Soccer shoes, soccer cleats, soccer boots, cleats, football boots, firm ground shoes – no matter what you call them, they are a game essential.

The different types, models, technologies and materials of soccer shoes can be overwhelming if you don’t know and understand the soccer shoe jargon.

This guide to the soccer shoe will break down the different aspects of soccer shoe buying for parents and players just getting started and act as a handy reminder for the seasoned professionals.



First off, let’s break down the parts of a soccer shoe. Even if you’re already familiar with the parts of a shoe, this will make it easier to understand the price, quality, performance and durability of each shoe.

Everything above the insole/midsole.

Bottom of the shoe, everything below the insole/midsole.


The cushioning inside the shoe, can be removable or attached.




The cushioning built into the shoe.

The back portion of the shoe, offers heel support.

Front portion of the upper, aka the strike zone. The part of the upper that makes contact with the ball. Many vamps are stitched or have added technologies to enhance shot power and ball  control.

The blades or cones on the bottom of many soccer shoes to improve traction. The stud itself is often called a cleat and can be fixed/molded or detachable on the bottom of the shoe. Typically, there are three main types of studs: bladed, hard ground and round/conical.

The actual stud may be made of plastic, rubber or metal-tipped. However, check with your league before using metal-tipped as metal studs are banned from certain leagues.

Most firm ground cleats today have either bladed studs or a combination of bladed and conical studs. Bladed studs create less stud pressure over the course of a match. Bladed studs offer greater traction and speed, while conical studs offer a quicker release and greater stability. The conical studs offer more points of contact with the field, this stability means less risk of injury.

If you are playing on extremely hard, firm surfaces, hard ground studs are the way to go to ensure proper traction and a reduced risk of injury.

The three-dimensional foot model on which a shoe is constructed.

The last gives shoes their size and shape. Wide last is a term you’ll see on some shoes, which means it’s a shoes made for wide feet.



Once you understand the parts of shoe, the most important part of selecting a soccer shoe is understanding the kind of surface for which each shoe is designed.

Soccer shoes, soccer cleats, soccer boots – whatever the name, most of the time a soccer shoe is a firm ground soccer shoe. Firm ground is the classic soccer shoe with cleats/studs designed to provide traction and stability on most natural grass, outdoor soccer fields. Firm Ground or molded cleats generally have a series of non-removable PU/TPU/rubber studs that are either bladed or conical in shape.


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Artificial grass is quickly spreading to fields around the country as it’s more sustainable, not as susceptible to weather, it offers a consistent surfaces and it requires much less maintenance. Some players choose to wear a different pair of cleats on natural and artificial grass, but that can prove to be quite cost prohibitive. Henceforth, as more and more soccer fields are converted into artificial turf and players are expected to be ready to play on both natural and artificial grass, adidas has responded with the hybrid AG/FG outsole.

These cleats are designed for acceleration on firm, natural surfaces and artificial grass with multiple cleat shapes and lengths. You’ll this new outsole design on adidas’ X and ACE.


Soccer shoes created for soft ground play have longer cleats for added traction on wet, muddy fields. Often, soft ground cleats have metal-tipped and/or detachable studs. The studs on soft ground shoes are also usually varying lengths. Muchos botines para terreno suave con tacos cambiables y removibles pueden ser adaptados al campo y a las condiciones de juego.

Pro soft ground soccer cleats are a combo of fixed studs and traditional, detachable soft ground cleats. They are ideal for use on wet and muddy fields requiring maximum traction.

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Artificial grass shoes are frequently used on new artificial turf and sun-baked hard ground. Artificial grass and hard ground soccer shoes usually have a large number of short studs that are evenly distributed across the entire outsole. Artificial grass shoes are pretty similar to firm ground cleats just with a lot more studs that are shorter for better support. The studs on an artificial grass or hard ground soccer shoe are usually rubber and designed to be extremely durable.


An indoor soccer shoe usually has a gum rubber flat outsole. Están creadas para jugar fútbol en interior o futsal en un gimnasio o instalaciones de recreación, pero también se pueden usar para la calle o informalmente. Indoor soccer shoes have a lower profile fit and look like a lightweight sneaker.


Designed for the fast, five-a-side play, futsal shoes are usually extremely lightweight. Futsal shoes have low profile rubber outsoles for traction on flat indoor courts and turf surfaces.


Turf shoes or turf boots usually have an extremely durable, rubber outsole. Artificial turf shoes have small rubber studs or patterns on the outsole to improve traction on hard, natural fields and artificial turf. Turf shoes are also great for soccer training and can be used as a back-up pair of shoes for play on hard surfaces.

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Lifestyle is what we call the shoes not used for playing soccer. Creado para usar todos los días, el calzado con estilo también es conocido como calzado de calle. The lifestyle footwear you will find on SOCCER.COM is generally designed to suit a soccer player’s style.


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Los zapatos para correr son esenciales para todo futbolista. Para mantener el nivel de preparación física requerido para un jugador, se requiere un entrenamiento fuera del terreno. La mayoría de los zapatos para correr tienen una suela exterior durable de caucho, brindan excelente amortiguamiento y presentan una parte superior de nylon transpirable.


Often the same thing as a running shoe, training shoes almost always have a durable rubber outsole. Algunos zapatos de entrenamiento presentan una parte superior de calzado de fútbol con suela exterior de caucho para entrenamiento. El calzado de entrenamiento ofrece comodidad y amortiguamiento para tu rutina de entrenamiento de fútbol.


Women’s soccer shoes are designed on a narrower last or foot mold to better fit the female soccer player’s foot. Many female soccer players choose to wear a men’s soccer boot, but soccer shoes created especially for  women’s soccer can offer a better fit and women’s specific performance technologies. If choosing to wear a men’s soccer shoe, women should size a size and a half down.  For example a women who wears a size 9 women’s shoe would wear a size 7.5 men’s shoe.



Soccer shoes come in two basic upper materials: leather and synthetic.

Upper material can greatly affect the price, performance and weight of a soccer shoe.

Natural leathers and synthetic materials have different benefits. Natural leathers are known for their softness, excellent ball touch and ability to conform to the foot. Natural leathers are made from animal hides, while synthetic leathers are man-made materials. Synthetic uppers are almost always lighter and more durable. When you’re choosing a pair of cleats, consider how long you expect them to last, how much you are willing to spend and your style of play.



Of the natural leathers (calfskin, full-grain, kangaroo), kangaroo leather is premium. It is prized for its soft, supple fit that offers unrivaled comfort and great ball feel. Kangaroo leather molds to the foot and requires no break-in time. Preferred by professional players, kangaroo leather is an extremely light and soft material. Kangaroo leather is not waterproof or as durable as calfskin and cowhide leather. NOTE: Kangaroo leathers will generally stretch after a few uses. For the best fit, make sure that they fit snug out of the box.

Calfskin, another premium leather, offers an ideal blend of softness, thinness and durability. Calfskin is soft, and water-resistant with great ball touch. Calfskin maintains its shape better, but is a bit heavier than kangaroo leather.

Full-grain leather is usually thicker and tougher than calfskin and kangaroo. A water-resistant and durable material, full-grain leather can handle wear and tear. Full-grain leather also conforms to the foot for a fit, ball feel and comfort that is comparable to calfskin and kangaroo leathers. It will weigh more than kangaroo and calfskin leathers.

NOTE: Natural leathers tend to absorb water more than synthetic leather and are not recommended for consistent use on wet fields.



Synthetic upper can vary greatly from brand to brand and shoe to shoe. Synthetic uppers are usually lighter and more durable than natural leather uppers. Synthetics don’t offer the same comfortable fit as leathers.


It’s important to keep in mind; the more expensive soccer shoes are designed for performance and minimal weight. These premium shoes aren’t as durable as some of the more affordable models. Premium soccer shoes are designed to deliver an outstanding performance.The durability of soccer shoes can be extended with proper maintenance.

After each game, clean all dirt and debris from between the cleats/studs and wipe off the upper of the shoe. Also ensure your shoes are able to properly dry out after each game. Wetness/sweat or leaving cleats in a damp duffle bag can lead to the shoe breaking down more quickly.

Soccer cleats are put under a great deal of stress during game play, the average cleat will last one season.


For soccer cleats, the aim is for a snug fit ( especially in kangaroo uppers, which will stretch). Soccer cleats should fit as close to the end of the foot as possible, without touching the toes, for performance and comfort. Es ideal un espacio de entre 1/4 a 1/2 pulgadas.

Women’s sizing is smaller by a size to a size-and-a-half. For example, if you wear a women’s size 8, you would wear a men’s 6.5.Youth or junior sizes are simply smaller men’s sizes (sizes 1-6).


adiPRENE: adidas cushioning technology, a highly shock absorbent material
adiWEAR: adidas outsole material, durable, non-marking rubber
Blown rubber: Softer, less durable form of rubber. Made by injecting air into a rubber compound to reduce weight. It is more cushioned and more flexible than other rubber outsoles.
Calfskin: Leather from young cows, soft and supple
Duracoating: A treatment on the upper to offer durability and protection
Elastane: Stretch material (elastic fabric)
Embossed: A design is pressed directly onto a surface (leather or fabric)
EVA: (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) Cushioning synthetic foam that easy shapes and molded to foot
Full-grain leather: Traditional leather that still has the natural look and grain
Gum rubber: Natural, non-marking rubber
Hybrid Touch: adidas upper material with that offers a a hybrid of the benefits of leather and sythetic
Instep: Center section of foot (between toes and ankle)
Kangaroo: The leather made from a kangaroo hyde (the most premium and softest leather available)
Last: The mold around which a shoe is built
Lunarlon: Nike’s cushioning technology, a soft, durable foam core encased within a supportive foam carrier for lightweight, ultra-plush cushioning, springy response and support
Max Air: Nike cushioning technology
Microfiber/microfibre: Premium synthetic that looks and feels like leather
Nike Air: Pressurized air inside a tough, yet flexible bag, Air Sole units are in the midsole under the heel, forefoot or in both spots
Nike Shox: Nike’s patented, hollowed-out columns made of energy-efficient material that enhances durability and spring
Nike Zoom: Lightweight and durable, thin air pocket
Nubuck: Soft leather with suede look and feel
Pebax: A nylon material that bonds to rubber
Phylon: Lightweight, cushioning foam that is non-yellowing and not affected by water or bacteria
PU: Polyurethane, a synthetic that’s lightweight, flexible and durable
Sprintframe: adidas outsole technology
Sprintskin: Single layer synthetic
Sprintweb: adidas 3D texture and finish for ball control
Taurus: Premium, soft leather that’s lightweight
Toe Cap: Extra material sewn around the toe of a shoe, often suede
Torsion: Lightweight arch support
TPU: Thermoplastic polyurethane, a dense, durable, lightweight plastic
Traxion: adidas’ cleat design that provides maximum grip in all directions without excessive pressure points on the footSoccer shoes are easy to understand once they’re broken down.


What do you think? Helpful guide? What more would you like to know? 

  • Luis

    I used nike tiempos size 9.5. Im trying to order a nike Ctr in size 9 is there much of a difrent e on how the shoe fits??

    • Chris Reid

      you can compare the fit of any shoe with any other shoe on soccer.com – just go to the CTR shoe of your choice and click on the “SEE HOW IT FITS” icon and you’ll be able to compare its fit to a size 9.5 Tiempo. It’s pretty cool.
      Calzado Nike CTR360 Maestri III FG

    • Hi there, just wanted to tell you, I liked this
      article. It was helpful. Keep on posting!

  • I am looking for a pair of soccer shoes that will have a comfort fit and heel support or gel support, etc.. for my son who has a wide foot and gets plantar fasciitis flare ups. What soccer shoe would you recommend. Looking for best economic as well. Thanks!

    • Chris Reid

      I would recommend trying Asics HG10 technology. The lift should take a little strain off the plantar fascia. Here are a couple options at different price points. The kangaroo leather version costs a bit more, but should stretch to accommodate a wide foot a little better.

      Calzado Asics Lethal Flash DS

      Asics Lethal Tigreor 5

      Also, speaking from experience, taping the arch will sometimes go along way to alleviating the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

  • Jan Bermen

    When can we expect the new Nike Mercurial Vapors?

    I like the current ones, but I am wondering if Nike has epic plans to unveil the new vapors before the World Cup 2014?

  • Hey, appreciate the advice you’ve provided us!

    I’ve got an 11yo daughter recovering from micro fractures of the heel due to running with the poorly padded soccer cleates. I’m probably going to have her use artificial turf shoes for at least 6 months. We have hard short grass fields here in az for the most part. Looking for a longer cleated artificial turf shoe, or hard turf shoes with rubber cleates if they make such a thing. Suggestions?
    Thanks kindly!

  • Thanks! I thought bomba had too short of nubs, but will revisit it.

  • Brenda Taylor

    Hi, I’m looking for shoes for my 12 yo son with size 7.5 wide feet. He plays on indoor turf field 4 times a week. His heels hurt after he runs for a hour or so. It’s not plantar fasciitis. What do you recommend? Thanks.

    • I don’t want to diagnosis here, but look up Severs disease….rest, inserts (we are using Superfeet Green) and shoe change. Our podiatrist suggested artificial turf shoes. The wedge like effect of the design is similar to that of regular athletic shoe vs that of a flat soccer cleats. They also have lots of small rubber nubs for absorbing the energy impact into the foot, and distributes the impact over a larger surface area.
      Use turf shoes for practice, and cleats for games. Chronic problem that will flare up and cool down, but rest (sometime including non weight bearing on crutches for a month or two) is only real treatment.
      Good luck!

      • Sorry, that should have been “diagnose”. 🙂

      • Lastly, just saw you are on AT surface, presumably he has AT shoes then. I’d rest for a few weeks and cool practices down. Avoid running, do conditioning with rower or stationary bike. We have dealt with this since march. It’s a process.

        • Brenda

          Thanks for the advice! Getting him off his feet will be very difficult. So far, we haven’t had to do that. Trying the preventative approach.

  • dani

    im looking for comfort fit futsal shoes, my size US 10 . i like nike mercurial because its light weight but i my feet type was wide .i dont think mercurial is the best for me What futsal shoe would you recommend for light weight and wide feet.

    • Chris Reid

      I would recommend a Nike Gato or Lunar Gato depending on budget. They are not wide (no indoor soccer shoes are) but they are wider than most and are leather, which will stretch. Great cushioning, too.

  • Nick

    I ordered a pair of Maestri III. I really like the boot but the 9.5 is tight and the 10 had a little wiggle room (half width of the thumb). Not sure how the kanga lite will stretch or mold. I usually wear nike in size 9.5 but these do not fit/feel like my maestri I or II’s. Should I stick w the right feel and hope they loosen a bit or play a size up. I’ve heard varying sizing info on these maestris. Any suggestions?
    Your help is appreciated.

    • Chris Reid

      Kangalite won’t stretch, but it will mold. If the 9.5 seems at all uncomfortable, I would move to a 10. If the fit of a shoe is uncomfortable, it usually means a foot injury is likely. If it just seem snug, but is not uncomfortable, it would be fine to stick with a 9.5.

  • Tony Pearson-Clarke

    Love the sizing function, but wish there was more info on the width of boots. I have quite wide feet (D/E) and it’s hard to find wider models. Online I have to rely on my knowledge of given brands or, when considering another brand, the view of the outsole, which isn’t very reliable. (For many years I could buy Kelmes, which are wider, at soccer.com, but I think they have dropped out of the American market. The other fit variable I have to weigh is the curve. Most soccer boots now seem built on a narrow straight last, which is the opposite of what I need.

    • Chris Reid

      Check out the UA Hydrastrike. They are on the wide side and are made with a kangaroo leather that will stretch quite a bit.

  • Marilou

    Hi! My daughter plays D1 club soccer and also Varsity soccer. She is going back to playing soccer after an ACL injury 10 months ago. When she got hurt at her high school championship game, she was wearing firm ground soccer cleats on an artificial grass field which we believe contributed to her injury. We want to reduce the potential for another serious injury to her knees and would like some professional advice to the right type of shoes for her to wear. Do we need to buy a different pair of shoes for different type of fields? Or is there a pair of shoes that provides necessary traction for both natural grass and artificial grass fields? If so, which ones would you recommend without break the bank.

    Thank you for your help,

  • quiero saber cual seria la talla de un numero 36 de calzado en la argentina en una zapatilla mercurial cual seria la talla? gracias

    • Edu

      Si vas a ordenar de Estados Unidos la medida correspondiente a 36 seria 5.
      Good Luck!

  • Jennifer

    My 10 year old daughter is having trouble with calluses forming on her big toes and the bone area beneath them. I’m sure we need to find better fitting cleats. Is there a general shoe that can be used on dirt/grass/indoor or are we looking at multiple shoes?

    • tariq

      thats gross ew

    • IFHSS

      definitely multiple shoes.


      The problem may be the cleats but it also might be the socks she is wearing. A lot of socks slide around inside the shoe, causing rubbing in certain high pressure areas. Trusox are non-slip socks that could prevent this problem. We recommend using different shoes on different surfaces, especially going from an indoor court to outside on grass. Use the shoe fitter feature on our website to look for something with a roomier forefoot area than what she currently wears if you don’t think the sock trick is the answer.

  • Dorothy

    HELP!!!! My 10 1/2 year old daughter needs new cleats immediately but absolutely no luck finding anything that fits. She’s slipping all over the field due to the cleats being worn down. The problem: she has an extremely flat heel – doesn’t bow out in the back much. So every single shoe we try on slips off the back. Ugg. She’s been wearing Nike T90 size 3. Is there anything besides that that might work, or go with a version of that again?


      Take a look at the new Flyknit cleats from Nike, the Nike Magista Obra and Nike Superfly IV both feature high top collars and a tight, sock-like fit that make it virtually impossible for the heel to slip out of!

      • Jo

        The don’t make them in kid’s sizes. What to do for a kid? My 10 year old daughter has a very narrow foot and her heal slips in every cleat. I’ve tried inserts, heel cups and double socks. Any other ideas?

  • Brenda

    My 11year old son has Plantar Fascitis diagnosis. Can you recommend indoor training/outdoor soccer shoe(s) w best cushioning or extra support insole to help him play with this condition?

    • Chris Reid

      What size shoe is your son in? The recommendations change whether he needs youth or adult versions. The best recommendation I can give is to tape the arch so that it does not collapse. It is tough to get a good insert into a soccer shoe.

    • Coachgoaliedrew

      Hey BV, I have the same exact issue with my soccer boots. I have had the surgery for my right foot, Dr wants to do my left buy I can not afford to be out of work for 5-6 weeks for recovery then do 12 weeks of physical therapy. Due to this situation (which I didn’t have until after 4+ years in the Marine Corps) it became very difficult to find a pair of boots that I can wear for multiple games over a single weekend. Granted I am playing in adult leagues now but, our league is more on the serious level so opting to call for a sub or not being able to play 100% in any of our games is not an option. My 14 yr old son also has PA and he was in great pain at tournaments due to the boots. After spending thousands, yes, THOUSANDS of dollars trying to find the “PAIR” that both of us could wear was getting old. When the adidas Nitro Charge came out I read up a lot on reviews and saw other players from all different skill levels and age saying these boots have been a life saver I bought myself a pair first to try them out. Played in a game the first day I wore them (came on a Saturday and my game was Sunday) with zero break-in time and after the game my feet felt great compared to the other 7/8 pairs oh 300+ $ pairs in my bag. After about 3 weeks of heavy use, still same feeling so I bought him a pair and now that is all he wants to wear every season when he gets his new boots. I suggest buying your daughter these l but, (without being rude) do not skimp out on the price. You will get what you pay for with the 3 different quality levels they offer for this shoe. Right now you can grab the highest grade Nitro charge in the blue or green colors on sale for under 150$. That said, I have gotten the new Nike Majestas and so far, they are also great. The Nike boots stretch a little better then the nitrocharge are is also nice because flat feet usually also equals a wider foot. The Nikes right now are running 275$ so if that is to much, please go with the top end Adidas Nitrocharge boots. You & your daughter will be pleasently surprised how good your feet feel. Getting high quality is important though so spend the extra 50$ and get the best ones if you go the Nitrocharge route. I have 11 pairs of boots, all over 240$ sitting under my bed and only take my Nitrocharge boots, my Nike majestas and a pair of Nike Hypervenoms (SG-PRO’S, for the rainy/muddy fields). I also suggest getting her a pair of the adidas recovery socks on this site, I wear them between games when at a tournament or for 3-4 hours after a game if it’s just our regular Sunday league games. If you have any questions email me at andrewvarga05@yahoo.com and I will gladly help. Since having issues for years and pretty much being a gunny pig for expansive cleats from almost every company I have a bunch of personal knowledge.

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  • Edu

    I have been using Nikes to play soccer for years because my feet fit just right and they do not slide out, the grip at the heel is like no other shoe, on the other hand, I have wide foot in the toe area and I find Nikes quite narrow… so I have to buy 1 to 1.5 numbers bigger to compensate…which has its negative results in ball control.
    Can you suggest any other shoe that comes a bit wider and comes close to that Nike’s fit.

    • Kayvee

      I have the same issue with adidas shoes

      Maybe its just the shape of our feet?

      • bobert

        u should try the tiempos, they stretch REALLY well

  • Ian

    Could you possibly make patterns for the pieces above


      ?? patterns?

  • moma

    hi guys

  • Trevor

    Plantar Fasciitis needs firm underfoot support (orthotic device). I have been wearing Superfeet for years in all my shoes. The new Carbon are super thin/light and fit into tight cleats.

  • Liann French

    How does a soccer shoe fit compared to a cleat? Order the same size as a cleat or as a sneaker?


      The fit of most of our shoes and cleats can be worked out using the “see how it fits” feature on each products page. For the most part, cleats and indoor shoes made by the same brand will be the same size in either version.

  • Tom Clancy

    Hi, I have highly arched feet and they cause me a lot of trouble as also being heavy footed, which often leads to pain on the soles of my feet.
    Also, my feet are very wide at the front of my foot, but normal in the mid-sole and I would say very skinny around the ankle/achilles.
    This causes me countless problems because if I buy a wider fitting boot to help with my front of foot, then my heel doesn’t fit in properly – and then if I buy narrower boots I get pain around my toes as it is not wide enough.
    Do you recommend any boots for my type of feet? I can put up with it as I have for years but I just get countless blisters, bruising, pain etc… which are really starting to annoy me and affect my performance.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


      The first thing I would recommend is using orthopedic inserts in your cleats to help support the high arches in your feet. Most cleats are made for very generic foot types so people with uncommon foot shapes may struggle to find a shoe that fits their feet perfectly in all areas. Make sure you choose something with a wide toe box as you can make cleats fit tighter in certain areas with orthopedic inserts but you can’t make them looser.

      • Dr. Dean

        From a mechanical standpoint, a high arched foot is usually a rigid foot and the goal with shoes is to avoid further restricting the little movement the foot has. An adequate toe box and as flexible a sole as possible that still gets the athletic job done are probably the best recommendations. Controlling or limiting the excess motion in flat feet is easy, dealing with rigid, high arches is really challenging.

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  • Jennylee January

    Hello. I’m a 21 year old playing college soccer after two years of surgeries. Tearing my ACL,MCL and meniscus. I also have plantar fasciitis. What would be a good brand to go look at? I have narrow feet but they are swollen from the plantar fascitis, along with years of dancing haha. I wear a women’s 11. Gracias


      A good place to start if you have had injuries or are worried about re-injury is the Asics range. A favorite in the running shoe game, they have transitioned their HG10mm drop concept into their soccer cleats and some even feature a soft, foam midsole which makes for a smoother ride on your joints.

  • Judy

    My son’s heels hurt when he plays. We just switched to turf shoes for practice but need to get some cleats for games. Which cleats are the best for Severs disease? Gracias.


      Depending on what surface he plays his games on, an AG (artificial grass) version of whatever cleats he prefers may help as they feature shorter studs. Another option is putting orthotic heel inserts in his cleats to add some extra cushioning in that area. A cleat that has a built in cushioned midsole is the Asics Lethal Testimonial 3.

  • Alice

    I am in search of a cleat for my 12 year old son who has flat feet. We’ve tried a couple of inserts, but they made the cleats too tight. Perhaps a cleat with a removable insole? Suggestions welcome.


      Most cleats these days come with removable soles but so comfort may be sacrificed if you remove them. A shoe that has a pretty forgiving upper is the Nike Hypervenom Phantom. These may work with insoles.

  • annie

    I have three sons that play rt back, center mid, and center d. We are looking for new boots for them. Their coaches mentioned buying boots appropriate for their position, and when I google these different topics, the articles and shoes they suggest are several years old. Any new suggestions for positional boots?


      Instead of looking at the position of the player, I would instead look at a cleat to match their playing style (or what is most important to them)

      For example, if the player values being able to run fast, we would suggest a lightweight shoe from the Nike Mercurial range, Adidas F50 range or PUMA evoSPEED range. These shoes are typically seen on, but certainly not limited to attacking players.

      If the player values a good touch on the ball and range of passing we would suggest something from the Adidas Predator range, PUMA evoPOWER range or Nike Magista range. These are seen as midfield shoe.

      If you are looking for a little more protection, these options are slightly heavier but also offer comfort and good touch on the ball: Adidas Nitrocharge range, Nike Tiempo or Umbro UX-1 Concept range. These are typically worn by/but not limited to defensive players.

  • Tim

    hi I do not know what size cleat I will need but I wear a size 11 1/2 in regular nike shoes what size cleat should I get for puma


      check out any puma shoe and use the ShoeFitr app on the left side of the product page – it will be a “see how it fits” graphic – this lets you enter your current cleat and compare it to the fit and sizing the puma shoe you are looking at.

  • old man united

    i am looking to replace Nike Ronaldinhos. i bought 6 pairs about 8 years ago and last one is giving out. is there a shoe with same quality and no bells and whistles that you can recommend.


      Probably the closest thing to Ronaldinho’s signature shoe these days is the Nike Tiempo Legend V. A very comfortable shoe with a super soft upper and forefoot stitching across the forefoot that is virtually identical to the old Ronaldinho’s. The most recent color way is pretty bright but we do offer a black out stealth version that could be more your style.

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  • s

    is it okay to wear turf shoes with small cleats at the bottom on regular outdoor soccer play

    • Jimpok

      Yes, that’s what I do. However, when the field has wet conditions you will slip more than others.

  • noel

    I need advice, should i keep the hypervenoms fg that i bought true to my sz( 10.5) that fit kind of tight? Should i get a sz 11 to relieve some pressure or do i have to break into the cleats? Help anyone. Btw i have wide feet and thats the main issue of the pressure i feel.

  • Kevin

    I have wide feet. Adidas f50 have worked in the past, but I am looking at Magista Obra and Nike Tiempo Legend. Are those two a wider cleat?

    • Joe Schwartz

      Thanks for the question, Kevin. Most players tell us that the Magista Obra and Nike Tiempo Legend V each have a slightly wider fit on their feet than the adidas F50 adizero.

      You should be ready to go 90 minutes in comfort with either of those Nike cleats.

    • Luka

      Yes, the are both MUCH wider than the Adizero after they stretch.

  • David

    Im looking into buying a pair of Magista Opus but I dont know what stud pattern to get. I play on both firm ground & artificial grass surfaces. Which should I get?? AG or FG? Thanks

    • Joe Schwartz

      Good question, David. The answer is that neither FG or AG cleats are suited to both surfaces.

      FG cleats will give you good traction on artificial grass, but the upper could tear around the toe box if you drag your feet in the surface while striking. AG cleats have a regrind reinforcement on the upper to make them more durable.

      AG cleats, though, won’t give you the needed traction on firm ground surfaces because of the way the studs are built.

      If at all possible, it’s best to have FG cleats for firm ground surfaces and AG cleats for artificial grass surfaces.

      Forced to choose just one to play on both, we’d suggest going FG and hoping that the upper doesn’t tear or cut. I hope that helps.

    • km


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  • Pollyanna1970

    My husband is coaching little league soccer for the first time. He hasn’t worn soccer cleats since he was a child. Now, he needs a 10.5 wide and we are finding it impossible to find a soccer shoe/cleat for him because it seems none of them are listed as a “wide” width (think “Fred Flintstone” feet). Are there particular brands known for being wider than others? We need an affordable pair (less than $50), if a wide size is available in that price range.

    • It’s never too late to return to soccer, and we’re really glad to hear your husband is back on the field.

      If he’s planning to coach on hard, natural grass, which is most common, we have 33 cleats available for $50 or less in size 10.5. You can find those here: http://www.soccer.com/Navigation.process?Ne=334&Srp=48&N=4294960675+427+293+4294960139

      As far as the best fit for a wide foot, everything we have in that range now is between a C and a D last. Other options include the Nike Magista and Nike Hypervenom and the adidas Predator and adidas 11Pro lines, which are made of stretchable material that will help accommodate a wider foot.

      Please let us know how else we can help. All the best to you and the coach.

  • eldne

    what does front color mean when costuming

  • CJ

    What is the difference between FG and FG-R? Is there a difference?

  • Jonttu Hänninen

    I’ve been thinking that can i use the new Nike MercurialX turf boots to play on normal grass or artificial grass? Just because turf shoes is a lot cheaper than FG or AG boots.

    • Jeff

      I wouldn’t use them on natural grass fields, they just don’t offer enough traction during a game and more often than not you’ll slip when you could need to cut or turn at speed. You could use them at practice because its not so vital that you cut and turn

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  • Mybuckboys

    My 10-year old son has wide, large feet size 9.5. We are having trouble finding an indoor soccer shoe. Any advice? Thanks!!

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  • Weaselly

    im looking at getting themessi 15 but i dont know how they will compare to the nitocharges i owned before any tips?

  • Missy

    My son is 15 and gas a slightly wide foot and his soccer cleat is giving him blisters. Is there a soccer cleat that you can recommend that will not give him blisters

    • Footwear guy at SOCCER.COM

      When it comes to wide feet I usually recommend a leather cleat because it gives a little easier than a synthetic. If he has trouble with those then I would recommend looking into New Balance wide fit cleats.

  • Bobby Willeford

    My son plays in Phoenix Az. So the ground is usually very hard. He wants the new magista, he’s an aggressive attacking midfielder, should he use the AG or FG

    • Footwear guy at SOCCER.COM

      Firm ground will work fine. If the ground is really hard it can sometimes put a lot of pressure on certain areas of the foot due to the conical studs. Hence the reason some choose AG to disperse that pressure. FG would work fine unless your son is having problems with the clear hurting his foot.

      -footwear guy at SOCCER.COM

  • Are there problems with performance when using trainers as playing shoes (for pickup games)? I really like the CTR Maestri III but it’s not a playing shoe.

    Otherwise, any recommendations for turf shoes with wide toe box and midfoot? I don’t need size 2D or anything like that, but I’m still the kind that takes a long time to shop for shoes because most are too narrow.

    • Footwear guy at SOCCER.COM

      There isn’t any problem with using trainers for pickup games, but you won’t have the same traction that you would with a cleat. That can sometimes lead to injury so be careful if you do.

      The adidas Mundial Team Turf shoe is pretty good with wide feet. The leather fits well and stretches a little if needed.

  • Pat

    My 11th grade son plays forward. However, both the fields and the weather here in North Alabama are unpredictable during high school season (February-April). One game the field may be muddy and sloppy, the next game on slick rye grass cut low, the next grass cut high. He wears Nike due to the fit. Do you recommend firm ground or soft ground?

    • Cole Walker

      Personally, I would recommend having one of each outsole. It definitely gives you an advantage being able to wear longer, soft ground studs on a wet field.

      But if you don’t want to buy two pairs of cleats, I would recommend a pair of firm ground cleats with conical studs. Conical studs provide better traction on soft ground due to penetrating the ground better than a bladed stud. The current Nike cleats with conical studs are the Magista, the Hypervenom, and the Tiempo.

  • Mar Has

    My daughter’s toes are like image #1 in this graphic. I am not interested in what a foot reader would say this means about her background, but it is a good image of toes like hers and we have had difficulty finding new cleats for her. She has a long foot and long big toe but because the other toes slope down, she can have a lot of room in the top of a shoe that fits the length of her foot. She has loved her most recent shoe, a Men’s Nike Mercurial Vortex 2 FG, size 8.5. We lucked out that they were even on the cheap end of the spectrum when we were willing to pay more. They are getting snug around the toes though and we have tried on several shoes but none seem to fit well. Is there a shoe that others with similar toes could recommend? Her width is 9.5 cm so narrow for a men’s shoe but regular for a women’s. She did try on the Nike Mercurial Victory V FG WM and it was OK but she does not like the current color scheme at all. I appreciate any recommendations.

  • Dotherightthing

    I got a deal on a pair of hypervenom phantoms the only problem is their designed for soft ground. My question is can one go to different cleats and have them work for firm ground?

  • Simon Nordlund

    I’ve just got a pair of Hypervenom Phatal II DF FG and my feet are a bit to wide for them, any recomendations for any simillar shoes with the Dynamic Fit Collar?

    • Cole Walker

      If you are looking for a wider fit with the Dynamic Fit Collar then I would recommend the Magista Obra. It has a wider, and in my opinion more comfortable, fit than most of Nike’s other cleats. The sizing should be the same between the Hypervenom and the Magista, the only difference will be the width. Hope this helps!

  • jdavis18

    Curious on cleat geometry relative to the two key benefits outlined in the shoe guide – 1) speed due to quick release, and 2) stability. It appears to be a tradeoff for the player to chose with no clear understanding of the data behind the benefit features. How do you measure stability or release, which must be friction related). Is this a quantitative measurement or qualitative (marketing) in nature, in which case it really does not matter. From an innovation perspective if you can measure it, you can improve it, but companies are introducing new molded configurations every year.

  • Jay

    I play a lot of small sided games –futsal type—so i tend to use a high impact toe shot in tight situations. Can you recommend any shoes that have a broader more study toe area?

    • Cole Walker

      When it comes to futsal some of the best shoes for the game are Joma. They have a very soft and flexible upper with a reinforced toe area, perfect for those quick little toe shots. Some of Nike’s SCCRX cleats are pretty sturdy in the toe as well. If you have any other questions just let me know.

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  • Shyam Sunder Polaconda

    My son has been looking for wide indoor soccer shoes but to no avail. He wears a Nike Air Monarch extra wide everyday. We just can’t find an indoor soccer shoe that fits. Any suggestions would be greatly helpful.

    • Aaron

      New Balance has the Visaro which are rated pretty well and come in a wide fit version. Also look at the Adidas Copa Mundials.

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  • Cristian Saavedra

    Does Nike have different versions like adidas has 15.1 , 15.2 etc???

    • Cole Walker

      Yes, they do. An example would be the Mercurial Superfly, the Mercurial Vapor X, the Mercurial Veloce II, and the Mercurial Victory V.

      • Cristian Saavedra

        Thanks.. just what i meant!..

  • Jason

    Where has the 3D boot fitting guide gone? This was excellent, not a single pair of boots returned yet due to sizing and fit issues between brands.

    • Cole Walker

      Our partnership with ShoeFITR is no longer in place, unfortunately. We do try on every pair of shoes that we sell and are always available for sizing advice here, on social media or through our call center.

  • Bugra

    My son wears Mercurial 10’s and it hurts his foot. Should we buy him Superflys IV?

    • Cole Walker

      The knit upper on the Superfly VI is usually more forgiving than a plain synthetic upper, but they have a near identical fit (minus the collar) and sole plate. The best advice I can give is to try them on first. I hope this helps.

  • Laura Sugg

    My 12 year old daughter has a tendency to roll her foot. She has had 2 foot fractures in the last 10 months.
    Her doctor recommended a shoe with a wide cleat pattern. Do you know of any shoe that meets those criteria?

    • Cole Walker

      New Balance makes a wide fit shoe in their Visaro which has gotten a lot of good reviews. I would shy away from Nike because they typically have a more narrow shape to their cleats. adidas has the Copa Mundial and Gloro, both have a wider base to them, as well as their ACE 15.1 and 16.1. With PUMA there is the evoPOWER 1.3, which is a really good cleat as well. The two best wide fit cleats I personally would recommend is the adidas Copa Mundial and the PUMA evoPOWER 1.3. Both have the fit you’re looking for with the comfort that your daughter will love. Hope this helps!

      • Laura


  • DP

    My Daughter plays D1 soccer and has had several foot injuries. She has very small feet but also has High Arches. She does wear orthotics but the Nike Tiempos they wear don’t seem to have much support or any kind of padding to cushion the sever impact they see on a daily basis. Which brand/style of cleat would you recommend for high arches? ¡Gracias!

    • Cole Walker

      Sadly, cleats are not made with a lot of support through the arch area. The only thing close to an arch support in a cleat would probably be found in adidas new cleats with their internal knit structure. It hugs the foot very well, but as for arch support, its not much. I would recommend that she keeps playing with the orthotic inserts. I know a lot of D1 schools only like their player wearing their sponsor brand, so if it’s Nike (since she’s wearing Tiempos) I would suggest she try the Magista silo. They offer a lot of comfort and they have a forgiving upper. The Tiempos are an excellent cleat as well if she chooses to stay with that silo. If she is able to wear another brand, she might like to try the adidas ACE 16.1 Primeknit. It has that internal knit collar that I mentioned that might help. Mizuno is also a good choice when looking for comfort, it’s some of the best in my opinion. They also have a kangaroo leather upper with is very forgiving for any foot type. Hopefully this helps!

  • Richard Joel Santos

    What happened to the shoe size comparing feature you guys had, i really need it?!

  • Alena Eastman

    I’m on adult women’s soccer team and I had mens umbro Corsica cleats for few years, now they fell apart and I’m looking for another clear similar to Corsica. Any suggestions?

  • jack r

    I have had issues with cramping in my calves and have gotten stress fractures in both of my tibias. I have a high arch and strike with my heel when running, which i believe contributes to these issues. what can i do to help this problem? (cleat recommendations, etc.)

  • Joy

    My son has just joined his High School Soccer League and I am looking at some suggestions for durable but not too pricy soccer cleats. He is 15 years old.

    • Cole Walker

      I would recommend looking into some synthetic cleats. Almost all the brands make cleats with synthetic uppers and they tend to last a little longer than leather cleats. Our sale section has a lot of good, high quality cleats that have been marked down. If there is a pair that he’s been wanting or looking at I can help tell you more about the shoe as well.

  • Seanna

    My 8 yr old son is flat footed. What is the best clear that will help him push off and move better? Thanks!

  • Kevin Camden

    I fit an 11.5 in Magista Orden cleats. Will i fit the same if i got High Top Magista Orden cleats?

  • Rolando

    My son has a very flat foot and is in great foot and ankle pain after games. Is there a shoe that is best for flat footed players and gives him sustainable arch support? Is it best to try to find a shoe manufacturer to custom make a shoe molded to his feet? Does one exist?

    • Melanie Batizy

      i have 3 sons that all play soccer and experience this same thing (Severs Disease). We saw foot Ortho’s and podiatrists to try and figure out what to do. We decided to switch to turf shoes with good cushioning in the heel area and it fixed the problem with a couple weeks. Always wear the turf for practice/training and games for the first few months, then the turfs for training 2-3 times a week and cleats during games.

  • Jack

    I am planing to purchase the hypervenom 3 and i can’t decided whether to get the FG or AG pro sole-plate. I play on both AG and FG regularly and practice every day on a turf field with my team. Any adivice would be much appreciated.