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In this buyer’s guide, we’ve reviewed the 9 best indoor soccer shoes on the market in 2019.
We’ve also outlined some key things to consider when buying, to help you pick the perfect kicks for the court or street.
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Indoor Soccer Shoe Buyer’s Guide
What makes the perfect futsal shoe?
In this section, we’ve outlined some things you need to be aware of when choosing a pair of indoor soccer shoes.
What defines an indoor soccer shoe?
Obviously, unlike soccer cleats and turf soccer shoes, indoor soccer shoes have a flat rubber outsole. Although it doesn’t feature any spikes or studs, this outsole will most likely have small bumps or valleys for grip.
Plus, the sole on an indoor soccer shoe is typically very thin. This helps to stop you kicking the ground when passing or shooting.
Apart from the bottom, indoor soccer shoes are pretty similar to soccer cleats. They have a relatively thin upper to improve your feel for the ball, and a low-profile toe area to make it easier to make the best possible first touch every time you receive the ball. Plus, they typically have offset laces, allowing you to shoot more accurately with your instep.
What brands make the best indoor soccer shoes?
Adidas and Nike are the two undisputed market leaders when it comes to soccer footwear.
Nike is renowned for producing innovative shoes that can give you that extra edge over your opponent. They tend to be very agile, have great grip, and feel really nice to wear.
Adidas also makes some of the best futsal shoes in terms of overall comfort. However, their products tend to be a little more durable than Nike’s offerings. Most of Adidas’s shoes have a relatively traditional fit and feel, meaning they are generally more suitable for those with wide feet than Nike’s products.
There are also smaller brands out there who make excellent soccer shoes at very reasonable prices. If you’re on a budget, keep an eye out for Puma and Diadora futsal shoes.
Leather vs synthetics
When buying outdoor cleats, most soccer players avoid leather at all costs. When it gets dirty, this material can deteriorate really quickly, forcing you to have to wipe it down after every match (unless playing in super dry conditions).
However, you don’t have to worry about this when playing indoors. This means that leather shoes are a great option – they’re incredibly comfortable (because leather can mold to the shape of your foot more easily), and offer the best feel for the ball of any material out there, allowing you to take a better first touch.
So why does anyone buy synthetic cleats?
- They tend to be more breathable and keep your feet cooler (if you go for something with a mesh upper).
- They’re marginally more durable – although the seam between the outsole and upper is often the first point of failure on a soccer shoe, rather than the upper itself.
- Kangaroo leather (which is what most manufacturers use) is banned in California.
What’s that sock thing?
On a few of the more expensive Adidas/Nike products, you may notice that they have a little ankle collar/sock looking thing that comes out of the top of the shoe.
The benefit of having this is it can improve ankle stability, giving you more confidence when making sharp turns. It also makes the shoe fit a little more snug, improving your control and feel for the ball.
However, if you’re not used to it, this sock can feel a little weird. After a while of using it though, you’ll most likely begin to like how it feels.
Products with an ankle collar don’t tend to have a tongue, so you’ve got to be sure to get the perfect size when shopping.
What should I look out for when buying?
The single most important thing to consider when buying indoor soccer shoes is how comfortable they are to wear. If you’ve got shoes that don’t feel great on your feet, this will be a major distraction in-game.
When shopping online, look for sellers that offer free returns, so you can send your shoes back if they’re uncomfortable. Alternatively, you can go into a bricks and mortar store and try the shoes on before buying online to find the best possible price.
Here are some other things to be on the lookout for when choosing futsal shoes:
- An ankle collar (if you want one).
- A relatively thin upper, to improve your ball control.
- Offset laces, to make it easier to shoot/pass accurately.
- Good heel/ankle support.
- A rubber outsole, for traction.
- An EVA/padded insole and midsole, for comfort (since you’ll be running on hard surfaces).
Finding your soccer shoe size
Most futsal shoes will fit the same as your regular shoe size. If you’re unsure what your size is, have a look at the size guide on the manufacturer’s website.
Remember: try and order a size that’ll fit really snugly, rather than getting something a size or half a size too big. If they’re too big, your feet will move around inside your shoe as you play. Not only is this going to be uncomfortable, it may result in blisters and will make it harder to shoot or pass accurately. If they’re too small, you may also experience similar issues.
This applies to kids too. Don’t buy something that they need to grow into – big shoes will make your child’s futsal experience rather painful.
Do I need expensive soccer shoes?
For most players, buying a $40-$60 pair of shoes is probably your best bet. At this price point, there are tons of nice options on the market from leading brands like Adidas and Nike.
More expensive shoes will obviously feel nicer to play in, and may last for longer. They are by no means essential for casual players, but for elite athletes, the best shoes on the market can give you that little extra edge on the court.
What you need to avoid is anything cheaper than $30. At this price point, basically every shoe is a piece of Chinese garbage. Make sure you’re getting genuine Adidas/Nike/Puma/Diadora shoes if you want to ensure that they’ll last longer than a few games.
Best Indoor Soccer Shoes
Let’s begin our reviews!
1. Adidas Samba Classic
This shoe isn’t anything new – in fact, the first model came into production in 1950. Since then, over 35 million pairs have been sold worldwide.
So why is the Samba so popular? In short: it’s the best all-around futsal shoe on the market.
For starters, it has a leather upper. This kangaroo hide feels amazing to wear, and offers an incredible first touch. Since it’s nice and soft, it molds to the shape of your foot really well, and breaks in almost immediately.
The outsole is also made of natural materials. Adidas has used gum rubber, which is incredibly grippy but also very durable. You won’t wear holes in these shoes like you would with most others. In fact, they can last for up to two indoor seasons or even longer, depending on how often you play.
Plus, the Samba comes with removable sockliners, and is available in two different colors. It also has an arch support piece, which you can take out if you like.
Considering how great these shoes are, you might expect them to cost a fortune. However, they’re only slightly more expensive than most comparable synthetic alternatives.
Ultimately, if you love leather, there’s no going past the Samba Classic.
2. Adidas Predator Tango 18.3
If you’re looking for the best-possible synthetic shoes rather than a leather option, check out the Predator Tango 18.3.
Unlike the Samba Classic we just looked at, this shoe comes with a mesh upper, which is ultra breathable. On the inside of the shoe you’ll find Adidas’s sock-like “second skin” material, which comes up to your ankle. This lining (plus the molded heel) makes your feet feel really snug and secure, so you’ll be super comfortable even if you play for hours at a time. However, the ankle collar can take a bit of getting used to.
The rubber outsole has fairly deep ridges for grip, and won’t wear down easily. Overall, these are really durable shoes. You won’t experience the classic futsal shoe failure (the front of the shoe splitting where the outsole meets the upper) for an entire season at the very least.
Plus, the upper has what Adidas calls “control embossing”. This basically means that there are bumps on the top of the shoe, which can help you to take a lighter first touch. Shooting is a breeze, as the position of the laces gives you plenty of room on your instep.
The only thing we can fault these shoes for is their cost: they’re fairly expensive. However, you definitely get what you pay for.
3. Nike BombaX IC
The BombaX is Nike’s take on the low-cut synthetic indoor shoe.
You get a mesh inner lining rather than a full mesh upper, meaning these shoes can get a little sweaty after an intense match. However, this outer material is pretty tough, and feels great to shoot with.
Since there’s no ankle collar or sock, the BombaX is very comfortable, and doesn’t take any getting used to. It also features a gum rubber outsole, which offers excellent grip on concrete, polished wood, and asphalt surfaces. In addition, this shoe is quite reasonably priced considering how well it performs on the court.
For comfort, Nike has fitted a phylon heel wedge to keep your foot stable, and installed an EVA sock liner for extra cushioning. The upper is also reasonably padded, which helps to protect your foot if you’re the victim of a poor tackle. However, this thickness can affect your feel for the ball somewhat.
These are super light shoes though, so they’re ideal for quick players. As we mentioned before, the outsole has excellent traction, which makes the BombaX ideal for sharp turns and skill moves.
4. Puma 365 Netfit CT
If we had to compare Puma to one of the market leaders, we’d have to say that their offerings are more similar to Adidas’s shoes than Nike’s products. However, Puma tends to be a bit cheaper than both of these leading brands, making them one of the best futsal shoe brands in terms of value for money.
Their 365 Netfit futsal shoe features a similar mesh upper to what the Tango 18.3 has, making it extra breathable. It lets a surprising amount of warm air out when playing, meaning it’ll keep your feet relatively cool in-game. The tongue is quite high (which can be useful for volleys), but there’s no ankle collar.
Although this mesh material can rip if you play an absolute ton of indoor soccer, you should get at least a season out of these shoes before having to find a new pair.
The rubber outsole doesn’t have incredibly deep grooves, but it still offers good grip, even on smooth/polished surfaces. Since almost the entire upper is perforated, this is a very light shoe. Therefore, it’s great for nimble wingers and midfielders. Plus, the outer netting offers a nice padded surface for shooting, so you can cut inside and find the far post with ease.
Considering what they cost, the 365 Netfit is a great deal. It even comes in a couple of really nice colorways – there’s a style on offer for everyone. Don’t worry about the black/grey ones making marks – these shoes don’t leave skids on polished surfaces.
5. Nike Tiempo Genio II
This shoe is basically Nike’s version of the Adidas Samba. It’s a low-profile kangaroo leather option, with a gum rubber outsole. Both also have an EVA sockliner and are incredibly comfortable to wear.
So what’s different about the Tiempo?
First of all, it’s generally a little more expensive. For the extra money, you get a slightly thinner outsole (which is still well-cushioned), to help you get under the ball a little easier. You feel much closer to the ground, which allows you to pass without kicking the floor or mishitting the ball.
Secondly, it’s a bit longer. As a result, it’s better for people with regular or slightly narrow feet. If you’ve got wide feet, you’d probably be better off with the Samba instead.
The Tiempo also has smaller suede overlays on the toe area. This can make it a little easier to control the ball with the top of your foot, but reduces the shoe’s durability a little.
As you’d expect from something with a leather upper, these shoes have an excellent feel to them. They break in easily, and allow you to make an excellent first touch. The Tiempo even comes in six different color combinations.
However, for most people we’d recommend the Samba over the Tiempo Genio II if you’re looking for leather indoor soccer shoes, because Adidas’s option is a little more durable. In saying this, there isn’t that much difference between them. If you can find Nike’s shoes at a lower price, they’re definitely worth looking at.
6. Adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.3
So far in this buyer’s guide we haven’t looked at what Adidas offers in the way of low-cut synthetic indoor soccer shoes.
The Nemeziz Tango 17.3 is one of Adidas’s best product offerings in terms of agility. To keep up with the pace of modern futsal, the company has engineered these shoes with speed and quick turns in mind. They’re super lightweight, and the outsole offers great traction. However, the bottom of the shoe isn’t too tacky, meaning you can make sharp cuts with less effort.
You also get what Adidas calls “360 Torsion Tape”, referring to the unique wraparound look of the upper and heel. This helps to keep you foot locked down, ensuring it doesn’t shift as you’re dribbling or sprinting. It also helps to prevent those annoying blisters, as there’s less chance of your foot rubbing against the inside of your shoe.
Although you don’t get an ankle collar, you won’t feel like you’re lacking support. The back end of the shoe is super tough, so you can keep your feet stable as you run.
As you’d expect from an Adidas shoe, the Tango 17.3 is incredibly durable. It is a touch expensive, but does come in a heap of awesome colorways (that coral version 😍😍).
7. Nike Mercurial Victory VI
Nike’s ankle collar shoes come as a part of their “Dynamic Fit” system. The sock continues throughout the interior of the shoe, making it very comfortable but also super breathable in-game. Since the collar is so high, it offers a little extra ankle support, which is great if you’re prone to strains. However, it can take a little getting used to.
Another thing this Dynamic Fit system does is replace the tongue. This is actually pretty common these days – you may have noticed that the Adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.3 we just looked at doesn’t have a tongue either.
As a result, you don’t have the option to alter where the laces will apply their pressure. With a regular cleat you can pull the tongue taut or leave it be to have the laces push down higher or lower on your foot. This customization isn’t there with this shoe, so you’ll have to be sure you get the right size. Like most Nike cleats, they do fit quite narrow.
The Victory VI is another shoe designed for speedsters. Its rubber outsole is agile yet grippy, and the thin upper helps to save weight while improving your feel for the ball. You can also cut in and shoot accurately, because the central position of the laces helps to free up the instep and outside of your foot, making it easier to curve the ball.
In terms of overall support and stability, this is one of the best indoor soccer shoes out there. If you like the high ankle sock and need something extra-comfortable, the Mercurial Victory VI is a great pick. However, the lack of a tongue may seem odd at first. After a while though, you’ll get used to it – you can always tie the laces differently to make the shoe feel the way you want it to.
8. Diadora Capitano ID
On a budget, but don’t want crappy off-brand shoes? Check out Diadora’s Capitano ID.
This is by no means the cheapest indoor soccer shoe available at the moment, but it’s much less expensive than most of the others we’ve looked at so far.
It’s also much better-made than the stuff at the lower end of the market – those shoes from brands you’ve probably never heard of. With the Capitano, you get a polyurethane synthetic upper, which achieves a nice balance between durability and feel for the ball. It’s soft, but definitely not weak. This means that this shoe is comfortable to wear and breaks in easily.
In addition, the Capitano ID comes with a super-cushioned cotton/EVA foam insole, which is incredibly comfortable to run on. Plus, the gum rubber outsole offers decent grip on both polished and street surfaces.
The thing Diadora is renowned for though is how well their shoes fit (assuming you get the right size). They’re even great for players with wide feet, unlike most of Adidas and Nike’s options.
Since the Capitanos cost so little, they’re not super-duper durable. Expect to get a season or a season and a half out of them if you play fairly regularly. However, they’re definitely worth the money if you don’t want to pay too much.
9. Puma 365 Ignite CT
Another more basic option from Puma is the 365 Ignite.
Unlike their 365 Netfit shoe, this option doesn’t feature much mesh. As a result, it’s a little less breathable, but offers more protection if you get trodden on. The upper is actually pretty thick, which can impact your first touch. However, this is an incredibly light shoe, and the low-profile outsole allows for excellent speed.
What’s more, the price is fairly reasonable (for most sizes) and the 365 Ignite is available in a number of different colorways. The tongue is also fairly long but also quite thin, which is perfect for laces shots and volleys.
In addition, this shoe is incredibly durable. Puma has applied a TPU skin in high abrasion areas, like the front of the outsole. The upper is also pretty tough, in large part because it’s quite thick. Plus, the seams are very well done considering what this shoe costs.
If you like Puma’s style and don’t want to break the bank, the 365 Ignite is definitely worth looking at. But if you’d prefer an even lighter shoe with a more breathable mesh upper, check out their 365 Netfit model.
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