Are you planning to become quite the wizard and artists in freestyling? It’s said that it’s the player, not the game, but that doesn’t mean all the gear is the same. The right pair of shoes may elevate their performance to the next level. With that said, what are the best shoes to help you enhance freestyling, ball juggling skills?
The best shoes for juggling should be a perfect fit that compliments flexibility. The upper of the shoe should be smooth and made of thin material to feel the ball while juggling. The shoe’s sole needs to be as flexible as possible and should not be needed to break in.
New shoes used for freestyling may tend to feel slippery at first; therefore, walking around and getting a bit of dirt on them will get them good to go. With so many shoes in the market and few reviews, it may be hard to find the perfect set to start freestyling. So, what freestyling and ball juggling shoes are available today?
The Best Shoes For Juggling And Freestyling
The availability of freestyle shoes has been difficult in recent years due to the pandemic and finding the right shoes to match your style has been even more challenging. Getting the best gear improves performance rapidly as well as technique, even if that means importing.
With that said, some of the best shoes for juggling are not always available in the US, hence why a few of these shoes listed here will be able to import from India and the UK. So, without further delay, let’s kick into the best shoes for juggling, starting with the legendary PUMA Archive Lite!
The PUMA 365 2 Soccer Shoe finally came back in 2020. It felt like an eternity for the resurrection of these classic freestyle shoes since they had run out of stock in 2015.
These shoes had permanently changed the freestyle world back in the day and still remain to hold the title. After discontinuation, many of us, like myself, believed it was gone forever, but it has come back in all its glory.
Even if you are a fully-fledged freestyle pro, a Panna pro with ten years of experience, or just getting started with Panna or freestyle, these shoes will definitely fit your needs.
The Puma Archive Lite is pretty popular because its thin, lightweight mesh upper gives you that barefoot sensation while still having that cushioned touch.
Furthermore, it has that flat and flexible sole that has made it much better than any of its descendants to balance the ball on your sole. Not much has changed from the former version of the PUMA archive lite.
Straight out the box, the Archive Lites’ is a real treat; you slide into them like a pair of silk slippers on a Sunday morning.
With the Archive Lite, you could go out and have a juggling session straight away as there is no need to break them in at all. The sole is very cushioned even though it seems very thin and easy to manipulate while bending your toes inside the shoe.
The rubber inserts really help you out with the grip on smooth surfaces; however, they do tend to get a little bit slippery as you wear them out. The Archive Lite is quite forgiving when it comes to wide-footed freestylers.
- Breathable air mesh upper
- Lace up closure
- Plush tongue construction
- Rubber inserts
- Lightweight EVA outsole
They are not necessarily wide shoes, but they fit more comfortably than their previous descendant due to the added heel cap. The Archive Lite is currently available and is a top-of-the-range, extremely light shoe for juggling skills.
Adidas Performance Samba Classic
The Adidas Samba Classic is something more along the lines of flexibility. Do you like competing or like to play indoor or street soccer casually? They’re made for playing street soccer or indoor soccer, and when you’re juggling with them, it’s almost as if your feet tend to gravitate to the ball.
When it comes to indoor soccer shoes, these classics are unrivaled. The upper is made of full-grain leather. They are also soft and comfy enough to be used for several purposes.
On the other hand, the low-profile rubber outsoles provide plenty of control, whether you’re a casual kicker or an expert player competing in a tournament.
The gum-rubber outsoles provide excellent grip. A textile lining and an EVA insole give long-lasting comfort and cushioning. The outsole is non-marking, and it gives you the necessary acceleration and grip to pull away from your opponents as you prepare to score.
Because it is non-slip, the shoe may also be worn on polished surfaces. For arch support, the Men’s Classic Style is one of the top indoor soccer shoes and is highly recommended when looking for a shoe that compliments juggling.
They may be worn not just for soccer and freestyling but also for everyday, casual use.
The shoe is long-lasting since it is made of high-quality materials. They are simple to clean and rarely become creased when bent. They may be worn with a pair of shorts, jeans, or khakis and still look terrific. They are true to size and ready to wear right out of the package.
The men’s Samba shoes are inspired by the archives and were initially designed for freezing pitches. They have a sleek suede top with contrasting suede overlays, contrasting 3-Stripes, and a rubber outsole with a pivot point for traction.
It would help if you go one size down for a more snug fit and go one size bigger for a slouchy fit.
- Full grain leather upper with suede overlays offer support...
- Embossed EVA midsole for superior comfort
- Non Marking gum rubber outsole for excellent grip on all...
There’s a reason why this renowned indoor sneaker continues to sell like hotcakes. Perfection is something that will never go out of vogue. Its smooth leather top and low-profile gum rubber outsole provide the utmost control for the premier player.
Adidas Nemeziz Tango Indoor
Another shoe made for optimum performance for both indoor, street soccer, and that makes become one with the ball when juggling is the Adidas Nemeziz Tango. The Nemeziz Tango is intended for athletes that require optimum flexibility, stability, and high-speed agility.
These indoor soccer shoes for plantar fasciitis include a textile top that provides excellent durability and consistent touch with the ball. The top is also outfitted with the Agility Bandage, which is prevalent in Adidas soccer shoes. The Agility Bandage offers support while allowing for complete foot and ankle motion.
These indoor soccer boots also include a traditional lace-up fastening for a secure fit. Aside from providing a solid fit, the laces allow you to tailor the shoes to your liking. Adidas has given the Nemeziz Tango 18.3 an Agility rubber outsole, which is well-known for its durability.
- Secure lockdown and ankle stability with a Dual Lock Collar
- Inspired by sports taping, Agility Bandage gives you support...
- Improved breathability and a direct touch on the ball from a...
- Explosive acceleration and direction change on flat indoor...
Furthermore, its outsole gives you the traction and grip you need for powerful runs as well as rapid changes in speed and direction. You can never go wrong with these sneakers when it comes to court comfort and agility.
PUMA 365 Ignite Fuse 1 Street
Last but not least is the Puma 365 Ignite Fuse 1 Street. This soccer cleat has a futuristic appearance, and a plethora of revolutionary advancements focused toward soccer fit.
The upper, for example, is made of a knit-based material that is supposed to give a foot-hugging experience. The FuseFit upper technology is the name given to this top technology.
The innovative lacing mechanism incorporated into the knitted top optimizes fit. The lacing mechanism of this shoe is designed with a numerous loop system throughout the top, giving the wearer maximum customizability. Additionally, pull tabs are sewn at the front and heel sections for quicker access when wearing the cleat.
Puma Ignite technology is used to provide midsole cushioning. It is a responsive sensation innovation made with a polyurethane-based substance recognized for maximizing energy return.
Finally, the soleplate is made with a non-marking rubber outsole, comparable to the Puma 365 Ignite Fuse 2 Street. This outsole style is intended to improve grip on a variety of roadway conditions, including hard ground. The Puma 365 Ignite Fuse 1 Street soccer cleat has Fusefit technology, which provides a strengthened sock-like fit.
The shoe wraps around the player’s foot, offering comfort and security by incorporating the customizability of a loop-based lacing mechanism with a knit-based top. The shoe is offered in conventional men’s sizes ranging from 7 to 14.
The Puma 365 Ignite Fuse 1 Street soccer cleat’s top has a sock-like feel thanks to the brand’s Fusefit technology. Players may expect a wrap-around experience with an upper made mostly of knit material.
It also provides the player with a supporting and steady feeling. This knit design is similarly similar to the Puma One 18.1 K-Leather FG shoe.
A loop-based lacing mechanism centered around the core of this Puma soccer shoe adds to the shoe’s fit. The various stretchy loops allow the wearer to create various lacing combinations, giving customizability a whole new meaning.
Pull tabs embroidered at the shoe’s front and heel enable easy access to the soccer cleat. The Puma callout is also highlighted by its positioning at the front pull tab region.
This function may also be found in the popular Puma Future 18.1 Netfit FG/AG shoe. An embossed Puma logo may also be spotted on the shoe’s back medial side.
PUMA Glyde Lite Sneakers
These, like the Archives, were available in several materials and colors, but it was the canvas pair that drew the most attention among freestylers. It provides a somewhat different touch than mesh material shoes like the Archive Lites, which might be very useful depending on the texture of the ball being played.
The PUMA Glyde Lite has an excellent overall aesthetic design and has an appropriate length of the laces. It is entirely made up of canvas material, and the design of the soles is on par with the legendary PUMA Archive Lite. The Glyde Lite is the lightest in the PUMA series weighing at 158grams.
You won’t express anything other than delight when performing lowered in a Glyde Lite, and it proved to be less challenging to perform outer and inner revolutions with it in practice. However, you may want to note down that it may take you a few days to get used to these sneakers before freestyling.
It has an excellent grip on the touch of the toes, and even though it is entirely made of canvas, these bad boys still give you that sensitive touch allowing you to feel the ball still as you juggle your way through.
- Classic low-profile sneaker with durable canvas upper and...
- EcoOrtholite cushioned insole
- Grippy toe bumper
The Glyde Lite is one of the favorites amongst pros as they are lightweight and grippy, making them ideal for keeping the fundamentals under control when juggling.
The most incredible shoes have been chosen when juggling and fostering freestyling and Pana skills. Choose your favorite and take your game to the next level. These shoes will undoubtedly assist you in expressing your views in novel and creative ways!
Joel is a seasoned soccer journalist and analyst with many years of experience in the field. Joel specializes in game analysis, player profiles, transfer news, and has a keen eye for the tactical nuances of the game. He played at various levels in the game and coached teams - he is happy to share his insight with you.