Most Expensive Soccer Cleats: Top 3 Shoes Reviewed
It’s fall and we’ve got an updated list of the most expensive soccer cleats for 2017. We’re excited to show you what you can find at the top end of soccer cleats and we can’t wait to see what comes out for 2018!
Soccer is a fairly inexpensive sport to get into, but it can get pricey at the competitive level. New players will go for lower-end soccer cleats that are more affordable, while professionals and aspiring soccer professionals (whether on the state, college or higher levels) will be shopping for some of the most expensive soccer cleats on the planet. We’ve mentioned some of these cleats, such as the adidas F50 Adizero.
We’re talking about cleats that come close to $400.
These are the soccer cleats trusted by professionals, and they’re a lot different than the lower-end models.
Anatomy of a Soccer Cleat
Understanding the importance of the right cleat requires an in-depth understanding of cleat anatomy. Why is an insole important? What’s the difference between different studs? These are questions professionals can answer, while beginners are left scratching their heads.
Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a soccer cleat, and then take a look at three of the most expensive cleats on the market today and why they’re different.
Most Expensive Soccer Cleats have:
- Upper: The upper includes the top of the shoe. Material placed on the upper allows the wearer to feel the ball, whether dribbling or passing. And the upper is the part of the foot where the ball makes contact when kicking. Many of these strike zones will offer padding to absorb the impact of the ball, and offer rubber or silicone for added ball control. The more expensive the shoe, the lighter it will be (in most cases), and the better control the upper will offer.
- Midsole: View the midsole as a support center. Material is used here for added stability while also adding comfort to the wearer. The midsole will keep the shape of the cleat, and when sprinting down the field, the midsole will provide support and stabilization.
- Insole: The insole of the shoe can be made of lightweight cushioning and is primarily designed for comfort. These soles do not absorb shock at the entry-level because they will often include Die-cut EVA liners, which add comfort but no real absorption benefits. Removable insoles are often preferred because they allow for a higher level of customization.
- Outsole: The outsole is the bottom of the cleat. This is where you’ll gain traction on the field – or lose it. Studs can be fixed or detachable. Three main stud types exist: hard ground, round and bladed. The type of stud is important as it offers better control on different surfaces: indoor or outdoor.
- Heel Counter: The heel counter and midsole are often grouped together. These counters can be external, or built within the shoe itself. The heel counter absorbs impact while you’re running, and also releases energy to allow you to pick up your speed quickly and efficiently. Internal heel counters are far more comfortable, but they’re also less protective if you get kicked.
- Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7
- adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360
- PUMA Evopower Vigor 3D
These are just the basics of a soccer cleat. The most expensive soccer cleats will provide even better technology. When you purchase a high-end cleat, it is made with durability and comfort in mind. The material utilized will be long-lasting, and you’ll also find that there is added stabilization offered.
Let’s take a look at the three most expensive soccer cleats and why they’re all unique.
#1. Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7 Firm Ground Soccer Cleat
It’s all about the tech. The Superfly are the typical shoe + sock (dynamic fit collar) combo that Nike has been running with and we love it.
The Mercurial is not only the most expensive soccer cleat on the market right now, it also carries a 5 star rating. Don’t be fooled by other people selling shoes for $400+ or even $1000+, the prices just don’t go that high unless you’re looking at a pair in good shape signed by Ronaldo or Neymar on Ebay.
The top of the line soccer cleats tend to run in the range of $250 to $375. So let’s get to it, what makes the Superfly’s the most expensive soccer cleats on the market?
You get away from having the tongue and getting grit inside your cleats. Simple right? A cleaned up design with laces. These cleats are exceptional in wet and dry conditions and the foot plate has a more natural fit than previous models. That’s going to help give you that explosive speed you need.
I’m hard pressed to come up with anything I don’t like about these cleats and honestly that’s how it should be for a top end model. You’re paying for those higher end materials, better construction and you feel it when you use them. As a bonus, if you decide to play indoors, you can buy almost the same shoe, fit and materials, but with the rubber indoor grip.
What makes the Mercurial’s unique is their Flyknit construction that incorporates the Flywire cables. These cables integrate with the laces and hold your foot in place at all times.
#2. adidas Nemeziz 17+ 360 Agility Firm Ground Soccer Cleats
adidas + Messi = Nemeziz Messi cleats. These cleats require no wear-in time – none – and yet they’ll mold to your foot perfectly without any slippage.
Something I like about adidas is that their focus is less on being flashy and more on the game. That’s not to say their cleats don’t look amazing (you know they do!) but compare the websites. If you go to the adidas website they give you lots of info on how those cleats are good for certain positions and player types. If you go to Nike’s website, it looks like you walked into IKEA and they’re more interested in showing you how many colors they offer. Anyways, enough. Let’s get back to the Nemeziz 17+.
What makes the hold on your foot so good is a combination of high-end materials that make up the torsion tape 360 AGILITY BANDAGE SYSTEM. This is just like when athletes tape their feet to avoid injury. Think about it…these cleats are built to protect your feet from injury. That’s smart. The 360 torsion tape provide lateral and medial support which is great for strikers.
The Nemeziz push the $400 barrier, more than the Mercurial’s.
For those Messi fans, these cleats will leave the ground with Messi’s unique footprint from the ligthweight messiGAMBETRAX 2.0 outsole.
#3. PUMA Evopower Vigor 3D 1 FG Soccer Shoe
The focus on the EVOPOWER is kicking velocity and accuracy. The foam dots on the surface are what help with the accuracy by gripping on the ball while you angle your foot to whatever direction and spin you’re going for.
Like adidas, PUMA is down to business with their cleats and the EVOPOWER are a beautiful shoe. They’ve got a more classic look, than say the Nemeziz, with laces but they have a knitted sock that keeps the grit out.
The PUMA’s are more lightweight than their standard models, as they should be at this price. The studs are a combination of bladed and conical and the upper material is a spandex mesh with TPU, which is much more durable than PVC.
I like the classic look of these cleats, but I’m currently more interested in the Nemeziz. In the end it all comes down to the fit, and all three of these cleats should fit like a glove, so do what I did – order all three and return the two you didn’t like as much.
So, there you have it! The priciest pairs of shoes in the market right now. There are many reasons why they cost this much but after closely reviewing the products, I realized that the prices are actually justified. They are such amazing products! I know this because after personally testing the cleats on this list, I didn’t want to go to my regular pair of sneakers. That is how much I enjoyed them!
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