What are the different kinds of Soccer footwear? Let’s start with the types of soccer footwear out there. It is important to keep in mind the type of surface you or your child will be playing on, as this will reflect the type of footwear needed for such surfaces. With the explosion of new technology in footwear construction and field turf creation, there seems to be a specific cleat for every single soccer condition possible. So, let’s identify the footwear that corresponds to these various field conditions.
The construction of the shoe is based on molded studs, usually made of plastic or rubber. The average stud height combined with the 12-stud standard configuration make molded cleats very versatile for many different surfaces and weather conditions. although companies have experimented with adding different materials to the soles of firm ground cleats, what still hold true to molded cleats are the non-removable nature of their studs. Over the last decade, the standard “circular” studs have seemingly been replaced with the trend of “bladed” studs. Although the construction of molded cleats has stayed relatively the same, much efforts have been placed in the areas of calculated stud (blade) design and strategic stud positioning.
Why is this important? The studs on your cleats serves the primary purpose of traction. This traction or surface grip plays a big role when it come to one’s balance and stability on a grass or artificial surface. Recommended for:
- Dry/Wet Grass
- Short/Medium Grass
- Synthetic Astro-Grass
- Firm Natural Surfaces
Bottom Line: Molded Cleats are the most versatile type of footwear. They are effectively functional on a large variety of playing surfaces. Next >|
- Firm Ground Cleats (Molded Cleat)
- Soft Ground Cleats (Replaceable Cleats)
- Hard Ground Cleats
- Turf Shoes
- Indoor Shoes (Flats)
- Custom Inter-Changeable Cleats (Tunits)