Whether it’s playing football professionally in a league or playing casually on a Sunday with your friends, a good pair of football shoes goes a long way in enhancing your performance. We round up the best football shoes available in India according to every budget.
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Best Football Shoes in India in 2020
List of the Best Firm Ground Football Shoes in India
1. Adidas Predator 19.3
Comfort & Feel
The Adidas Predator is a third-tier model in the Predator lineup for 2020. The synthetic material used to make this is top-notch. The shoe feels like it is made for your feet right out of the box. We tried a size 10 and usually have taken numerous runs to break into football shoes before but these fit right from day 1.
The mold and fold are very flexible and you will feel very confident when wearing them. It feels like the ball is touching your barefoot when you strike or receive a pass. We feel this shoe gives the most natural feel out of all the shoes in the market currently. The Adidas Predator is fit for every foot type including wide feet as the synthetic expands according to your shape.
Use & Durability
The Adidas Predator can be used for both artificial and soft grounds. They work right out of the box. A lot of professional players such as Pogba use these boots and consider them one of the most comfortable they have ever worn.
These shoes will last more than 12 months on very heavy use which is great for synthetic shoes. If you play once a week, these will last a lot longer. They are very durable and provide a lot of stability to your foot thanks to its lockdown feel around the ankles.
Adidas Predator is one of the best shoes for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Not to say casual players shouldn’t have a look since these are on sale at the time of writing. The price for these shoes is around Rs. 6,499/- as of this writing.
If you are looking for a serious shoe that is actually used by professional premier league players at a fraction of the price, look no further. A comparative look at the prices of the top-end shoes from Nike and Adidas shows that the Adidas Predator 18.3 presents a true bargain.
2. New Balance Furon 5.0 Dispatch
Full leather up front
Offers protection to foot
Fit is a bit too snug for wide feet
The New Balance Furon 5.0 Dispatch is a 2019 top end football shoe from New Balance.
Comfort & Feel
The New Balance Furon 5.0 feels very snug right out of the box. We tried a size 10 and it took us a couple of days of playing to break into them. They feel sturdy and light at the same time with a sense that you have padded protection on the top of your foot. They are very comfortable while running.
Use & Durability
The New Balance Furon 5.0 does not feel heavy even though they have the shoe has leather on the front upper with the rest of the shoe being synthetic from midway to back. The ball strikes cleanly and provides a comfortable touch when collecting the ball.
These shoes will hold up for a long time on regular use. They also provide much-needed protection to your feet but still feel light and nimble for sprints.
The New Balance Furon 5.0 football shoes come at a price of around Rs. 8,000 which is not cheap by any means but the cost is well worth it.
Nivia Dominator– The Best Football Shoe in India under Rs. 1,000
Excellent budget price
Only for soft ground
The Nivia Dominator is the perfect start for your football career. It is great for parents whose children are just starting out before playing more seriously and also for someone who does not want to spend more than Rs. 1,000 on a football shoe.
Comfort & Feel
The Nivia Dominator feel very snug right out of the box. We tried a size 10 and at the first instance, the shoe’s lightness came into focus. They are very light. It might take a couple of days or more to properly adjust to your foot. They have a good balance and feel great while sprinting. You can’t expect much more than this from a football shoe at this price point.
Use & Durability
The Nivia Dominator will last for around 12 months on heavy use. The duration of the shoe is great when you compare it with its price. The shoe works well on muddy as well as dry conditions. The ball strikes cleanly, though we did not that the shoe is not very flexible when you take a shot. Your ankle gets rigid and you might feel a slight discomfort.
Apart from this, the shoes feel fine and we could play a game in them quite easily.
The Nivia Dominator offers the best at the lowest price possible. We do not recommend buying a shoe lower than this. The quality will not justify your usage. This shoe offers a quick solution for parents who want to gift it to their children and do not really know whether they will continue playing.
List of the best Artificial Grass/Turf Football Shoes in India
1. Nike Bravata II
If you live and die by Nike but do not want to spend a whole lot of money, then these are the shoes for you. They are light and durable and will last a lot longer than the other Nike models.
These are introductory pairs for people new to Nike. They work as they are supposed to and look every nice thanks to the black colour with the white Nike swoosh.Check now
2. Adidas Copa 18.3 TF – The Best Turf Football Shoes in India for Wide Feet
The Adidas Copa 18.3 turf football shoes are the best quality shoes available at a reasonable price range. They have a leather upper on the front with synthetic near the heel part. They are great for wide feet as they expand after playing for a while.
The only downside with the shoe is that it is a bit heavy and people who are used to playing with lightweight synthetic shoes won’t like the feel much. With that said, the shoes are great at protecting against stamps and tackles and offer good cushion when shooting.
Overall, these are an absolute buy for the price when compared with different options in the same range.Check now
3. Nike VAPOR 12 CLUB NJR
The most expensive option in the list, the Nike Vapor 12 Club NJR is Neymar’s line under Nike’s shoe umbrella. They are very light and provide as close to a barefoot feel among our list. With that said you need to be careful about somebody stamping on your feet as they don’t offer much protection.
These shoes are great for somebody who prefers light shoes and wants fast movement. Although be prepared to pay a bit more.Check now
5. Puma evoKNIT FTB TT
The best Puma option on the list, the Puma evoKNIT FTB provides a soft knit material to wrap around your ankle which gives an extra tight feel.
Though the quality of the synthetic leaves much to be desired, they are decent while playing. They seem durable enough to last quite a while. Also, they seem to fit quite well for wide feet.
These shoes offer good value for money at current prices and we specially like the soft knit around the ankle which provides a different feel than the other shoes.Check now
6. Puma Classico C II TT – The Best Turf Football Shoes Under Rs. 2000 in India
The classic heavy duty shoes, the Puma Classico C II are great for defenders and midfielders. They provide ample protection against tackles and are available at a great price.
These are the best turf football shoes in India that you can get under Rs. 2000. The only drawback is the weight which is amongst the heaviest in the list. These will last long thanks to the leather upper but do take a while to break into.Check now
7. Nivia Aviator Futsal – The Best Football Shoes under Rs. 1000 in India
If you are new to football and don’t know if you will continue playing for a long time, it’s best to not overspend much on shoes. These are the best entry-level pairs for new players.
Buy these if you don’t have the budget for Nike, Puma and Adidas but don’t expect the same performance and quality.
List of the Best Indoor Court Football Shoes in India
1. Adidas Copa 20.4Check now
Football Shoe Buying Guide
Type of Playing Surfaces:
There are typically four types of playing surfaces for football. They are:
However, in India, there are really three types – grass, artificial turf and hard ground.
1. Grass – Firm Ground/Soft Ground (FG/SG)
These are the natural grass pitches where the grass is grown on actual soil. They are standard but are difficult to maintain.
Shoes with studs are usually worn on grass pitches because they grip better.
2. Artificial Turf, also called Astro Turf
These are new artificial grass turfs. They are factory made and grounded with rubber pellets (you’ll get them in your shoes after playing). They are easy to maintain but very costly to set up.
Shoes with very small or minute stud grips work well on this pitch.
3. Hard Ground
Hard ground pitches are basically pitches without grass – natural or artificial. Technically, even street surfaces will be called as hard ground surfaces. Nowadays, there are modern factory made hard ground pitches available.
Shoes for hard ground surfaces have no studs but manufacturers give them special groves for gripping.
A graphic summary about which football shoes to use on which pitch:
Best Brands for Football Shoes in India
There are many brands all over the world producing excellent football shoes, sadly India is really lacking in terms of options. The top brands which dominate the football shoe market in India are:
- New Balance
Apart from these, only a few brands like Nivia and Decathlon provide decent options but we would not recommend those unless your budget is low.
Last update on 2021-02-25