Find Your Boot: Understanding Soccer Cleats
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Always consider your playing surface when selecting your soccer boot:
- Built for most firm, natural surfaces
- Bottom is formed with non-detachable rubber or hard plastic cleats
- Purpose is to provide control and help you keep your footing when making quick cuts
- Designed for wet and muddy natural surfaces
- Feature both plastic and removable metal studs, allowing for versatile play
- Studs are typically longer for ultimate traction and spaced apart wider to avoid mud clumping
- Most have four studs under the ball of the foot, and two to four under the heel
- Shorter rubber studs cover a large area of the outsole
- Specialized rubber sole makes quick maneuvers easy and provides optimal traction
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Understanding soccer boot materials is key to making the right selection. Your soccer cleat’s upper is the portion of the shoe that makes contact with the ball. Different types of natural or synthetic leathers are available, each offering its own unique feel.
Soccer cleats are usually narrower than other types of shoes, allowing for greater ball control. Because of the stiff leather used, cleats can be tough to break in.
- Soft and flexible material
- Molds to your foot, allowing for a natural feel of the ball
- Supportive and comfortable
- Offers strength and durability
- Soft construction does not hold up as well in wet conditions
- Holds up well in inclement weather due to water treatments
- Breathable construction
- Do not require a "break-in" period
- Easy to clean and dry out
Players have two options when it comes to soccer cleats: molded cleats and detachable cleats. The style a player chooses is based on the field conditions they play in, their league's regulations and personal preference.
Molded cleats are permanently attached to the shoe. Players usually wear molded cleats for the traction the cleats provide, and their versatility on different playing surfaces.
Detachable cleats have studs that can be easily changed or replaced. Being able to change the studs is an advantage when playing in uncertain weather conditions. Shorter studs are best for playing on dry ground, while longer studs allow a player to dig in to wet, uncertain surfaces. These removable studs can be found in soft ground cleats.