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Artificial & Astro-Turf

Astro Turf boots are suitable for artificial surfaces and very hard natural ground. On artificial turf they'll give you all year round use. Find our Top 10 Boots for Artificial pitches below, these are some common soleplates used:

It can be really beautiful to be able to play football in a natural grass environment with its firm soil structure. However, given the limited availability of such space outdoors and the costs to main an FG football pitch, many have created alternative football courts and employed an artificial grass surface. While intended to simulate a natural ground, an AG pitch is different in terms of firmness and texture given the synthetic nature of the grass and the surface bed. And the growth in the number of AG courts has, in turn, resulted in football boots manufacturers creating versions suitable for artificial grasses.

Top 10 Artificial Boots

The Phantom GT AG is the boot that you want on artificial pitches if you want a soccer cleat that feels sock-like and has a relaxed fit. If you're also the type of player that likes to always drag the ball for dribbling purposes, you'll welcome the additional grip provided by the upper's Generative Texture. Nike's AG studs are hollowed out in the middle to diffuse the heat and abrasiveness of the synthetic surface, making them last longer than the average AG boot.

1. Nike Phantom GT2 Elite AG-Pro

Wide-fitting and sock-like with textured elements; generative texture on an Artificial-specific sole

Aside from giving you optimal traction on AG courts, the Tiempo Legend AG delivers the same comfort and locked-in feel of the FG variation thanks to the soft natural leather upper. A Tiempo Legend player is someone that prioritises first touch above everything else because of the dampened sensation produced by the memory foam pods when receiving and striking the ball.

2. Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite AG-PRO

Less tech on the inside but more leather on the outside, which can be a good thing on artificial pitches as thin leather can break down quickly

3. adidas Predator Edge+ AG

Ball grip at its grippiest with the Demonskin rubber spikes

4. Puma Future Z 1.2 FG/AG

Places comfort at its core with a padded knitted upper and a multidirectional-twisting soleplate

The iconic Nike silo that is represented by the timeless CR7 and prolific Klyian Mbappe has a dedicated AG variation. But despite the change on the soleplate, it still has the thin Vaporposite upper that allows for a more direct, barefoot feel for the ball and a high-cut collar for a seamless connection between the boot and the foot. It also has the tradermark secure tight fit, making you feel secure that the boot stays on your foot no matter how much you run around the pitch. But most importantly, it still has the snap back of the Aerotrac technology to deliver a speed-boost sensation.

5. Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 Elite AG

For fast paced players; secure fit and barefoot-like with ball contact, with Nike's new AG sole

6. adidas X Speedflow.1 AG

Rivals the mercurials in term's of upper thinness and soleplate responsiveness

Like its Superfly sibling, it has the thin synthetic Vaporposite upper, snug fit, and Aerotrac spine-all features that make the Mercurial one of the best football boots even in AG pitches. Go for the Vapor if you like what the Superfly brings to the table on artifical grass minus the collar.

7. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite AG

Same benefits of the Superfly, but without the dynamic fit collar, preferred by many professionals

8. Puma Ultra 1.3 FG/AG

Lightweight and skin-tight fitting pair of speed boots

A good budget option for a pair of AG boots is the Pro Vapor. It has at least 80% of the Elite feel for just half its price.

9. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Pro AG

Your budget Mercurial AG option

Like the Superfly to the Vapor, the DF version adds a knitted collar to the Flyknit-based Phantom GT boots.

10. Nike Phantom GT2 DF Elite AG-PRO

Nike make their specific AG-Pro soleplate with varying-width conicals that are shorter than their FG studs, whilst most adidas top end boots have their AG soleplates with trademark windmill-shaped studs. When the pitch grass is shorter you'll need to use the multiple rubber nods of a turf boot, rather than the longer conical studs of the AG, which suits the modern 3G & 4G Astro pitches.

What is an MG sole on a boot?

Nike and adidas have started offering boots with an MG sole-plate option, but what does MG mean? Well in short Multi-Ground, what that means is they are designed to be worn on both Artificial and Firm Ground pitches, giving you a pair of boots that works on both.

Both Nike and Adidas have manufactured multi-grounded versions of their silos, with MG variations available to the Academy Vapors, Phantoms and Tiempos, and to the .3s of the Predator Freak, Copa Sense, X Ghosted, and Nemeziz. Nike's MG leans more on the FG side because of the presence of blades while the adidas MG is more on AG as they share the same stud configuration. Certainly, other manufacturers will follow suit to producing all-rounder soleplates as more and more AGs (and to a certain extent, Hybrids) become available compared to natural grasses.

Puma, on the other hand, creates a single FG/AG soleplate which is the default outsole of a Puma top-end model. Puma includes Turf pitches in their approach to MG soleplates, and as such, the studs are as numerous as that of Turf studs, but with the height of AG studs and with some narrowness to get some bite on pitches with a bit of depth.

Turf and AG grounds are 100% made of synthetic grass and based on the increasing grass height and infill requirement could be classified into 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and 6G. The sand-based Turf (2G) is usually just for recreational football and has a grass height of no more than 24mm, while the AG (3G) with its rubber crumbs infill and 35-65mm pile height is used by football associations and other sports. The 4G, 5G and 6G pitches no longer require any infill but these pitches are not all yet be recognized by football governing bodies for playing on.

The turf surface is more like a grass carpet. It is more flat and super abrasive, encouraging more ball action and less physical contact. AG simulates the feel of a natural grass, though its synthetic nature means it is still a bit abrasive and too grippy for an FG soleplate.

3 Great Turf Shoes

Here are some boots you can wear for those carpet-like, synthetic grass surfaces. They might have plastic grass elements, but the surface itself has no depth.

More Turf boots listed here. As for synthetic grass pitches that have some actual depth to simulate the feel of firm natural soil, the boots to have are the ones mentioned on the top 10 list above.

Astro Turf Boots

AstroTurf is a brand name, but is often used when talking about any type of artificial turf surface, it is made from synthetic fibres that have been made to look like natural grass. It was introduced to give an all year round surface that was not adversely affected by weather. When looking for astro trainers, you'll need a pair that have a decent compression moulded rubber outsole, that will give you durable traction and support.

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