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The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes For 2014 – which will suit you best?

Anyone who plays indoor soccer regularly will tell you that when it comes to soccer gear, the most important thing to get right is the cleats. When deciding on new kicks, a variety of factors can be considered, including the weight, available cushioning, heel support, composition of the strike zone area of the shoe (the spots that make contact with the ball) and, perhaps most importantly, the make up of the studs on the bottom that gives a player traction. It is critical to pick an indoor soccer shoe that offers the right kind of cleat for your particular league and surface you are playing on. For instance, you won’t want metal tipped cleats to play on an indoor rubber surface, and you don’t want to have to return your cool new indoor soccer shoes because they aren’t allowed in the league you play in!

For most casual players, good heel support and stable traction are going to be the most determinant factors in picking the right indoor soccer cleats. For more advanced players, it might be the weight and strike zone composition that are more important. The three brands of cleat reviewed in this article all offer superior quality and options at an affordable price. These boots will satisfy players of any skill level and are our picks for the top cleats of 2014.

Our favorite Indoor Shoes

1. Nike Hypervenom Phelon IC Men’s Soccer Shoes

418zFed82lL. SL160  The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes For 2014   which will suit you best?Unlike some lower tier models, the Nike Phelon has a feeling of quality and durability when you first put it on. The synthetic leather upper provides for excellent striking ability and incredible lift on the ball. For a boot this affordable, the touch and control is on par with much more expensive models. This particular boot is made primarily for indoor play and with these Nike indoor shoes coming in at an amazing 8 oz, strides feel natural and organic. These shoes are so light that it can feel like you aren’t wearing any at all, giving the player a very minimalist experience.

The Nike Hypervenom indoor cleat is considered one of the most technologically advanced cleat series with the anatomical X1.1 last. This refers to the inside shape of the shoe, and in the case of the Hypervenom, the last has a very accommodating forefoot, providing extra room for players with wide feet. It is designed for enhanced agility, giving skilled strikers and attackers the ability to make quick changes of direction on turf. The Hypervenom also has a molded sockliner and built-in heel cup for a secure, snug fit that will significantly reduce cleat pressure. Called the ‘Nike Skin’ technology, this boot has a natural sock-like fit.

2. Nike Men’s Mercurial Victory IV IC Indoor Soccer Shoes

318CqNKkqeL. SL160  The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes For 2014   which will suit you best?One of our favorites, the Nike Mercurial for 2014 is made from dimpled synthetic rubber, offering enhanced control when you have to make moves on a dime. The low cut contoured sockliner delivers low profile cushioning and optimum comfort. One stand out feature on the Nike Mercurial indoor soccer shoe is the asymmetric traction stud pattern. The studs are geometrically placed for instant acceleration and quick changes in direction. The texture pattern at the toe provides for superior first-step take off speed and added grip.

Additionally, this men’s indoor soccer shoe has a speed stud at midfoot, enhancing acceleration and support in the high pressure zone for full-speed sprints. Unlike the Hypervenom, the last on this boot is designed more for players with a narrow, flat foot. A light weight shoe at only 8.4 oz, this model will work best on firm, natural surfaces. The IC stands for ‘Indoor Competition’, and that is exactly what this shoe is for. It is a competitors boot in all respects and will give even the most seasoned player superior traction and comfort.

3. Adidas Men’s Predito LZ IN Indoor Soccer Shoe

316zE7uC 0L. SL160  The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes For 2014   which will suit you best?Considered one of the best soccer shoes for indoor play, these new Adidas cleats have a non-marking gum rubber outsole for incredible grip on an indoor court. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the 3D print on the five lethal strike zones. Raised and contoured, these textured areas of the shoe are designed to give the player increased control with every touch of the ball. This feature reduces any slippage from humid conditions, keeping the ball from sliding off the shoe during a strike.

The Predito is the more cost effective version of the Predator Range series, both offering the 3D contoured strike zones, allowing a skilled player to surgically dissect the competition and keep the ball stuck to foot with unmatched control. This Adidas indoor men’s soccer shoe also offers a soft textile lining and die-cut EVA insole for light weight and comfort. Reviews consistently rank this new Adidas shoe as one of the top in the industry for both amateur and experienced players.



The Best Cleats For Soccer And Football In 2014

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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 –

Soccer Cleats Primary Material Sole Price Rating
adidas Men’s Samba Classic Soccer Shoe

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Leather Rubber ** 4.5
Kelme Michelin Star360 Indoor Soccer Shoes (White/Black)

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Canvas (Leather Upper) Rubber **** 4.6
adidas Originals Men’s Samoa Sneaker

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Leather Rubber *** 4.6
Adidas Men’s Copa Mundial Soccer Shoe

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Leather Manmade **** 4.7
Diadora Men’s Forza Turf Shoe

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Leather and synthetic Manmade ** 4
Adidas Men’s F10 Trx Fg Soccer Cleat

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Synthetic Rubber *** 4.5
Diadora Men’s Forza ID Soccer Shoe

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Leather and synthetic Manmade ** 4
ASICS Men’s Lethal Flash DS IT Soccer Shoe

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Synthetic Rubber *** 4.5
Adidas F5 TRX FG Yellow/Black Mens Soccer Cleats

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Synthetic Synthetic *** 4.5
Diadora Men’s Forza MD Soccer Cleat

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Leather and synthetic Manmade ** 4
Puma Men’s Evospeed 4.2 FG Soccer Cleat

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Synthetic Manmade *** 4
Nike Men’s Davinho Indoor Soccer Shoe

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Synthetic Rubber ** 4.5
Puma Men’s Evospeed 3 FG Soccer Cleat

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Synthetic Manmade *** 4
Fila Men’s Forza II Blade Soccer Shoe

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Synthetic Manmade ** 4
Nike Mercurial Victory IV TF Men’s Soccer Shoes

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Synthetic and leather Rubber *** 5

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo Cleats – the best deals on CR7’s choice of shoes

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Some soccer players like to wear the same kind of shoes as their favorite soccer hero, so it should come as no surprise that so many people are now opting for Nike Mercurial Vapor shoes, which is one of the favorites of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

This Portuguese star is considered to be one of the best players of all time and is in fact (a the time of writing) the second most expensive soccer player in history. Therefore, it is only common sense that people would want to have just a little bit of his magic on their feet.

Get the best prices and all the information on the latest Cristiano Ronaldo cleats and soccer gear at soccer.com

Feel special in a pair of CR7’s cleats

Whilst it might seem silly to some to base a cleat buying decision purely on the fact that a famous player wears the same shoes, there is something to be said for copying the choice of a such a successful player. Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to be wearing poor quality cleats after all, and sometimes knowing that the cleats you’re wearing are the same as someone who you’ve seen ripping up defences and bending in impossible free kicks makes you think why not me as well?

Here at soccer gear reviews we remember owning a pair of Diego Maradona boots during the late 1980s and whilst they never made us play like the great man they did give us just a little bit of extra swagger every time we took to the field. They were a really nice pair of cleats as well!

The New Cleats That Will Have You Playing Like Ronaldo

Ronaldo has a number of soccer records to his name, including being the first European player to reach 40 goals in a single season, and he was able to perform that feat two years in a row. Playing at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and with more than 100 appearances for Portugal, the type of soccer shoes that he wears is very important to his reputation and his game.

Whilst CR7s strut and arrogance may put some of us off him, it’s hard to argue with his football talents, and he is a genuine megastar, did you know that he had the 5th highest social rank in the world in 2012, bettered only by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry.

These Nike Mercurial firm ground soccer shoes have been worn by Ronaldo in a number of of really big games, and are believed to be amongst his favorite soccer shoes. While they may not give you the kind of skills that he has, they can certainly improve your game.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX FG Firm Ground Soccer Shoes

The Nike Mercury Vapor IX firm ground soccer shoes are one of the most popular soccer shoes ever produced by Nike. These are available in a number of different colrs and are considered to be one of the highest quality fully molded soccer shoes available. The shoes are made from a unique Teijin microfiber material, with a textured dot pattern that will help you to keep full control of the ball in any weather. They are made for speed and accuracy, and provide the comfort normally only found in leather shoes, but with the minimal weight and durability of synthetic shoes.

These extremely fast cleats have all conditions control technology built into them, making them ideal for wet and dry conditions. They weigh in at just 6.6 ounces and have a unique look that certainly brings to mind the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Whilst looking at these cleats we were particularly impressed with the grip that was present on the soles and we feel they would give excellent foot support for such a light shoe. Also, the build of these  boots suggest that they would give you something extra in your spring when competing for headers (in our case they wouldn’t make up for our chronic lack of heading ability though!).

Get the latest prices and information on the Vapor IX Fgs at soccer.com 

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX SG Pro Soft Ground Soccer Shoes

This year has brought us some new and innovative soft ground soccer shoes, including the Nike Mercurial Vapor composite shoes. These are made with the highest quality injection molded microfiber, and are contoured to fit your feet from the first time you put them on. Some of the greatest names in the game are now wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor, in part because they allow you an extra level of control over the ball in wet or dry conditions, no matter what your level of expertise.

These shoes have a built in sock liner as well as direct injection bladed and screw and studs that many of the professionals prefer. These weigh 9.8 ounces and are considered to be one of the longest lasting soft ground soccer shoes Nike has ever made.

We are impressed with these cleats, the build of the shoes suggests that  they could considerably enhance your ball swerving skills and we’d imagine that a number of your speculative shots could very well find the back of the net whilst wearing these shoes.



How to Choose the Right Girls Soccer Cleats

girls soccer cleats How to Choose the Right Girls Soccer Cleats

Whether you are shopping for your daughter’s first pair of cleats, or it is time to replace or upgrade their existing shoes, finding the right pair of soccer shoes for a girl can pose a challenge. There are now more brands, styles, and variations than ever before, and depending on how and where your daughter plays, they may actually need several different pairs of shoes.

What to Look For In Girls Soccer Cleats

When you are shopping for soccer cleats for girls, you are going to need to evaluate them in the same way that a professional player would. For instance, it is important to determine whether your daughter should be wearing leather or synthetic cleats, as well as the kind of studs that are used. You can find both traditional and blade shaped studs, as well as replaceable cleats, though those are not usually an option for younger girls.

Finally, sizing may well be an issue, particularly as a girl’s foot begins to grow. You can almost never make a mistake by purchasing a pair of girl’s soccer cleats that are at least a size up from her normal size, as this will enable the shoe to adapt to the shape and size of her foot, and allow her to get a little more use out of the shoe before she grows out of it.

Our Favorite Soccer Cleats for Girls and Indoor Soccer Shoes

Whether your daughter plays soccer indoors or outdoors, in wet or dry weather, the choice she makes may actually come down to brand, color, and styling. There are now many different brands that sell some high-powered yet very attractive soccer cleats for girls at both ends of the price range.

Adidas Predito LZ IN Junior – Samba Pack Indoor Soccer Shoes

Finding an affordable yet high quality pair of indoor soccer shoes can be difficult, especially if you would like to stick with a reputable brand like Adidas. This colorful Junior soccer cleats is designed with the 2014 World Cup in mind, with a unique Samba look and feel.

The Adidas Predito LZ is made with synthetic leather so it is extremely lightweight, as well as asymmetrical lacing to ensure a larger strike zone. The midsole is made from die-cut EVA to ensure comfort and support, with a non-marking gum rubber outer sole that is ideal for indoor use. These weigh just 7.4 ounces, and are available in sizes 2.5 to 6.

We thought these cleats looked really great and they proved to be both comfortable and sturdy during our tests.

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX FG Junior Firm Ground Soccer Shoes

This year’s World Cup in Brazil has created a lot of changes in soccer cleats for everyone, but these girls cleats are unique in the way that they use a specific type of Nike reflected coloring with a one-of-a-kind cheetah print on the heel. These have metallic thread in the laces, and a large “swoosh” across the top of the shoe.

This particular soccer shoe is designed to provide the same kind of fit and feel that you would get with natural leather materials, but without giving up any of the durability and lightweight effectiveness of synthetic materials. These cleats are designed with all conditions control (ACC) in mind, making them ideal for both wet and dry conditions. There is even a lightweight sock liner that is perforated and fits perfectly with the low profile this shoe.

These shoes make a really striking statement looks wise, and we wondered before testing them if they were going to be a bit ‘style over substance’. Pleasingly, the shoes are able to back up their good looks with a comfortable sturdy feel and both shooting and passing felt easy in these shoes.

Adidas Predator LZ TRX FG Junior – Samba Pack Firm Ground Soccer Shoes

There are some soccer cleats that are so unique that a girl may want to buy them for everyday use and these Adidas Predator soccer shoes certainly fall into that category. These are designed with the 2014 Brazil World Cup in mind, and have a unique pattern across the front of the shoe that is designed to give you the best control and feel in any game time situation.

The upper has a 3D print to aid ball control along with TPU Predator technology that creates five different zones to control the ball. It is made from synthetic leather that is durable and suitable for use in any weather yet also provides a lightweight, realistic feel. The midsole is made from die-cut EVA for the best comfort and support possible, and it also has a lightweight TPU and Traxion stud configuration, which is ideal for use on firm and natural surfaces. We’d certainly recommend these shoes if you’re in the market for a new pair of  cleats.