The good news about soccer cleats or shoes is that they are almost zero drop. Most of them have heel lift that is no more than 3-5mm. In contrast, most running shoes have 12-10mm heel drop. However, despite this zero drop, they are still not minimalist shoes because of one factor: their sole.
Most all soccer shoes have a zero drop, or close to it. Some Nike indoor and turfs have a heel lift built in and Asics have their 10MM heel - which is funny because 10MM is being tagged a huge "lift" for soccer footwear, but a big drop for people just starting to go minimal (the standard shoe has at least a 12MM drop).
It is completely zero drop, and void of any arch support, in addition to thick aggressive lugs designed for mud and/or obstacle racing. I have never personally used this shoe, but its been recommended to me by a lot of people.
Indoor soccer shoes (not the grass cleats!) – Indoor soccer shoes are typically zero drop, so we got that requirement out of the way quickly. They also have the “cool” factor, so my kids are always excited to see these. After that, you have to sift through the brands and models for the ones that suit your child’s feet.
Then you might want to check out Inov8’s minimalist cleat, the Bare-Grip 200. This 200-gram, zero-drop trail runner doesn’t have a midsole, which means you get as close as possible to a true ...
1. Does anyone else find it difficult to find soccer cleats (football boots) that have a wide non-tapering toe box? I'm not too worried about a 'minimal feel' but to me, it's really important that a soccer cleat satisfies the following: - Enough space in the toe-box for toe-splay (but not so wide that it's loose), - Is Zero-drop. - No or very little arch support.