This Year’s Best Soccer Gear: A position-by-position breakdown

This Year’s Best Soccer Gear: A position-by-position breakdown

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The grass has been cut. The lines have been painted. It’s time to head back to the soccer field. Eastbay is here to help make this your best season yet. We’ve got a massive collection of the best soccer gear from the biggest brands, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit. And, to make it easy on you, we even divided our soccer cleats by player type, so you can make sure you lace up the right way. Check it out below:

TOP CLEATS

Players looking for speed

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7

After bursting onto the scene in 2009, Nike’s Superfly line became a staple of speed at the professional level. Worn by some of the best players in the game, the newest Mercurial Superfly has improved traction with a slightly stiffer chassis and the Nike Aerow Trac zone in the forefoot. These boots also feature a 360-degree Flyknit Dynamic Fit collar that wraps your foot for a comfortable, second-skin fit.

adidas X 19.1

adidas X 19.1

Show off your speed with the perfect lightweight boot from the brand with the three stripes. The adidas X 19.1 cleats offer a thin SpeedMesh upper for a lightning-quick look and feel. These cleats also utilize a SpeedFrame outsole for traction and stability that doesn’t weigh your foot down.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite

Nike Mercurial Vapor 12

Looking to burn past the back four with devastating explosiveness? Look no further than the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 cleats. The elite version of these boots provides Flyknit technology that is lightweight and flexible for agile comfort. They also feature a two-part podular plate system that flexes with your foot for responsive speed with every step.

Players looking for striking and ball-handling

adidas Nemeziz 19.1

If your game revolves around displaying flashy footwork and finding the back of the net, you have to check out the adidas Nemeziz 19.1 cleats. The durable, textile upper and torsion system provide a comfortable, locked-down fit while the TPU-injected outsole keeps you stable when striking the ball. These boots will adapt to your foot for customizable style that stands out on the pitch.

adidas Predator 19.1

adidas Predator 19.1

Is precision the name of your game? Then you need to take a look at the adidas Predator 19.1 cleats. These boots offer a textured control skin coating for a confident touch when dancing around an opponent or hitting top corner on a strike. They also have a stretchy collar that wraps around your foot to provide a snug fit without sacrificing ankle movement.

Nike Phantom Venom Elite

Nike Phantom Venom Elite

Take control of your strikes with the Nike Phantom Venom Elite cleats. These innovative boots include blades on the instep to help create spin and direct the flight of the ball. They also feature flywire cables that offer better lockdown to keep your foot securely in place when making that game-winning kick.

Nike Phantom Vision Elite

Nike Phantom Vision Elite

Block out all distractions and make the precise play with Phantom Vision cleats. With an innovative Ghost Lacing system, these cleats feature a flat surface placed over the laces for clean strikes every time. They also utilize premier Quadfit mesh construction that fits to your foot like a sock, offering a comfortable, stable feel.

Players looking for touch and comfort

Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

Nike’s legendary Tiempo cleats continue to be one of the most reliable choices on the market. The Tiempo Legend 8 Elite cleats feature soft, premium kangaroo leather that delivers unrivaled touch and control. They also utilize a flyknit tongue and quad-fit mesh lining for a supportive, comfortable feel all game long.

adidas Copa 19.1

adidas Copa 19.1

Lace up a pair of adidas Copa 19.1 cleats and instantly improve your first touch. These boots also feature super soft kangaroo leather that helps you orchestrate in comfort while a molded vamp brings you closer to the ball for confident control.

But to dominate on the soccer field, you’ll need more than just the best cleats – you’ll need the latest apparel and equipment too. Here’s a quick rundown of the added pieces you can grab to complete your game.

TOP APPAREL

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Maximize your potential by training in Nike Strike Apparel. Made with lightweight, breathable Dri-FIT material, Strike apparel is engineered to keep you cool and comfortable throughout a day on the pitch. The Nike Strike Shorts are a top choice for the serious soccer player. Featuring zippered pockets for secure storage space and an elastic waistband with a flat drawcord for a snug fit, these shorts are a must-have. To shop the rest of our Strike collection, visit eastbay.com.

We also carry a variety of Nike Academy apparel, available in men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes. Two of our hottest items from the Academy line are the Women’s Knit Tank and the Men’s Knit Hoodie. The tank features a racerback design that allows a natural range of motion while the hoodie is constructed of Dri-FIT fabric and a multipanel hood for warmth and comfort in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Finally, if you’re team adidas, we recommend shopping our selection of Tango apparel. Designed to be the perfect combination of style and performance, adidas Tango apparel is built for the soccer obsessed. One of our favorite items is the Tango Logo Jersey T-shirt because it combines the iconic adidas look with comfortable, lightweight fabric so you can look good and play even better.

TOP EQUIPMENT

Get the protection you need with the Nike Flylite Shin Guards. These guards are lightweight and flexible, so they won’t get in the way when making plays. Geometric columns and webbing replace traditional foam, holding the guard up off your leg to keep you dry and comfortable. For added protection when heading a volley or just playing physical, we recommend checking out the Storelli Sports ExoShield Head Guard. Weighing only eight ounces, this head guard is built with combat-grade viscoelastic foam that conforms to your head for maximum security and fit.

We didn’t forget about goalies! When it comes to gloves, we suggest one of the two following options. The Nike Vapor Grip 3 Gloves feature Grip3 technology that helps you make tough saves from anywhere in the box. On the other hand, the Storelli Sports Exoshield Gladiator Legend 2.0 Gloves are chock-full of padding and support for game-long, stable protection.

Of course, there is no soccer game without a soccer ball. The Nike Magia Soccer Ball is the perfect choice for any surface in any conditions. The Nike Aerowtac grooves provide a perfect flight pattern while a textured casing gives this ball incredible touch and feel. Another solid choice is the adidas Context 19 ball. The thermally bonded, seamless surface gives the player complete control and reliable performance with every kick.

Weekly Women’s Must-Haves

Weekly Women’s Must-Haves

Every week we’ll be featuring our top women’s pick and breaking down why it’s essential for your wardrobe. Check back on Tuesdays to view our hottest clothing and shoes from gym to street.

Nike Archive Pullover Jacket

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March 20 – Nike Archive Pullover Jacket

Get the ultimate mix of retro and modern with the Nike Archive Pullover Jacket. Colorblocking creates a vintage look, while the fresh silhouette gives you up-to-the-minute style. The fresh funnel-neck design keeps your neck and face warm, while ensuring you’ll be setting trends this spring. Lightweight fabric makes this the perfect choice for spring days—it’s warm, but not bulky—and the extra-roomy front pocket includes a snap closure to keep everything secure. Pair the Nike Archive Pullover Jacket with your favorite leggings and you’re ready to go.

Nike Air Max 270

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March 13 – Nike Air Max 270

It’s Air Max Month! Why not celebrate in style with the new Nike Air Max 270? This supreme shoe gives you oodles of Air—seriously, the Max Air Unit clocks in at 32mm, giving your feet the most cushioning yet. Flex grooves let your foot bend and flex, while the rubber toe tip provides long-lasting durability. The bootie construction of the upper gives you a snug, sock-like feel, and the asymmetrical lacing system provides a modern, cutting-edge vibe. Take a look at that heel! In addition to all that luxurious cushioning, each model’s heel is a vibrant color to give you even more eye-catching style. Upgrade your Nike look today and enjoy the supreme comfort of the Air Max 270.

Nike Air Crop Top

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March 6 – Nike Air Crop Top

Get ready for warm weather! It’s almost time for crop top season, and the Nike Air Crop Top has you covered. With a contrast-color hem that hits right at your natural waist, this top gives you cutting-edge style and a flattering silhouette. The racerback fit keeps you cool, and cotton fabric is soft and comfortable. Choose from heather grey, black, white, rose, or grab all four—you can never have enough Nike gear! Pair this top with your favorite Nike Air Max kicks for a sporty, modern look. Better yet, check out the whole Nike Air Collection.

adidas Originals NMD R1 STLT Primeknit

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Feb. 27 – adidas Originals NMD R1 STLT Primeknit

Prime your feet for spring with the new NMD R1 STLT Primeknit from adidas Originals. The fresh, running-inspired design features a one-piece adidas Primeknit upper, which provides a stretchy, sock-like fit you’re sure to love. Premium engineering gives this shoe a modern, unique texture, and the combination of Raw Steel, Ash Pearl, and White is reminiscent of a misty spring day (though it’s anything but dreary!) Time to shake off the winter blues and add some spring to your step with the NMD R1 STLT Primeknit.

Nike Windrunner Jacket

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Feb. 20 – Nike Windrunner Jacket

Get effortless, iconic style with the Nike Windrunner. This hooded jacket has been updated with piped white lines, and features Particle Rose and Barely Rose—this season’s must-have colors. Angled piping is dropped below the chest for a flattering fit, and the pleated vent detail on the back provides breathability. Smooth taffeta fabric repels water, while the paneled hood protects you from the elements, and the drawcord lets you adjust for comfort. The Windrunner is a great choice for a damp spring day; check out all six colors and pick your favorite.

Nike Air Max 90 LX Velvet

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Feb. 13 – Nike Air Max 90 LX Velvet

Particle Rose is the color of the season, and the Nike Air Max 90 LX Velvet has you covered. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this shoe offers you a fashion-forward hue with a plush, velvety texture. If pink isn’t your thing, that’s okay! This eye-catching sneaker is also available in chic Gunsmoke grey. Visible Max Air units in the soles give you long-lasting cushioning and comfort, and flex grooves let your foot move naturally. Forget flowers and chocolate; treat yourself to premium comfort and style, and step into the Nike Air Max 90 LX Velvet today.

adidas Originals Equipment Track Top

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Feb. 6 – adidas Originals Equipment Track Top

Rock some ’90s-inspired style, and enjoy the bright coral color of the adidas Originals Equipment Track Top. French terry material has a unique shine, and the full-zip style lets you adjust your look. Featuring eye-catching Equipment stripes on the shoulders, this jacket pairs amazingly with your favorite adidas EQT sneakers. Check out the entire Equipment collection for inspiration, and stay comfortable in style!

PUMA Muse Echo

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Jan. 30 – PUMA Muse Echo

The brand new PUMA Muse Echo is the creative, fashion-forward piece you’ve been looking for. This unique shoe has a split rubber outsole inspired by dancing, and braided patterns on the sides that you’re sure to love. The mid-cut silhouette offers you comfortable support and a cutting-edge look. And don’t miss the shiny piece by the heel; it provides an eye-catching detail that’s sure to turn some heads. Available in White, Black, and Rock Ridge, the PUMA Muse Echo is easy to match with your favorite outfits, and the mix of technical and fashionable details really make this shoe stand out from the rest.

adidas Originals Adicolor Adibreak Snap Pants

1.23 Must-Have

Jan. 23 – adidas Originals Adicolor Adibreak Snap Pants

Wait for it… Wait for it… SNAP PANTS ARE BACK. Featuring snap buttons from waist to cuffs (of course), these adidas Originals adibreak pants really let you sport some eye-catching, athletic flair. As part of the adicolor collection, the Radiant Red hue makes a bold statement, and the wide leg fit gives you supreme retro style. Soft, shiny tricot fabric makes them extra comfortable, and you just can’t beat that overall vintage look. Not sure how to wear them? However you want! These can be worn unsnapped, partially snapped, or fully snapped. Need more than just one pair? They’re also available in Navy, Black, and Ash Grey. Add a pair to your adidas Originals collection today.

Nike Air Huarache

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Jan. 16 – Nike Air Huarache

Particle rose is one of the hottest colors of the season, and of course you want to get your hands on it. Look no further than the Nike Air Huarache! Every lady needs some Huaraches in her wardrobe and this pair is especially exciting. Engineered by Nike designer Tinker Hatfield himself, this shoe combines leather, spandex, neoprene, textile, and thermoplastic in the upper for maximum style. This streetwear staple also includes Air Sole units under the heel and forefoot for superior cushioning. Ready to turn some heads?

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Lux

1.9 Must Have Nike

Jan. 9 – Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Lux

Nothing is more luxurious than suede and velvet, so why not slide your feet into the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Lux? Inspired by the original Air Max 97, this shoe isn’t just sweet to look at—the foam midsole and rubber outsole offer you added comfort, cushioning, and traction. Suede and velvet team up to give you streamlined, welded lines that form a beautiful, sleek design on the upper. The unique, gunsmoke grey color contributes to this shoe’s stand-out style, and there’s no question it’s one of the hottest of the season. Thanks to the fully visible Max Air unit in the sole, you’ll feel like you’re walking on air, and you just can’t beat that throwback style.

Nike Chambray Windrunner

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Jan. 2 – Nike Chambray Windrunner  

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s January already? Beat the cold with this Nike Chambray Windrunner. Featuring a hood and lightweight ripstop fabric, this awesome jacket has been updated with a dropped hem for added coverage and a superior look. Convenient pockets make it high fashion and high function, while the elastic cuffs and front hem make sure you stay warm and cozy. Available in trendy colors like port wine, cerulean, and red stardust, this jacket can add some fun color to your outfit. Stay warm!