What sort of soccer cleats should you buy?

You can find so many choices. And all of this marketing nonsense out there. Exactly. There's no simple answer to this question. How to purchase proper soccer cleats could be very challenging but it does not have to become nightmare. With the adequate knowledge you can easily choose the right soccer shoes for yourself or your child, if this is the case.

So, let's see what should you look for while buying soccer cleats? 
Besides the purchase price, you wish to ensure they are comfortable. 
But how would you know if they provide you with enough comfort, before you play in them at least few times?

You won't.

But you can boost your chances of shopping for comfortable soccer cleats by considering the next factors:

1. Manufacturer.

2. True Leather or Synthetic.

3. Studs Type.

4. Size.

Let's speak about these factors slightly more.

Adidas and Nike are the 2 most popular. For a good reason. They're probably the best on the market.

While Adidas has manufactured soccer shoes "forever", Nike has made great strides throughout the last few years. Both companies make equally high quality soccer shoes.

Personally, i never played in Nike's shoes, so I can't inform you concerning this brand from my experience. My sons played soccer using both brands. After trying them for a while, the younger son sticks to Nike while Pat (older) uses Adidas shoes only. They both are very happy using their selections. 
Are you aware why?

Their feet are build differently. Pat features a much wider foot than his brother. Adidas makes its cleats bigger in width than Nike.

Basically when you have:

· Wide foot - look for a set of Adidas Soccer Cleats.

· Skinny foot - look for a set of Nike Soccer Cleats.

It wouldn't be fair and undoubtedly 2 other brands, almost as good as the aforementioned two: 
Diadora and Puma. 
Other brands like: Umbro, Kelme, Mitre, Lotto - as long as you really can't afford the brands mentioned previously or if you just simply like these brands.

True Leather or Synthetic

Upper portion of each and every soccer shoe is made from either true leather or synthetic material.

What's better?

True leather...in my opinion. And I will suggest it to everybody who's serious about playing soccer.

True leather gives you an uncompromising feel of the ball. It molds to your feet producing great comfort. It also lasts more than synthetic materials. And it is healthier for your feet. 
Synthetic materials don't allow feet "breathe" accumulating of sweat, potential blisters and feet problem in the near future.

But...(of course there is a "but") 
...True leather cleats cost more. 
You can find few several types of leather used to manufacture soccer cleats. 
The most inexpensive is full grain. Sometimes full grain leather soccer shoes could cost only slightly a lot more than "artificial ".Spending $10-20 more on much better shoes could be worthy of it. 
The very best leather out in the marketplace is K-Leather (Kangaroo). Though higher priced but it is softer, lighter and still durable. 
If your feet aren't growing such as the speed of sound and your budget is not as tight, definitely consider buying soccer cleats made from K-Leather.

There's another "but" or an exception to my "non-synthetic soccer shoes" rule: soccer cleats manufactured from high quality synthetic material. 
These soccer shoes are produced with special microfiber technology that upgrades synthetic material, usually a PU (polyurethane). It makes the PU very soft, and strong, giving it similar feel to a natural material. Top Super-Microfiber material may be just as expensive as some leather!


Published by Whitney Morgan