If you play soccer in a hall or indoor soccer court you’ll want to ensure that you are wearing the correct footwear. In our review of the best indoor soccer shoes, we’ll show you what features to look for, what to avoid and help you pick the best pair.
How To Choose The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes
Soccer has a huge advantage over many other sports as it can be played indoors as well as outdoors. This means soccer players can play even the weather is foul, or there are no outdoor facilities.
Whilst many pieces of soccer equipment can be used both indoors and outdoors, such as tops and shorts, there is one vital piece of equipment that can’t and that is your footwear. Soccer cleats which are suitable for outdoor surfaces such as firm grass are simply not compatible with playing soccer indoors.
To help you choose the best indoor soccer shoes, we’ve outlined below the main factors which need to be considered when choosing your footwear.
The materials your indoor soccer shoes are made from have a significant influence on both your performance and the durability of the shoe. Variables such as touch, feel, comfort, flexibility and weight will all depend on the type of material used to make your indoor soccer shoes and in particular the material used to make the upper. Here a few pointers to how each material differs:
- Full Grain Leather: The most durable type of leather offering good feel and touch on the ball.
- Kangaroo Leather: Less durable but offers the best possible touch and feel.
- Calfskin Leather: Similar touch and feel to k-leather but weighs more.
- Suede: Leather without the top layer to give a softer touch.
- Synthetic Leather: Lighter and more durable than real leather but at the expense of touch.
- Mesh: Breathable material which is very lightweight. Offers less support than other materials.
Indoor soccer or ‘Futsal’ as it is sometimes called, will often be played by fewer players than a match on a full sized outdoor pitch. For this reason, playing positions may not necessarily be the same. What will stay the same is your ‘style of play’ such as whether you prefer defending, passing or scoring goals.
Here a short guide to what you should consider depending on how you play soccer.
- Goalkeeper: Look for indoor soccer shoes offering the best traction and lateral support, due to the amount of time you’ll be required to move from side to side.
- Defending: You’ll need durable soccer shoes that give the maximum amount of protection and support.
- Passing; If you tend to be a ‘playmaker’ or someone who passes a lot, you’ll want lightweight soccer shoes that can give you excellent touch and feel on the ball.
- Attacking: Look for lightweight and flexible indoor soccer shoes, with the best strike area for shooting at goal.
Traction / Grip
All soccer players rely on their soccer footwear being able to keep them secure on the ground. Although playing indoors means you should not have to compete with rain-soaked surfaces, you should still make sure that the under sole of your indoor soccer shoes offers you sufficient traction when you need it most.
There are generally two types of indoor surfaces you are likely to encounter, namely turf or ‘Astroturf’ and hardwood which is used for indoor soccer courts. Each of these require completely different types of grip.
Turf shoes will have several small studs across the surface of the sole to create the grip. These may also suit outdoor soccer on artificial pitches.
Hardwood indoor soccer shoes have a flat, rubber sole with all manner of intricate patterns across the surface to create the grip. Some can also be worn as normal footwear when you are out and about.
Comfort is often overlooked by soccer players when choosing indoor soccer footwear, but it is essential that you consider it. Imagine playing indoor soccer for 60 minutes or so, and not being able to enjoy yourself, or play your best, because your feet are aching due to your soccer shoes.
First, make sure your soccer shoes fit you correctly. When trying them always wear socks of a similar thickness to the ones you wear when playing soccer. Walk around in the shoes and note any pressure points.
Think about whether the arch support is sufficient and if there is enough lateral support for your ankles. The weight of the shoes also needs to be assessed if this is a factor important to your style of play.
Another point to remember is that leather soccer shoes will tend to stretch as they are worn so make sure you factor this in when thinking about the comfort and fit.
Recommended Indoor Soccer Shoes
The look is the traditional black with the obligatory three white Adidas stripes on the side. The upper is made from full grain leather which gives the well-known durability this particular soccer shoe is known for.
Given that indoor soccer is often played at a much higher pace than outdoor soccer, players need every aid they can get to help them control the ball instantly. We’re not saying it will happen every time, but the upper on the Adidas Samba soccer shoe gives players every chance of controlling the ball well.
These soccer shoes are extremely comfortable thanks in no small measure, to the die-cut EVA insole. Many players say it is ‘like playing in slippers’ and although we’re not sure how effective playing in slippers would be, hopefully you get the idea.
For those that want the best striking power available you won’t be disappointed with the Samba, as you have the added option of folding the large tongue over to cover the laces. This should make the strike zone bigger and more effective.
The outsole, as you’d expect, is made from gum rubber and best suited to playing on hardwood floors. They will also be suitable for general wear too.
If you are someone wanting lightweight footwear to play soccer in then the Puma Men’s Invicto Fresh Sneakers could be the footwear for you. Just looking at them you can see that they are streamlined and when you pick them up you know these are no heavyweight soccer shoes.
The upper is made from a combination of fabric and synthetic materials which are manufactured to create a mesh. The mesh material ensures that your feet are kept cool and comfortable while playing soccer thanks to the ventilation effect it creates.
The upper material has 3D texturing across its entire surface to help your touch and control of the ball which is essential in the fast-paced nature of indoor soccer. The synthetic element gives the soccer shoes enhanced stability and durability.
To improve your comfort the sock liner is cushioned therefore reducing any discomfort underfoot when running or landing. This sock liner is removable if that is your preference.
As you know grip underfoot is very important when playing indoor soccer and these Puma soccer shoes should provide you will all the traction you need. The sole is made from gum rubber and is best suited to indoor soccer courts with hardwood floors.
Finally, you have a range of stunning colors to choose from which includes white, blue, yellow, orange and black so that it will be more than just your soccer skills that catch the eye when you are playing.
The first word that we thought of when we saw the Nike MercurialX Victory VI CR7 (TF) Soccer Cleats for the first time was ‘modern’. This soccer footwear looks like something you’d expect to see astronauts wear when they are relaxing on the space station.
The color is a contemporary looking grey on two-thirds of the shoe and yellow down the other third. This along with the profile of the shoes gives them a very sleek appearance akin to an athlete’s running shoes.
In terms of performance, the subtle texturing and horizontal ridges on the synthetic upper allow for improved touch and ball control. As this texturing covers the entire surface of the soccer shoe it should allow you to control the ball more effectively, regardless of what part of your foot makes contact with the ball.
To make the shoes feel more secure when worn, the laces create a locked-down fit when they are tied. This is due to the minimal tongue, which is thin and only just protrudes from the inner rim. This will also give players a better surface to strike the ball when shooting, for example.
Comfort is improved using a contoured sock liner which has minimal cushioning to keep the weight of the shoes as low as possible.
The sole of these soccer shoes is made from a synthetic material and the grip provided is designed for playing on artificial turf.
Firstly, we have the synthetic upper, which Adidas has called ‘Agility Touch Skin’. The theory behind it is that the shoes will mold to your foot perfectly, and do so as soon as you put them on. This material is also designed to have zero wearing in time which gives it an advantage over several other leather and synthetic uppers.
The next comfort measure is the tongue should fit snuggly around the front of your foot. This should give you improved stability and confidence to strike the ball hard knowing this part of your foot is protected.
Your performance playing indoor soccer will depend a lot on your ability to control the ball quickly. In this task, you will be helped by the 3D texturing on the toe section of the upper and the subtler texture on the rest of the shoe.
The sole of the shoe is made from synthetic materials designed to help your speed and agility due to the traction it gives you on hardwood soccer courts.
In both its outdoor and indoor versions there are few examples of more distinctive soccer footwear than the Adidas Performance Men’s Ace 16.3 Primemesh TF Soccer Shoe. With the standard fluorescent yellow color and extended sock liner, these soccer shoes definitely stand out from the crowd.
The upper is made from a textile and synthetic combination called ‘Primemesh’ which requires no breaking in time so these soccer shoes should feel comfortable from the moment you first wear them. The surface of the upper is textured across its surface to promote good ball control, no matter what part of your foot plays the ball.
Inside the shoe, you have the distinctive liner which extends out of the shoe rim to form a sock-like support just below your ankle. This feature ensures that the soccer shoes remain as stable as possible by reducing unnecessary or excess movement when running or turning.
To give you the best strike area in terms of size and accuracy the lace eyelets have been designed to cover the laces as much as possible
The surface of the sole is covered by small rounded studs which are ideal for traction on indoor turf when you start a run or want to turn quickly.
Throughout all the reviews we have done for soccer equipment, although we love looking at more traditional and classic products we can never be accused of being biased towards them. Look and you’ll see that we often select a very modern style or design as our ‘best’ product in that category.
Having said all that, for our choice for the best indoor soccer shoe we are going to pick a classic and that is the Adidas Performance Men’s Samba Classic Indoor Soccer Shoe.
The first thing it has going for it is the leather upper, which you should know by now gives players a touch and feel on the ball that synthetic materials cannot replicate, no matter how hard they try. This is an important advantage given that indoor soccer is played at a far greater pace than outdoor soccer.
Leather also feels more comfortable than synthetic so you can concentrate on playing soccer rather than how sore your feet are.
Lastly is simply how pleasing to eye Samba still looks given it has been around now for over 40 years. With the suede toe cap and large tongue, it is definitely a classic!