Now, we completely understand that picking out soccer cleats is highly subjective. Indeed, there’s a shoe out there for all kinds of different soccer players. First of all, there’s specific cleats for the type of ground you play on. Secondly, there are specific cleats for the type of position you like to play. And of course, there are a ton of options you can choose from when it comes to how cleats perform on the field. Traction, shooting, touch, comfort, fit, and all the other small details that you can take into account. In case you haven’t yet, check out our guide on how to choose soccer cleats for a better idea of what you’ll need. But, if you want our honest opinion, we’ll certainly give you our top picks on cleats. Read on for the best soccer cleats for the most popular types of ground.

Best Soccer Cleats (As of Current Times)

 

  Firm Ground Soft Ground
Hard Ground
#1 Pick

Nike Tiempo Legend VI FG

Nike Tiempo Legend VI - Best Soccer Cleats for Firm Ground - Athlete Audit

Adidas World Cup SG

Adidas World Cup SG Soccer Cleat Review - Featured

Adidas Copa Mundial

Adidas Copa Mundial - Best Soccer Cleats for Hard Ground - Athlete Audit

#2 Pick

PUMA evoPOWER 1.3 FG

PUMA evoPOWER 1.3 - Best Soccer Cleats for Firm Ground - Athlete Audit

Nike Tiempo Legend VI SG

Nike Tiempo Legend VI SG - Best Soccer Cleats for Soft Ground - Athlete Audit

Adidas X 15.4 FXG

Adidas X 15.4 FxG - Best Soccer Cleats for Hard Ground - Athlete Audit

#3 Pick

Adidas Gloro 16.1 FG

Adidas Gloro 16.1 - Best Soccer Cleats for Firm Ground - Athlete Audit

Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG

Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG Soccer Cleat Review - Crimson Volt

Adidas Ace 16.4 FXG

Adidas Ace 16.4 FxG - Best Soccer Cleats for Hard Ground - Athlete Audit

 

Best Soccer Cleats for Firm Ground

Firm ground happens to be the most popular style of cleat. It’s probably because they’re so versatile and the fact that most people play soccer on grass and firm natural surfaces. Therefore, if you live in an area where it doesn’t rain often, you’re probably after some firm ground cleats too. Of course, virtually all soccer shops carry firm ground cleats. In fact, finding cleats for other types of ground can be a little difficult. Firm ground cleats either come with conical or blade shaped molded studs that dig into the ground.

Seeing as the market for soccer cleats is almost entirely saturated with firm ground cleats, it was a little difficult picking out a few top performers. Nevertheless, there are a few that shine like needles in a haystack in our eyes. These cleats are hot fire, so take note and don’t forget to wear sunglasses as you look at them.

For us, the best soccer cleats for firm ground include the Nike Tiempo Legend VI, the PUMA evoPOWER 1.3, and the Adidas Gloro 16.1. The Nike Tiempo Legend VI can play in almost any position and excels in every category. To emphasize, shooting and passing with them are a dream because of the clean strike zone and superb, textured touch. Next, we have the PUMA evoPOWER 1.3, which are cleats that meet the high demands of attacking players. Specifically, forwards, wingers, and aggressive mid-fielders. Exceptionally light for agility while allowing explosive power, these cleats are top-tier. Lastly we have the Adidas Gloro 16.1, which are the second version of the Adidas Gloro. Essentially the equivalent of the Copa Mundials with modern technology, you know they’re going to perform wonderfully.

Rank:Model:Pros:Cons:Price:
#1 Pick

Nike Tiempo Legend VI FG


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- Superb touch & feel
- Extremely comfy
- Breaks in quick
- ACC increases control whether wet/dry
- Clean strike zone
- Offers great protection, support, mobility & stability
- Slightly heavier than the V's
- Expensive; top-tier
- Little stiff at first
- Requires more maintenance
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#2 Pick

Nike Hypervenom Phantom FG


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- Perfect style strike zone
- Traction for quick acceleration
- Hybrid between power, speed, & control
- Molds to your feet comfy
- Lightweight
- Minimal break in
- Expensive; for top-tier
- Doesn't quite offer barefoot touch/feel
- Limited durability
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#3 Pick

Adidas Gloro 16.1 FG


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- Cleaner strike zone than original Gloro
- Fits a wide variety of feet
- Better traction than previous model
- Molds to your feet
- No break in required
- Huge heritage influences
- Lightweight
- Excellent value
- Leather stretches
- 2 different types of leather for upper
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Best Soccer Cleats for Soft Ground

Next, we have soft ground cleats. Suited for soft or wet natural surfaces, these types of cleats excel where it rains often. (Northwest US, England, we’re looking at you). Offering more traction than FG cleats although fewer overall studs, they make studs on SG cleats a little differently. Although soft ground cleats aren’t used as much in the world, they are essential for wet conditions. However, don’t go wearing them on any other surface though, you’re likely to injure not only yourself but others as well.

Since fewer soft ground cleats are available, it wasn’t hard selecting our top picks. We decided on the Adidas World Cup SG as our top choice, the Nike Tiempo Legend VI SG as our second, and the Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG trailing closely behind. The world-famous Adidas World Cup speaks for itself so let’s not talk about them too much. But, here’s the history on them for those out of the loop. Next up, we have the Nike Tiempo Legend VI SG, which are essentially a soft ground version of the VI’s. A top choice in our firm ground category, they also don’t need any explanation. Lastly we have the Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG, a soft ground version of the Hypervenom Phantom. They got high marks in every category including amazing touch, so they’re also a no-brainer for soft ground players.

Rank:Model:Pros:Cons:Price:
#1 Pick

Adidas World Cup SG


Adidas World Cup SG Soccer Cleat Review - Featured

- Must have for soft ground
- Very durable/high quality
- Made in Germany
- Traction for stability
- Kangaroo leather = superb touch
- Classic look for heritage players
- High level of protection
- Includes additional studs
- Can feel stud pressure if ground isn't soft enough
- Doesn't suit wide feet well
- Not very lightweight
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#2 Pick

Nike Tiempo Legend VI SG


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- Superb touch & feel
- Extremely comfy
- Breaks in quick
- Mix of both fixed and detachable studs
- Comes with additional studs (different lengths)
- ACC increases control whether wet/dry
- Clean strike zone
- Offers great protection, support, mobility & stability
- Slightly heavier than the V's
- Expensive; top-tier
- Little stiff at first
- Requires more maintenance
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#3 Pick

Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG


Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG Soccer Cleat Review - Crimson Volt

- ACC for consistent feel
- NikeSkin upper for unqiue feel/touch
- Fits wide feet well
- Short break in period
- No additional studs included
- Laces can get in the way when shooting
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Best Soccer Cleats for Hard Ground

Hard ground isn’t played on so much, so it was kind of difficult choosing the best soccer cleats for this category. Mostly used on fields where hard surface is exposed, hard ground cleats have rubber outsoles to provide traction. In general, they don’t dig into the ground like FG or SG cleats, but they provide excellent grip on solid surfaces.

In our opinion, the best soccer cleats for hard ground include the Adidas Copa Mundial, the Adidas X 15.4 FXG, and the Adidas Ace 16.4 FXG. Now, you’re probably surprised to find the Copa Mundials here, but they perform great on both firm and hard ground. Seeing as they are world renowned cleats, we won’t get too much into them. However, these lie at a high price point compared to most other hard ground cleats. On the other hand, the Adidas X 15.4 FXG and Adidas Ace 16.4 FXG are more affordable hard ground cleats that provide pretty good performance. Additionally, you can use them on firm ground too, which ups their value.

Rank:Model:Pros:Cons:Price:
#1 Pick

Adidas Copa Mundial


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- K-leather = touch/feel
- Superb comfort once molded to your feet
- Great durability
- Good padding/protection
- Great value
- Can play on firm ground too
- Length runs longer; size down up to a full size
- Outsole nothing spectacular
- Heavy at 11.7 oz
- Some don't like the tongue
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#2 Pick

Adidas X 15.4 FXG


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- Good value
- Decent performance
- Can play on firm ground too
- Low-tier cleat
- Upper is stiff
- Not lightweight
- Sub-par touch
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#3 Pick

Adidas Ace 16.4 FXG


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- Good value
- Decent performance
- Can play on firm ground too
- Low-tier cleat
- Sub-par touch
- Bit roomy in forefoot
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Best Soccer Cleat Brands

 

Adidas Nike PUMA
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Asics Under Armour Lotto
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