As the football cleat market has become more crowded over the past few years many manufacturers have looked to their indoor range to boost sales. Indoor shoes often prove more popular than their outdoor counterparts so cleat makers have rushed to make the technologies used on their flagship outdoor cleats available to their indoor cousins. Nike in particular have been at the bleeding edge of the modern indoor soccer shoe.
Our Favorite Nike Indoor Soccer Shoes for 2014
Here are our favorite 2014 Nike indoor shoes, read on below the table for more details on our favourite indoor cleats
|Soccer Cleats||Primary Material||Sole||Price||Rating|
|Nike Elastico Finale II Premium Indoor Soccer Shoes||Performance mesh||Rubber||***||4|
|Nike Mercurial Victory V IC Indoor Soccer Shoes||Synthetic||Rubber||***||4|
|Nike FC247 Lunar Gato II Indoor Soccer Shoes||Synthetic||Rubber||***||4|
|Nike Hypervenom Phelon IC Men’s Soccer Shoes||Syntetic||Rubber||***||5|
|Nike Elastico II Men’s Soccer Boots||Synthetic||Gum Rubber||***||4.4|
What Kind Of Indoor Soccer Shoes Are Right For You?
There are a few factors that you may want to keep in mind when you are looking at indoor soccer shoes, not least of which is the weight of the shoe. Many indoor soccer shoes tend to be lighter in weight than traditional soccer cleats, due in part to the fact that they do not have studs. But, there are other aspects to indoor soccer shoes that you will appreciate, including their lightweight materials, flexibility, and unique styling.
It is also worth considering the differences between the indoor game and the outdoor game when choosing indoor shoes. The indoor game is likely to require more sprinting, and turning in tighter areas so choosing a shoe with good grip and mobility is essential. Also, indoor games are often played in more humid environments so you’d be well advised to choose a shoe that keeps you feet cool and gives them a chance to breathe.
Nike is now making more indoor soccer shoes than ever before, and what you will notice about them this year is that many of them have a 2014 World Cup team built into the styling. A lot of these shoes are made to be serious fashion statements, whether they are created in iridescent, fluorescent, or extremely bright colors.
But, it is not just the coloring and styling that has changed with the shoes, since they now incorporate a number of new technologies that make them better on indoor courts. If you are taking your indoor soccer game seriously, then you cannot go wrong with Nike indoor soccer shoes.
Nike Elastico Finale II Indoor Soccer Shoes
This shoe will definitely make a bold statement on any indoor court, or simply as your new favorite casual shoe. These are extremely bright and lightweight, yet they provide a high level of speed and control on any surface. The Nike Elastico indoor soccer shoes are made from a polyurethane one-piece performance mesh that aims to ensure responsiveness and a cool, breathable playing experience.
The tongue and laces of the shoes are designed to lock your foot into place, and the low-profile EVA midsole will give you the cushioning you need as well as support. These are available in sizes 5.5 to 13 and weigh only 6.8 ounces.
Nike FC247 Lunar Gato II Indoor Soccer Shoes
At first glance, you might think that these indoor soccer shoes are actually court shoes, but a closer look will show you the unique 2014 World Cup design is incorporated into the styling. These have an iridescent white soft goat leather outer that is infused with mesh panels to give you full breathability. These are ideal for playing on hard courts or even out on the street, on concrete, or any other surface where you want durability as well as breathability.
As befits a shoe that is designed for use on hard surfaces we were particularly taken with the cushioning provided the Lunas, we felt we could have played for ages in them and still have felt no adverse effects in our leg joints. The shoes also have a well made feel about them, we would certainly recommend them to both the casual and more seasoned indoor player.
Nike HyperVenom Phelon IC Indoor Soccer Shoes
If you are the kind of person who wants a soccer shoe that really stands out, then the asymmetrical Nike HyperVenom Phelon will be right down your alley. These shoes have a unique green honeycomb pattern to them, along with a large black “swoosh” across the toe. They are available in sizes 6.5 to 15, making them one of the rare indoor soccer shoes suitable for people with larger feet.
These weigh in at 7.2 ounces and are made from soft synthetic materials to enhance ball control and speed. They have a built-in contoured sock liner and a non-marking molded rubber sole that will provide you with the traction you need for any game.
Whilst under test we were pleased with the grip these trainers provided, allowing us to move and turn quickly during our game. The shoes were also able to keep our feet cool and almost sweatless during an hour long game, so we would definitely recommend these shoes to someone who was in the market for a pair of indoor cleats.