The Best Leather Soccer Cleats in 2019

Updated January 1, 2019 | Buyers Guide

After years of experience on the pitch, playing with hundreds of players, and after hours of searching the internet for expert reviews and recommendations, we sorted through many options and compiled a list of the best leather soccer cleats you can buy in 2019. We will also explain what to look for in a leather soccer cleat to help you make the best choice.

What To Look For In Leather Soccer Cleats?

The most important characteristics of any soccer cleat, ones that should influence your buying decisions are almost always going to be the touch, weight, traction, comfort, fit, and durability/quality. Yes, every soccer player is different, but these main qualities are almost always going to be present, just at different levels of importance.

Most soccer players choose their cleat by the way it looks or which professionals wear them, however, those are not great ways to make your choice. The looks are something to consider when buying a pair of soccer cleats, but when you go strictly off of that, you end up with a good-looking piece of rubbish on your feet.

Find a pair of soccer cleats that meets your needs, one that fits you properly, has a solid comfort, provides a soft touch, performs well, and one that will last. Get comfortable, we are about to go over all of them.


Top Leather Soccer Cleats of 2019

1. Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Elite

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The Nike Tiempo Legend 7 is one of the most technologically advanced kangaroo leather boot on the market. It is the first Tiempo Legend to ever feature Flyknit. The weight is at 7.2 ounces (204 grams), one of the lightest leather soccer cleats on the market and the lightest Tiempo yet. The soleplate has a completely new stud pattern that provides fairly aggressive traction with great maneuverability. The comfort and lockdown are top-notch with the padded heel liner and the secure Flywire cables. The Flyknit at the tongue wraps your foot well with no rollover. The durability is excellent with the quality k-leather and structured upper. The sizing is perfect, the fit is anatomical, and the k-leather molds to the shape of your foot, adding up to a great fit.

Advantages

  1. Highly comfortable
  2. Lightweight
  3. Secure and stable feel
  4. Structured and soft upper
  5. Flexible soleplate
  6. Fairly durable
  7. ACC Grip (All Conditions Control)

Disadvantages

  1. The Flyknit at the heel is pretty useless
  2. Needs some break-in time

2. Adidas Copa Mundial

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The most iconic, classic, and legendary soccer boot to ever come out has to be given to the Adidas Copa Mundial. Although the technology has aged over the past 40 years since it's launch, the quality, durability, and comfort have stayed the same. The Mundial is still made in Germany, and the entire upper is still made from a premium kangaroo leather. The kangaroo leather will break-in after a few hours on the pitch, molding to your foot shape, fitting you perfectly. If you are interested in the Copa Mundial, I recommend ordering ½ - 1 sizes below your normal size due to the traditional fit.

Advantages

  1. Outstanding k-leather upper (honestly one of the best)
  2. Amazing Quality
  3. Entire upper is made from k-leather
  4. More cushioned and soft touch
  5. Highly comfortable
  6. The upper will stretch and fit you perfectly
  7. Fits all foot types (narrow and wide)
  8. Classic design

Disadvantages

  1. Weight is above average (326 grams)
  2. Extra bulk
  3. The fit is not true to size, go a full size down!

3. Adidas Copa 19+

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The Adidas Copa 19+ is the first laceless leather soccer cleat. It features a premium leather upper with an X-Ray vamp that helps prevent overstretching and gives a better control on the ball. The comfort is quite good with the OrthoLite® sockliner and foam counter. The traction is decent, nothing special since the Exoframe plate is similar to what you get on every other Adidas boot. The upper gradually transitions from soft kangaroo leather to a socklike collar made from Primeknit. The kangaroo leather is finished with Fusionskin, a leather treatment that gives a seamless, stitch-free upper and decreases water absorption.

Advantages

  1. Soft upper
  2. Premium kangaroo leather
  3. Stable soleplate
  4. Great comfortable
  5. Decent traction
  6. Laceless
  7. Low water absorption

Disadvantages

  1. Lockdown lowered due to lack of laces
  2. Price

4. Adidas Gloro 16.1

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The Adidas Gloro 16.1 is made from a soft kangaroo leather and synthetic leather upper. The simple and classic design is accented by a silver fade at the heel and a clear outsole. The midfoot has a structured feel, which keeps you locked in during quick cuts and turns. The padded upper and heel liner add a little extra bulk, but the comfort is much better. The 11 conical studs are a slightly longer than average, giving a better bite and traction. The Adidas Gloro 16.1 is a perfect starter kangaroo leather cleat, for any playing level.

Advantages

  1. Highly soft upper
  2. Premium kangaroo leather
  3. Low price
  4. Stable and structured feel
  5. Comfortable
  6. Flexible soleplate
  7. Classic design

Disadvantages

  1. Lockdown isn't too good
  2. The tongue could have been thinner

5. Adidas Copa 18.1

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The Adidas Copa 18.1 brings you a modern version of the admired Copa Mundial, with a kangaroo leather upper, Primeknit heel, and 11 conical studs. The Adidas Copa 18.1 has a soft, thin, and surprising comfortable upper. The X-Ray vamp cage decreases overstretching while also adding support for a better lockdown at the toe-box. The fit is true to size and it feels comfortable straight out of the box. The Copa 18.1 has a compression fit heel and tongue, both made from Primeknit (Adidas Flyknit). The Primeknit allows for a close, consistent touch with no overlapping materials. Given the minimal padding, the Copa 18.1 weighs in at 209 grams, which is lightweight considering its a leather cleat.

Advantages

  1. Lightweight
  2. Highly comfortable
  3. Structured and supportive feel
  4. Flexible soleplate
  5. Soft and thin kangaroo leather upper

Disadvantages

  1. Elongated tongue
  2. Lockdown could've been better

6. Nike Premier II

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The newest iteration of the Nike Premier has made very few modifications from the original. The previous generation was already an excellent, classic cleat but with the slight improvements, this boot is even better. The Nike Premier II provides a soft and traditional touch with the quality kangaroo leather upper. Considering it's price at $110, the value is much greater with the genuine k-leather, amazing quality, exceptional durability, and excellent comfort. The soleplate is flexible and thin, giving a close to the ball sensation, while also being particularly lightweight. With the short break-in time, the Nike Premier II fits the shape of your foot in a short time.

Advantages

  1. Quality and durability are excellent
  2. Comfortable
  3. Flexible soleplate
  4. Soft k-leather upper
  5. Great value
  6. Short break-in time

Disadvantages

  1. Fold-over tongue

7. Puma King Top DI

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The Puma King is a soccer cleat that not many people know about unless you own them and that probably means you love them. The Puma King is perfect for the player looking for a boot that can fit wide feet comfortably; snug not tight. This is Puma's take on Adidas's classic Copa Mundial, but at a lower price and weight.

Advantages

  1. Perfect fit for most players
  2. Quality upper
  3. Stable and secure
  4. Can fit wide feet
  5. Soft upper
  6. Snug fit
  7. Short break-in time

Disadvantages

  1. Durability after a year or so
  2. Fold-over tongue

Neutral Point

  1. Upper is not kangaroo leather, however, that means you can buy it if you live in California.

8. Adidas World Cup SG

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The Adidas World Cup has the same exact upper as the Adidas Copa Mundial, aside from the branding. In fact, the only major difference is the soleplate, featuring an SG (soft ground) stud pattern, made for use on natural grass on wet and rainy days. More information on FG, AG, and SG...

8. Adidas Copa 17.1

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The Adidas Copa 17.1 is the older generation of the Adidas Copa 18.1 but there are very little changes between the two boots. The Copa 17.1 features a kangaroo leather upper combined with a compression fit tongue and a mesh-like material at the heel. The kangaroo leather upper is soft and the break-in period isn't too long. Although the Copa 17.1 is an older model, there are still tons of new pairs on the market for an affordable price.

Advantages

  1. Great quality and durability
  2. Quality upper
  3. Lightweight
  4. Soft and cushioned touch
  5. Soft upper
  6. break-in time
  7. Comfortable

Disadvantages

  1. Durability
  2. Elongated tongue

FAQ

How long should a pair of leather soccer cleats last?

On average a pair of leather soccer cleats should last between 10-12 months. It all really depends on the quality of the cleat you invested in, the amount of time you play in them, where you play, how you play, and how much you care and maintain the cleats. If you don't maintain the cleats and play for hours every day on surfaces they are not intended to be used on in a rough manner, then no matter how much you spend on the cleats they will only last you about 7 months.

How do I care and maintain leather soccer cleats?

This is a very common question that all kinds of soccer players ask. A great way to maintain a leather soccer cleat is to use leather food/cream. I recommend using the ones that are listed below.

  1. Reusch 7990 Manchester
  2. Chelsea Leather Food

Another recommended way to care for your leather cleats is to actually have more than one pair. You see, when you only have one pair, that one pair gets used day in and day out for hours on end. And when you play for hours in very hot or cold weather, your cleats will naturally start to fall apart (seems familiar?). But when you have more than one pair you allow for the cleats to take a break and dry off, making them last longer. Having more pairs at once will last you more seasons than if you only have one pair. It's a better investment in the long term.

Caring for your soccer cleats is something essential that seems to be constantly overlooked, however, it really does make a difference. When you take care of your cleats you will increase their lifespan, get a better return on investment, make your cleats look better, and have a better time playing.

There are other ways to take care of soccer cleats that we will go over in the next post. The ways that I listed above are not as important in regular cleats, but they some of the most important ways to allow your LEATHER soccer cleats to last longer.

What is AG, FG, and SG and which ones should I use?

AG, FG, and SG are abbreviations for Artificial Grass (AG), Firm Ground (FG), and Soft Ground (SG). It is not recommended to use cleats on the wrong surface because you risk injury and early damage to your cleats. Even with these risks, most soccer players ignore that recommendation and just use FG cleats on all surfaces. This may be okay in some circumstances where the soccer cleat is made for more than one surface or if the FG cleat's studs are conical and not aggressive. Even with these exceptions, if you want your cleats to last longer, you should get a separate pair for separate surfaces.


As we come to an end to the guide we would like to clarify that all of the leather soccer cleats listed above are made to fit wide feet. For the most part, all leather cleats are made for all kinds of foot shapes and sizes.

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