Indoor football can be challenging. It’s fast, furious and you need to have half-decent footwork to do almost anything. While having the natural ability to play football at such high-speed in close quarters is ideal, having sufficient footwear helps too.
It doesn’t matter how good a player you are, if you’re bumbling round a pitch wearing chunky running trainers, you’re not going to be at your best.
While a lot of brands tend to use similar materials, styles and technologies to construct their boots, the final product can be very different.
The same specifics doesn’t always mean they’ll fit the same, it doesn’t mean they’re feel the same and it doesn’t mean they won’t fall apart after a week of wearing them.
That’s where we come in. We’ve tried and tested some of the best astro turf boots on the market right now and put together a list of our favourites.
We were looking for ultimate comfort, a soft touch on the ball, excellent grip and, most importantly, durability – because no one needs to be buying a new pair of boots every few weeks.
So whether you’re starting indoor football this summer, or looking for a new pair of mid-season boots, we’re happy to help.
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Adidas predator tango 19.3 indoor boots: £74.95, Adidas
The Adidas predator is one of the most iconic boots in football history. Worn by the likes of David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Steven Gerrard, it’s had some truly world class wearers in its time and it’s no wonder they’re still making iterations of it almost 30 years later. The latest in the family: Adidas predator tango 19.3. With a supportive mesh upper, the boot’s modernised design provides a sock-like fit to securely lock you in, with embossing on the forefoot grips add control when passing and shooting.
New Balance furon v4 dispatch TF: £30, New Balance
New Balance has only been making football boots for a few years, but they’ve quickly become one of the most widely-worn boot brands around. Thanks to their lightweight and modern designs, they’re are worn by a host of top class players. A re-engineered soleplate on the furon v4 dispatch makes for better traction and a more explosive take off speed, while the new textured upper helps ball control (should you need it).
Nike zoom phantom venom pro TF: £94.95, Nike
Nike’s been one of the main players in the sports footwear game for decades, and in football especially, it shows no sign of letting up. Nike state their zoom phantom venom pro TF has been designed to “produce powerful strikes that win games” and this is apparent in their slightly thicker toe-box. The upper is textured for a more precise touch and perforated for breathability, while the zoom air unit in the heel provides lightweight cushioning on turf surfaces, making for ultimate comfort.
Puma FUTURE 19.4 IT men's football boots: £50, Puma
Puma’s FUTURE boot really is one of the most forward-thinking boot designs we’ve seen. Sleek, lightweight, comfortable and made to last – this a modern training boot. A soft yet comfortable upper pairs perfectly with a lightweight outsole designed for an optimal mix of stability and agility to help you out-play the opposition on any indoor surface.
Mizuno sala club 2 IN: £55, Pro Direct Soccer
Born out of Japan, Mizuno is one of the lesser-known brands in the world of football nowadays. Forming a reputation for making good quality, long-lasting sports shoes in the nineties, the brand’s current boots still run in the same vein. Engineered for use indoors, the Mizuno sala club 2 IN football shoes are flexible and provide a low-profile feel to get you closer to the ball.
Adidas Nemeziz 19.1: £109.95, Adidas
A more conventional twist to the traditional boot, the Adidas nemeziz 19.1 is a boot that’s more than just a trainer. With a stretchy, lace-less upper and with weaved tensions of tape match your foot shape, the nemeziz delivers on-the-go comfort and a lockdown fit, as well as making for an excellent modern day boot.
Umbro sala pro: £60, Umbro
One of the OGs when it comes to football boots, Umbro’s shoes have always been associated with efficiency and durability. Their Sala pro indoor boots are made of full grain leather to enhance ball control, while the heat-welded support structure allows for breathability without compromising stability. The outsole delivers optimum cushioning whilst herringbone treat provides maximum grip.
Nike tiempoX legend: £64.95, Nike
A boot built for both comfort and durability, the Nike tiempoX is a legend in the world of football boots. It features a quilted combination construction that makes for an ultra-comfy fit, while the lightweight midsole means cramp won’t be setting in anytime soon.
Adidas mundial goal: £70, Pro Direct Soccer
Perfect for indoor football or on dry outdoor surfaces, these Adidas mundial goal's are made from soft kangaroo leather, which makes for a great touch, ultimate comfort and an excellent fit. The iconic mundial design is one that’s stood the test of time and will continue to do so for the foreseeable.
Under Armour magnetico select TF football boots: £60, Under Armour
Bringing the upper closer to your foot for a responsive feel on the ball, the vamp of the Under Armor magnetico selected features ClutchFit 2.0 technology, while the engineered three-layer synthetic construction provides both strength and stability mid-foot.
The verdict: Astro turf football boots
Thanks to its iconic status in the world of football boots, the Adidas predator tango 19.3 are easily our best buy. Although now housing swanky, new technologies, they still fully encapsulate what the original predator had back in the day. If you’re looking for something totally new and modern, we’d suggest the lightweight New Balance furon v4 dispatch TF.