A Comprehensive Guide for Soccer Cleats

A Comprehensive Guide for Soccer Cleats

Choosing the correct soccer cleats for your specific needs and purposes can be bothersome if you don’t know the first thing about them. Contrary to what you might have believed in the past, soccer cleats are not all for a single purpose; they are broken down into categories that serve your play style best. So, as not to choose wrong and inevitably be disappointed in your purchase, here are a few pointers to help you pick out the right soccer cleats for you.

These are outlined into the anatomy and the materials used in each one, plus their strengths and weaknesses, so you’ll be able to decide what would help you best in becoming an overall better and stronger soccer player. Sizing soccer cleats is also very important, so that is also included in this guide. Mind also that in order to fully know the proper features of each soccer cleat, it’s very much recommended to try them out before buying them, something that isn’t possible through online buying. But if you really have to buy them online, make sure you buy them from a trusted carrier, like Amazon, in order to lessen the chances of getting duped.

Anatomy

A soccer cleat has many parts, all of them serving a purpose in the playstyle of soccer. Understanding each will help you get more acquainted with how each cleat is priced and how it relates to the overall quality, durability and performance of said cleat.

Upper

All parts above the insole and the midsole

Outsole

The cleat’s bottom, everything below the insole and the midsole

Insole

The cleat’s cushioning, which can be either attached permanently or removable for sizing adjustments

Midsole

The built-in cushioning that is always attached to the cleat

Heel counter and cushioning

The cleat’s back portion, the part that offers your heel support

Vamp

The front portion of the upper, or AKA, that place where you strike the ball. Also called the fore foot, this portion has innovations or some technology added to enhance the power and overall control in your kicking since this is almost always the place that hits the ball

Studs

These are where cleats get its name. These are the blades or cones on the outsole that improves traction in running different types of field conditions. They can either be fixed on the shoe or detachable, which makes them adjustable to various field conditions. In a typical setting, there are three types of studs: bladed, hard ground and conical. They are usually made of plastic, rubber or metal, depending on the field condition or on the soccer league itself.

Last

this is the 3D foot model on which the cleat is based on and constructed. Last is what gives each cleat its distinctive look, style and fit.

Materials

Most soccer cleats vary in the materials that are used in their uppers which see the most use. They come in two basic types: leather and synthetic. It’s important to know that the upper material used in a pair of cleats is the one that affects its pricing the most. Performance may also vary and they have their own set of strengths and weaknesses.

Leather

Leather uppers are known for their softness and excellent ball handling abilities. Their ability to conform to the foot is also well-founded, and some of the best fits come from leather soccer cleats. Leathers are made from animal hides and can be classified further as:

Kangaroo

the best natural leather of all. Its soft and supple fit offers unrivaled comfort and great ball feel.

Calfskin

offers an ideal blend of softness, thinness and durability

Full-grain

These are thicker and tougher albeit heavier than the former leather mentioned. Because natural leathers tend to absorb more water, they are not recommended for play in wet conditions. Sizing them can also be a hassle, since they have stretching properties. For this purpose, you can either order true to size and break them in first for a snug fit afterwards, or order a size or half-size above you and risk stretching it out too much. The choice is yours.

Synthetic

Various synthetic uppers are used by different brands, but they are all similar in the fact that each of them offers a different innovation that makes ball handling easier. They tend to be more durable than leathers overall, but they will not offer the same impeccable fit or snugness of a leather soccer cleat. Sizing them can also vary, and if you have wide feet, look for a cleat that has a width size in addition to the normal size, like 2E setting. They are considerably more ready for use, as they require no breaking in and they often boast different kinds of fitting technologies meant to enhance comfort.

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