Hubby was looking for a pair of shoes for road biking. The store wanted to clear out a pair of indoor soccer shoes. The one pair was in his size. It was a match made for a long smooth road.
These are Adidas indoor soccer shoes. They were clearance marked at $12, and we had a half-off coupon. The box was no longer with them, and the model has apparently been closed out so I can’t identify it. But the cheapest indoor soccer shoe that Adidas lists on their web site goes for $35, and most are more. We paid $6. Not bad.
The main (only?) difference between regular and indoor soccer shoes is that indoor ones do not have cleats. The soles of these shoes are quite smooth with a small pattern of grooves cut in. My husband likes to tighten his toe clips (rat traps) down tight when he rides, so having a smooth shoe that will slide off the pedal, and out of the clip, is a must. These are doing a great job of serving a purpose they were never intended for.
The shoes feel like real leather, but since the model is discontinued I can’t verify that. All except the cheapest ones Adidas sells are leather. They have tie laces with a loop in the tongue to slide one set of lacings through so it won’t slip to the side, and the tongue is nice and long so the top lacing can’t irritate your instep. The inside is completely lined with a woven fabric that may be somewhat breathe-able. There is a slightly padded collar all the way around the opening. Of course, I have to report that they are made in Indonesia. All the Adidas soccer shoes have what they describe as adiPRENE® to provide an exceptional impact-absorbing material for the heel. I have no knowledge about how well this works since it has no relevance to the use we chose.
We don’t know much about indoor soccer, but we know that we sure got a great pair of name brand biking shoes for our money.