This season's boot of choice for the likes of Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres and Wesley Sneijder is Nike's Total90 Elite and it's not difficult to see why.
On opening the box there's an instant feeling these boots are the real deal. Ultra light with laces on the side to improve the striking area of the boot, the Total90 Elite is a piece of kit that is clearly not messing around.
Weighing in at 16 per cent lighter than the average boot, Nike's top model makes best use of a strong and lightweight carbon fibre plate. Extensive lab work has been conducted to produce a boot Nike feel is a leader in the market and on first inspection they seem to have got little wrong.
The upper to the boot use a Teijin microfiber synthetic which is incorporated with distinctive colourways that offer improved performance and visibility.
Nike's acclaimed Shotshield technology has been retained to ensure an even pressure is placed on the ball on impact, which in turn makes for a truer, more accurate strike.
A clever use of design when coupled with the laces being on the side of the boot (ensuring the avoidance of unnatural restriction of movement) allows for an enlarged kicking area, while shape correcting memory foam is a further nice touch.
Raised fins on the boot's medial side deliver greater friction for increased ball spin in any direction. Each fin is angled and sized to enhance control over the ball's trajectory.
This innovation really sets the boot apart from others in the market and is sure to have opposition goalkeepers worrying even more than usual at the prospect of facing Rooney and co.
The Nike Total90 Elite is not the cheap choice but it might be the best one for those players who are desperate to take their game to the next level.