What is the best soccer cleats in 2017 you are looking for? Let’s me help!
Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, having the right soccer cleats is very important. No one actually thinks that a right boot will make you a better player. But I can guarantee you that they make a big difference.
If you work on your game, and train hard, a good pair of cleats will go a long way in helping you reach your potential on the field.
People are often overwhelmed when they have to select a new pair of boots. There are just so many options, and so many factors to consider when you are looking for the best soccer shoes for you. Well, I am here to help.
There are materials, player positions, field conditions and budget constraints to consider.
I went and did some research to try and make the whole process much easier. I compiled a list of the best soccer cleats available today. Now, when I say best, I really mean that I put together a list that represents a wide range of shoes that cater to many different needs and budgets.
I also put together a section on all of the factors you should consider when you buy your new boots.
I hope the list, the last reviews, and the information helps! Let’s get into it!
Best Soccer Cleats 2017 – List Top 10
Here is a table of the top 10 cleats I decided to do an in depth review of. I tried to include all types from all price ranges to help you navigate you through all the information out there!
|Nike TIEMPO LEGEND VI FG *Ed’s choice||Firm Ground||Kangeroo leather with synthetic sole.|
|PUMA EVOSPEED SL LEATHER TRICKS *Ed’s choice||Firm Ground (Slight wet)||Leather|
|ADIDAS PERFORMANCE MUNDIAL TEAM TURF SOCCER CLEAT||Turf||Leather with synthetic lining.|
|ADIDAS 11 PRO||Firm Ground||Taurus Calf Leather|
|ASICS DS LIGHT 6||Firm ground (some hard ground)||Kangaroo leather|
|NIKE MERCURIAL VAPOUR CR7||Firm ground (strictly)||Synthetic|
|NIKE PREMIER SG||Soft Ground||Kangaroo/Goat Leather|
|ADIDAS F50 ADIZERO TRX||Firm Ground||Leather and Synthetic|
|PUMA EVOPOWER 1||Firm Ground||Synthetic Leather|
|ADIDAS PERFORMANCE X||Firm Ground||Synthetic|
In-depth Analysis & Reviews
Here is an in depth breakdown and review of all of the cleats in the top 10. We did interviews, research and consulted opinion polls to give you best presentation of a vast array of cleats. I’m sure you will get some clarity on the matter and be able to make a highly informed choice on your next pair!
Best Soccer Cleats #1: Nike TIEMPO LEGEND VI FG (Editor’s choice)
This is one of the longest running cleat designs around. And that is generally a very good sign. If people have been buying this stuff since 1985, it means they have to be doing something right!
This is a no-frills shoe, and the design puts comfort at the top of its priorities. The shoe has an elegant, classic design that reminds you of old-school soccer.
This is a firm ground shoe with an outsole stud configuration that helps with optimum traction. They will do fine on a field that is slightly wet, but will not fare well in muddy conditions.
It comes with a molded EVA sock-liner that helps to provide extra arch support as well as impact protection for those extra tense contact-heavy games.
One of the downsides of these cleats is that they wear and tear quite easily, and are definitely not the most durable cleats on the market. This is a common feature in many of the more expensive, professional cleats.
They are designed to get the most out of one game. Since most professional players are sponsored and don’t have to worry about wear and tear, this is not a problem.
For us regular folks, who have to fork out money for every new pair, this might be an issue. If this is your worry, you might want to look at the cheaper, more durable cleats out there.
Best Soccer Cleats #2: Puma EvoSPEED SL II Tricks (Editor’s choice)
These are definitely the most noticeable cleats on our list! With their super bright colors, these shoes are very hard to miss.
One of the first things you will notice about these shoes, however, is what a comfortable fit they are. They immediately feel snug and supportive without being too tight or in any way suffocating.
Although these are full leather cleats, they are extremely thin and have a surprisingly nude feel to them. So if you are looking for the typical thick, robust feeling of leather rather than the synthetic lightness, these might not be the cleats for you. They are leather, but they feel synthetic.
The Puma EvoSpeed has a very flexible outsole, especially in the front area. It immediately has that broken in feeling and seems ready for action as soon as you are. The middle part of the outsole is very stable and provides excellent support.
The PUMA evoSPEED SL II Leather is a very good upgrade from the previous model. Any fan of the previous model will be happy with the new tweaks. The new stitch pattern increases comfort and decreases the over-flexibility of the upper part of the shoe, while still keeping the fit snug and lightweight. Shooting is simple, yet soft to avoid unnecessary aftershock or injury. The outsole gives good traction without making the shoe bulky.
Best Soccer Cleats #3: Adidas Performance Mundial Team Turf Soccer Cleats
This shoe is a version of an incredibly popular Adidas classic.
It is without a doubt one of the most popular turf cleats out there – and for a good reason.
It is made from full-grain kangaroo leather and reinforced with suede for extra comfort and durability.
It is an unusually comfortable shoe, even straight out of the box.
Because the upper part of the shoe is made entirely of kangaroo leather, it will stretch to fit even the widest of feet.
That being said, you might want to consider ordering half a size smaller than usual, due to the stretching of the upper leather.
This is quite a heavy shoe. It was designed with quality and durability in mind. It all adds up to making this one of the most substantial cleats available. They heavyweight, on the other hand, is not that unusual for a turf shoe.
The traction that these offer is incredible. The studs on the sole are quite big for a turf shoe, without jeopardizing speed by digging in too much. These cleats could even work on hard terrain surface.
The boot has a very padded feeling to it, due to the leather with the suede reinforcement.
This gives you a very controlled feeling when handling the ball. This also plays a part in making these Adidas some of the most durable soccer cleats on the market today. They are built to last, for sure.
Best Soccer Cleats #4: Adidas 11pro FG
By far the most underrated pro cleat on the market. The lack of spotlight on this shoe is likely due to the few pro-Adidas players that use them. This is most likely more related to contractual agreements than to the actual ability of the shoe to perform in high gain situations.
The 11 pro is a surprisingly versatile cleat that seems to be the most professional cousin of the ultra-popular Copa Mundial.
The boot features a Traxion 2.0 stud configuration which utilizes Dual-cushioning studs with internal anti-shock tubes. It also sports a soleplate that is designed to give you the best possible traction and comfort on a surprising variety of field conditions.
The midfoot section feels well supported and secure despite the absence of the mid-foot saddle from previous models.
Extra comfortable suede inner design with microfiber technology for an almost weightless feeling.
Best Soccer Cleats #5: ASICS DS Light 6
This is an excellent middle of the range shoe. Most people who give these cleats a try (usually due to its affordability) are pleasantly surprised.
This is the best way to get used to a pro cleat, without the pro price.
It has a kangaroo leather upper that is combined with some synthetic materials towards the back part of the upper. The synthetic leather in the mid-section gives a solidly supported feeling around your foot.
The low-profile outsole plate features TPU extensions that assist in both lateral and medial arch support.
The low-profile outsole design is equipped with a 12-stud pattern that assists in providing maximum traction on a range of surfaces.
Best Soccer Cleats #6: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI CR7
This famous shoe, endorsed by Christiano Ronaldo needs no introductions.
This cleat has a very narrow fit but is definitely a bit wider than its predecessor. This, however, plays a part in creating that barefooted feeling that a lot of high-performance athletes are chasing after.
The cleat is designed specifically with a striking position in mind. It is therefore no surprise that this is one of the nicest cleats to shoot in. With amazing control and a barefoot feel, this is truly a high performance professional cleat.
Best Soccer Cleats #7: The Nike Premier SG
This could be seen as Nike’s answer to the Adidas Copa Mundial. A ancient school, classic looking cleat by a company that focusses mainly on high-performance pro, synthetic cleats.
Super comfortable cleats straight out of the box that offer an old school look with a lot of new school performance orientated improvements and technology.
This is a versatile shoe that is marketed as a soft ground cleat, but like the Copa Mundial is pretty versatile.
The premier features conical studs and the lower profile design. Each of the 12 studs located on the sole has been trimmed in both length and width. This provides a lower center of gravity with a quicker release from the surface as you push off to sprint.
Best Soccer Cleats #8: Adidas F50 adiZERO
Another high-end release comparable to the CR7’s. These are professional level cleats, and besides the obvious technology that goes into their design, they will serve a highly specialized function. If you buy these or similar cleats, you need to be very sure of what you want.
These boots tend to take a while to break in. They might feel very tight initially, but after a while, they start molding themselves around your foot and become surprisingly comfortable.
Expect a barefoot feeling while handling the ball. These are designed to be ultra-lightweight and very manageable.
The shoe, however has a very narrow build and if you have a slightly wider than average foot, you might struggle getting into these.
Best Soccer Cleats #9: PUMA EVOPOWER 1
This flashy boot comes with some exciting innovations. With the launch of these cleats with Puma is introducing its new “Gradual Stability Frame” (GSF) and an “Adap-Lite” upper.
These are both technologies that are aimed at securing the shape of the shoe, without sacrificing any of the in-play flexibility you might need as a high-performance athlete
As the name suggests, the primary goal of these cleats is power. This comfortable, lightweight synthetic boot can really carry a ball over a field. With excellent grip and reinforcement, it really latches onto the ball and helps you pump all your energy into those long distance passes or clearings.
Best Soccer Cleats #10: Adidas Performance X
This boot was a bit of an experimental effort for Adidas. The focus was not the position based, but rather an all-around cleat that can serve the needs of any position on the field.
Made for those who want to make an impact on the field really, the Adidas X is designed to give every player the ultimate fit and technology to give that extra competitive edge to dominate on the field.
The upper found on the X is named X-SKIN synthetic, which is all about stability and grip.
Best Soccer Cleats Buyer’s Guide – Thing To Consider When Buying
Since choosing the right cleats can be a very intimidating and overwhelming thing to do – I have compiled a list for you of things to consider that might help to guide you towards the right choice.
Choosing the right stud pattern for the pitch.
Different fields require different qualities from your cleats. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right cleats depending on the type of field you will be playing.
Firm ground cleats
If you are going to be playing on natural grass that is not too wet, you should be looking at firm ground cleats. These shoes usually have ten or more studs on the bottom of the shoe. They can be either cone or blade shaped.
The cone shaped studs are rounded at the bottom and are really good for flexibility of moving around on the field.
Blade shaped studs are thicker at the base but become thinner closer to the tip. The sharper studs dig into the ground and give you a lot of grips. They are excellent for traction and stability but are not as flexible as the cone-shaped studs.
Firm ground shoes, with blade or cone studs, are also the best choice if you are not quite confident about the conditions you will be playing in. They are very flexible cleats and will work relatively well in a variety of contexts.
Soft surface cleats
These cleats are generally used by people who live and play in an area with lots of rain. Things like flexibility and traction are very different to manage on wet terrain.
Because wet, soft surfaces tend to be quite slippery, the soft surface cleats are designed with traction as their main goal. The design is usually quite similar to the firm cleat design but with fewer studs. Usually around 6, instead of around 10.
The same as with firm ground cleats, the soft ground version will also come with the option of cone or blade shaped studs on the bottom of the boot.
Soft ground cleats have two studs on the back part of the shoe and four at the front. The front four are split two to a side to help maintain balance in muddy conditions.
Where the firm surface cleats can be used on either firm or soft fields, the soft surface cleats should not be used on firm terrain. It could lead to serious strain or injury.
Hard surface cleats
These cleats are specifically for the very hard surface terrain. They are designed to give you traction on hard, eroded terrain.
The sole of a hard ground cleat is almost entirely covered with small flat studs.
For obvious reasons, these cleats don’t dig into the ground at all. They are aimed purely at giving the player maximum grip on a solid surface.
There is a big difference (even if you may think not) between hard surface, and firm surface cleats. You cannot use hard ground shoes on firm surface pitches.
It is becoming increasingly popular to see clubs doing training and matches on turf. It really easy to maintain and you don’t have to too worry about the weather. For this reason, it makes sense also to have a look at some turf cleats.
Similar to the hard surface cleats, turf cleats have small studs spread all over the sole. Some don’t even have studs at all. Rather you might see a pattern with elevated parts that stick out slightly for grip.
Turf cleats should be used only on turf. Since they do not have big enough studs, they will be very slippery on non-turf pitches.
Right shoes for your position
Every position has different responsibilities on the field. Every boot must therefore have the responsibilities of a specific position in mind. The following section will explain how to choose just the right cleats for your position.
Naturally, the forwards basically have one job. Score goals.
The cleats designed for forwards have a larger surface area on the top of the shoe specifically to make contact with the ball. This is called the strike zone or the vamp and it is located on the front, top part of the boot.
Another thing that is important about shoes for forwards, is the weight. As a striker, you want to be light on your feet so that you can really harness that explosive energy onto the ball and into the net.
As you probably know, playing the midfield has a lot to do with running. Up and down the field you go, all game long.
You want to prioritize comfort and make sure that you do not have a shoe that might start irritating you halfway through the game.
Try to ensure that you get a set of cleats that will provide you with enough support around the middle of the foot and the heel.
Look for a pair with comfortable cushioning (preferably removable) on the inside of the shoe
A defender’s shoe, quite appropriately, needs plenty of protection. As a defender, your shoes will take a lot of strain, and they need to be more durable than the shoes used by forward and midfield players.
For defenders, traction is king. Make sure you get a pair of cleats that will help you with those instant stops, starts, and turns when you are trying to defend your goal.
Similar to the shoes for forwards, you want a shoe with a big strike zone. It might not be for shooting goals, but you will definitely need it to clear the ball back to the front or midfield.
The priorities of a shoe for goalies are quite similar for those of a defender. Traction is most important. As a goalie, you will have to move from side to side a lot, and you definitely want to rule out slipping on your shoes as much as possible.
Get a shoe that can really dig into the ground to help you jump sideways to make that crucial save.
Don’t forget the strike zone for clearing, passing and kick-outs.
The right cleats for your feet
Regardless of your position or your budget, you need cleats that fit! We all have different bodies and different feet with different needs. Here is a quick guide of how to know if your cleats are the right ones for your feet.
I imagine that this is a very obvious consideration when buying any shoe. It has to fit. And it has to fit well!
Your foot should feel supported and well covered, but not tight. There should be a tiny gap between your front toe and the end of the shoe…about half an inch. If your toe touches the front, the shoe is too small. If you could fit your entire thumb into space in the front, the shoe is too big.
Some of us have unusually wide or thin feet. If this is the case with you, make sure that you try out different brands. They all vary slightly in their design. Generally speaking, Nike makes narrower cleats than Adidas.
It is incredibly important to make sure you buy a shoe that fits you very well. An ill-fitting shoe can lead to a very uncomfortable playing experience, but it can also cause some longer term harm to your foot. Make sure you get a snug, supportive but breathable fit!
Synthetic, or leather? What is the best way to go?
Cleats come in all kinds of materials. From kangaroo leather, to highly scientific synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials allow for cleats to be very light, but they also tend to let in water pretty easily in wet conditions. Leather cleats, on the other hand, are much more durable, but they tend to be heavy and sometimes can even feel quite suffocating on foot.
If you are a fan of leather cleats, but not a fan of their price you can consider calf or goat leather cleats. They are much cheaper than their kangaroo leather counterparts.
Some companies have also been experimenting with synthetic leathers. This gives you some benefits of both types of material, without the heavy price of genuine kangaroo leather.
Your Best Soccer Cleats That Fit Your Budget
This is another pretty obvious point. If you are interested in playing professional soccer, or at least to play pretty seriously, you should be ready to fork out a bit more cash. The top of the range cleats are the ones that the professionals wear for a reason. These are shoes that are designed with the help of sports scientists for high-performance athletes.
Since being a professional also goes with sponsorships and players use new pairs of cleats for almost every game, the shoes are not built to last.
It is also not advisable to buy cleats that are too cheap. If the quality is very low, the boots may significantly increase your risk of injury.
I assume that most of you reading this list would be interested in the middle of the range cleats. These are cheaper and tend to last quite a bit longer.
The Final Thought
With a market that is pretty flooded with all kinds of brands and all kinds of prices, it can be really hard to find just the best soccer cleats. Keep in mind that it is a very personal thing and that you need to find what works for you. There is no objectively superior shoe. It’s all about you and your style and needs.
We did an insane amount of research and interviews to try and give you a balanced selection of cleats that caters for various positions, conditions and budgets.
Price is always imported, so we also tried not just to favor the expensive brands. Besides, sometimes the nicest things aren’t necessarily the most expensive.
We hope that this list helps you to find just the right cleats for you. Something that suits your style, your budget and most importantly…your foot!
Did you enjoy our list? Is there perhaps a particular pair that you feel should have been included here? What is your favorite shoe? Let us know in the comments.