Since time immemorial, the predominant color for soccer cleats has been black. There are quite a number of reasons why this is so, including the fact that soccer cleat manufacturers only made them in black or white back then. But times have changed when Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner decided to lace up a pair of Berry Pink Nike Mercurial soccer cleats. A lot of famous soccer athletes followed suit, including the likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, and Nicolas Anelka. A favorite color combination for these new-generation soccer cleats includes pink, black, and green. Some soccer cleats also come in combinations of pink and white as well as pink and black.
Notable pink soccer cleats for men
It’s quite surprising to know that there are more pink soccer cleats for men than for women. Gone are the days when pink was associated with femininity, romance, and sweetness. Today, it symbolizes calmness, energy, and confidence. According to a famous sports psychologist by the name of Dr. Martin Perry, the color that a player wears will give the audience a glimpse of his/her personality.
Over the past two decades, there have been a number of colored soccer cleats being worn by both male and female soccer players. But no other color has been more outrageous and more famous for creating headlines than pink soccer cleats.
Nike Mercurial Superfly IV Hyper Pink
Headlined by Nicklas Bendtner and Frank Ribery in 2008, this famous pink soccer cleat caused a stir in the world of soccer. It features a super bright, hyper pink synthetic upper with a black outline of the Nike Swoosh in the forefoot. The laces of this soccer cleat also come in pink.
The exposed pink Flyknit collar has a slight orange tinge which makes it a little less bright than the NikeSkin-covered areas. The underside of the FlyKnit color is colored black, which is a cool detail to add to this pink soccer cleat. The Mercurial branding at the back is black over a pink synthetic material.
The standard carbon fiber soleplate of this pink soccer cleat is blue. Some bladed studs are translucent pink while the others are purple.
Puma V.108 Pink
In contrast to the bright pink soccer cleats from Nike, this Puma soccer cleat has a slightly purplish pink shade to it. Famous Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was seen wearing this pink soccer cleat, as well as the new black/red and silver versions.
When it was launched, the Puma V.108 Pink was probably one of the lightest pink soccer cleats you can find on the market, weighing only 200 grams. The upper has a pink base with some black areas and the Puma logo in white. The off-centered laces of this soccer cleat come in the same shade of pink found on the upper.
The see-through sole plate of this pink soccer cleat also has a combination of pink and black studs. There are eight pink studs in the forefoot and seven black studs in the heel.
Under Armour ClutchFit Force 3.0
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Under Armour released a limited edition Under Armour ClutchFit Force 3.0 in Power in Pink colorway. It was headlined by Olympique Lyonnais’ Memphis Depay, Southampton's Fraser Forster, Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka. The proceeds of this pink soccer cleats across Europe will go to the Breast Cancer Haven charity.
The performance of this pink soccer cleat is the same as the original version, including its amazing ball touch and control. The entire upper including the laces are in different shades of pink while the Under Armour logo comes in white. The sole plate of this Under Armour soccer cleat is a combination of pink and white. The studs in the heel are white and those in the forefoot are pink.
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Cherry
Nike once again launched another pink soccer cleat in the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II line. Because the Superfly is known for its bold and eye-catching colors, it is no wonder that its pink soccer cleat comes in the loud and vibrant Cherry Obsidian Silver colorway.
On the lateral side, the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Cherry is covered in pink with a big Nike Swoosh in black on the forefoot. The color fades to silver from the forefoot to the medial side with some strips of pink and a small black Nike Swoosh design as well. The laces are also pink while the studs are super bright orange for accent.
As loud as its colorway is, this pink soccer cleat is also explosive on the pitch. Thanks to four years of player testing, biomechanical studies, and game analyses that came with it. Although this pink soccer cleat has been discontinued until further notice, it proved to be one of the fastest and most technologically advanced soccer cleat to date.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom Hyper Punch
The Nike Hypervenom Phantom Hyper Punch is the World Cup 2014 colorway of the series. The base color is pink with a bright crimson red accent. The laces and the tongue of this pink soccer cleat are colored black that goes well with the Nike Swoosh design.
The Nike Swoosh designs both in the forefoot and in the heel area come in Volt Yellow with a black outline. It has the same metallic gold pattern similar to the Nike Magista series.
The outsole of this pink soccer cleat is Hyper Punch in color to match the rest of the shoe. The underside of the sole plate and the studs are volt yellow in color. You can also find a small black Nike Swoosh design in the middle of the forefoot.
Nike Mercurial Superfly V Motion Blur
Another brightly colored Nike soccer cleat is the Nike Mercurial Superfly V in the Motion Blur colorway. The Flyknit upper comes in white and bright pink with a big black Nike Swoosh design on the outer side of the forefoot. A smaller Nike Swoosh design in black can also be found on the medial side of this pink soccer cleat.
The stock laces, the Dynamic Fit collar, and the exposed Flyknit across the center are also Razor pink in color. Both the Mercurial and ACC brandings found on either side of this pink soccer shoe are printed in black. Its straightforward sole plate is solid white with black, translucent studs.
Adidas X 15.1
With its competitors having ridden the pink soccer cleat bandwagon, the German shoe manufacturing giant did not fail to impress with the Adidas X. 15.1 in Shock Pink/Solar Green/Core Black colorway. The upper of this Adidas soccer cleat uses Shock Pink as its base color with the TechFit collar in Core Black. On both sides, you will also see the Chaos graphic in Core Black that slowly fades to Solar Green going to the laces.
The tongue of this soccer cleat also comes in Shock Pink while the laces, as well as the X logo on the upper part of the tongue, are Solar Green. The sole plate and studs are both black with the pink material peeking through the cutouts underneath.
Another colorway design of this pink soccer cleat does not have the Solar Green laces and X logo on the tongue. Instead, the laces are also pink while the logo is colored black. The Chaos graphic on the sides is also pink with black outline, and the techfit collar of this soccer cleat is pink as well. Its sole plate is Core Black with a combination of pink and black studs.
Mizuno Rebula V1 Made in Japan
This pink soccer cleat from Mizuno has a similar color combination as the Adidas X 15.1. It features a Pink Glow as the base color, the Mizuno logo in Back, and Gecko Green laces. This pink soccer cleat uses a genuine kangaroo leather upper and weighs only 224 grams.
The Made in Japan Mizuno soccer cleats are handmade and subject to extreme quality control. The dual-density outsole of the Mizuno Rebula V1 Made in Japan comes in black and pink with a combination of white and pink studs.
Puma evoPOWER 1.3 Tricks
An interesting pair of pink soccer cleats come in the form of Puma evoPOWER 1.3 in the Tricks colorway wherein each pair is the opposite of the other. The inspiration behind this dual color concept was when Cameronian defensive player, Rigoberto song, picked up two different pairs of Puma King soccer cleats during the 1998 World Cup held in France.
The left pair of this soccer cleat has a pink forefoot with a neon yellow Formstripe, while the right pair has the neon yellow forefoot and a pink Formstripe. The rear half of both pairs are black. The sole plates continued the pattern on the forefoot. The studs are a combination of yellow, pink, and opaque white.
Notable pink soccer cleats for women
Adidas Ace 16+ Purecontrol Shock Pink
The upper of this laceless Adidas soccer cleat has two shades of pink with the black Three Stripes on the lateral side. The sole plate also comes in another shade of pink while the studs are neon yellow for contrast. The first laceless soccer cleat from Adidas also comes in nine other stunning colorways.
Nike Mercurial Veloce III Dynamic Fit Motion Blur
Another notable pink soccer cleat for women is the Nike Mercurial Veloce III Dynamic Fit in the Motion Blur pack. This 217-gram pink soccer cleat is designed for players who crave for speed. The Hyper pink upper has raised horizontal ridges for increased ball grip. You can find the white Nike Swoosh design with a yellow outline on both sides of the forefoot.
On both the medial and lateral sides of this pink soccer cleat, the color slowly fades to Wolf grey up to the collar. The laces and the elastic material across the center are also grey. In the area where the synthetic upper meets the knitted collar, you can also find stitching in Hyper Pink.
Soccer cleats with pink accents
With the increasing popularity of pink soccer cleats, there have also been a growing number of soccer cleats with pink accents both for men and women. Some of which are as follows.
Nike Mercurial Victory III CR7
This synthetic leather upper of this four-color soccer cleat is Black and Blue Glow with the white Nike Swoosh logo on both sides. The laces are also black while the Mercurial branding at the back is gold. The entire soleplate including the base of studs come in Pink Flash. The tips of the studs are transparent which is a nice accent to this cool-looking Nike soccer cleat.
Adidas Ace 17.1 Leather Blue Blast Pack
This top-end Adidas Ace soccer cleat features a kangaroo leather vamp in white. The synthetic ControlSkin material found in other parts of the upper is blue. The Three Stripes on the lateral side is Shock Pink. The soleplate is also blue in the heel area which slowly fades to white going to the forefoot. There are also other pink accents found on this soccer cleat particularly the Adidas logo on the tongue as well as the tips of the studs in the heel.
Umbro UX-1 Concept Blue Atoll
The British soccer shoe brand released a soccer cleat that will remind you of the 80’s vibe.The Umbro UX-1 Concept Blue Atoll features a one-piece upper with the colors blue, black and pink. The entire soleplate is solid black, and the transparent studs boast of a pink base, which is a cool accent to this otherwise unique pair of Umbro soccer cleats.
Frequently asked questions
Are pink soccer cleats made exclusively for women?
No. As a matter of fact, there are more pink soccer cleats for men than for women.
Is there a specific reason why professional soccer athletes wear pink soccer cleats?
David Beckham, in particular, chose to wear a pair of pink soccer cleats because they were designed by his daughter, Harper. Whereas Granit Xhaka, Fraser Forster, Trent Alexander, Arnold, Eniola Aluko, and other high-profile athletes wore the pink Under Armour soccer cleats as a sign of support for the breast cancer awareness. As for the rest, it is more of a personal preference.
What was the first pink soccer cleat and who was the first one to wear it?
Nicklas Bendtner was claimed to have pioneered the first pink soccer cleat, the Berry Pink Nike Mercurial Vapor Cleats. He wore it on November 26, 2008, and scored the goal that sent his team, the Arsenal, into the Champions League knockout stage.
6 best pink soccer cleats
- Adidas Nemeziz 19+ Firm Ground
- Adidas Nemeziz 17.3 Firm Ground
- Adidas Predator Tango 18+ Indoor
- Adidas Predator Tango 18.1 Trainers
- Puma 365 Netfit CT
- Nike MercurialX Victory VI Turf
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