Now, picking out football cleats shouldn’t be a difficult task. If you’re just starting off, it can certainly seem so. As a result, we put together this handy little guide on what we think are the best football cleats out there. Now, as you may know, there are a ton of football cleats out there. In case you haven’t yet, read through our guide on how to choose football cleats first. You’ll learn some solid tips and advice for choosing a pair of cleats that will suit your needs. But as for the cleats we’ll be picking, we’ll focus on molded cleats, detachable cleats, and cleats meant for turf. Similarly, we’ll also pick a pair of cleats for each of the different cuts: low-cut, mid-top, and high-top. That way, there’s something here for everyone. With this in mind, let’s continue, here are the best football cleats in our opinion.

Best Football Cleats (As Far as We Can Tell)

 

  Molded
Detachable Turf
Low-cut

Adidas AdiZero 5-Star 5.0

Adidas AdiZero 5-Star 5.0 - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Nike Vapor Strike 4 Low D

Nike Vapor Strike 4 Low D - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Adidas Turf Hog LX Low

Adidas Turf Hog LX Low - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Mid-top

Adidas Filthyspeed Mid

Adidas Filthyspeed Mid - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Nike Alpha Pro D

Nike Alpha Pro D - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Adidas Turf Hog LX Mid

Adidas Turf Hog LX Mid - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

High-top

Under Armour UA Highlight MC

Under Armour UA Highlight MC - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Under Armour Team Highlight D

Under Armour Team Highlight D - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

Under Armour UA Highlight MC

Under Armour UA Highlight MC - Best Football Cleats - Athlete Audit

 

Best Football Cleats – Molded

Molded cleats have studs that are permanently fixed onto the outsole of cleats. As a result, they are less expensive, require less maintenance, and specialize on one type of ground. However, once studs wear down, the shoes will have to be replaced. Accordingly, for our top picks in molded cleats, we chose the Adidas AdiZero 5-Star 5.0 for low-cuts, Adidas Filthyspeed Mid for mid-tops, and the Under Armour UA Highlight MC for high-tops.

Cut:Model:Pros:Cons:Price:
Low-cut

Adidas AdiZero 5-Star 5.0


Adidas AdiZero 5-Star 5.0

- Super light at 8 oz
- Has a secure heel lockdown
- Durable and supportive
- Has great traction
- Material can be stiff
- No ankle support
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Mid-top

Adidas Filthyspeed Mid


Adidas Filthyspeed Mid

- Relatively inexpensive
- Superior comfort
- Synthetic materials for secure fit
- Molds to your feet
- Mixed feelings w/ durability
- Can run small and narrow
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High-top

Under Armour UA Highlight MC


Under Armour UA Highlight MC

- Absolute best protection
- Great ankle/lateral support
- Superior fit and comfort
- Molds to feet and ankles
- Tons of colorways
- More expensive
- Can run narrow
- 10.3 oz is not light
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Best Football Cleats – Detachable Studs

Next, we have detachable stud cleats. Obviously, these types of cleats have studs that are removable and replaceable, making them very versatile for a variety of surfaces and conditions. Studs come in a variety of sizes, such as 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, and 1″. In general, they are more expensive but they have long term value as studs can be replaced once they’ve worn out. Thus, for our top picks in detachable cleats, we chose the Nike Vapor Strike 4 Low D for low-cuts, Nike Alpha Pro D for mid-tops, and the Under Armour Team Highlight D for high-tops.

Cut:Model:Pros:Cons:Price:
Low-cut

Nike Vapor Strike 4 Low D


Nike Vapor Strike 4 Low D

- Great agility / speed
- Synthetic upper doesn't stretch much
- Secure and snug fit
- Good amount of padding
- May fit small
- Thin insole
- No ankle support
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Mid-top

Nike Alpha Pro D


Nike Alpha Pro D

- Great mid-range cleat
- Offers mobility and support
- Has good amount of traction
- Flywire improves stability
- Great for skill/defenders
- Mesh adds breathability
- Doesn't offer full body protection
- Heavier at 11.8 oz
- Runs a little large
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High-top

Under Armour Team Highlight D


Under Armour Team Highlight D

- Synthetic doesn't stretch much
- Superb ankle support/protection
- Snug fit
- Adapts to foot's movements
-Superb traction on a variety of surfaces
- May fit narrow
- Expensive
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Best Football Cleats – Turf

Turf shoes require a little extra traction on this type of field. That’s because synthetic surfaces are fundamentally different than natural grass. Turf shoes often have short studs that are either rubber or plastic. As a result, they don’t dig into the ground like normal cleats while providing adequate traction. The outsoles are often very durable. So for out top picks for turf cleats, we selected the Adidas Turf Hog LX Low for lows, Adidas Turf Hog LX Mid for mids, and the Under Armour UA Highlight MC for highs, just because they’re so amazing.

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Low-cut

Adidas Turf Hog LX Low


Adidas Turf Hog LX Low

- Grips turf very well
- Works well when wet
- More mobility than Mid's
- Rubber outsole is very durable
- Breathable leather
- Less protection and support than the mid'scheckprices
Mid-top

Adidas Turf Hog LX Mid


Adidas Turf Hog LX Mid

- Very comfortable
- Grips turf very well
- Works well when wet
- Durable shoe
- Offer more support and protection than lows
- Breathable leather
- Less mobility than low'scheckprices
High-top

Under Armour UA Highlight MC


Under Armour UA Highlight MC

- Absolute best protection
- Great ankle/lateral support
- Superior fit and comfort
- Molds to feet and ankles
- Tons of colorways
- More expensive
- Can run narrow
- 10.3 oz is not light
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Best Football Cleat Brands

 

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