The 8 Most Expensive Soccer Cleats in the World

The 8 Most Expensive Soccer Cleats in the World

The earliest pair of soccer cleats was born in 1526. Of course, no one would prepare soccer cleats especially for playing football at that time. The reason why they can be recorded in history is precise that the owners of these shoes are not ordinary people, but Henry VIII, the second king of the Tudor dynasty of England, liked weapons, sports, and hunting, and exhibited a football in his collection at the History Exhibition at the Tower of London in April 2009.

It is precise because Henry VIII made this landmark football boot with 8 shillings (the currency unit at the time) that opened the special attribute of the word “soccer cleats”. Today, I will introduce you to the 8 most expensive soccer cleats in the world.

Soccer Cleats Name Soccer Cleats Price
Nike Mercurial Vapor IV $2,750
Nike Mercurial Superfly 6 $2,799
Adidas Messi 16+ $3,000
Nike Mercurial Vapor II $3,199
Nike Mercurial Vapor III $3,499
Steven Gerrard’s Adidas Predators $40,200
Nike Mag self-lacing Soccer Cleats $200,000
China Li Ning’s Way of Wade 4 Year of the Monkey Color Matching $4,000,000

Nike Mercurial Vapor IV

Nike Mercurial Vapor IV

These popular Vapor models are the Nike Mercurial Vapor IV, finished in a shiny black gloss (actually a faux carbon fiber finish) and a bold Nike logo in pure neon red. These limited-edition boots are sought-after collectibles, fetching up to $2,750 at auction.

The shoes are sponsored by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, and a direct train to most of the boots on this list. He’s been wearing Nike Mercurial shoes for about a decade, and his sponsorship of the shoe, combined with the awards he’s received, makes the line of cleats some of the most exclusive and expensive in the world. Most entries on this list will be Ronaldo trophy shoes.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 6

Nike Mercurial Superfly 6

The logo on the side of the Nike Mercurial Superfly 6 cleat is a combination of the Portuguese flag and the official logo of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career.

As we mentioned, Ronaldo has been wearing and sponsored Nike Mercurial shoes for about a decade, so these limited edition cleats have his signature on them. The body is gradient teal, while the lips and laces are white.

Adidas Messi 16+

Adidas Messi 16+

Adidas is pretty much Nike’s only competitor in the ultra-rare cleat design space. Their Messi 16+ cleats, especially the limited edition Pureagility cleats, are among the rarest. Only 100 pairs of these boots were produced. If you can find a pair of bright pastel green toes, you probably have a $3,000 shoe on your hands.

All of these cleats were signed off on the factory floor by Lionel Massey. Signed or otherwise altered versions of these shoes probably shouldn’t count on the rarest edition list. However, since Messi signed it all, this entire collection of cleats is technically a signature edition, so in this case, we consider it qualified.

Nike Mercurial Vapor II

Nike Mercurial Vapor II

This isn’t the first or last time you’ve heard of the Nike Mercurial Vapor cleats on this list—they have the market when it comes to rare commemorative cleats. The second version of these cleats, called the Gold SL Ronaldo Edition, is an all-gold shoe with the Nike logo printed on the inside, cleats and black.

Nike Mercurial Vapor III

Nike Mercurial Vapor III

These rare Italian Gold/Blue Nike Vapor III Boots celebrate Italy as the 2006 World Champion beating France in the final. Nike produced only 250 pairs of this 4-Star Gold Collector’s Edition.

The boot features several unique manufacturing aspects, including a custom Italian flag tongue, 4-star graphics representing each of Italy’s World Cup victories, and a decorative insole, all of which accentuate Italy’s path to victory at the 2006 World Cup.

Just look at previous Vapor models and you will realize how much the Mercurial range has changed and developed over the years. Released in 2006, the Nike Vapor III Boot is Nike’s third-generation Mercurial boot, weighing in at just under 200 grams.

The MVIII is faster and more flexible than all previous Nike Vapor Mercurial models. Nike has launched their new Speed Last, designed to outline the anatomical curves of the foot for added comfort and maximum speed advantage.

Steven Gerrard’s Adidas Predators

Steven Gerrard’s Adidas Predators

The Predator is a series of football boots developed by the German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas. Its prototype was designed by Australian footballer Craig Johnston.

The Falcon series features rubber blocks or strips located on the upper part of the shoe to increase the friction between the shoe and the ball. In the second half of 2010, Adidas developed new “Power-spine” technology, which it claims can increase the power of the shot by reducing the curvature of the foot during kicking.

Adidas presented Steven Gerrard with a commemorative Predator Instinct to celebrate his 17 years of tireless dedication to Liverpool.

During a Liverpool career spanning three decades, Gerrard graced Anfield with the Adidas Predator Instinct boots, his final pair sporting a red and white colorway throughout. The striking design derives from the central visual element of the outer heel – YNWA – reflecting the club spirit that Gerrard has followed throughout his career.

Complementing the design, Gerrard’s No. 8 shirt and his child’s name are also printed on the boots, while each boot has a personalized tribute to Anfield’s favorite son.

Nike Mag self-lacing Soccer Cleats

Nike Mag self-lacing Soccer Cleats

In November 2016, the Michael J. Fox Foundation sold a pair of Nike Mag self-lacing Soccer Cleats inspired by the Soccer Cleats from the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II. The Soccer Cleats sold for $200,000. Nike is a classic sports brand with a very high reputation all over the world.

The design of the Nike Air Mag is also very special. The colors are mainly gray and white. The overall shoe shape is a bit like roller skates, which are very popular with boys. The Nike Air Mag is a Soccer Cleats shoe that is comfortable to wear and relatively easy to match.

China Li Ning’s Way of Wade 4 Year of the Monkey Color Matching

China Li Ning's Way of Wade 4 Year of the Monkey Color Matching

When it comes to the world’s most expensive sneakers, it’s not Nike or Adi, but China’s Li Ning Way of Wade 4 Year of the Monkey color matching. This pair of most expensive sneakers in history was jointly created by New York lifestyle brand Bicion and American sneaker customization master Mache.

The vamp, tongue, and heel are studded with diamond jewels, complete with a solid gold tag. It debuted in New York in 2016 with an opening bid of $4 million, with all proceeds going to charity Soles4Souls.