Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as "indoor soccer shoes". Coach Ken took to the streets (okay, the information highway to be precise), to look at the difference between regular sneakers and indoor soccer shoes. Coach Ken wants everyone to understand Indoor Soccer Shoes are not a Required Piece of Equipment for iCanSoccer; this page is simply an answer to the question: Indoor soccer shoes versus regular running sneakers?
Please note: SoccerStop in Charlottetown is offering a 10% discount on all of their indoor soccer shoes for all iCanSoccer players .
Sometimes youth (and adults) feel they don't have sufficient control over the soccer ball with regular sneakers when playing on indoor hardwood floors.
Enter Indoor soccer shoes.
Rogue Parrish with Livestrong states:
Indoor soccer shoes allow you to run forward, cut laterally and pivot, which is why they have a lower and different tread pattern than a running shoe. Indoor soccer shoes give you better control of the ball than running shoes and make it easier for you to do cuts and sprints.
Indoor soccer shoes trends are different than a regular running shoe as the trends are designed so the player can run forward, cut laterally, and pivot.
Carol Smolsky with LiveHealthy writes:
With indoor soccer shoes, you have better balance than with other types of shoes. When cutting and turning, you want your foot to have close contact with the floor without a layer of cushioning. A flat sole can also help prevent ankle injuries, since your foot has a more stable base of support. The structure of an indoor soccer shoe is made for the cutting and running a player does in a soccer game. Some shoes are even made with suction-like grip patterns to prevent slipping.
Indoor soccer shoes have specially designed uppers that give you a better touch on the ball. The upper, which contacts the ball, is made of synthetic and natural materials, including leather, calfskin and kangaroo skin, which assist in gripping for better ball control. They can even create a bend on well-struck balls, as many have flaps that cover your shoelaces so they do not interfere with the accuracy of your kick.
Smolsky given goes so far to state: Say NO to Running Shoes for indoor soccer:
Resist the temptation to use running shoes for soccer. The thick soles are filled with air and gel to reduce impact when running. Many running shoes have a large heel that forces wearers onto their toes to increase speed. Running shoes are made for the wearer to move forward. While ideal for straight ahead running on hard surfaces, they will be unstable . . . when cutting, turning or balancing on one leg to take a shot. Indoor soccer shoes have a gum-rubber, non-marking flat outsole ideal for turning on a dime.
Be very careful though to know the difference between a turf shoe and a indoor hardwood shoe. Turf shoes feature small rubber studs on the soles to improve traction and will not rip the turf. Indoor soccer shoes feature a flat surface.