My son is nine and he isn’t at a level where he has really identified “his sport” (though he does seem to be leaning more toward basketball than soccer). So when he gets on the field or the indoor court, he has different expectations than my daughter (who is soccer through and through).
He’s playing soccer right now to have fun and because his friends are playing – not because of a deep desire to win (and there’s nothing wrong with that, youth sports are supposed to be fun!). But he isn’t necessarily looking for the most advanced equipment out there to help improve his performance, he’s looking to be comfortable while he is on the field and while he is in between shifts.
When my first thought is overall quality and performance, I still lean toward Adidas – but if my first and foremost requirement in a shoe is comfort, I look for a bargain from Nike.
We found a pair of Nike Tiempo Rio III in his size on sale for less than $20 – which is a very reasonable price for a pair of indoor soccer shoes of this quality.
The Tiempo Rio III have a very lightweight synthetic leather upper (the shoes weigh in at less than 7 ounces) and are durable. The quality of the general construction leaves no doubt that these shoes will last the entire indoor season (and might be able to hold up over another season if he wouldn’t outgrow them…)
The fit on these shoes is close to perfect, no riding up and down as he runs and very secure during on court cuts. The Tiempo Rio III have great traction – and there is no surprise at all at how comfortable they are (he doesn’t rush to take them off, even long after the final whistle has sounded).
If you are in the market for an affordable, durable indoor kids’ soccer shoe, grab a pair of Nike Tiempo Rio III right here.