Choosing Indoor Soccer Shoes can sometimes be more difficult then choosing your own child's name, okay who are we kidding it's much harder. Do I go with this sole or that sole, is it too heavy or too light and on and on. To help break it down and make sure you're choosing wisely below are some common questions answered, shoe specs, strengths and weaknesses and in which conditions you should wear these shoes.
Should I Bring Indoor Shoes If I’m Going to an Outdoor Pro Tryout/Preseason?
Absolutely. Even if it’s obviously an outdoor trial you never know if the field has a little indoor pitch they like to play in once a week or if the weather is going to be poor and you’ll be forced indoors. Another possibility would be having gym workouts where you need such footwear to participate in so yes bring them.
Also I’ve been to trials where the coach had has us play some futsal or some other fun event indoors where your indoor shoes are necessary.
So don’t forget to pack them because you’ll look unprepared and like an amateur if it’s time to play indoor and all you have are some dress shoes.
Can I Go For Runs in My Indoor Shoes?
You can, but I wouldn’t suggest it. You’ll beat them up in no time and will be buying a new pair sooner than you wanted to. Get a pair of running shoes to do all your fitness training unless you’re doing it indoors then you can use your indoor soccer shoes.
Not only will you beat your shoes up you might do damage to your body wearing shoes to do long runs in that weren’t designed for that. Keep your knees and feet safe and use a pair of runners.
Do Pro Teams Play Indoor Soccer Much?
Sure do. When I was playing in Serbia majority of our off-season was indoors due to the snow covering the fields. We would train in the mornings outside without the ball, either fitness or strength training then afternoons we would be on an indoor pitch.
Some coaches believe that indoor soccer and futsal help a team develop its technical ability and speed of play. For this reason indoor soccer is being played by more pro teams, more regularly to get more touches in and develop the technical aspect of their game.
How Long Do Indoor Shoes Usually Last?
This really depends on how often you play and use them. If you use them to play, run, walk around in, go out in and garden in then of course they will be run down fairly quickly.
Generally you can make them last a couple indoor seasons before needing a new pair. I’ve known teammates who keep their indoors for four or five years because they say it brings them luck, I say it brings them fly’s.
5 Ways You Know it’s Time for New Indoor Soccer Shoes
1) Holes by the toe
2) Sole coming off
3) No tread on bottom and you’re slipping every time you play
4) Only Tape is keeping them together
5) You feel like you’re one hard shot away from them completely exploding
What’s Better Indoor or Turfs?
What’s better a bike or a car? Well it depends if you’re driving through a road or forest. For turfs and indoors it really depends on the surface. Most people like indoors because of the closer touch of the ball while others like turfs because of the better all around traction.
Turfs work on almost all playing surfaces expect grass so they may be your safer bet. But it truly depends on what you’re more comfortable with and that changes player to player.
Which Brand is the Best to Buy?
Another it “depends” answer. It really depends on taste and style but you can never go wrong with the reliable brands in football such as Adidas, Nike, Puma etc. Stick to them and you should be fine.
Indoor Shoes Specifications:
How Attached To Upper: Cemented
Insole Material: EVA foam
Insole Removable: yes and no
Outsole Material: Gum rubber
Weight: 8-14 oz
Suitable For: Indoor Artificial Surfaces (Indoor turf, carpet, hardwood, cement)
Weight: 5-9 oz.
Size and Width: All Shapes
When Should I Wear Them?
Mainly to bed. Kidding of course, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that indoor soccer shoes are to be worn INDOORS! Artificial indoor turf, carpet, gym floors, hardwood etc. Below is the different field conditions and how these shoes perform on that pitch with a rating of Poor, Below Average, Average, Good, Perfect.
Hard Field: Poor
Not too hard or Soft: Poor
Some Rain Fall: Poor
Damp Field: Poor
Indoor Surfaces: Perfect
Strengths and Weaknesses of Indoor Soccer Shoes
Even though they can look deadly with a pair of jeans every shoe has it's strengths and weaknesses. Most indoor shoes are designed for comfort, control and a touch of style, and we all know that some things never go out of style, copa's and samba's please stand.
-Comfortable and spacious
-Durable upper and lower body
-Incredible ball control
-Great traction indoor
-Only for indoor use
There you have it! Everything you'll ever need to know, now no more questions about Indoor Soccer Shoes, Fox Soccer Report is on.