SoccerCleats101 is an independent website designed to help soccer players, young and old, choose the correct soccer cleats or football boots to suit their game. Since starting the website in 2008, our goal has been to be a valuable source of unbiased information.
As a former professional soccer player, I know the importance of finding the right pair of boots (or cleats) that fit well, suit your style and just feel proper comfy. Buying on the Internet can be difficult, especially when you are not sure about how different pairs fit. On this site, you will find a broad range of information on various aspects of each boot on the market, from sizing to technology, performance and general style. This information is not only from my own personal experiences but we also cover views from other professionals in the game.
If you are looking to have a product or soccer cleat tested and reviewed, or want to request a site feature, feel free to send me an email.
Founder & Expert Reviewer
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Irish Independant 08/17/2009
Irish Examiner 04/22/2009
Daily Nexus 01/23/2007
F.A.Q – Frequently Asked Questions
How did you become an expert reviewer?
I started the website in 2008, reviewing soccer cleats that I was wearing at the time. Because I played professionally and had contacts within the industry, it made it easier for me to reach out to companies to get more boots for review. Since then, I have continued to produce unbiased and comprehensive reviews that give full details on what to expect from boots. It has taken 3 years of full time work to find success within the industry.
How do I become an expert reviewer?
It takes a lot of time and dedication to make a mark on the industry. My advice is to start a blog and share information on what you know from soccer cleats, share your experiences and knowledge. Look to get your hands on as many pairs as possible for review and as soon as you have a number of reviews built up, reach out to companies to see if they have any interest in you reviewing their products. To start a new blog, check out Blogger or WordPress.
Do you get all your boots for free?
Companies do send out samples in order to have them reviewed, but there are plenty of occasions where I need to purchase boots myself for reviews. There are also times when stores send boots for review in return for a redirect from the review to their product page.
What do you do with all the boots you have?
For the most part, I use them for giveaways or share them with local players that can’t afford new pairs! There are times, of course, when the boots are fully broken in and well used. There are also pairs that I try to wear for several months in order to bring a follow up on the complete durability of the boot.
Can I have some free boots?
Due to the nature of the site and the number of requests I get for free boots, I can not offer any up for free – unless of course you are a giveaway winner!
*This policy is valid from 06 October 2009
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This blog does not accept paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations in order to provide a valid review through testing. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network.
The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated by any Brand to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement.
To sum up, we do not accept gifts in return for favorable reviews. There are two ways we get cleats to review; either we purchase them, or we are sent them by a retail store. If we like a product we say so, if we don’t then we have no fear to add that opinion. We use affiliate links under each post. These links help us survive, and are a means to generate money in order to purchase more products for review. They also allow you the opportunity to buy the cleats after reading the review.