With so many options for soccer cleats, it’s hard for even the most knowledgeable player to know which pair will be perfect for their foot. Fortunately, we put together this handy guide to help.
The most important things to consider with soccer cleats are:
- Touch/feel for the ball
- Suitability for player’s position/style of play
Some players might move the order of those 5 things around, but they generally summarize what you need to consider when buying soccer cleats. With that framework in mind, we will look at each point and give you the information you need to make the best choice. If you don’t know all the components that make a cleat, we’d highly recommend reading our guide to soccer cleats.
Does your player have a wide foot? If so, check out our recommendations for the best cleats for wide feet. If not, you have a lot of options to choose from and there are a few more factors to consider. We’ll help you narrow down the choices by looking at additional considerations.
Touch/Feel for the Ball
Touch/feel for the ball is all about the upper on your cleat. Some players have a definite preference for the kind of upper they prefer. We’d recommend reading the Pros and Cons of Leather vs Synthetic Uppers to understand how they impact your touch.
If you have a preference for a leather upper, then you can’t go wrong with either the Nike Tiempo or the adidas Copa. Keep in mind that kangaroo leather cleats are illegal to buy or sell in California. You may struggle to find them or even have them shipped to you if you do live there.
If you have no preference or you prefer synthetic cleats, then positional needs should help you narrow it down.
Suitability for Position/Style of Play
There’s a reason why there are so many different models of soccer cleats. Not all players have the same needs from a cleat. For example, a central defender is going to have much different needs than a winger. The positions are very different and players will want different features and benefits from their soccer cleats as a result. We looked at the movements and needs by position and put together cleat recommendations based on that. We’d highly recommend checking out the guide to cleats for your position. We have guides for goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards.
If you feel like you’ve found the right make and model of cleat, it’s still helpful to know that there are different variations of that model. We explain what the differences are and how they effect price in our guide to expensive vs cheap soccer cleats. It’s definitely worth reading before your final purchase.
This is the most personal part of choosing cleats and we can’t give too much guidance here. New colorways for soccer cleats come out almost every month so you have to keep on top of new releases. You can always see and buy the newest releases here. You can also follow our Instagram account for up to the minute releases.
We do know that some players are pretty brand loyal. If you are one of them, check out our guides to Nike, adidas, and Puma soccer cleats. Those guides will let you know all the information on each silo and what makes them unique.
We hope you now have a good idea on what the perfect pair will be for you or your player. Ultimately, we’d always recommend trying the soccer cleats on before making a purchase. Once you have decided what you want, be sure to check out our guide to finding cheap soccer cleats so you can save some money on that dream pair.