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A guide to soccer cleats

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Sports

If you want to begin playing soccer the most important equipment that you need is a pair of cleats. If you wish to join the league of soccer lovers, the equipment you have to begin with is a pair of cleats. These are shoes that are specially designed for soccer players. They have large studs on the bottom that can assist players in gripping the surface and move easily.

The various types of cleats that you can see in the market are:

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a) Molded cleats that uses rubber or hard plastic and is suited for playing in almost all types of fields and all weather conditions.

b) Detachable cleats have studs have on the bottom that can be screwed on and off when needed. They are made of hard plastic or plastic with metal tips. They are best suited for playing in wet or soggy fields or on soft grass fields.

c) The turf shoes have raised patterns on the bottom instead of studs and are generally used on artificial turf or hard outdoor surfaces.

d) Indoor shoes are like lightweight sneakers. They are designed for playing indoor soccer and have a flat rubbery bottom for better traction.

e) Sandals are actually add-on footwear so that there is no wear on the soccer shoes.

Various manufacturers make good quality soccer cleats. Before picking up one you should keep few things in mind.

First, you should check the material.

Normally either leather or synthetic are used as a material of a soccer cleat. Though leather cleats offer the best feel but they are quite expensive. They absorb more water than the synthetic shoes and there fore should not be used constantly on wet fields. If you go for a pair of softer leather cleats then what you will get is good for better feeling the ball but they are not durable. If you go for a pair of synthetic cleats then you will get less expensive shoes but they do not offer a good feel and might not last as long as leather cleats. But they last better under poor playing conditions and are easier to clean and dry out.

Second, after you decided on the material then think about the size. Remember cleats have narrower upper than typical sneakers so that you have better feel and control of the ball.

Leather shoes tend to stretch a bit when worn. But when new they fit snugly. Dont go for the cleats in which you feel uncomfortable. Always go for a proper shoe size and dont assume that your shoe size will always remain same. The shape of feet changes over time. You, as a player must know the exact shoe size so that you can play comfortably. Third, always check information from the suppliers about current and upcoming sales on soccer shoes. Finally, remember, you should use soccer cleats for two or three months before finals. It is better that you talk to salesperson or the coach, about which type of soccer cleats suits you. Choose few pairs for trials and then select the best out of them. Whenever you're going to try the shoes on, don't forget to wear socks. You should check whether your heels are comfortable or not.

Follow these guidelines and then go for the best soccer cleats for use.