DAD!! I want these ones!!! Sound familiar? Buying kids indoor soccer shoes can be a struggle at times when you're deciding between getting a quality shoe at a quality price that your kid actually likes!
I'll make your life easier for you by providing you with what makes a great shoe, what you should look for, which brands to stick to, how much they cost and where you can get them. Buying your kids next pair of indoor soccer shoes shouldn't be such a struggle and before you start the process you will be well informed and way ahead of the game after reading everything there is to know about them. If you've ever wondered what the difference between turf soccer shoes and indoor soccer shoes is and which you should get for your kid you're in luck because you'll find that answer here as well, you are now officially in good hands, and your kids feet are too!
1. Durable - You want this thing to last and even though your kids shoe is growing by what seems to be by the hour you want shoes that are going to last them at least that indoor season if not more. Check the stitching, flexibility and overall craftsmanship of the shoe before buying it, having your kid hit a couple ball and do a couple sprints in them should tell you everything you need to know about it's durability.
2. Comfortable - The last thing you want is the shoe to hurt your golden child's feet every time they put them on. Make sure to have your kid walk, job and have a ball at their feet to test out how the shoes feel on their feet. Cushioned insoles, rubber outer soles and a flexible upper material will contribute to making sure the foot is comfortable in the shoe so be sure to triple check all these different elements. If your kids indoor soccer shoes feel right to them that is the ultimate seal of approval.
3. Well Made Upper - This is the material that wraps around the top and side of the foot where the ball will make the most contact and will wear done the fastest. Because of all the use it's going to get you want to make sure it's made from a quality synthetic or leather material, no cheap stuff here. Give it a good push and rub with your hands and see how it holds up, if there is any part you want to be quality made it's the upper.
4. Gum Rubber Sole - Stay away from cheap plastic material on the bottom of the foot and stick to a rubber sole you see on indoor court shoes such as tennis, squash, volleyball and indoor soccer. This will give you kid the best possible grip on the surface they are playing on and a comfortable close touch the ball when they are using their sole to turn, control or win a defensive challenge.
5. Looks - You want your kid to like it so if they say it looks good then I guess it looks good. As much as you want to make sure the function of the shoe is of the highest grade you also want your kid to enjoy wearing these shoes two to three times a week and not be embarrassed when she puts them for whatever reason. It's all the small things that will make a kid fall in love with the sport so make sure this one of those fun moments.
1. It's What They Want Not You - Yes you know best and that shoe you've inspected is probably better then what your kid wants but remember it's all about making them happy. These little moments are important and them feeling good about the shoes they put on every game creates a better positive experience with the game rather than someone telling them how to play and what to wear all the time. Narrow it down between two or three quality shoes then let them choose the shoe.
2. You Get What You Pay For - I understand that your kids foot is going to grow next month and you might be buying another pair but like everything in life you get what you pay for with kids indoor soccer shoes. Try and stay in the medium to premium shoes in the short term and in the long term it will end up saving you trips to the store, rips in the shoe and money in your pocket.
3. Stick To Name Brands - I know I know that Portuguese brand with the rooster on it is half off and your cousin says it's what the pro's wear but please stick to the name brands when buying your kids indoor soccer shoes. With name brands such as Nike, Adidas and Puma you know you're getting a quality, comfortable shoe that will last and look stylish all at the same time, ignore cousin Fernando on this one.
4. No Significant Stretching - Kids indoor soccer shoes are typically made from synthetic materials and won't stretch much after buying them so be sure to get the exact size or maximum half a size bigger according to your kids foot size. There aren't many kids indoor soccer shoes that are leather and those are the ones that tend to stretch a little more than usual so if unless you're buying a leather shoe you can aim for your kids exact foot size for a solid comfortable fit.
5. Do Some Research - Remember to read online about different peoples experiences with the shoes you're considering buying. You may find out something you didn't know before that will steer you in a different direction, see what those who have had kids wear those exact shoes are saying about the feel and reliability of them before buying your kid their own pair.
1. Buying Tight Shoes - Although you want your kids feet to have a good fit in their new indoor shoes you don't want the front of the shoe to be pressing up agains their toes so firmly that it hurts them to run or kick. Try going with about half a thumbs width from the end of the toe to the front of the shoe, that will give your kid just the right amount of comfort and space for the foot to rest easy.
2. Be Aware Of Too Good To Be True - Typically if there is a deal in store or online where the price just doesn't look right for whatever reason then this deal is probably too good to be true. You may end up getting a cardboard cut out of your shoes in stead of the actual ones so be sure you're using credible sites to buy you kids indoor soccer shoes.
3. Buying Without Trying - Always give the shoes a little test drive before deciding to buy them, even if you need to take your kid in store to try a couple different shoes on before buying the one you want online. Make sure your kid really sees what these shoes are made of by getting in a couple of sprints in and some touches on the ball. This little bit of extra work will save you time and money in the long run.
Kids indoor soccer shoes range typically from about $30 to $70 a pair and that's about standard across all brands. Anything less than that for kids you really want to stay away from as you can be assured it's not made with quality materials and you'll probably be able to wave at your bare toe by the time you make your first couple sprints in them. It will be rare for you to find kids indoor soccer shoes above $70 and if you do you can just steer clear of them because you can get the same quality of shoe for about $55-$70.
When making your final decision on which shoe to go with remember to stick with name brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma and stick to the higher end range of $55-$70 to ensure you will have a long lasting, quality made and sharp looking indoor shoe that your kid will love.
So you're going to want to inspect the bottom of the shoe you're about to buy to see if it has a gum rubber sole or a turf sole. The gum rubber one is for flatter thinner surfaces such as a thin turf, carpet like or court surfaces your kid may play indoor soccer on. If your kid is playing on a bit thicker turf such as an outdoor field that is covered in the winter you may want to go with the turf outsole for a better grip for twisting and turning around the pitch.
Think to yourself what type of surface your kid is playing on and choose accordingly, going with a turf sole is probably the better option because you can wear a turf outsole on pretty much any turf surface thin or thick. You will be able to recognize a turf shoe more clearly by the studs on the bottom of them that poke out about a quarter inch from the bottom of the shoe. Turf soles have different stud styles such as round, triangle and many more so be sure to get your kid to get some touches in with the shoe to ensure it feels right, if you're not sure go with round ones.
Tongue - You want a tongue that isn't too big and going to get into your kids way of kicking the ball or tying their shoe when it gets undone (and it will). Some shoes even have sewn in tongues that are great so they don't even have to adjust them when they go off center, look for kids indoor soccer shoes with those.
Upper - You will need a comfortable and durable upper material that allows your kids foot to bend up easily and that won't get worn down and start to rip easily. Stick to name brands (Adidas, Nike and Puma and you'll be fine).
Toe Box - You want a toe box that goes about half a thumbs width from the end of the shoe so they can still kick and dribble comfortable with that part of the shoe. You want a bit room in the toe box for the foot to be able to move freely as well to avoid any discomfort your kid may have while playing.
Insole - Make sure these are decently cushioned and at this age you don't need ones that can slip in and out. The ones you can replace will probably be a bigger hassle because they come out easier and you also run the risk of losing them (and of course never finding them again) if you're washing them or if they come out with the foot from time to time.
Sole - You've got to decide between gum rubber soles and turf soles, as mentioned above if your kid is playing on a thinner turf or court surface go with the rubber soles, if it's a bit thicker of a turf go with the turf soles.
Heel - Make sure the heel is well sewn and has decent padding inside of them to avoid your kid getting blisters in their new kids indoor soccer shoes.