Think of a pair of shoes as your primary weapon in the game of soccer. Since they're the only piece of equipment you really need to physically play the game, this is a pretty important purchase. Despite the number of brands, models and color schemes to choose from, don’t feel intimidated. Your soccer shoe should be viewed as a protective casing for your foot while enabling you to play the game as if you weren't wearing one at all.
By design, soccer shoes are built to fit tighter than normal shoes so you’re able to feel the ball when touching and controlling the ball. Soccer shoes should be long enough so the front of your toe is as close as possible to the tip of the shoe without actually coming into contact with it. Shoes which are too short will be very uncomfortable and can potentially damage to your foot. The width of the shoe has similar considerations, feeling snug but not too constrictive.
You'll find the major difference between these shoes is the sole. Most soccer shoes have a bladed cleat or molded turf sole for traction on grass, clay or artificial turf. Indoor shoes are designed for use on indoor fields and outdoor hard surfaces, so these shoes are going to be made of a non-marking rubber sole instead. Many indoor leagues have strict regulations for the soles used in game play and the shoes we’ve listed here will meet those standards.
Keep in mind, most shoes are made of a combination of real or synthetic leathers and will take variable lengths of time to fully break in. If your new shoes feel somewhat uncomfortable when you first wear them, don’t worry, they just need time to break in and mold to the shape of your foot.
This list has five of the best picks for men’s soccer shoes based on their comfortable fit, superior touch control over the ball, standout design aesthetics, and overall effectiveness out on the field.
Part of Nike's FC427 Collection, the Gato II offers a flexible and comfortable indoor soccer shoe made with genuine leather and equipped with a decoupled forefoot for quicker agility. A Phylon midsole and die-cut EVA liner provides shock absorption along with a textured outsole for superior traction. This shoe comes in a myriad of color combinations to complement any personal preference or lifestyle. Read Full Review
The Nike FC247 Gato II are all about speed and agility. Weighing in at just less than 9 ounces, Nike has made them supple and flexible, using full grain leather along the upper making them comfortable and durable. The good news is there's not much breaking in needed on the Gato II as the leather already comes pretty soft. They've got a Phylon midsole combined with a die-cut EVA liner providing ample cushioning for impact absorption and a comfortable sockliner which feels like a second skin around your foot. The Gato II's rubber gum outsole features two different sections combining a honeycomb and herringbone design for firm traction and excellent movement on any flat indoor surface. These shoes can double for everyday use, perfect with a pair of jeans for lunch date or a night out. The Gato II comes in classic black/white/silver look with alternate color schemes which can get a little flamboyant.
This indoor version of the beloved Copa Mundial has everything you'd expect from an Adidas shoe such as a comfortable Kangaroo leather upper, incredible touch control, and of course the classic three stripe look. A textured gum rubber outsole provides you with all the traction you need to excel on any type of playing surface. Read Full Review
Adidas, the brand with three stripes brings you the Mundial Goal Soccer Shoe. These shoes take the no nonsense aesthetic of the Mundial line and apply it to an indoor shoe focused on performance. Using kangaroo leather for the upper, these afford some incredible touch on the ball. This material gives it a soft, comforting cushion without added bulk or loss of control. The Munidal shoes gives players’ satisfactory floor traction satisfactory with a honeycomb-textured, gum rubber outsole harder than some of the other picks on our list. Just a heads up, you may want to buy this shoe one size down, especially if you have wider feet.
Munich, a major sporting brand throughout Spain and Europe has arrived in the US with the Gresca, one of its most popular sporting shoes. Immediately identifiable thanks to the iconic 'X' logo along the side, the Gresca was manufactured specifically for play on hard surfaces. A synthetic leather/mesh upper, vulcanized rubber soles and a cushioned EVA insole protect your feet from harsh impacts while playing on tough surfaces from hardwood to concrete Read Full Review
Munich designed the Gresca to protect your feet while playing on hard surfaces such as hardwood or asphalt. Thick, vulcanized gum rubber soles work together with well-cushioned EVA insoles designed to reduce the impact on your legs while playing on hard surfaces. The upper is a combination of synthetic leather and mesh resulting in a stiffer material than other shoes featured on our list. While you're going to lose some touch on the ball, there's no denying how comfortable and snug these feel shoes once they're fully broken in. Visually, the Gresca is a very colorful shoe, a perfect match for players craving a little extra attention on the field.
Joma is a Spanish company producing quality soccer gear without the extraordinarily high price tag you might expect from big name sports brands. Their SuperFlex indoor soccer shoe is one of the most flexible options on our list with its lightweight construction without a lot of fancy extras. Designed to give you true, natural touch on the ball, the Superflex is a nice combination of comfort and overall functionality. Read Full Review
The name "SuperFlex" isn't just a flashy title, it's an accurate description of Joma's super flexible indoor shoe. At just eight ounces, these shoes use lightweight suede uppers, an ideal shoe for players who want a pure, natural touch on the ball. Out on the field this shoe feels like you're wearing next to nothing at all when you're moving the ball. Despite the lack of any performance enhancement technology, there's a good striking area on the SuperFlex for making powerful shots at the goal. These shoes tend to run big so they’re a great choice for players with large feet. Looking for a snug fit? Try on a pair a size or two smaller than what you’re used to.
Everyone is celebrating this year's World Cup with their own line of commemorative gear, and Puma joins in the fun with their Momentta Vulc Sala line of indoor soccer shoes. these low-profile kicks are everything you want in a solid indoor soccer shoe: comfort, flexibility, support and great surface grip. Available in six different country-specific colors, wear them your next game or to the local bar to cheer on your favorite World Cup team. Read Full Review
Puma gets into the World Cup festivities with the Momentta Vulc Sala. It’s an indoor soccer shoe offering comfortable malleability using a combination of soft synthetic leather and breathable mesh for the upper providing the right amount of touch between your foot and the ball. Every area of the shoe is designed for comfort, with strong, supportive cushioning at the midsole and a soft gum rubber outsole keeping the shoe sturdy yet soft and relatively lightweight. At around 10 ounces the Momentta Vulc Sala isn’t the lightest shoe on the market but they won’t weigh you down either. Manufactured to celebrate the World Cup, you have your choice of six color combinations representing different qualifying countries in the tournament including Germany, Italy, and Brazil.