For all you free-footballers out there, Joma has a boot that you will absolutely love wearing while pulling off your favorite tricks. It is the Joma Super Regate and I am going to quickly kick things off by stating that these are one of my preferred options for wearing in indoor play at the moment. When it comes to a shoe that offers a lightweight feel, quality touch and flexible soleplate for quick directional change, this is one of the best I have tested.
In a world that revolves around Nike and Adidas, it is always refreshing to find a boot from one of the smaller companies that competes performance wise. In saying that, Joma has a strong reputation in Futsal circles and they are known to deliver, so it is no surprise that the performance of these boots excels for players that like to play at pace.
Although not a full review, here are the important factors you need to know about these indoor shoes if you are considering them as you next pair.
You can find the Joma Super Regate in this colorway at soccer.com.
Compared to the Market
When you look at other releases, this is the type of shoe that compares to the Nike FC247 Lunar Gato and the Adidas Freefootball Speedtrick. It is built to be light, offer soft touch and plenty of flex in the soleplate. Then there are opposites, and if you want a shoe that is 180 of these, check out the Munich Gresca!
Comfort and Fit
Joma does a great job with creating a super comfortable shoe that falls in at a very tasty weight point, 8.6oz. Right out of the box, they are super easy to wear. It is compliments of the very flexible nature of the entire shoe, from the upper right through to the soleplate. More about that later, but what you need to know is that they are very soft and they get the all clear for wear from day 1.
In terms of fit, this is a very true to size option that won’t require players to think about other sizes. The length of the shoe is standard and provides enough space for stopping and cutting at pace without squishing your toes. Width wise, this is a shoe that will appeal to a wide variety of fits. Medium fits will definitely enjoy them and I will also throw them into the wide fitting category since the materials will stretch and mold to a larger fit.
Performance on the Futsal Court
This is a shoe that is going to benefit quick, nifty players that like to get plenty of touches and pull of tricks whenever they can. When you want to get your foot on the ball and get some toca-toca in, the design is going to be very useful. Across the front portion of the upper and through the midfoot, Joma use what they call a Salatech upper; a combination of mesh and rubber. The mesh allows for maximum breathability through games while the rubber aids with ball control. Personally, I am a fan of mesh in indoor shoes, but only when there is some extra protection across it to improve feel on the ball. A single layer of mesh is not going to withstand much pounding and shooting you feel the full impact. But a rubber overlay acts as a buffer, while still allowing for plenty of air to run through.
There is also a layer of suede that covers the toe cap and runs across the lateral side of the boot. It becomes relevant as you look to play short passes along your instep and it actually proves useful as it offers a slightly grippy feel on the ball.
Then there is the sole and oh how awesome it is! Well, that is the case if you are all about rapid movement and enjoying adding pace to the game. The image above tells you all that you need to know, Joma has added an ultra flexible soleplate that allows for movement in both directions. It is the flex channels that provide the extra mobility and it competes very admirably against a Freefootball Speedtrick that continually gets high praise. The Super Regate feel great to run in and I actually found that the grooves create an added level of traction on court as you look to chop and turn.
Design and Colorways
Visually they are what you make of them. I love the look and have frequently worn this pair to and from FG games. This particular colorway might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they are definitely bright enough to make you stand out. There are several other colorways currently available and you can see them here.
Again, you can find these shoes in this colorway at soccer.com.
The Skinny Summary
Highlight: A shoe designed for fast paced players who like to get on the ball and move it quickly. Also offer a sweet first touch and are very breathable.
Category: Its tough to categorize these in the usual fashion, they are designed for pacey games but built as a bright, vibrant, modern heritage indoor shoe.
Weight: An extremely pleasant 8.6oz
Would I Buy Them: Yes, they are set at a decent price range when you consider that they are the top indoor shoe release from Joma. Performance for value, they are a real winner.