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Finding the right pair of soccer cleats is a tough decision when faced with a wide selection of cleat configurations, materials and brands. Some research in understanding the various types of soccer shoes can go a long way in making the right decision.
The most important thing to consider is what kind of surface you'll be playing on. Generally, shoes are specifically designed for the individual characteristics of a playing surface, so with substantial differences between artificial and natural surfaces, indoor soccer shoes are very different from those designed for outdoor use.
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Indoor soccer involves playing on harder, artificial turf and the resulting designs of these shoes reflect that. Often resembling low-cut, light weight shoes, there are two primary configurations:
On the other hand, outdoor soccer cleats come in a variety of styles.
Designed for the more advanced player on soft or wet natural surfaces, soft ground soccer cleats feature screw-in studs that allow the player to adapt the shoe to the conditions. Possessing a cleat configuration that prevents mud clumping, most models have two to four studs under the heel and four studs under the ball of the foot.
Since the conditions encountered playing soccer outdoors can vary significantly, there are more options for outdoor play. Typically outdoor soccer cleats can be distinguished based on type and playing surface:
Firm Ground or Molded: Intended for most natural surfaces, these cleats use non-removable studs and are a good choice for beginners and advance players. Firm Ground or Molded soccer shoes are considered the most versatile on most field types.
Hard Ground or MultiGround: Constructed with harder natural or artificial surfaces in mind, hard ground soccer cleats typically have a large number of shorter studs that are distributed across the entire outsole. The studs on these shoes are expected to sit on top of the playing surface to provide traction without digging into the ground.