There are thousands of soccer cleats available on the market today available from many different sports companies. Some cleats offer an improved touch, others a more powerful shot, and others say they improve speed. Other than reading our soccer cleat reviews, how do you choose the right pair? We’ve listed below some questions and answers about soccer cleats which will hopefully shed some light when choosing the right pair.
I play as a defender or like to tackle, are these new synthetic cleats for me?
Good question. The new synthetic cleats are designed to improve speed by being lightweight. Subsequently, these soccer cleats offer less protection because they’re thinner and lighter. If you’re a tough tackling defender or you like to make hard tackles, I suggest staying away from the synthetic made cleats. However that doesn’t mean you have to get second-rate soccer cleats though. There are some very good cleats which are made of kangaroo leather which should do you just fine.
Should I purchase soccer cleats with bladed or molded studs?
The answer to this is really two-fold. Firstly it depends on what position you play, secondly it depends on the surface you play on most often. Blades are normally fixed to the bottom of the cleat and come on soccer shoes which are designed for speed. Molded studs are generally seen on more regular soccer cleats. However, there are exceptions. For instance some Adidas f50 Adizeros come with both bladed and molded studs. If you play as a defender you may want to go with molded studs – attacking fullbacks who rely on speed may want to go with a mix of both studs and blades.
When thinking about which pair of soccer cleats to buy, consider the surfaces you play on most often. Is it hot and dry most of the time making the fields hard, or is it mostly damp? If the former, I would say that you could probably get away with wearing blades (remember, cleats with blades won’t offer as much traction on wet fields). If the latter, you’re probably safe getting cleats with studs. Of course, there are rare exceptions due to the seasons, and I know players and coaches who have one pair for one set of conditions, and another pair of cleats for different conditions.
Do better soccer cleats really make me a better player?
No, it couldn’t be further from the truth! Devotion to training hard and practicing is what makes you a better soccer player, regardless of what cleat’s you’re wearing.