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barefoot shoes for indoor soccer / futsal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I'm looking for recommendations for barefoot/minimalist shoes that also offer a bit of protection for toes and the top of the foot as I want them primarily for indoor soccer, where there feet are gonna be on the front line. The soles will need to be non-marking.

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on March 11, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Thought I'd just add my experiences with this. I was playing soccer on a hard basketball surface for about 2 months in flat soled shoes. I ended up damaging both my menisci (in each knee). I think the lesson is, wear highly supportive shoes for indoor sports. Barefoot is a thing that needs to be worked up to in a controlled way. Jumping straight into zero cushioned shoes is not a smart idea until you have the muscular and joint integrity in the foot to be able to cope with it.

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on March 30, 2012
at 12:36 AM

I have been rocking mine for about 6 months in the sonic version. They are not much good in a fast paced soccer environment (I have tried) The base of the shoe is just not flat enough the gummy is there but there is to little surface area and you are constantly spitting on your hand to get the dust off for traction on the court.

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Personally I would stick with a pair of actual indoor shoes for the design and protection you and soccer require for the feet.. I use a brand Kelme which are very low profile. Many of the higher end shoes have near minimalist qualities.

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on March 28, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Well in that case look in to INNOV-8 brand, specifically the 210 series(the series # for them is the weight of the shoe) they are made for "crossfit" but have the flattest surface area and zero drop but tend to be for skinny feet. Why I ended up with the merrell shoes I described there is also a vivbarefoot brand, they have more padding then most but do not have a toe guard like most minimalist shoes.

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:58 AM

Actually we are on basketball courts, just the way we do it I guess. I tried a few shoes on today and although they were faily flat soled, the upper/top over the toes was quite tight and didn't give much

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

On second thoughts both those shoes have a bit of an elevated lip at the front which wouldn't be that great for soccer.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Thanks mate, they look like the type of thing I need, and both shoes look pretty cool too. I'll try to find some Australian stockists to try them out.

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:15 AM

I have been using feiyue, and they are awesome.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Soccer shoes are essentially minimalist shoes. 95% of them offer no to 1mm of padding with Zero drop, futsal is indoor terf so you can wear cleats.

Also, I have tried to use my merrell sonic gloves(Minimalist trail shoes) in terf and they slip and slide.

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:58 AM

Actually we are on basketball courts, just the way we do it I guess. I tried a few shoes on today and although they were faily flat soled, the upper/top over the toes was quite tight and didn't give much

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on March 28, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Well in that case look in to INNOV-8 brand, specifically the 210 series(the series # for them is the weight of the shoe) they are made for "crossfit" but have the flattest surface area and zero drop but tend to be for skinny feet. Why I ended up with the merrell shoes I described there is also a vivbarefoot brand, they have more padding then most but do not have a toe guard like most minimalist shoes.

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on March 28, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Personally I would stick with a pair of actual indoor shoes for the design and protection you and soccer require for the feet.. I use a brand Kelme which are very low profile. Many of the higher end shoes have near minimalist qualities.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Check out the Merrell's Trail Glove. I've had mine for over a year now and I still love them! I've heard good things about the Minimus line as well.

Hope this helps!

-Jon

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on March 30, 2012
at 12:36 AM

I have been rocking mine for about 6 months in the sonic version. They are not much good in a fast paced soccer environment (I have tried) The base of the shoe is just not flat enough the gummy is there but there is to little surface area and you are constantly spitting on your hand to get the dust off for traction on the court.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Innov-8 f-lite 195. After buying these shoes, I got rid of every other pair I owned and bought two more pairs in different colors. They are very light, extremely comfortable, and they fit like a glove.

However, I know a lot of people are satisfied with the NB Minimus line.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on March 20, 2012
at 09:49 PM

On second thoughts both those shoes have a bit of an elevated lip at the front which wouldn't be that great for soccer.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on March 20, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Thanks mate, they look like the type of thing I need, and both shoes look pretty cool too. I'll try to find some Australian stockists to try them out.

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