As many people have been asking for this, I finally had the time to write this guide where I review the best turf soccer shoes that I think you need to take a look at before making your final decision.
Buying the wrong shoes can really mess up your performance or your kid’s performance on the pitch
Turf Soccer Shoes Vs. Soccer Cleats: The Differences
Soccer can be played on many different surfaces, but the one constant factor is that for the player to perform competently, they need sufficient traction on the ground.
For this reason, all soccer shoes may appear to have very similar midsoles and uppers, but the difference comes when you take a look at the outsole of the shoe.
While turf shoes are designed for use on artificial turf or hard indoor surfaces, cleats are designed for outdoor use.
All these surfaces offer different ground conditions, and so the shoe needs to be designed to have excellent traction on a particular playing surface.
When it comes to cleats, these come bearing blades or molded studs on the outsole. This shoe design is suitable for use on hard, firm, or soft ground.
Ideally, the studs will often come in a detachable design so that the players can make the necessary adjustments to adapt to a different outdoor surface.
On the other hand, turf soccer shoes have various raised patterns on the rubber outsole.
This pattern is often in the form of dense aggressive treads or nubs, which are raised but shallower than the blades and studs you’d find on a cleat.
The outsole of a turf shoe is much harder than the outsole of a cleat. The tread design of a turn shoe is so that the shoe can get a grip onto the dense artificial grass surface.
On the other hand, the blade or stud design of a soccer cleat is so that the shoe can penetrate through the natural ground surface.
How to Choose Right Size for Your Turf Shoes
Wear Your Playing Gear
When fitting for a turf soccer shoe, go to the store while wearing the socks you would play in. If you have an ankle brace, wear it too.
This gives a more accurate fit because it will depend on the thickness of your soccer socks and well, and the design of your ankle guard.
Shop in The Afternoon
Our feet tend to expand as the day progresses, and so your feet will be slightly larger at the end of the day than they were in the morning.
As a result, if you go shoe shopping in the morning, you might end up with a shoe that’s a little too tight.
If you go shoe shopping in the late afternoon, however, your feet have had time to expand. So, you are more likely to find the right shoe size for all-day comfort.
Put on Both Shoes
Naturally, one foot is often slightly larger than the other. For this reason, you should always try on both shoes and make sure you get a size that’s closest to the larger foot.
How do you know that you have the correct sizing?
Well, while wearing the shoes, use your thumb to press down on the toe area and around the sides. This is done to feel for extra space.
Then you can reduce or increase the turf shoe size depending on the amount of extra space in the shoe.
Try multiple sizes of the same shoe to see how much extra space there is in each size, and this will ultimately give you the best fit.
Besides trying on both shoes, make sure you lace them all the way up so that you can get an accurate feel of the fit.
Things to Consider Before Buying Turf Soccer Shoes
You should feel comfortable when walking, running, and jumping in your shoes. Any slight pain felt while in the store will only intensify once you are out on the field.
Leather shoes tend to stretch with time, thereby conforming to the natural shape of your foot and giving a customized fit. Synthetic shoes don’t.
Here, the idea is to have about 1/8-1/4” of space between your big toe and the shoe. At the same time, the heel and forefoot should feel snug.
A slightly ill-fit could be made better by adding your own insole, so consider this before buying the shoe.
A good turf soccer shoe fit should fit both the volume and width of your feet because there is a difference between the two.
While the shoe fits snug around your heel and forefoot, make sure it isn’t too narrow on the sides of your feet.
When it comes to fi8t, also consider the lateral support offered by the shoe.
An excellent fit shouldn’t let your feet move side to side as this can take a toll on your ankles, especially during a high-intensity game.
Does the turf shoe have a low or high profile? Mid-profile shoes have the added advantage of providing protection for your ankles.
This, in turn, reduces the chances of sustaining a strain. The downside, however, is that the profile will limit your range of motion to an extent.
Low-cut shoes with a low profile give a better connection and feel to the ground surface.
Turf Soccer Shoes Materials
A turf soccer shoe may either be made from genuine leather or synthetic materials.
The leathers used may be full-grain, calfskin, or kangaroo leather. Leather shoes will mold to the players’ feet. They thereby give a more comfortable and customized fit.
Additionally, leather shoes are also softer, therefore, providing a better feel and for enhanced comfort.
The downside is that leather turf shoes require more maintenance, and they can also be quite heavy. They can also be quite costly when compared to synthetic shoes.
Soccer shoes made from synthetic materials are lightweight, water-resistant, easy to clean and have better shape retention seeing as they do not stretch. These shoes are also often affordably priced.
All these advantages come at a price. For starters, it takes much longer to break-in a synthetic shoe because the material is no-stretch and inorganic.
Soccer shoes made from synthetic materials are also less durable and less comfortable, seeing as they do not conform to the players’ feet.
The material a turf soccer shoe is made of can have a significant impact on the player’s performance. This is because different materials give a different feel and touch to the ball, and this can vary from player to player.
For instance, with leather, the touch is excellent, but this is often lacking when it comes to shoes made from synthetic materials.
Turf Soccer Shoes Anatomy / Main Parts
The upper of a soccer shoe impacts the player’s touch and ball control. This part could be made from genuine leathers such as full-grain leather, cowhide leather, or kangaroo leather. Alternatively, the upper could also be made from synthetic materials such as synthetic leather, plastics, or mesh.
This is the footbed of the shoe, and it determines how comfortable the player is while wearing the soccer shoe. As a result, the insole should have sufficient support and ample cushioning.
The midsole is the cushioning portion that lies between the insole and the outsole. This part is responsible for shock absorption and determines how the player feels the ground. It should, therefore, be thin, yet have sufficient cushioning.
This is the bottom of the shoe responsible for traction and grip. The outsole of a turf soccer shoe is often made of rubber, with numerous dense nubs for maximum traction of artificial grass fields.