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How to Choose Soccer Cleats

If you’re a soccer player, you know how important a good pair of cleats are. They’re everything.


  • Step 1: Go to sporting goods store Go to a sporting goods or soccer store.
  • Step 2: Pick out a few pairs of cleats Pick out a few pairs of cleats that fit both your budget and your league’s regulations.
  • TIP: Many leagues only allow molded cleats, while some high schools and colleges allow detachable cleats of varying lengths.
  • Step 3: Put on your soccer socks Put on your soccer socks.
  • Step 4: Try them on Try on the different models and brands you picked out.
  • Step 5: See how they feel See how they feel. Are they too small? Too narrow? Does the heel slip? You may have to move up or down in size, or to a different model.
  • Step 6: Look at its features When you find a pair that fit, look at its features. Do you like the tongue strap? Is it real or faux leather? Are they good for the surface—grass or turf—that you’ll be playing on?
  • Step 7: Wear them around the store Spend some time in the store wearing the cleats to make sure they’re comfortable. If they don’t feel good in the store, they won’t feel good on the pitch.
  • Step 8: Buy your new cleats Once you’re sure, buy your new cleats and break them in at practice.
  • FACT: In 1526, King Henry VIII ordered a pair of royal soccer cleats, which were made of hand-stitched leather and cost four shillings.

You Will Need

  • A sports store
  • Soccer socks

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