If you are looking for the best soccer cleats for the 2017 season you came to the right place.
It’s crucial to pick the right cleats and I will show you how to do that. You’ll see my top picks for the year too.
How To Pick The Perfect Soccer Cleats
When selecting the product you’ll be wearing on your feet, make sure to consider:
- What position you play
- The type of field or pitch
First off, you need to know what position you will be playing this year. There are 5 general positions and there needs are:
- Goalkeepers: A goalkeeper must be able to move quickly, side to side and needs good traction. Additionally, their cleats need a large strike zone to clear balls and for passing (You can check out my top picks for goalie gloves by clicking here)
- Defensive Players: Defensive players need extra protection and a boot that allows for clean passes.
- Midfielders: It’s essential to pick a comfortable cleat for midfielders and one that will allow you to run the whole game without irritation.
- Wingers: Wingers need a very lightweight product and a cleat that allows them to move quickly and burst.
- Forwards: These players need a large strike zone and a shoe that helps with fast movements.
After you determine your position, you need to think about the field you’ll be playing on. There are specific cleats for each type of pitch and they are:
- FG: FG stands for firm ground and is the most common cleat. These are made for natural grass and can usually be used on artificial grass. If you aren’t entirely sure what surface you’ll be scoring on this year, this is the type you’ll want.
- AG: AG stands for artificial ground and these are tailor made for those surfaces; you can’t play on firm ground with AG cleats.
- HG: HG stands for hard ground and are going obsolete. They are perfect for dry areas and worn out grass.
- AT: These are known as turf shoes and are the standard for artificial grass.
- IN: IN represents indoor soccer cleats and are perfect for soccer played on courts (there aren’t any of these mentioned in this article).
Lastly, you want to consider the materials your cleats are made of. Most cleats are made from synthetic leather; these give a natural feel and score well in the waterproofing department. There are a few other options like mesh (lightweight but can allow water to penetrate), knit (very lightweight and durable), natural leather (made from Kangaroo, calf skin or goat; these have a nice, unique feel).
So now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at my top choices.
Nike Mercurial Veloce III Cleats
Price: Around $150
The Nike Mercurial Veloce 3’s are one of the top cleats available because they give you a great feel for the ball and offers great traction; this allows you to accelerate quickly and for explosive movements. Some of its best features include:
- Perforated sock-liner that eliminates stud pressure and adds extra cushioning
- Made from durable materials that will easily last the whole season
- Dynamic Fit Collar which enables nice touches all game long
This product is universally loved and one you will enjoy having on your feet. They can be a little pricey but worth it if it’s in your budget.
Nike Magista Orden II FG
Price: Around $150
The Magista Orden 2’s is another Nike product (you’ll see a lot of them on this list) and is every bit as good as the one you just saw. This is one of the most comfortable cleats on earth and provides cushion all over. Also, it comes with:
- Extended collar that adds extra support and prevents ankle injuries
- Rotational technology which makes quick cuts seamless
- Locked down fit
This is definitely a cleat top performers will want to wear. It has everything you look for and will stand up to the rigors of a full season.
Adidas World Cup Soccer Cleats
Price: Around $140
There’s a rumor that Adidas stands for “all day I dream about soccer.” It’s not true but their World Cup Soccer Cleats make you think it’s true. This product is made with K-leather (kangaroo leather), which is pretty rare these days. That gives these cleats an extremely unique feel and adds some extra durability: You’ll be happy to know these:
- Have been worn by professionals for more than 20 years
- Lightweight TPU outsole that let’s you fly around the field
- Very comfortable
The World Cup’s are cleats you want for soft surfaces – they excel there.
Adidas Ace 17+
Price: Around $199
The Adidas Ace 17+ is a spectacular product and you can find it on the feet of Ozil and Mata. This cleat will help you fly around the pitch and will give you a blazing first step. Some top features include:
- Only laceless cleat on the market
- Extremely lightweight
- Exceptional stability
- Designed to give you the best touches possible
Do you need the Ace 17+ if you just like to kick the ball around or play with your friends? Definitely not. You should consider this product, though, if you are an elite player – if you can afford the price (they’ll cost close to $300).
Nike Tiempo Legacy II FG
Price: Around $109
The Nike Tiempo Legacy 2’s are made from natural leather and are very agile – you’ll have no problem moving around in these. You’ll be happy with the touches you get while wearing the Tiempo’s and:
- The cushioned soccer liner that adds comfort and reduces cleat pressure
- Perfect for a fast paced game
- Excels on natural grass
Some people complain these boots cause blisters. I’ve never experienced that but it’s something to consider.
Adidas Messi 16.1 Cleats
Price: Around $125
It figures that arguably the best soccer player in the world would have one of the best cleats named after him. The Adidas Messi 16.1’s are extremely lightweight and will improve agility. Some of the top features include:
- Agilityknit upper mold that increases comfort
- A short break in time and can be worn on field right away
- Excellent traction on both grass and artificial surfaces
So many soccer players love this product. They are pretty expensive, though. If price isn’t a concern you should definitely consider the Messi 16.1’s.
Nike Mercurial Vapor XI FG
Price: Around $135
Here we have another extremely high quality, and high performing Nike product. Although not cheap, the Mercurial Vapor XI FG will give you unmatched ball control in all conditions. Besides being very lightweight, these:
- Have a tongueless design that locks the foot in place
- Gives superior balance
- Comes with anti-skid cloth that prevents your feet from sliding around
You can expect to zip around the pitch while wearing these. I know you’ll love the large striking zone too.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Neymar FG
Price: Around $250
Surprise, surprise another superior soccer cleat from Nike. The Hypervenom Phantom 2’s are very expensive and will costs over $200. They’re a superior product, though, and worth it if you can afford them. Some of my favorite features are:
- Nike Skin upper that provides unparalleled feel and support
- One of the fastest and most agile cleats on earth
- Molded sock-liner which reduces stud pressure
The Hypervenom Phantom’s are the kind of cleats that you can easily wear all day. Your feet won’t get irritated or have any unnecessary pains from wearing them.
Adidas Gloro 16.1 FG Cleats
Price: Around $79
The Adidas Gloro 16.1’s are very affordable and have a very classic, understated look. They may not have all the bells and whistles of the pricier products on the list but they will get the job done. The Gloro’s come with:
- Kangaroo leather for a responsive feel and extra longevity
- Synthetic lining for added comfort
- Superior traction and speed
You don’t necessarily need to spend over $100 for an awesome cleat – the Gloro 16.1’s prove that.
Nike Hypervenom Phatal 2
Price: Around $150
One of the top features of the Nike Hypervenom Phatal 2’s is the Microfiber upper that gives you really soft touches and excellent ball control. Additionally, it comes with:
- Lightweight Flywire cables that ensure a secure fit and offers above average stability and support
- Molded sock-liner cushion that provides comfort to your feet
- Very responsive and excellent traction
If you are a player that relies on speed and agility, you should consider these shoes; they do very well in that department.
Adidas X 16.1 FG
Price: Around $210
The Adidas X 16.1’s is another product tailor made for speedsters. They are extremely lightweight and provide excellent stability too. Additionally, they feature:
- Non-Stop-Grip micro textureon which makes these useful in all weather conditions
- PureChaos heel liner that keeps your heel locked in place
- SprintFrame outsole that adds traction to all field surfaces
If you are a forward you will love these cleats. In fact, one of the best forwards in the world, Thomas Muller, rocks the X 16.1’s.
Nike Magista Onda FG
Price: Around $50
The Nike Magista Onda’s are very affordable and will cost around $50; this makes it perfect for anyone on a budget. Obviously you won’t have all the features of the more expensive products here, but these are a very serviceable cleat. You’ll be happy to know they come with:
- Lightweight cushion that alleviates pains
- They’re decent in terms of acceleration
- Give you nice touches on the ball
Like I said, not necessarily top of the line but will work if you need them to.
Adidas Ace 16.3
Price: Around $75
Here we have another cheap cleat that outperforms its low price. The Adidas Ace 16.3’s come in a bunch of different colors so you can match them to your jersey and features:
- Zero wear in time (meaning you can use them in game, right away)
- Customizable and you can pick how many studs you want
- Can be used on either grass or artificial surfaces
Not bad for a product that will cost under $75.
Under Armour Speedform Soccer Cleats
Company: Under Armour
Price: Around $149
Last on the list is the the Under Armour Speedform Soccer Cleats. Under Armour is more known for football and basketball but they do make really high quality soccer gear. My favorite part about the Speedforms are:
- Their lightweight cleat plate that helps you fly around the field
- Designed to anatomically fit your foot so there’s no unnecessary distractions
- Very water resistant
If you want to try something different than Adidas or Nike, you should try these boots out.
Don’t Play With Inferior Cleats!
Soccer is a game of speed, precision and agility – you don’t want to be off because of low performing soccer cleats. No matter your position, budget or skill level, there’s a pair on this list for you. These truly are the best of the best.
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Are you ready to play at your absolute highest this year?