The best Nike football boots – Chicago Tribune

It’s almost football season, and that means it’s time to prepare. From shoulder pads to studs, you need the best if you want to be the best. Nike offers all kinds of cleats so you can get a pair with the right fit, ankle protection and, if you like that sort of thing, the most panache.

The best Nike football boot is the Nike Vapor Edge Pro 360, Men’s Soccer Cleats. A special lacing system means there’s no need to worry about them coming loose.

A Nike soccer shoe is composed of several parts.

  • Upper: The upper is the upper part of the shoe. It contains the lacing system, the ankle type and the tongue. Make sure the upper is strong, otherwise the lacing can come undone or the whole upper can come loose.
  • Midsole: The midsole connects the upper and the outsole. Most of the padding that protects your feet from hard crampons is here. It should be flexible enough for you to move naturally, but stiff enough to provide support.
  • Outsole: The outsole holds the cleats and provides stability. It should be hard and stiff, but not so stiff that it prevents your foot from bending naturally.

There are three types of ankle length (also called “ankle”) types on cleats, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Down the pegs provide no ankle support but offer the widest range of motion in return. These are best for those who need to move as fast as possible while still being able to change direction in no time.
  • Environment the ankles provide some ankle support while limiting your range of motion as little as possible. It’s a good all-around ankle for any type of player or position, and especially good for those who need to move fast but have weak ankles to protect.
  • High Pegs provide maximum ankle support, but can severely limit your range of motion. They are perfect for defensive players who just need to go fast and straight to attack the opposition.

There are two aspects of cleats to consider when buying a Nike football boot.

  • Type: Nike soccer cleats usually have hard plastic or removable studs. Hard plastic cleats are suitable for most occasions, from artificial grass to muddy ground. Removable cleats allow you to swap out cleats as needed, so you can ensure your cleats are specialized for your next match.
  • Form: Nike soccer cleats are usually triangular or round. Triangular posts are generally best for natural ground because sharp corners can dig in better. Round studs are generally best for artificial soils as they have more surface area to grip.

Flyknit is Nike’s term for a stretchy material placed near the ankle of the wedge. It makes it easier to put on and take off the cleat, in addition to adding extra flexibility to the ankle for more dexterous games.

Nike soccer cleats come in just about any color you could want, although the most common colors are all black and all white. This means you’re free to match or battle your uniform however you like, but be sure to check your league for uniform restrictions before you get too crazy.

They can cost as little as $30 or as high as $250. Children’s shoes and basic adult shoes rarely exceed $100. Better pairs range up to $150, after which the best cleats are found.

A. Yes, and this is common practice as there are far fewer football boot options for women than for men. All you need to do is size conversion and make sure the cleat width is comfortable.

A. You can, but it’s not recommended. Each sport uses different technologies and designs to help you improve your performance when it comes to that sport. For example, soccer cleats use low pegs and different cleat locations compared to soccer cleats. If you’re playing a friendly pickup game with friends, that shouldn’t matter too much, but many leagues have restrictions that prohibit you from using non-soccer cleats.

Nike Vapor Edge Pro 360 Men’s Soccer Cleats: Available at Dick Sporting Goods

Our opinion : If you want to run as fast as possible, grab a pair.

What we like: It’s as light as possible to reduce drag on your feet, and a ghost lacing system eliminates fears of laces getting untangled. Widely placed lugs help you make quick and unpredictable changes of direction. They come in seven colors, including all white.

What we don’t like: They run small on purpose, so several consumers have recommended ordering a size up. Those with wider feet may not feel comfortable regardless of their size.

Nike Alpha Menace 3 Shark Mid Mens Soccer Cleats: available at Dick Sporting Goods

Our opinion : These protect the ankle and are sturdy, which puts them among the best budget shoes.

What we like: The ankle is high to protect it from rolling and violent contact. The synthetic leather and the molding on the front guarantee great durability. A soft foam midsole keeps you comfortable, even after hours on the court. They are available in four colors, including all black and all white.

What we don’t like: Several customers found them too tight for comfort and suggested ordering a half or full size. The soft foam midsole is too soft for some.

Nike Vapor Edge Shark Kids’ Soccer Cleats: Available at Dick Sporting Goods

Our opinion : It’s the perfect cleat for your child’s first season.

What we like: The upper is made of synthetic materials to maintain high durability and easy cleaning, and there’s soft foam underfoot to prevent your child’s feet from hurting from the cleats. It is available in sizes 12K and 13K plus sizes 1-6 in half size increments. Colors are all black or all white.

What we don’t like: Some buyers have noted that the laces of the shoes are short, which makes tying difficult. Children are likely to leave before the start of the next season.

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