Are Expensive Soccer Cleats Worth It?

Posted: July 16, 2012 by alexkaminetzky in Announcement

So, you’re a parent and your kid wants the buy the new $200 soccer cleats. Initially, you’re probably thinking “no way,” and you have good reason to. After all, they are just a pair of soccer cleats, how much can they really enhance one’s ability? Well, improving one’s performance is one benefit of buying expensive soccer cleats, but that’s not the only perk. Expensive soccer cleats are actually much more durable than cheaper pairs of cleats.  While you may not want to spend $200 on soccer cleats, you should definitely do some research and purchase a quality pair of cleats for several different reasons.

I can speak from experience. I bought a pair of cleats when I was 15 years old that cost $70 at the time. My parents were excited at the fact that they didn’t have to spend a lot of money on me, but within two months, the left cleat had broken laces and the right cleat had a hole in the toe area. At that time my feet had stopped growing, so I convinced my parents to allow me to purchase a $200 pair that would last me a longer time. Miraculously, I was able to wear the cleats for several years through high school. I bought two other pairs of expensive cleats along the way, but I couldn’t have been happier with the results. Over the course of 4 years, I had spent a total of $600 on soccer cleats, which is comparable to the amount I would have paid had my cheap cleats worn out on me at the same rate.  Having quality cleats also helped me stay injury-free throughout my high school playing days.

Everyone has different experiences with soccer cleats, but there is no doubt that the more expensive pairs tend to be much more durable than the cheaper pairs. I recommend that when buying your next pair of cleats for your son or daughter, find a local sports store that has cleats and try on a few pairs. If your son or daughter likes a more expensive pair, don’t completely rule them out based on price, because they could save you the headache of having to return to the store in the next few months.

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