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How To Choose Soccer Cleats

Finding a field-appropriate pair of soccer cleats that fits perfectly will not make a player a star. However, the wrong type of cleats for a particular surface or shoes that do not fit will definitely keep you from playing up to your capacity. Additionally, if shoes pinch your toes and hurt your feet, they can cause an injury that might knock you out of action for a long time. When buying a new pair of cleats, pay close attention to size, material and the type of cleats used to grip the field.

Soccer shoes are similar to other athletic or gym shoes, with one small difference: They should be quite snug at the top because they have a narrow upper. That will allow you to get a better feel for the ball when you are passing, dribbling or taking a shot on goal. As the shoes get worn, that upper will stretch a bit and become more comfortable.

The best--and most expensive--soccer shoes are made from leather. Leather soccer shoes are very comfortable on the feet and they are also strong and durable. However, in poor weather conditions such as heavy rain, leather shoes tend to absorb water and moisture, making them heavy enough to weigh you down after a while. Synthetic shoes are better in poor weather conditions and they are also easier to clean. They are advisable for the beginning and mid-level players, but they don't allow you to get the same kind of feel for the ball as leather shoes do.

The majority of soccer shoes have molded cleats that are attached to the bottom of the shoe. These are designed for all surfaces and do an adequate job of allowing you to keep your footing, make quick turns and possess the ball without problems. Detachable cleats are better for players with more experience. On a soft, muddy field, the cleats screw out and longer ones can be inserted. On a well-groomed field with short grass, shorter studs are advisable. You will want to wear turf shoes with ripple soles for any game played on artificial turf. These soles are outstanding for hard surfaces as well as artificial turf. Indoor shoes have a light construction and resemble an ordinary gym shoe. These soccer shoes enable you to get a good feel for both the turf and the ball itself when shooting or passing. The indoor game involves a lot of quick cutting from side to side, and lighter shoes are essential for this maneuvering.