When playing soccer, one of the most important investments is a good pair of cleats. But with the many cleats available, which is the best for you
Consider these factors to help you choose the most suitable cleats for playing!
1. The Material
Soccer shoe materials have changed a lot throughout the years, with technology continuing to evolve. However, they still have the same goal: To create and produce the lightweight football cleats that are durable, thin, and efficient when forming to the ball as you make contact with it
Traditional cleats are usually made of kangaroo leather, a soft and supple material that feels comfortable.
Besides that, other cleats are made with other natural leathers like full-grain or cowhide. They are less pliable, but stronger and more durable. Professionals prefer these materials because it provides a natural feel on the ball and is comfortable. However, they aren’t waterproof!
There are also cleats made with synthetic leathers, which have added benefits, such as waterproof properties and lighter weight. But they don’t give a similar feel of the ball compared to leather.
A new cleat material is he knitted upper, which helps increase control and traction when kicking the goal. Plus, they are usually waterproof and lightweight.
Whichever material you choose, think about the waterproofing properties, a thick padded insole, and better stitching for durability.
2. Ankle Height
There are two options for ankle height, which are low and mid.
Mid-profile shoes give better ankle protection to prevent sprains but limiting your range of motion. This is better for defensive players.
For forward or winger players, you are better off with a low-profile shoe for a better range of motion.
3. Cleat Type
There are different types of cleats to choose from, each of them being beneficial to certain surfaces.
• Firm Ground is used for outdoor games on grassy fields, also handling artificial grass. They have better traction of dry and firm areas.
• Hard Ground is a low-profile shoe with conical studs, working on hard surfaces or patchy fields with hard dirt. The cleats stay on the field rather than dig to the ground.
• Indoor cleats are made for the hard and glossy soccer courts indoors. They have no cleats usually, looking like sneakers.
• Soft Ground is made for the muddy fields, having longer studs. Check with the league before using these, as they may not be allowed!
• Turf (AG) cleats are made for turf or artificial ground, having a lot of highly-concentrated conical studs. They are best used for training or backup shoes for hard surfaces.
The standard soccer shoe has molded cleats that are attached permanently, though other shoes have detachable cleats. Professionals like detachable cleats for versatility, using it with other shoe types.
Your chosen cleat should be optimum for the playing surface, ensuring better traction and acceleration as you play.
4. The Fit
Your cleats should be comfortable and in your size! Choose cleats built for your foot size for comfort, fitting snugly while still being breathable. It’s better to have it fit snugly than loose, as these shoes would stretch significantly over time and use.
Furthermore, it’s better to have a tighter fit for a better sense of the ball when playing. There should be a bit of space between the toe and end of your shoe so the toes won’t press against the shoe upper. Make sure to test it out and run around as if you were playing to see if it feels just right.
5. Your Budget
Soccer cleats can be quite pricey, especially when getting the ones professionals use!
However, the more expensive cleats don’t always equate to premium quality. But don’t scrimp and get cleats under $50 just to fit your budget, as this would affect your comfort, the shoe durability, and how you play.
The average pair of cleats that show good quality and durability can range between $100 to $200. Stick with this budget range and compare the value-to-price ratio with the cleats, ensuring that it offers the best quality at its price range, if not better.
Wrapping It Up
Now that you’re knowledgeable with these factors to consider when selecting cleats, I wish you luck finding the perfect pair!