If you’re looking for a pair of cleats whose every detail is designed to improve your game, you’ll want to check out the best soccer shoes for women in 2012. The best styles for women boast many of the same features you’d expect in the best styles for men: lightweight support, outstanding fit and feel, killer kick zones, serious durability, and speed-enhancing traction. Not only are these cleats smartly designed, however, they’re also exceptionally smart looking. As if that weren’t enough, some of these soccer cleats offer more than just performance-oriented design and a pretty face; they’ve got some pretty surprising technological and personalization features as well. So for you next game, don’t just step onto the field, step into the future with the best soccer cleats for women this year.
Weighing in at a mere 165 grams, Adidas’ F50 AdiZero TRX FG cleats live up to their exceptionally lightweight reputation. With less shoe weighing you down, you’re free to enjoy the pure speed you’ll get from the TRAXION stud shape on the cleats themselves, allowing you quick acceleration in any direction without placing uneven pressure on your foot. What little shoe there is has been designed with optimum performance for the least amount of bulk, with features like a SPRINTSKIN synthetic upper for a single-layer of durability that won’t impede your ball feel, and TPU support bands for stability and support. TPU, or thermoplastic polyurethane, is also used in the bottom frame, creating a friction-free kick zone and a shoe that’s both strong and flexible. Also check out the sprint frame construction and the two pairs of comfort sockliners. The F50 AdiZero TRX FG is compatible with miCoach, a device that’s inserted into the sole of the shoe and tracks your speed, steps, acceleration, and other data, then connects wirelessly to your smart phone or computer for analysis, training purposes, or to create an avatar with which you can play soccer virtually!
Another lightweight, high performance women’s soccer cleat for 2012 is the v1.11 I FG Firm Ground cleat from Puma. Made of a miraculous microfiber material that’s both soft for the best ball feel but abrasion-resistant for the best ball kicks, the one-piece UNI construction of the outsole creates a superb yet stable fit. The sockliner is anatomically shaped for comfort, and the anti-slip print inside the shoe keeps it in place no matter how much you move. A central lacing system and memory foam heel insert round out the cushioning and fit features. The external heel counter gives you good support with each step, while the carbon-fiber plate in the forefoot offers weight-slashing flexibility. To top it off, the lace cover enhances your kicking area, plus it looks great too!
If you’re looking for a soccer cleat that’s custom-designed for you, check out Nike’s Mercurial Vapor VII iD cleat. With three cleat options, two sockliners choices, medium and wide widths, and of course, total color control, you won’t have to settle for someone else’s idea of a great shoe. Choose from firm, soft, or hard ground cleats for maximum traction no matter what you’re playing on, then select from a rainbow of vibrant color options for the lightweight, foot-hugging synthetic leathers. Sockliners are either flexible or slightly firm, depending on your cushioning needs, and the lace shroud does more than just make this shoe look hot, it dramatically increases your kick zone.