Mens Soccer Cleats (Firm & Soft Ground): What to Wear, What to Wear!

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Mens soccer cleats can be tough to understand with so many variations and new models coming out weekly. Let me make it simple for you, in terms of cleats there are two types that you need to have in your arsenal, firm ground and soft ground, lets concentrate on firm ground for now.

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These are your go to cleats, very versatile and can be used in numerous different field types.

Should I Have More Than One Pair of Multi Studs?

At the professional level you will need more than one pair yes.  Your club generally provides you with footwear but it is always good to have a couple of your own worked in boots handy. Although we got new pairs of boots regularly I always liked my own sometimes that I had worked in over time and felt best in. It’s always smart to have more than one pair in case one pair falls apart.  You don’t want to have to buy a brand new pair then play with stiff shoes for a couple weeks until you work them in, especially if you’re on trial.

Leather vs. Synthetic

Every soccer cleat these days has a leather and a synthetic version and to be straight it really depends on the person.  They both give you different things.

Leather Soccer Cleats Tend to:

1) Stretch half a size

2) Be More Comfortable

3) Need more attention to take care of

Synthetic Soccer Cleats Tend to:

1)   Last Longer

2) Need less maintenance

3) Be the new trend of cleats

What's the Difference Between a Round and a Sharp Cleat?

You have your two typical types of cleats on the bottom of your multi stud boots.  They are rounded and sharp, and all tend to have their differences among top players.


The old school round ones are the traditional shape and are used most often with classic shoes such as the copas and puma kings. They are your standard circular cleat that are wider on the sole and come down to a point about an inch long. These studs are perfectly fine and give you a good touch on the ball and good traction on the pitch.


The newer school sophisticated boots tend to have sharp cleats that are designed more for control of the ball and a deeper traction on the pitch. They are skinnier and longer then the round cleat and vary in size depending upon where you find them on the boot. These are great for every part of your game and you can see them worn by pro's everywhere worldwide.

What’s With All The New Technology in Cleats?

To be honest, a lot of the new technology to make you kick harder, have a better touch and run faster is just a lot of talk.  Sure higher quality leather will last longer and lighter boots will make you a bit more agile but thinking a pair of shoes is going to transform your game is setting yourself up for failure. So to make it simple, keep it simple.  Get everything you need in a soccer shoe and nothing you don’t.  Don’t get caught up with all the bells and whistles, get a boot that’s going to be reliable and comfortable, period.


Firm Ground Cleat Specifications:

Cleat Upper: Leather or Synthetic

Cleat Sole: One piece

Stud Amount: 10-14

Stud Durability: Strong

Studs Removable: No

Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces

Weight: 5-9 oz.

Size and Width: All Shapes


When Should I Wear Them?

Great question, like I said earlier the Firm Ground boots with their multi-stud sole is your most versatile shoe and can be used in several different field conditions. More often then not you can use them on all surfaces, they are a good option for most but not a great option for all. Below is the different field conditions and how firm ground cleats perform on that pitch with a rating of Poor, Below Average, Average, Good, Perfect.


Field Conditions

Hard Field: Perfect

Not too hard or Soft: Perfect

Some Rain Fall: Good

Damp Field: Below Average/Poor

Turf: Good/Perfect

Strengths and Weaknesses

Like every marriage or perfect pair in life (in this case foot and boot), there are likely to be conflicts, growing periods, arguments, shear joy, shear pain and of course strengths and weaknesses. Forget about colour for now Versace and think about the comfort, weight, touch and traction you get from a boot before you start thinking about all the other bells and whistles that don't serve you any good once the ball is kicked. Before you start balling your eyes out about your lost love, lets talk about the strengths and weaknesses of a Firm Ground Soccer Cleat.


-Comfortable and spacious

-Durable upper and lower body

-Versatile in several playing fields

-Can take a beating throughout a season

-Foot Forming

-Great field traction

-Easy to maintain

-Come in both styles, leather and synthetic


-Not ideal for damp fields

-Some don't have adequate heel support

-Can't wear it out to the club that night after a big game! Well I suppose maybe some of you can pull it off.  


There you have it! Everything you'll ever need to know about which weapon to use in battle. Now that you know what firm ground cleats are all about you now need to think about what kind of boot fits your game. Just remember if you're going to a pro side for a trial or pre season anytime soon don't assume boots will be provided for you. Bring a couple pairs in case you were thinking they were going to have people pamper you before they've even seen you play Maradona. 

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