The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes

Indoor cleats, which do not have any studs, are designed for the gym, concrete, or asphalt.  Many people also sport them for casual wear.

It’s worth nothing that some players wear these shoes for indoor style 6 v 6 turf fields.  However, with only a flat rubber sole between you and the pitch, indoor cleats are not designed for wet grass or artificial turf as they very slip easily on wet surfaces. For more details on indoor soccer shoes check out my soccer cleats 101 guide.

There are hundreds of choices on the market today for indoor soccer cleats.  I compiled data from all the major websites came up with the top indoor cleats. Four shoes stand above the rest.

Criteria for selection:

  • At least 25 reviews
  • Reviewed on a minimum of 3 different sites to remove website bias

Astroturf pitch perfectly suited for indoor cleats

The list – most popular indoor soccer cleats

side by side comparison

 

Adidas Mundial Goal

Just edging out Nike’s Gato II, the Adidas Mundial Goals are the best indoor shoes according to reviews.  I agree with reviewers as I have worn both Sambas and Mundial Goals and they are both awesome indoor soccer shoes. In my opinion the Mundial goals are a bit more flexible and break in easier, which results in a better feel for the ball.

The Mundial Goal boots used to be called the Copa Indoor but have been re-branded. This is the sister shoe to the Copa Mundial (firm ground) and Team Mundial (turf) in the Adidas kangaroo leather line of soccer cleats. Weighing in at 12oz, The k-leather is more padded on the upper than the stretched-tight full grain leather of the Sambas. This soft, padded kangaroo leather is great for support and improves touch on the ball.

Another difference from the Sambas is that the suede leather wraps around the entire base of the shoe for support and durability. Its synthetic lining ensures maximum comfort while the midsole is made of die-cut Eva sole to absorb shock. The outsole is made of molded, non-marking gum rubber.  The shoe features the classis black and white stripes Adidas look.

 

 

Nike Gato II

Nike began selling running shoes with the famous swoosh logo in 1971. Since then, they’ve expanded their product line immensely and sell many types of athletic shoes today, including some of the top indoor soccer shoes. One of the best indoor soccer shoes around is the Nike Gato II.

At 8.4oz, the Gato II is one of the lightest full grain leather indoor shoes. Compared to many other leather indoor cleats that fall in the 10-12oz range, this boot is a great choice if you want to go light and go leather.  Available colors include neo-turquoise, white/black,  black/total crimson/gum, and light brown/black.

Gato indoor soccer shoes are a great choice for precision play and control of a soccer ball.  The shoe’s full grain leather upper allows excellent ball feel while maintaining a relatively lightweight status among indoor shoes. The open mesh quarter allows your sweaty feet to breathe and the cushioned midsole and sock liner combine to give more support.

While the Gato II was designed for indoor soccer, many say it is a great cross training shoe as well.

 

Adidas Samba

The Adidas Samba has established a position for itself as one of the legendary indoor soccer cleats.

With over 1500 reviews on major websites and 35 million sales, samba is second most sold Adidas soccer shoe ever (The Adidas Copa Mundial is the best selling cleat of all time in case you were wondering). While its popularity mainly lies in Adidas’ reputation of quality and excellence, this shoe also comes with certain user-friendly features that set it apart from the rest.

The Adidas Samba soccer shoe is popular for its durability as it is made using pure authentic full grain leather. The leather is also complemented with a suede overlay to protect it from likely abrasions because of friction when training and playing. At 11.6oz the Samaba is built to last. The shoe features a tough gum rubber outsole that merges and treads designed to add to the shoe’s grip when training indoors or on a hard surface.

While Adidas goes a long way to ensure quality and durability, the shoes’ appearance is also enhanced to make the Adidas Samba shoes the best looking indoor soccer shoes. To this end, other than the classic overall black and three distinct white stripes, you have the option to choose overall white with black stripes.

>>Looking for cheap indoor soccer shoes? The Samba can usually be found on Amazon for $40…check out the link above for current pricing.

 

 

PUMA Momentta Vulc Sala Country

The Momentta Vulc Sala comes in two major styles: the Vulc Sala Lux and the Vulc Sala Country. The top reviews I compiled here are for the Country version of the shoe. This line features 6 different countries that were made ahead of the 2014 World Cup: Italy, Uraguay, England, Brazil, Argentina, and Germany.

Looking for cool indoor soccer shoes? PUMA gets an A here for the cool factor – the PUMA Momentta Vulc Sala Country is one of the coolest soccer cleats out there. The tongue and heel contain features that represent great moments for each country. For example the Argentina shoe features “gol del siclo” on the tongue – goal of the century referring to Maradonna’s game winning goal against England in the 1986 World Cup Quarterfinals.

The Momentta Vulc Sala Country are low profile, versatile shoes weighing in around 11oz. They are good for fustal, indoor, or casual wear as they sport a streetwise, retro-cool style with an upper shoe combination of synthetic leather and breathable mesh.  The leather uppers are also abrasion resistant and they also have side panels that maximize the durability of the shoe. With a non-marking rubber outsole and a flexible soleplate, this shoe offers you good traction and enhances performance on the court.

 

Top 4 indoor shoes at a glance

Nike Gato II

Score4.7
  • 38 reviews
  • 8.4 oz
  • Full grain leather

Adidas Samba

Score:4.6
  • 1,334 reviews
  • 11.6 oz
  • Full grain Leather

Momentta Vulc Sala Country

Score:4.5
  • 83 reviews
  • 11 oz
  • Synthetic leather