Q&A with Sportsmart’s Footwear Manager, Ryan Meggs

Q. Why are there specific shoes for indoor football/soccer (futsal)?

The major difference between regular sports footwear and indoor soccer shoes is the gum rubber out-sole, which actually becomes more tacky and offers greater grip as it heats up in a short period of time.

Many indoor soccer shoes are based on their outdoor football equivalent. For example, there are some that are lighter than others for increased speed, whereas others are designed for great touch for overall better ball control.

Q. What should I look for when choosing an indoor football boot?

The answer to this will vary depending on the type of indoor soccer shoes that you are seeking. For example, you may be looking for a football shoe for greater court speed, or a football shoe for better ball control or passing accuracy. There will usually be several options in all styles at a variety of price points, but generally the high priced football shoes will have better durability, as they tend to be made with higher quality materials as well as including more features to help improve your game.

Q. What is the best way to ensure I choose the right sized boot if I buy them from Sportsmart’s online store?

All indoor soccer shoes will be a very similar fit to your everyday sports shoes. So, if you are size 10 US in a pair of runners, you will usually be a size 10 US in a pair of indoor soccer shoes. If for some reason the size isn’t right, call our online team on (03) 9091 5024 to arrange an exchange for another size.

Q. What brands of indoor football boots does Sportsmart stock?

Sportsmart stocks one of the largest ranges of indoor soccer shoes in Australia, featuring all models and colours from Nike, adidas and Diadora.

Q. What are the most popular models of indoor soccer boots right now?

Our best selling models at the moment are the new Nike Mercurial and Nike Magista X ranges, which both feature the Dynamic Fit Collar. There is also a variety of popular adidas styles, especially the classic adidas Mundial Goal.

Q. How do I best care for my indoor soccer boots to get more wear from them?

There isn’t a lot of maintenance required with indoor soccer shoes as they are not worn outdoors, and therefore don’t get wet or covered in mud. But we still advise that you regularly wipe them down with a damp cloth to help keep the upper clean, and make sure that the outsole is clean and free of dirt.

Q. Which indoor football boot is your personal favourite right now?

The new release models of Nike Mercurial & Magista X range are my favorite as they have plenty of technical features as well as some really modern styling.

Visit your local Sportsmart store for advice and fitting, or browse our indoor football shoe range online (free shipping on footwear!)

Nike Mercurial X Proximo Indoor Soccer Boot

Nike Mercurial X Proximo Indoor Football Boot

Nike Magista X Proximo Senior Indoor Football Boot

Nike Magista X Proximo Indoor Football Boot

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