Our guide to finding the soccer indoor shoes for kids
If you’ve ever played or watched soccer you probably associate cleated shoes with the sport. However, indoor soccer requires a completely different set of footwear and finding the right shoes for your kids does not have to be difficult. The main thing to think about is traction on smooth surfaces.
adidas Performance F5 Indoor J Soccer Shoe
Our favorite for 2017
PUMA Adreno Indoor Jr Soccer Shoe
A great value option
adidas Performance Samba M K Indoor Soccer Shoe
Indoor soccer is usually played on a gym floor, basketball court, or perhaps even a clay surface. Indoor soccer shoes are lighter weight and have a softer gum rubber, non-marking, outsole for speed and good grip. The look and feel is more like a regular street shoe or sneaker.
Consider whether your child has average or wide feet and begin your search from there. Some shoes will also have support for those who either pronate or supinate. Getting the right fit will improve foot stability and encourage confidence in your child.
Decide whether or not you want to invest in leather shoes. For children, who tend to outgrow shoes before they outwear them, synthetic is recommended. Synthetic shoes are cheaper and much easier to maintain. You simply wipe them clean after practice.
Once you’ve narrowed down the choices based on fit and material, be sure to involve your child in the final decision making process. What you think looks cool might not be to the taste of your child and the main thing is to encourage a positive experience with soccer. For kids, what they wear is all a part of the excitement. Whether they choose Nike youth soccer cleats, Adidas, Puma, or any other brand of youth indoor soccer shoes, having the desired color is all a part of the game to kids.
Adidas Performance F5 Indoor Soccer Shoe – This shoe comes in little kid and big kid sizes and will appeal to many kids due to its bright orange color, listed as “solar red”. It is also available in running white or black. It is a synthetic leather and textile shoe. It has a rubber sole which adds flexibility in the step and will help kids feel confident and stable on the pitch. The sole is non-marking and therefore suitable to all playing areas. They are also lightweight and sport the familiar Adidas triple stripe down the back making them an all around attractive shoe for your little player.
Adidas Freefootball Speedkick Indoor Soccer Shoe – The Adidas Freefootball Speedkicks are an attractive shoe with sizes for little kids. The upper is synthetic and leather, making them easy to wipe clean. They come in solred and cblack. They fit quite snugly. Ordering half a size down will ensure a better fit but the extra padding makes them cosy on your child’s feet which instills confidence in little players. Also for comfort is the flexible tongue which is breathable with its mesh insert. The sole fits all playing area requirements as it is non-marking. You little ones will love this bright and bold shoe for running around the pitch.
Adidas Performance X 15.3 Indoor Soccer Shoe – These synthetic upper shoes come in striking bright orange or yellow, which is popular with kids, with the Adidas logo on the back. They are available in both little kid and big kid sizes. All the feedback on fit is that these shoes are very comfortable and kids love them. They have a soft and close fitting upper that hugs the foot and the tongue comes in a mesh design with extra cushioning. The outsoles are non marking and provide really good traction for quick and accurate movement on the indoor playing surface.
PUMA Adreno Indoor Soccer Shoe – This PUMA shoe is an attractive, lower price shoe that comes in a bright orange known as “lava blast”. It is a lace up design that comes with matching orange laces. The upper is synthetic and, due to the sleek design, it is easy to keep clean. The outsole (also orange) is made of non-marking rubber for grip on the playing surface. It has a low profile tongue and the collar is padded for comfort. They run a little bit small so it is good to order a half to one size up, bearing in mind that the fit should be snug.
Adidas Performance Samba M K Indoor Soccer – This shoe, in the classic black and white, three stripe, Adidas style will appeal to those kids who are not into the flashy colors that many indoor soccer shoes come in. The Samba style is a classic and, although made for the indoor soccer pitch, these shoes will look just as smart on the street. They have synthetic uppers for ease of wiping clean with a synthetic leather inner that gives a comfortable fit. The die-cut midsole also provides extra cushioning. The shoes have a low to mid-range price point. A great value shoe for indoor soccer kids.
Buyers Guide - How To Choose The Right Boys Or Girls Indoor Soccer Shoes
Although it feels like there is a lot to learn in order to get indoor soccer shoes for your child, you need not worry. Here are the five things to look for when buying indoor soccer shoes for boys or girls.
Begin your search by looking for the correct outsole (the bottom of the shoe) for indoor soccer shoes. In a shop you can ask the staff if they have a specific section they can direct you to, and online you can use the search terms “indoor soccer shoes for kids/boys/girls” or “indoor soccer shoes”. You will notice right away that the outsole is not cleated like a traditional soccer shoe.
If there is more wear on the inside edge of the bottom of your child’s everyday shoes, he may pronate (lean to the inside of his foot). If there is more wear on the outer edges, he may supinate (lean to the outside). There are soccer shoes with a last aimed at each of these problems.
Indoor soccer shoes do come in regular and wide fit. So, try to get your child to try on as many pairs as you can to find out what works for them.
For fast growing children, it’s best to aim just above the cheaper shoes. You only need the shoes to last until the next growth spurt but you don’t want something so cheap in material and design that it does not support a developing child or his feet.
Come on Mom or Dad! You know the color is important. Ask your child what he or she thinks is acceptable in a soccer shoe.