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Are These Soccer Cleats Worth $250?

by ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com

I’m going to buy my daughter a $250-pair of “sock cleats.” Before you say I’m a sucker for clever marketing or an extravagant, over-the-top sports parent, let me explain.

 

Nike introduced the Nike Magista “sock cleat” in 2014 and Adidas soon followed with their own version. The concept is a knitted cleat, not the traditional leather cleat we are used to. It’s best described like you’re wearing a glove on your foot. When it was first introduced, Nike exclaimed “Football (soccer in USA) will never be the same.”

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I’m not sure how much soccer changed, but the seemingly simple task of buying a pair of cleats for your kid sure did. So when my daughter recently asked me to buy her a pair, it seemed unimaginable to me that soccer cleats could cost this much or that people would pay that kind of money for them. But then, I started to see them everywhere, including on some of her ten-year-old teammates. So I thought, maybe I should take a closer look and find out if they were indeed worth the hefty price tag. So I talked to several kids (and their parents) who have them and here’s what I found out:

  • Everyone overwhelmingly agreed that it was money well spent.

  • The pros: feels like you’re wearing a sock, extremely comfortable – forms to foot, no tongue to obstruct touch on a ball, secure feeling on the ankle; plus it’s extremely lightweight.

  • The cons: the price, and half of the kids found it difficult to get on.

 

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