Shoe Science

November 25, 2011
by Justin

Soccer has never been my sport of choice, yet it was the first organized sport I ever played. My family, on my Mom’s side, is from Portugal where soccer is king. When I played soccer I wasn’t worried about the crown; I just wanted the post game snack. My first soccer team was a rag-tag bunch. We were the ninja turtles and we lost way more games than we won. One of my finest hours as a young athlete, was the first game that I scored a hat-trick in. I took over like only a ninja turtle could, literally shoving and pushing over kids who thought they could stop me from scoring. In the midst of this extreme violence, I found my passion for sports and cleats. I guess that’s why I loved football.

Welcome to Shoe Science, a sport-specific sneaker resource. Shoe Science is provided to you by and your favorite shoe aficionado, Yorick Hempstead (me). Shoe Science reviews shoes from every sport, so whatever sport you are into, there is piece that will keep you in the loop. I played a few more years of soccer throughout elementary, but never really spent too much energy or devotion to being the best. On the contrary, my love for cool cleats did originate with the first pair (soccer) I ever had. Here are some great shoes that hit the market this season.


The international soccer footwear market, has been dominated by two major companies, Nike and Adidas. This worldwide sport has generated billions in revenue for sports related apparel. Nike has a huge piece of that pie and it is because of shoes like the Nike CTR360 Maestri. American stars like Landon Donavon of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Mario Barwuah Balotelli of Manchester City, wear this shoe. The Maestri is a new installment of the original series that was released in 2009. It has a removable insole and off center laces that are great for however you kick the ball. There are 16 bladed studs to this synthetic leather shoe, and they are not removable. This shoe is designed for players who like to control the ball as they position themselves or their teammates to score. This shoe weighs in at 9-10 ounces.


When I think about Adidas soccer, I think about my favorite footballer, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. His moves are devastating to any world-class defender, and there has been plenty of times that he’s outclassed the competition. His shoe is the Adizero F50. The Adizero line prides itself on being the lightest shoe type of any sport from wrestling to soccer; the Adizero F50 is no exception. The F50 was released in 2010 and has a removable EVA foam insole. The laces, like the Maestri are off center, which is standard in today’s cutting-edge, soccer cleats. The leather is made from something I’ve never heard of as a shoe geek; kangaroo. Maybe it will help a forward’s jump when they are going for a header? The triangular studs are not removable and you should buy a half size up from whatever size you wear. This shoe is an incredibly light, eight ounces and is designated for speed players.

The best place to find these shoes are at, or your local shoe store. Good luck with your season and make sure that when you step on the field, you leave everything there. This has been the Shoe Science, Soccer edition, and I’m Yorick Hempstead signing off.




Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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