2011 was a great year for soccer cleats. All the major brands released a number of new cleats that gave soccer players tremendous options when selecting a new pair of boots. New technology, advanced materials and a desire to push the landscape of overall boot design has left us with some incredible options in soccer cleats this year. I wanted to take a look back and put together a list of the top 10 soccer cleats released in 2012. In order to do this effectively, I needed to turn to an expert in the field so I hit up my boy Bryan from SoccerCleats 101.
We chatted a bit about what the parameters should be for this and what was the best way for us to pick the top 10. We each picked out top ten but we also took into account reader feedback and ratings from his site. In the end, we were pretty close in our individual rankings and shared a lot of similar views on what the top ten boots of the year were.
From a personal standpoint this was a lot of fun to do. It’s no secret that I am a soccer cleats fanatic and getting to pour through the many releases from 2011 one more time and pick out my favorites from the year was a lot of fun. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be, but that’s a great thing as there were plenty of boots out there that we got to choose from.
Big shout to our boy Bryan from SoccerCleats 101 for all his work on helping put this together with us. Hit the jump to checkout the top 10 Soccer Cleats of 2011.
PUMA V1.11 – Pink
Bryan – Although nowhere near as popular as the Nike Vapor Berry from a few years back, Puma produced a bold and effective Pink V1.11 to coincide with October’s Breast Awareness month. Because of the cause, it is the colorway in a very successful release that gets picked out. If you are an EPL fan, you might have spotted top players like Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure using them very effectively! The key to getting the most out of pair is getting the right size – they fit slightly tight up around the toes so you will need to go up a half size. The upper features a textured microfiber that improves control, while a fold over tongue allows for a cleaner strike zone – and the Velcro used to keep it closed works very effectively.
beans – These make the cut for a couple of reasons. First and foremost they are a bold statement. Opting for the bubblegum pink is certainly a stretch when it comes to the colorway for a soccer cleat, but it is that boldness that helps them stand out from the crowd. These are not for everyone and the average player may never consider sporting these in a game, but those that feel like they have the balls to pull them off should be applauded. The pink color becomes even more interesting when you take into account that these boots are in collaboration with the Project Pink initiative. Boots that help support such an important cause are always going to win and the fact that these are as bold as they are only enhances the great cause that inspires them.