If you have been playing soccer for many years, then you will most likely have witnessed a lot of changes in the technology of soccer shoes and other soccer equipment. If you’d have told us as we pulled our first pair of cleats in the early 1980’s that soccer shoes would be able to give you feedback on your performance within the next 30 years then we definitely wouldn’t have believed you! There are now more types of soccer shoes or cleats than ever before, and different styles that are suitable for indoor soccer, soccer on artificial turf, and soccer on wet fields.
Because of the highly specialized nature of soccer cleats these days, many players find that it is now central to own several different pairs of shoes so that they can always play their best, no matter where they are or who they are playing.
Here’s a selection of our favorite 2014 cleats –
How to Choose the Best Cleats For Soccer
For many people, the most important aspects of choosing the best cleats for soccer or football would be determining what is going to be the most common surface they will be playing on. Soccer shoes for indoor playing are obviously different than those you would use when you are playing on artificial turf or hard ground.
Many of the major manufacturers sell a variety of styles for firm ground playing, soft ground playing, artificial turf, and indoor soccer. There are many substantial differences between the soccer shoes that would be used on any of these services, including the existence and style of cleats, the kind of material that the uppers are made of, and the overall weight and structure of the shoes.
Our Picks And Reviews Of The Best 2014 Cleats
In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, there are a number of high quality and stylish firm ground soccer shoes for just about any player. Puma, Under Armour, and Warrior have come out with some unique styles that are certainly capturing the attention of many players right now.
PUMA PowerCat 1.12 SL FG Firm Ground Soccer Shoes
These are very unique looking, firm ground soccer shoes, with a black toe, neon yellow and blue trim, and a large white puma emblazoned across the side of the shoe (the shoe is also available in different colors to those just described). These shoes are made from the highest quality kangaroo leather, giving you the best possible feel for the ball, and incorporate the Puma 3D PST duo technology for more power.
These Puma soccer shoes boast asymmetrical lacing so you have a larger strike zone, and a TPU injected external heel counter for stability. The midsole is made from EVA, the outsole is made from injected Pebax for good traction. These cleats are available in sizes 7 to 11.
During the 1980’s there was quite a bit of snobbery about Puma cleats and they weren’t seen to be on a level with their more glamorous Nike and Adidas siblings. These are a really nice pair of cleats though and we’re sure they’ll help to solidify Puma’s name as a producer of top quality high end cleats.
Under Armour Blur CBN III FG – Leather Firm Ground Soccer Shoes
Under Armour has recently entered the firm ground soccer shoe market, and the high quality Blur model is one of the favorites of soccer players everywhere. These shoes are made from extremely high quality kangaroo leather and have asymmetrical lacing for improved power and striking ability. The shoes boast ultralight carbon wings which give excellent support to your feet making the shoes fell both stable and comfortable at the same time.
The shoes have five canonical studs in the front and then blade studs in the mid shoe and rear, we were really impressed with the stability that the boots gave us during our testing.The shoes weigh in at 7 ounces and are available in sizes 6.5 to 10.5.
Warrior Skreamer S-Lite Fg Firm Ground Soccer Shoes
Some shoes are simply so wild that you cannot do anything but notice them on someone’s feet. The Warrior Skreamer firm ground soccer shoes are certainly very wild, yet they are known for providing solid performance in a very lightweight shoe. These are made from extremely light microfiber with a specific arrowhead design that will help you to keep better control of the ball. These shoes have PU injected fins to help you put spin on the ball, while also improving your power and accuracy.
The Warrior Skreamers have offset lacing, which gives them a large strike zone, and carbon fiber inserts to keep the shoe as light as possible while also providing the maximum strength. The shoes weigh in at 7.4 ounces and are ideal for firm, natural surfaces The cleats are available in sizes 7.5 to 11.