Of all things soccer related, we decided to bicker about the best indoor soccer shoes last weekend at one of our binge beer-guzzling sprees. Me, fresh from a season of Futsal was all over the opposition and took them down tooth and nail.
To be fair, a close buddy also enlightened us with some very interesting picks from the soccer-cleats universe. As an ode to the discussion and to help any new indoor-soccer enthusiasts looking for the best indoor soccer shoes, I decided to put words to paper and things to perspective.
For the uninitiated, indoor soccer shoes are not that different from regular ones. The most notable difference is the lack of studs. Almost everything else, like the cushioning, the comfort, the design and the build quality rivals a regular pair of soccer shoes.
That, according to me makes shopping easier because you already know what to look for. But the mindboggling number of options clubbed with the flashy and over-the-top advertising is enough to mislead even an expert.
How many times have you spent a few hundred dollars to realize that the shoes don’t fit half as well as what you’d expected? Or that it doesn’t have the same kind of cushioning as what it appeared to have?
That’s precisely why this list of best indoor soccer shoes is going to help you. It cuts through the clutter and gets you unbiased information to assist you with your purchase.
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#1 – Adidas Performance Men’s Messi 16.3
Adidas’s newest offering in their Messi range was launched in 2016 just in time for the European Championships and the indoor soccer version followed soon after. This is the Messi 16.3, which happens to be one of the bestselling models from the range that is dedicated to the Argentinean legend, Lionel Messi.
Adidas’s fascination with Messi shows no sign of waning any time soon. Not that we are complaining though. We have not stopped drooling yet over the 16+ (Pureagility) and X 16+ (Purechaos). Now, we have the 16.3.
At first look, the 16.3 look like mirror image of the rest of the shoes in the collection. It has the same sleek, shiny exterior with a few minor cosmetic changes thrown in. For starters, it has a completely synthetic upper. Adidas’s Agility Touch Skin is retained and that gives you an extremely snug fit out of the box. The orange and blue exterior keeps things interesting off the court as well. But you can pick from five different color combinations that range from subdued to flashy. Overall, the form factor, the styling and the color are all top notch.
There is no wear-in time like most of the recent offerings from the German giant. You can pick one of these, wear it and head straight to the game. No sore feet. Also, unlike most of the so called ‘best indoor soccer shoes’, this one has a padded insole. There’s been some chatter about the shoes not being a good fit for peeps with wider feet. Not true. A guy in the club nicknamed ‘The Beast’ wouldn’t step on the court without these. The synthetic sole and the mono-tongue construction offer perfect traction on flat surfaces.
- Stylish indoor soccer boots
- The budget priced option from the Messi range
- Synthetic upper and sole
- No wear in time
- Excellent traction
#2 – Adidas Performance Men’s X 15.3 IN Soccer Shoe
The Turf war for indoor soccer boots has been getting hotter in the past couple of years with most of the big brands throwing in gauntlets and launching flagships at the blink of an eye. Adidas’s X or Chaos range of shoes in particular has been a game changer that prompted brands like Nike and Puma to sit up and take notice.
The 15.3 is one of the most stylish offerings from this range. Everything from the bold colors to the symbolic melting stripes (read I can burn you down with my game) is designed to grab eyeballs. But the popularity of these boots has a lot more to do than the eye candy it provides.
Once you are done being awed over the bright color schemes (there are three to pick from), you’d notice the super soft upper on these boots that adhere to your foot no matter which way you turn. That’s Adidas’s X-Skin for you folks. This is clubbed with a redesigned cage, a svelte non-obstructive collar and a super durable rubber sole. You can slip these on in seconds. Also, there has been a very evident attempt at making this versatile enough for casual use.
This is where the Adidas X 15.3 really outshines the competition. The X-Cage on the midfoot offers unparalleled stability. This comprises of multiple layers that assist you to stay balanced during deft moves on court. This is aptly supported by a non-marked traction outsole which allows excellent traction on indoor surfaces. One thing that I must mention though is that these tend to run 0.5 size smaller. So, unless you like really tight cleats on the field, go 0.5 size higher than your regular size.
- Extremely stylish cleats
- Slim and sleek profile
- X-Skin upper
- Non-obstructive collar
- Redesigned X-Cage Midfoot
- Rubber sole
- Non-marked outsole
#3 – Puma Men’s Invicto Sala Soccer Shoe
Puma has been close on the heels of Adidas in its attempt to woo the Futsal audience and it boasts of an ensemble range of indoor soccer cleats. The Invicto Sala, despite its minimalistic design manages to elbow out a lot of hyped cleats from other brands. Apart from a pocket-friendly price tag which puts it well within range of the cash strapped shopper, it also offers a laundry list of features that make it a perfect choice for unhindered game play on indoor surfaces.
There’s no dearth of color choices here. Puma gives you 9 different color combinations to pick from that range from bold and bright ones like the Red Blast and Safety Yellow to subtler ones like the Black and Orange. Surprisingly enough, the lace closures are color matching and not in contrast. However, the visual detail is impressive and you will easily reach out for these cleats for everyday casual use. The construction is a combination of leather, suede and mesh and the shoes are lightweight and easy for wearing. The outsole with its low-profile blends perfectly with the overall sleek form factor.
At just 9 ounces, the Puma Invicto Sala is one of the lightest indoor soccer shoes that I have ever tried on. The leather and suede on the upper make it extremely comfortable while the mesh allows breathability. Also thrown in is a removable sock liner that provides some much needed cushioning. You can always replace this with an insole of your choice. Another excellent feature is the rubberized toe reinforcement which keeps your toe protected from an accidental snub. The low profile is perfect for Futsal. Club this with the rubberized outer sole and you have excellent traction on artificial surfaces like Astroturf.
- Budget-priced indoor shoes
- 9 different color combinations
- Leather, suede and mesh upper
- Rubber outer sole
- Rubberized toe reinforcement
#4 – Nike Men’s Davinho Indoor Soccer Shoe
Nike has largely been overshadowed in the market for the best indoor soccer shoes by other brands because of a lackluster collar design that juts out making the boots difficult to wear. But the Davinho indoor soccer shoe ticks most of the other boxes that one looks for while shopping for comfortable and stylish cleats.
The feature list is highlighted by gum rubber outsoles with multi-sided grips that provide excellent traction in all directions. But that’s not all. At 9.2 ounces, these lightweight shoes are on-par with the Puma Invicto Sala and are equally stylish and comfortable too.
The design is quintessentially Nike. The all-black matte exterior with the prominent Swoosh in white is a tried and tested design that still works. The non-marked outer rubber sole provides some contrast and visual detail. But otherwise, it is simple, minimalist and perfect for everyday use. Color matching lace closures and the ‘swoosh’ on the sole complete the barebones design that Nike aims for. The upper is made of a combination of synthetic fabric and mesh. It fits snugly on the feet and the vamp provides the soft surface that is perfect for the ball while dribbling or shooting.
The Davinho is a very comfortable shoe. There is very little break-in time and you will appreciate the thin profile that adheres automatically to the contours of the feet. Have wide feet without arches? These will become an extension of your feet in no time. On the inside, the shoes boast of Die-cut EVA sock liners that offer some much needed padding and cushioning on track. EVA is also used for the mid sole and the added impact resistance makes for smooth wearing even during extended game play. The gum rubber outsoles really shine when you wear these on artificial surfaces. The traction is excellent.
- Minimalistic but stylish shoes from Nike
- Synthetic and Mesh upper
- EVA Sock liner
- EVA midsole
- Rubberized outer sole
#5 – Kelme Star 360 Mens Soccer Shoes
Last but not the least; we have the Star 360 from Kelme and Michelin. What do you get when two big brands bring together their expertise to Futsal shoes? You get a dreamboat. That’s precisely what the Star 360 is.
It has a laundry list of features that make this an excellent shoe for indoor soccer. It has a low profile, is lightweight and offers just the right amount of cushioning and comfort that you need for extended game play.
Kelme and Michelin have really put in the work here. The shoe is made of four different material types. There’s Nappa leather, synthetic, suede and mesh which are intertwined in layers to provide a clean touch surface for the ball. The fit may seem a tad wider than usual, especially in the midsole and the heel. But it is predominantly leather in these parts and with a little wearing in, the leather stretches beautifully to give you a very comfortable fit. On the bottom, you have the rubber sole from Michelin with the star patterns on it. You can pick from 8 vibrant color options as well.
At 10.4 ounces, the Star 360 is a tad heavier than some of the other picks in this list of best indoor soccer shoes. But the added weight is mainly due to the heavy duty rubber sole. Thanks to the excellent traction it gives, you won’t be bothered much with the slight extra weight. The thin but padded leather and the suede used generously in the instep and toe make it extremely comfortable. As strange as it may seem, Mesh is used in the back half of the shoe and also on the tongue. But it adds to the flexibility and the overall comfort of the shoes.
- Multiple materials used in the construction
- Nappa leather, suede, mesh and synthetic fabric
- Heavy duty rubber sole from Michellin with traction points
- Light weight
- Extremely comfortable
- Clean touch for the ball
Buying the best indoor soccer shoes
A lot of people assume that futsal shoes are like normal sneakers and you can pick just about any one and waltz away in an indoor court. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that any indoor court or hardwood floor or a basketball court demands a pair of shoes that can withstand the impact without wearing your feet out.
Also, you need more traction while providing a soft and clean touch surface for the ball. Here are a few factors to consider while selecting your cleats for indoor soccer.
While it may seem difficult to analyze how well a Futsal shoe will fit without trying it out, we have mentioned enough details to ensure that you can make an informed decision. As a rule of thumb, the closer the shoe fits to the toes, the better it is while handling the ball. However, if it runs too narrow, it will hamper performance. So, if it touches the toes, you need to size up or look for a different one.
It is not uncommon to find indoor soccer shoes made of a blend of different materials including leather, synthetic and mesh. The most important of these is the leather. Good quality leather always wears in easy and lasts longer. Nappa leather is a cost effective and good quality choice. Exotic leather like Kangaroo comes at a premium price tag.
Traction is critical in indoor soccer. Rubber soles usually provide excellent traction and most big brands provide soles with multiple traction points which allow the boots to adhere to indoor surfaces.
Padding in indoor soccer shoes is subjective. Some people prefer the extra cushioning while others like a lower closer-to-ground profile with minimal padding. If you are unsure about it, then you can pick a shoe without padding and then add an insole later.
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