While cleat specs matter, it’s undeniable that a soccer cleat’s overall look matters just as much. One’s soccer cleat is most often a reflection its wearer’s personality. Due to this fact, it is unsurprising to see why brands create new cleat collections almost every season, each more striking than the last. A sea of color graces the field from red soccer cleats, blue soccer cleats to the more flashy neon colorways.
Coming from one of the more vibrant colorways are green soccer cleats. While green is described as the color of life, energy and wealth, some find it as a representation of envy, greed, and ambition. With conflicting meanings, maybe this is the reason why green soccer cleats are dubbed to be for enigmatic players. The player whose play is outstanding one day and M.I.A. the next. Someone who’s hot and cold and an artist at work. Either way, green soccer cleats are sure to make each player stand out on the pitch.
As history would have it, there has not been a shortage of black soccer cleats. It was fairly recently that the use of vivid colors in soccer cleats rose in popularity.
The first to break away from the mold was Hummel when they released their first white soccer cleats. The popularity of their release was aided by the fact the Alan Ball sported a pair of Adidas cleats that was painted white to look like Hummel cleats. Since then, colored cleats slowly rose into prominence with players like Charlie George opting for red soccer cleats and Alan Hinton going for white soccer cleats.
While the fashion-forward Hummel jump-started the color trend, there still was an aversion to wearing vibrant cleats in the past. And just like a prize to be won, you had to earn your right to wear eye-catching cleats by being one of, if not the best on the pitch.
Color was slowly introduced into soccer cleats through small applications - splashes of color used in the shoe’s details as well as the soleplate. The 90s took a huge leap with neon and brands like Lotto and Diadora using blue and green detailing.
But the biggest push for colored cleats might have been the release of the 1998 Nike Mercurial featuring a silver/ blue/ yellow colorway with the soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Since then, tables have completely turned with more vibrant cleats strutting the pitch.
Green soccer cleats are one of the more common colors found in the field today. Players like Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, and Matthew Etherington all had their hand in wearing green soccer cleats.
Notable green soccer cleats
Over the years several soccer brands have come up with their version of green soccer cleats. Developing striking colorways and combining different shades of green with other colors have produced spectacular, if not unique-looking cleats.
Here are some notable selections of green soccer cleats that not only bring their A-game in the looks department but is also excellent when it comes to performance.
Adidas Ace 16+ Purecontrol
This visually striking pair has been one of the first ever laceless soccer cleats. It sports a Solar Green/ Shock Pink/ Core Black colorway. While the green soccer cleat wears Solar Green from the upper to the soleplate, it received doses of Shock Pink on the studs and the pull tab. The Adidas logo is also presented in three black stripes on top of the upper.
Released in 2006, the Puma v1.06 soccer cleats sported the Unseen Green colorway. It features white stripes running vertically down from the collar to the lower lateral side of the green upper. Signed by none other than the legendary soccerer, Pele, there’s a good reason why this green soccer cleat is considered as one of the greats. It was hailed as one the good lightweight options during its time. Puma made a re-release of this green soccer cleat in 2016.
Nike Mercurial Superfly Green SE
Released as a special edition cleat, Nike released this green soccer cleat with the soccer superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. It features an Electric Green/ Black/ Hyper Punch colorway. The cleat consists of an Electric Green base color in the upper to the soleplate with the Hyper Punch Nike logo outlined in black. This green soccer cleat features a Flyknit upper with a Dynamic Fit collar on top of a full-length carbon plate.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Lightning Storm Pack
Worn by the celebrated Brazilian soccer player, Neymar Jr., the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 in the Lightning Storm pack was designed for attackers on the pitch. This green soccer cleat has the Green Strike upper with the Swoosh logo outlined in black. The soleplate also boasts a black patterned design which makes for a more stand-out model.
Nike Magista Obra
Mario Götze, Iniesta, and Thiago Silva are some of the players that laced-up to wear this eye-catching green soccer cleat. Featuring a Poison Green/ Flash Lime/ Total Orange/ Black colorway, the Nike Magista Obra has a one-piece design with a tongueless upper which is meant to create a better ball touch. The soleplate has not been exempt from the main colorway with studs still sporting orange and black on a mostly green soleplate. This colorway has also been featured on the brand’s Magista Opus model.
Adidas Predator LZ 2
Released in 2013, this cleat is available in several colorways. Perhaps the most eye-catching of the collection is the Black/ Ray Green colorway. An interesting-looking green soccer cleat, to say the least, the upper is peppered with rubber Xs which creates texture and provides a better ball control. Several shades of green have been used for the whole cleat with the upper sporting the darkest shade. Adidas’ logo is in black as well as the studs found on the back portion of the cleat.
Nike Superfly 5 Radiation Flare
Aptly named, this explosive pair sports an Electric Green/ Ghost Green/ White/ Black colorway. The majority of the shoe sports green with the exception of the Nike logo which is in black and spread across the Flyknit upper. The word Mercurial is also printed on the side of this green soccer cleat.
Puma Evopower Vigor 1
Worn by Olivier Giroud, Yaya Touré, and Gianluigi Buffon, the Puma Evopower Vigor 1 was highly popular in 2014. Released in the Green Gecko/ Puma Black colorway, it features a vibrant green AdapLite upper with the Puma logo in black. The central lacing system and the laces sported a lighter version of the Gecko Green. The Pebax outsole and studs also sported a combination of black and green. An updated version of this green soccer cleat has been released in 2017.
Adidas adiZero F50
The last AdiZero release, the F50 has sported a Solar Green/ Black colorway. The spring-inspired design brings a ghost pattern element that creates a phantom cloud effect in the upper. A Hybridtouch and a 3D DribbleTex print have been used in the construction of the cleat. This green soccer cleat has been part of the Adidas Haters pack.
Adidas Ace 17+ PureControl Turbocharge
As part of the Turbocharge collection, the Adidas Ace 17+ Purecontrol sported a Solar Green/ Core Green/ Core Black/ Gold colorway. Sporting several shades of green, the upper consists of a Primeknit upper with a mid-cut collar creating a snug fitting cleat. The Adidas logo appears in black with a Solar Green outline. Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil are the key players who sported this green soccer cleats.
Adidas EQT Green Pack
In 2017, the Adidas EQT (Adidas Equipment line) Green pack is a limited collection which includes a trio of well-known cleat models including the Adidas Ace Tango 17+ Purecontrol, Adidas Mundial Team and the Adidas Copa 17.1. All three models sport a Green/ Black colorway and boast of bringing the stadium experience to the streets.
The last cleat released for the Tech Craft collection, the Nike Hypervenom 3 DF features a Dark Green and Black colorway. The brand opted to make this model a green soccer cleat compared to the Mercurial, Magista and the Tiempos which sported a black and silver design.
PUMA evoPOWER Vigor 1 "Gecko Green"
An updated version of the old Evopower model, this pair sports a striking Gecko Green and Black colorway. The updates include a one-piece construction with a Spandex-sock design - a first for an Evopower cleat. Accufoam is also used in the creation of the mostly green upper. PWR (which stands for power) is printed in bold black letters on the side of the green soccer cleat and the Puma logo on the opposite side.
Frequently asked questions
How are colored cleats different from black soccer cleats?
In the old days, wearing colorful cleats would typically raise some eyebrows; the complete opposite is true today. While people are not necessarily antagonistic to black soccer cleats, it comes as a surprise whenever a brand decides to release an all-black colorway.
Wearing colorful cleats can help players stand out on the pitch. This is especially useful for new players who are just starting out and eager to show their skills as well as their personality on the soccer field.