Soccer stands alone as the best measure of a person’s foot-eye coordination, and with this uniqueness brings many challenges unseen by other sports.
Whether you’re playing outdoors or indoors, Sartorius has a cleat, flat, or turf shoe for you from our selection of Adidas, Diadora, Puma, NB, and UnderArmour. Besides wanting a cleat to provide traction, you want to have a good feel for the ball that enables you to provide the perfect touch to your passes and shots.
For this reason, Sartorius is here to help you find a comfortable fit for your soccer season. In addition to cleats, we have goalie gear from Reusch and Adidas, shorts, shinguards, balls and professional team jerseys.
Foot and foot-related injuries are among the most common of all sports injuries. Since most foot related problems are caused by “over use”, it is easy to understand why people who participate in sports represent a large segment of the patient population. Most athletes have learned to put up with their discomfort and often will tolerate pain until it finally revents them from participation. This is unfortunate, because preventive measures involving proper foot care can avoid many of these injuries.
Our feet provide the very foundation for all human locomotion. Consequently, it is important to wear footwear appropriate for the activity.
Most sports have specific shoes designed to meet the performance requirement of the activity like soccer cleats, track shoes or basketball shoes. These shoes are designed to enhance the athletes’ performance and hold up to the rigors of the sport. For example, good soccer cleats are designed for soft surfaces and provide lateral control for quick cutting or turning movements while running shoes, designed for harder surfaces, will absorb more shock, but may lack the lateral control for quick turns. If you are unsure of what type of shoe is best for your sport, or for your child, read our quick guideline, and ask any Sartorius Sports sales associate to help you pick out the right shoe.
Quick Guide to Cleats
Cleats are generally required and highly recommended for both soccer and lacrosse players during the outdoor seasons. Wearing cleats outdoors makes the player safer due to increased traction. Better traction also makes you more competitive.
Shoe size is the most critical aspect for good soccer and lacrosse shoes for every player. Wearing last years cleats if the youth player’s foot size has increased or wearing an older sibling’s cleats with “room to grow” are serious mistakes. Foot injuries will occur to a player who is not wearing properly fitted cleats. They will not play well and will hate going to the practices or games. Good cleats which a youth player will probably get only one season from should not cost an arm and a leg, so fit the player with the right size shoe.
When choosing a pair of cleats find one with a cleat arrangement which does not place a cleat directly under the ball of the big toe.
The cleat placement on the shoe should be as far apart as possible, especially in the heel area.
If a shoe pad is needed in the heel, use a silicone or plastic pad. Foam pads compress too much and do little good after wearing them for about a half hour.
You don’t necessarily need to spend $100 for a good soccer or lacrosse shoe. The less expensive shoes (less than $40) are satisfactory for the typical your player. However, for traveling or older players, a more expensive shoe is recommended. As the price of cleats increase, the material changes from synthetic to leather. This change is especially appreciated by the soccer player, as leather has better breathability and superior touch on the soccer ball. Additionally, some upper-end soccer shoes have removeable inner soles which make it easier to use orthotics and aftermarket innersoles. Upper-end lacrosse shoes provide better cushioning than lower priced ones. This benefit can help reduce foot pain, fatigue and injury.[/trx_title]