SOCCER CLEATS BUYING GUIDE
There are several types of soccer shoes, cleats and styles designed for various surfaces. Use this buying guide to determine the right soccer footwear for you.
FYI, Soccer Boots or Soccer Cleats?
If you’re new to the sport, you’ll hear soccer shoes call soccer boots. Don’t panic. It’s term from over the pond, like “pitch” for field. We’ve decided to stick with the American term, soccer cleats here!
2. SHOE UPPER MATERIALS
3. MEN'S VS. WOMEN'S SOCCER SHOES
4. HOW TO FIT SOCCER SHOES
5. KIDS SOCCER SHOES
KANGAROO LEATHER UPPERS
Often referred to as K-Leather, Kangaroo leather is extremely thin, soft and stretchy, allowing for superior feel and control. Because it is thin and supple, it is not quite as durable as full-grain leather or synthetic materials and is not waterproof.
GOAT LEATHER UPPERS
Relatively new for use in soccer shoes, it is lighter and thinner than other leathers and great for touch and control. Its softness also eliminates the need for a break-in period.
FULL-GRAIN LEATHER UPPERS
Full-Grain leather offers confortable, lasting strength on the field. While it is extremely durable, it does not wear in as quickly as thinner K-leather. There are many grades of leather used in soccer footwear. In general a higher price will buy you a soccer shoe with more supple leather for better feel and ball control.
SYNTHETIC LEATHER UPPERS
This product usually goes by a company "name" and is more like leather in its qualities and has a feel and look of leather and is very durable and holds up better in wet situations. Examples are adidas Hybrid L-S and NIKE's Nikeskin. Super light and super soft, they look and feel like real leather without the weight.
The most durable material, synthetic offers waterproof, breathable comfort. However, it can take a little longer to break in and is stiffer than leather. Teijin microfiber is a good example of a synthetic soccer shoe material.
At one point in time, female soccer players had no choice but to wear men's shoes. However, Soccersavings.com offers versions of many men's styles in colors made for them. It is important to wear shoes designed for your gender. Women's feet tend to be smaller and narrower and women's soccer shoes are specifically designed for women and the snug stability they require to play their best.
Learning how to fit soccer shoes is a key to getting the best shoe to match your playing style. Soccer shoes need to fit snugly in the heel and forefoot area. This will allow optimum ball control and feel. The incredible amount of running and kicking you do in a soccer shoe also necessitates maximum foot stability. Keep in mind that soccer shoes are meant to initially fit snugly with the idea that they will be stretched and molded to a player's foot over time for the perfect fit. Note: natural leather shoes will loosen up more than synthetic leather soccer shoes.
It is extremely important to wear the right type of soccer shoe for the surface you are competing on. Most Club players have several types of shoes for a variety of weather and playing fields, as using the wrong type of soccer shoe may cause injury. Soccersavings.com offers hundreds of styles sure to meet your needs.
It's important to know the surface your child will be playing on, as using incorrect soccer shoes results in poor performance and, more importantly, possible injuries. For example, using firm ground cleats on an artificial surface can be dangerous because the unnecessarily strong grip could cause excess joint stress. Suggestion: Hard Ground soccer shoes are a safe, appropriate choice for beginners up to 9 years of age, while Turf shoes tend to be versatile option for players 9-13 competing at a higher level.
Soccer shoes and cleats vary quite a bit in price. Costlier soccer cleats or shoes are typically made with leather or top-grade synthetic leather and advanced technology more useful to advanced players, while the more affordable shoes may look similar but are designed with fewer features and basic material, which is ideal for players that want a similar style at a more affordable price.