Choosing the right soccer cleats–nowadays often as part of a set that is attached to your soccer shoe of choice–can make a difference in your game performance. Although there are soccer cleat shoes for both men and women, the cleat aspect of the shoe remains essentially the same regardless. There are three primary criteria we used when selecting our top picks:
- Stud Pattern
- Upper Materials
There are a few other factors that will vary from person to person. Let’s take a look at our top results below.
10. Nike Women’s Magista Onda FG Soccer Cleat
This cleat shoe offers fully synthetic materials for long-lasting wear. The upper shoe is formed of “Kangalite,” a synthetic leather that is becoming the material of choice for many quality soccer cleat shoes. The studs are full-length direct-injected TPU studs, strategically placed for maximum traction. This shoe is a bit on the heavy side, at nearly 11 ounces. Ideal on a firm ground pitch, but can probably work on soft ground too.
Many users claim the size runs small; may be best to order a size above your norm.
9. Nike Women’s Tiempo Legend V FG Soccer Cleat
This cleat is a nice option as it comes with K-leather upper material that mimics the high quality you’d expect of real leather. In addition, Nike has added waterproofing properties to the shoe. This means that the added mesh backing will give you a very lightweight shoe but water will still be kept out.
The cleat structure here is ideal for firm ground pitch.
Many users extoll the comfort of this shoe, however, it too seems to run a bit small for several players.
8. PUMA Women’s Evospeed 3 FG Soccer Cleat
This shoe features a combination of both conical and blade-shaped studs. While it is best for a firm ground pitch, the bladed areas may help to gain some traction on a soft or wet pitch by “sticking” more. The shoe is lightweight at about 9 ounces or so, and the material is synthetic, but not synthetic leather. This means that although it is light, it won’t stretch as much as synthetic leather; consider this if the shoe feels tight when first worn.
Although there are a couple of size complaints, they are fewer than previous entries.
7. Nike Women’s Mercurial Victory V FG Soccer Cleat
We like this one because it tends to fit as expected for most users. It is another cleat option that works best for those playing on a firm pitch. The upper material is synthetic microfiber to cut down on weight, and a waterproofing overlay has been added as well. The cleat structure and placement is conical and staggered to provide good traction without sticking on quick manuveurs.
6. Adidas Performance Women’s F30 Firm-Ground W Soccer Cleat
These shoes come in two different colors and are an interesting mix of synthetics and leather. The outer base is synthetic leather, but the upper is Adidas’ patented “hybridtouch,” which should offer players the benefits of both leather and synthetics in one complete package.
Ideal for firm ground pitch, these can be worn effectively in either wet or dry conditions. Adidas also markets the shoe as ultra lightweight.
A few users claim the shoe is too narrow and tight, however, given that some of the material is synthetic leather, you may find them loosening after a bit of use.
5. Adidas Performance Women’s X 15.3 FG/AG W Soccer Cleat
This take on Adidas’ “Performance” line features cleat structure that is great for both firm ground and artificial ground pitches. It features a soft mesh upper material for increased comfort and lighter weight.
They’ve also included a reinforced midsole cage, said to provide even better stability during gameplay.
We particularly like that there are not many size concerns from users here; you’re more likely to get a shoe that fits your foot properly out of the box.
4. Diadora Women’s Capitano LT Soccer Turf Shoes
Made with excellent shock-absorbing foam for increased stability, this Diadora model is also made entirely of synthetic leather so you’ll get the benefits of a high-quality leather shoe without the price tag. The cleats provide great traction and are most suitable for artifical turf environments.
These shoes are both durable and comfortable according to most users, though you’ll still find a few size complaints here and there, as with most online shoe buying.
3. Adidas Performance Women’s Matteo NUA Firm-Ground W Soccer Cleat
The shoe material here is a synthetic leather base for enhanced fit and quality at a more affordable price. Also features a water repellant coating. This combined with the tread style make it ideal for softer pitches or playing in wet conditions. The bladed stud design is also there to help with both grip and acceleration.
Some users claim they are somewhat pricey for what you get; we find them to be a great value considering all of the positive features.
2. Under Armour Women’s Glyde RM Softball Cleats
We really like this model from Under Armour for the great features it provides at such an incredible value.
It has an extra layer of cushioning in the lining material, increasing both control and comfort. The bladed cleats will serve you well for quick acceleration and turning and are good for hard or soft ground. Luckily, most users report that the sizes they order fit them perfectly, unlike some models.
1. Under Armour Women’s UA CF Force 2.0 FG Soccer Cleats
Another Under Armour model; this one takes ourtop spot for best womens soccer cleats. Not only is it a great value, but it’s packed with a variety of features that make it stand out. The cleats are bladed here and are best utilized on a firm ground pitch. Their style and placing provide immediate penetration and traction for superior performance on the field. All of this and lightweight too, at about the eight ounce mark.
Although there are other considerations when choosing the best womens soccer cleat for your needs, they generally apply to play style and other individual preferences.
Our criteria should serve beginners and experts alike in choosing a new cleat that will allow them to perform at their best on the soccer pitch.