Playing soccer indoors has many advantages; you are LESS RELIANT on weather conditions affecting your performance and the surface is always the same and won’t become bumpy, too wet or too hard.
However, the surfaces of indoor pitches are usually harder than any other surface so when you choose your indoor boots, comfort and support are essential.
Playing on harder surfaces generally puts more strain on your joints so ENSURE your feet are comfortable will prevent injury and improve performance when playing indoors.
In the past, you would have to reply on regular trainers or astroturf boots to play indoor soccer.
I wouldn’t recommend this as you will eventually pick up sprains, blisters and feel generally uncomfortable. Luckily now, manufactures have started making supportive, specialist indoor boots to use on harder surfaces.
#1: Nike Mercurial Vapour XIV
The Nike Mercurial Vapour XII boots are EXTREMELY lightweight yet incredible supportive of your feet.
They are designed for comfort, speed and agility but also support your balance with excellent grip. They don’t compromise your technical ability when playing either.
In addition to being extremely comfortable, these boots also look sleek, modern and are available in a range of colours and designs if this is what you desire in your boots.
Their stretchy design means you can easily slide them on and give a comfy, spongy feel.
- Breathable mesh material
- Lightweight outer lining supports comfort and flexibility
- Rubber outer-sole is designed for balance
- Foam innersole supports control and touch
- Available in sizes from 3.5 (children’s) to 12 (adults)
- Six different colour variations
- Lace up fit
- Slimmer fit design
- Extremely comfortable and breathable
- Supports speed and agility on harder surfaces
- Long lasting and require little maintenance (if you never use them outdoors.)
- Players with wider feet may struggle with comfort due to slim design
- Due to smaller sizing, you may need to get a size bigger than your original shoes size.
Adidas have created a modern, indoor version of the iconic Predator football boots with the Tango 19.3 design.
These boots are extremely COMFORTABLE and fit well to your feet with flexible material, which also helps with shooting and passing control.
Their rubber soles are perfect for indoor football on harder surfaces and help to support quick turning and give you excellent balance.
Although these boots don’t match the boot version of the Predators in terms of style and aesthetic, they look modern with a stitched design and can be purchased in a range of different colours.
- Rubber outer-sole to support on harder surfaces
- Ankle height stitching to support ankles when playing and running
- Flexible and breathable material supports agility
- Cushioned inner-sole for extra padded comfort
- Lace up closure
- Available in black, grey or blue
- Narrow fit
- Upper ankle lining offers extra support for joints
- Stretchy material makes it easier to put on and supports mobility and touch
- Well supported rubber soles and spongy feel supports shooting and passing.
- Narrow fit may not be suitable for wider feet players
- Not the most durable option as damage has been caused to the rubber sole after frequent use.
Wherever I’ve played or watched amateur football in the world, I’ve always noticed players wearing the Adidas Mundial shoes on concrete or indoor pitches.
I’ve also seen people wearing them as their EVERYDAY shoes!
This is testament to their amazing design and style. They are simple footballing boots with a more historic feel and look compared to more modern football boots with the three stripe Adidas branding and black and white colours.
However, these shoes are also well designed to support your feet on indoor surfaces and provided one of the most durable and long-lasting pair of shoes you can purchase.
A definite buy for the nostalgic football player.
- Authentic kangaroo leather on upper part of shoe
- Combination of leather and suede material
- Gum rubber sole supports feet on hard surfaces
- EVA cushioning gives the shoes a lightweight feel.
- Lace up fit
- Larger tongue at top of laces
- Only available in black and white
- Kangaroo leather provides a quality material compared to other shoes
- Suede material helps to support grip and control indoors
- Very long lasting
- Heavy feel on first wear so they require some breaking in before fitting comfortably.
- More expensive option, available for around £80-£110
The Nike Lunar Gato shoes are one of Nike’s flagship indoor shoe designs and were made specifically with small sided (5-a-side and 7-a-side) matches in mind.
A range of quality materials have been used to make these shoes which helps to SUPPORT player touch and control.
I have seen freestylers wearing these shoes and they produce eye-catching tricks and close control while remaining comfortable and flexible at the same time.
But the Lunar Gatos are also very durable when used on harder surfaces and provide a great option if you are playing regular football on these types of surfaces.
- Upper material of goat-skin and mesh
- Criss-cross stitching design on side of shoes
- Over-lay on front of toes provides protection and durability
- Outer-sole mesh helps with breathability
- Foam inside shoes supports comfort.
- Lace up fit
- Available in four different colours
- Slimmer fit
- Design of the shoe offers great protection
- Very durable with a range of materials making the shoe long lasting
- Lightweight feel and cushioning provide excellent comfort
- Blend of colours and designs isn’t aesthetically pleasing to some
- Heavy duty front toe materials can cause friction if shoes are too tight.
The Puma Invicto Sala offers excellent comfort for players due to the high-quality materials used to make the shoe.
A range of materials ensures they shoes are suitable for indoor use whilst also supporting the touch and technique of the player.
Although the different materials make the shoes feel slightly heavier, they do not compromise your footballing experience.
If you are a defensive player who receives or makes a lot of tackles, then this shoe should be your first choice.
Plenty of protection is offered around the toes and lower foot to prevent injury from impact.
- Non-marking outsole helps to support player grip underfoot
- Geometrical soles of shoes help with acceleration and speed
- Blend of leather, suede and mesh on the upper shoe ensures they are durable when used indoors but also breathable and comfortable.
- Rubber toe helps to lessen impact when tackling or receiving contact on the toes.
- Removable in-sole
- A vast range of colour combinations are available
- Available from children’s size four up to size 14
- Traditional lace up fit to secure foot in place.
- Fit of the boots are extremely comfortable whilst also supportive on indoor surfaces
- Suitable for wide feet players
- Boots provide excellent traction on indoor surfaces, helping to support speed, acceleration and balance.
- One size bigger may be required for players due to the toe length being slightly longer than anticipated
- These boots will wear easily if not used solely for indoor use.
If you are looking for a shoe that fits like a glove and keeps your feet comfortable, then the Puma 365 Ignite 2 range are a GREAT option.
The light materials used on the upper shoe help with the movement of your feet when turning, passing or controlling the ball.
These shoes are also suitable for more skilful players looking to get past their opponents with quick tricks or pace.
The 365 Ignite 2s are also extremely stylish. A sleek design compliments the comfort of these shoes well.
A blanket colour covers the entire upper of the shoe while a white, rubber material underfoot ensures you have enough grip.
- Fabric outer material on shoes means they are lightweight, breathable and comfortable
- Lightweight materials help with easier and quicker mobility on indoor surfaces.
- Textile inner is soft on your feet and prevents any friction or discomfort.
- Gum rubber sole and tiny indents under foot offer excellent grip when moving and accelerating.
- Available from size 6 to size 13
- Lace up closure
- A range of colours are available to choose from.
- Flexible and soft materials support player mobility
- Cushioning underneath the foot offers comfortable support on harder indoor surfaces.
- Excellent materials keep the shoes lightweight but also support the durability of the shoes.
- Thin tongue does not offer much protection and can cause some discomfort if not secured or positioned properly before playing
- The slimmer design of the shoe is not suitable for players with wider feet.
#7: Puma Future 5.2
Puma attempted to release a modernized boot with the Future 2.1 model.
The UNIQUE design and style of the boot is extremely modern and the endless ways to lace up these boots makes them unique but also stylish.
Lightweight materials make these boots extremely comfortable and the meshed design has an almost futuristic look without compromising the quality of the boot or your playing experience.
World Cup winners Marco Reus and Antoine Griezmann sport these boots showing they are suitable for players with excellent Shooting Ability and control.
If you want a boot that is modern and breaks the trend of how boots look and feel, then the Future 2.1 boots from model may be the boot for you.
- Customised lacing system to suit your foot size and shape
- Net fit technology supports an excellent touch and lightweight feel
- Evo knit sock supports upper foot and ankle for comfort
- Rapid sprint out sole caters for quicker players and bursts of acceleration.
- Endless lacing possibilities with net fit
- Firm ground and artificial surface studs available
- Size 6 to 13 available
- Available in a range of colours with different customization options available.
- Quality, modern materials make the boots extremely comfortable and lightweight
- Sizes fit true to feet with no up or downsizing required
- Unique looking boot which hasn’t been replicated by any other brands.
- Design is quite slim line so aren’t suitable for wider feet players
- Although artificial surface studs are available, these studs can be felt under foot which can cause dis-comfort.
It’s important to remember that your feet will be under more PRESSURE when playing on harder, indoor surfaces. Whichever shoes you choose for your indoor matches, ensure they fit well before going out and using them on the pitch.
Some shoes are slimmer and less flexible so you may need to go a size up to ensure extra comfort. While the Mercurial Vapours and Adidas Predators are slimmer options, generally, their flexibility provides a good fit for players.
If you are playing at a quick pace too, these boots offer great agility as well as support for your TECHNIQUE. But if you want longer lasting, more durable boots, try the Mundials or Nike Lunar Gatos.