Best Soccer Cleats

“As a footballer, you always want to test yourself against the best.”   David Beckham
The equipment you buy won’t make you a better player by magic, but choosing the best products for your needs will enable you to give a hundred percent of what you’ve got! When it comes to soccer cleats, there are a couple of things to consider: the type of terrain you’re playing on, your position in the team, your particular style (speed, control, etc..) and your comfort.

How to choose soccer cleats

Be aware of:

  • The surface you play on: the shoes for firm ground (usually with natural grass coverage) are labeled as FG. For artificial grass, you have the AG If you play on natural grass pitch where it rains frequently and it gets muddy, the best-suited cleats are the SGs. There are also boots designed to play on turf, which is more and more popular in many soccer leagues.
  • The position: for forwards the primary concern is the striking area, for midfield players is the ball control and the flexibility, and for the defense, you need a sturdy outsole for lots of rough contacts and stability. There’s a particular stud pattern for each position.
  • Comfort: be sure to select the right size and the cleats fit comfortably. Good soccer cleats offer a tight sock-like fit, have an additional cushion in the heel area and feel light on the foot.

 

Top 11 Best soccer Cleats Reviews

Nike Mercurial Superfly V

 

 

 

Endorsements: Cristiano Ronaldo

Type: Speed

Material: Flyknit

Position: Attack

Weight (size 9 US): 6.75 Oz / 191 grams

Terrain: FG

 

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.3

Many consider them to be the best soccer cleats ever. They have the same trademarks as the Superfly IV: Flyknit upper, mid-cut design and the sock-like experience it provides once the shoe is broken in. The new feature is the textured speed ribs of various thickness, adding a little more structure to the upper for superior ball control. They kept the Flywire system embedded in the upper and connected with the laces so that when you pull the laces, the entire structure tightens into a second-skin fit. The insole is fully removable, dense, and has a memory foam feel to it. It’s textured on the bottom preventing it from sliding around, and the overall shape follows the natural foot-line and plays into the new sole plate design. The Nike plate that isn’t completely flat either, and it’s supposed to be 40% lighter than the previous models as they shifted from carbon fiber to plastic.

 

 

The aggressive bladed studs pattern was obtained by combining computer analysis and pro players feedback making the Superfly V the best soccer cleats for strikers. The amount of padding in the heel area increases and the boot to collar transition is natural giving great comfort.

Nike Magista Obra 2

 

 

 

Endorsements: Andrés Iniesta

Type: Control

Material: Flyknit / Synthetic

Position: Midfield

Weight (size 9.5 US): 7.65 Oz / 217 grams

Terrain: FG

 

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.2

 

These are one of the best rated soccer cleats. Magista Obra 2 keeps the mid-cut, the dual lace-hall system and the Flyknit design: the embedded wires in the upper to keep the shoe tight which revolutionized the soccer cleats world. The big difference from the legacy model is the texturing within the Flyknit upper. They added more material in the areas that make ball contact; the heavier texturing enhancing the ball control.

 

 

Unlike all the other mid-cut cleats, the Obra 2 collar is not just a simple piece of material, but it’s more rounded, physically shaped like an ankle with additional padding for the ankle bones. The internal heel counter is shorter, similar to the Superfly V for more comfort in this area.

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The insole is fully removable, and it features a mesh liner on top made of Nike Grip material. The insole body is made of solid yellow foam plus the PORON inserts in the heel, forefoot and big toe area.

The sole plate it’s the same material as in the first Obra – compressed nylon, though now it seems more flexible. The stud pattern is designed for the rotational traction needed for midfielders; you have a firm grip but also the liberty to twist and pivot.

 

 

Adidas X 16+ PureChaos

 

 

 

Endorsements: Ángel Di María, Luis Suárez

Type: Chaos

Material: Synthetic

Position: Attack

Weight (size 9 US): 7.2 Oz / 204 grams

Terrain: FG / AG

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.2

 

The package comes with the string bag and an additional set of comfort insoles. It’s important to know these shoes do have laces; they’re covered with the PureCut lace cover. The Techfit upper It’s an elasticated piece of material that expands when you slide your foot inside and then compresses for a sock-like feeling. The lace cover covers this; only the upper part is sticking out of the shoe.

 

 

The shoe has only three lace points, just above the stitch line in the upper, so not the best choice for those who’d like the shoe feel very tight all the way through. The finish has a gritty feel to it, the NONSTOP GRIP (NSG) as Adidas calls it which is a thin dotted layer for enhanced ball control, the wet control element. In the rear side, you have the SPRINTFRAME outsole and the PURECHAOS heel lining for support and comfort in this area. PureChaos is still a low-cut cleat. The sole is a simple layer of perforated foam.

The sole plate is made of a light plastic, flexible in the forefoot with stiffening bars for the heels and mid-foot. The cool part is the FG / AG stud pattern allows you to use the same cleats on both natural and artificial grass.

 

 

As an alternative for color or price, you can consider these also:

Adidas Men’s X 16.1 FG Soccer Cleats

 

 

 

Nike Hypervenom Phantom II

 

 

 

Endorsements: Wayne Rooney

Type: Agility

Material: Synthetic / Flyknit

Position: Attack

Weight (size 9 US): 7.9 Oz / 224 grams

Terrain: FG

 

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.3

Nike Hypervenom Phantom II has the Nike staples: Flyknit with Flywire for a glove-like fit, Conditions Control (ACC) technology for wet control, the Dynamic Fit collar for this mid-cut model and the NikeSkin Technology finish for enhanced ball control. The upper has lighter feel than the Obra but it’s not as thin as the Superfly, so it’s somewhere in between. The laces are positioned slightly towards the outside. In the rear, you have an internal heel counter and the elasticated Flyknit material for additional comfort.

The fully removable insole features a mesh liner on top, and the body consists of Nike Ortholite foam.

The studs pattern has a more spread out layout. The combination of conical and bladed studs is good for twist and pivot moves but also for sprints.

 

 

The model is also available in the slightly cheaper low-cut version:

Nike Men’s HyperVenom Phinish FG Soccer Cleat

 

 

 

Nike Mercurial Vapor XI

 

 

Endorsements: Neymar

Type: Speed

Material: Synthetic

Position: Attack

Weight (size 9 US): 5.95 Oz / 169 grams

Terrain: FG

 

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.2

 

The Vapor XI keeps the core design from the previous Vapor X: the one-piece upper of light and flexible synthetic material, tongue-less construction with an elasticated area for locked-down fit, the dual lace-hole system, the ACC tech as the wet control system and the internal plastic heel counter. The main difference is in the texturing of the upper in the form of horizontal lines of various thickness, pretty similar to what we have in the latest Mercurial Superfly (worth noted that the Vapor doesn’t have the Flyknit wire system). There’s also an additional robbery stripe added right where the upper meets the soleplate to increase durability. So overall a little more structure as compared to the previous Vapor-X.

Inside, the insole is made of Ortholite material following the natural curves of the foot. It also has some glue added in the heel area, not too much so you still can remove it quickly, but just enough to keep it in place. The sole plate is identical with the one from the Superfly V: a single body of compressed nylon (as opposed to the previous version where carbon fiber was used), and you also have the new Mercurial stud pattern:

 

 

As a cheaper alternative, we suggest the :

 Nike Mercurial Victory

 

 

 

Adidas Ace 16+ PureControl

 

 

 

Endorsements: Mesut Özil

Type: Control

Material: Primeknit / Synthetic

Position: Midfield

Weight (size 9 US): 5.95 Oz / 169 grams

Terrain: FG / AG

 

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.1

 

These soccer cleats have more structure than Nike’s Mercurial series. The PureControl have the Primeknit system for a lockdown fit; the interior is coated with a microfiber synthetic material adding a bit more stiffness and structure to the shoe. The NSG (NonStop Grip) is the wet control element in the form of a dotted coat in the ball contact areas. On the top foot area, you have an elasticated material and the knitted internal support in the interior. In the rear, you have a synthetic suede liner on the inside for additional padding and durability.

 

The insole has a perforated mesh liner on top and consists of a single layered black foam. The soleplate has the classic Adidas stud pattern. The studs are all conical, designed for both FG and AG. Adidas warns that the golden finish on the soleplate can wear off and many reviews confirm that it does, so if the color is so important to you, keep that in mind.

And there’s also the :

Adidas Performance Men’s Ace 16.2 Primemesh FG/AG Soccer Shoe

 

 

Puma EvoSpeed 1.5 Tricks

 

 

 

Endorsements: Sergio Agüero

Type: Speed

Material: Synthetic

Position: Attack

Weight (size 9 US): 5.3 Oz / 151 grams

Terrain: FG

 

Performance & reviews:

Overall ratings: 4.1

 

Our last entry in our top 7 is probably the best soccer cleats for speed: Puma EvoSpeed. The upper has two sections separated by a stitching line in the middle of the shoe: the forefoot area is microfiber based and a little thicker than the previous models, but it still feels light on the foot and the rearfoot area, a softer textile based material. The finish is a very light texture for a decent grip on the ball. Also, the shoe is very well reinforced. On the inside, you have the speed frame support system: another microfiber layer that covers the entire area, all the way to the toe box. The synthetic leather heel liner has a series of dimples to add grip to the socks.

EvoSpeed 1.5 comes with fully removable insoles. The soleplate and the stud pattern are similar to the previous 1.4 model. It’s very flexible in the forefoot area and reinforced for stability in the rear and mid-foot zones. On the downside, the thin plate and the long studs are not a good combination for a firm ground shoe. If you’re playing on the hard ground, you’ll feel some stud pressure, but on softer, wet or muddy pitches these shoes are efficient. The studs are both conical and bladed.

 

Best Soccer Cleats for Wide Feet

Puma King Ground Football Boots

 

 

 

Type: Heritage

Material: K-leather

Weight (size 9 US): 10.2 oz / 289 grams

Terrain: SG & FG

Performance & reviews:

The Puma King is arguably the widest pair of cleats out there. The kangaroo leather upper moulds to the owner’s foot so that even if they seem a bit tight at first, they will loosen up quickly. The linear stitching on the upper for ball control, the traditional lacing, the fold-over tongue for lace protection enhance the overall heritage look of these shoes. Cushions around the collar, cushioned foot-bed and soft interior lining to keep the player perfectly comfortable on the field.

The stud pattern:

They are also available for SG surfaces:

Puma King Ground Football Boots for SG surfaces