with a touch of modern flair. The timeless charm of all-black boots is often best left untouched, but some designers can’t resist including a splash of electric pink in an attempt to achieve the best of both worlds. It’s safe to say, this often gives rise to hideous results.

Everybody has different tastes when it comes to football boots, but there are some designs that make you wonder why anyone would allow themselves to wear them in public.

Here are the top 20 worst football boots ever.

20 Nike Mercurial Superfly Hyper Pink

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19 Adidas Gloro 15.2 Flash Green/White/Core Black

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18 Adidas adiPure Brown/White

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17 Nike Mario Balotelli Custom Design

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16 Joma Super Copa Speed Black/Coral

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15 Hummel 6.2 Concept Gold/White

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14 Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Blue Lagoon/White/Volt/Black

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13 Under Armour Speedform Hybrid Emerald Lake

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12 Pantofola d’Oro Lazzarini WC14 PU Brazil

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11 Puma evoSPEED 3.2 Azalea Pink/Black

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10 Pantofola d’Oro Lazzarini Camo Combi

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9 Puma evoSPEED 1.2 Camo Pink/White

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8 Adidas Samba Primeknit

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7 Concave Halo+ Black/Green

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6 Pantofola d’Oro Sirio Palermo Combi Black/Pink

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5 Puma evoSPEED Camo 3D

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4 Adidas adizero Yamamoto Limited Edition

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3 Puma Emmanuel Frimpong Custom Design

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2 Fila Rainbow Boots

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1 Kelme Swarovski Boots

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Despite all the outrageous designs featured in this article, the Kelme Swarovski is a class above everything else for one simple reason: these boots are laced with crystals. Nothing can truly justify the preposterous notion of someone trudging around a muddy pitch wearing these £350 cleats. Even if Cristiano Ronaldo partnered up with Swarovski and donned these on the world stage, surely even his most ardent supporters would think twice before following in his crystal laced footsteps.

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