So, you have a toddler in your life who is ready to embark on his or her soccer career. First note; before the age of 5, your budding star should only be kicking a ball for fun, beginning to grow a love for the game. As a result, there is no need to go looking for the most tech advanced boot on the market. It is comfort that is absolutely key. In fact, I wouldn’t judge any parent who allows their toddler to wear a pair of their favorite running shoes.
But, there is something nostalgic about being able to own your first pair of soccer cleats. And, they can add a little extra layer of excitement to get out and play. “Grab your cleats and lets go kick around the ball.” The tough part is picking the right pair. Options are limited and there isn’t a lot of information available for pairs you find. With that in mind, and having gone through the experience with 3 kids, here is a list of top options worth checking out!
The general sizing for toddler cleats runs across 7K, 8K, 9K and 10K.
Joma Toledo Junior FG
This is the type of shoe that ticks all the right boxes. They feature a synthetic Fibertec upper that gently adjusts to the foot after a few wears, allowing for a lightweight fit from one-piece. Flip them over and you will find a very well balanced traction system, with low studs that disperse pressure evenly. Joma are not the first brand that comes to mind when it comes to soccer cleats, but they are one of a few brands that have really taken to the category with a wide selection of footwear on offer.
adidas Junior Samba Classic
There are very limited options when it comes to adidas (and Nike) options. But, if that is the route you are looking to go, your best bet is the flat “indoor court” style adidas Junior Samba Classic. It is also the only option available with a full-grain leather with synthetic leather trim for improved durability. High quality, with the best comfort you will find. Again, note that you don’t need an FG style soleplate for playing soccer, but FG will provide a little extra traction and better grip on grass.
Diadora Cattura Jr FG
Diadora has long been a leader when it comes to toddler and kids options. They are the one brand who have continually kept a focus in the category. The Cattura is their top rated option currently. On offer is a soft, polyurethane upper with a padded, brushed nylon ankle collar lining. Underfoot, they feature a molded rubber outsole provides 14 studs to reduce pressure points.
Vizari Infinity FG
If you are on a tight budget, the Vizari Infinity offers good value. They are a simple soccer cleat that is available in a wide variety of colors. The upper is a synthetic material with a lite dimple texturing. underfoot, they feature a standard issue rubber soleplate. Nothing spectacular, a very basic option but one that would competently fit as a good first pair.
DREAM PAIRS FG
Dream Pairs is a brand that we don’t know a whole lot about, they are more of a generic brand that don’t have the clout to break into the adult footwear market. But their youth and toddler options are actually pretty solid. They feature a synthetic upper, Underfoot, they are a little more advanced with rubber molded cleats and a rotational traction configuration. A good option if you need a size 10K.