Next to your stick, a field hockey players next most important piece of equipment is their shoes, which provide the ability to move with speed agility on the pitch. But what are the BEST field hockey shoes for a competitive player ? Well once again best-fieldhockeysticks.com have the only and latest statistics available on the web, see below for the most popular field hockey shoes used by international elite players in 2016 as well as our top 4 shoe picks for female and male hockey players.
The data collected shows that overall Adidas was the most popular field hockey shoe used by international elite level players at 44 %, however Asics was almost equal top at 42%. This paints a very clear picture really, Adidas and Asics are the preferred shoe for elite players around the world. This leaves only 14% for the other brands, Nike made it to the 3rd spot , but only accounting for 6 % of the of players. One would think that this huge shoe giant would be a bit more present on the field hockey scene.However Nike do not have a dedicated field hockey shoe range yet but rely on other sports which shoes are compatible such as lacrosse and touch rugby with field hockey. Dita also managed to sneak in at 4th spot with 3% overall, the only pure field hockey brand that gets used often by pros. The remainder of shoe brands that players used were, Brooks, Grays, Mizuno, New Balance, Reves and Solomon.
Best Women’s Field Hockey Shoes
According to our latest data Ascics are the most popular choice for female hockey players on an international level with 47%. Adidas came in second at 27% with Nike at 13 % and Dita at 5 % the rest being made up of other brands.
#1 ASICS Women’s Gel-Hockey Neo
These are an excellent choice for any competitive player, and they made it to #1 on our list for women because they are a great combination of lightweight construction and durability. These shoes offer Asics trademark gel cushioning system for both the heel and forefoot area, providing excellent comfort that will outlast other forms of cushioning. These are a specifically designed for women field hockey players on synthetic turfs with excellent traction on the bottom of the shoe they will allow you to make sharp turns and stops without loosing your grip on the pitch. these shoes are worn by pros all over the world as well as at a club level. These shoes will outlast others with reinforced sections around the forefoot and a durable outer surface of the shoe which won’t wear easy despite heavy abrasion that is common in field hockey. See here for CURRENT PRICES, COLORS and SIZES.
#2 ASICS Women’s GEL-BLACKHEATH 5 Field Hockey Shoe
Our #2 choice is also from Asics and is once again a shoe specifically made for field hockey. The BLACKHEATH 5 are also a artificial turf shoe but would fair better on the grass than the Neos because of their grip pattern so we would recommend these shoes for players that mainly play on the astro turf but sometimes have a hit or run on the grass. They are quite as light at the Neos but still feel great, as they have all the other cushioning features. These shoes also have Asics DuoMax technology which provides great support for players ankles and feet during full on play. Slightly cheaper field hockey shoe but just as excellent and durable as #1. See here for CURRENT PRICES, COLORS and SIZES.
#3 Adidas Hockey Flex II Women’s Field Hockey Shoes
Our number 3 pick is the Adidas Flex 2, a great light weight field hockey shoe to be used on synthetic turfs. Adidas have provide a unique traction system here for great turning ability for any angle you want to move you feet on, they will respond. They main reason the Flex shoe doesn’t make it to the #1 or 2 spot is the cushioning, Asics gel system is superior overtime, this being said Adidas’s rear and mid-foot cushioning system is excellent. What we do really love about these shoes to is the trademark AdiWear surface that makes the outside of these shoes very durable just like the Asics models which is great. The last thing to think about with these field hockey shoes is they do have a mesh material around the top of the toes which helps with ventilation, something the Asics don’t have, so these may be a great option if your looking to reduce sweaty feet! See here for CURRENT PRICES, COLORS and SIZES.
Best Men’s Field Hockey Shoes
#1 Adidas Zone Dox Men’s Hockey Shoe
These shoes are just one of Adidas’s large field hockey range for men. What sets them apart though and why we have them the #1 spot on our list is Adidas’s SPRINTFRAME technology which makes these shoes the fastest field hockey shoe around. They are extremely lightweight but very strong, supportive and durable. Just by looking at the side profile of the shoe you can see the sole is not like other field hockey shoes , but almost resembles an actual sprinting shoe. The benefit when accelerating in this footwear however would only be fully realized on a synthetic turf as the grip is too small for outdoor grass hockey. The Zone Dox also have excellent breath-ability of these shoes which makes super sweaty feet not such a problem. See here for Current Deals and Sizes.
#2 GEL-HOCKEY NEO
We are not a big fan of repeating ourselves here at best-fieldhockeysticks.com so for a review on the men’s Gel- Neo field hockey shoe, see the women’s review above. The men’s shoe has the exact same features and construction, the only difference is the colors, sizing and price. Once again though an excellent field hockey shoe for a competitive field hockey player.
#3 GEL-HOCKEY TYPHOON 2
Excellent grass and synthetic turf shoe, huge amount of traction can be found with these great shoes as the strong molded durable plastic. They have all the forefoot and heel gel cushioning or the Neo’s also which makes for excellent last comfort, Special to the Typhoon 2 is a double layered memory foam setup around the heel which allows the shoe to make a great snug fit for your foot.
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Indoor Field Hockey Shoes
Now these particular shoes are sold as a women’s indoor volleyball shoe, however they can be used as a high performance field hockey shoe all the same. They have an excellent high quality rubber sole that provides all over the shoe at the toe and on the sides. Asics gel cushioning system is perfect for indoor field hockey shoes as the surfaces played on are a lot harder so its so important to have good quality comfort that will look after your feet.
This pair of men’s indoor field hockey shoe are once again sold as a volley ball shoe, however they are also perfect for hockey too. The gel cushioning in these shoes is both in the heel and forefoot which is perfect when you are on your feet for a long time as the cushioning can be felt over the whole foot. They have excellent mesh ventilation over the whole top side of the shoe but still have good wear resistance on the sides, maybe not as good as the Dita’s though. The soul is very grippy and is perfect for most indoor surfaces and will last longer than cheaper shoe brands,
Dita Gold Rush Indoor Field Hockey
Dita field hockey shoes have been around for a while and are well adapted to the specific requirements of the game. The Gold Rush Indoor field hockey shoe is a unisex style and earns its spot in the top 3 due to its low price yet high quality. The Goldrush shoe has everything you need, excellent grip for indoor surfaces, light weight construction and durability. It also several sections of mesh sections that make for good foot heat ventilation. See here for Current Deals and Sizes.
What Makes a Good Field Hockey Shoe?
- Grip or Traction: First thing here is too think about the surface you are going to be playing on, grass, synthetic turf or a flat indoor hard wood or concrete floor. Starting with grass, cleat type shoes with decent studs are going to be the way to go, on these surfaces, many other sport shoes like soccer, lacrosse or rugby will do the job well. Synthetic turfs however are quite specific to field hockey, therefore full studs are not allowed to be worn on these special surfaces as they are too aggressive and will damage to pitch. So you want something more aggressive that the ordinary running or tennis shoe but something not quite as serious as full cleats. Players that use ordinary running shoes often find that the grip just isn’t aggressive enough and tend to slip over a lot when trying to turn quickly or stopping from a sprint, not only does this put your at risk of injury but also puts you off balance and gives the opposition an advantage over you. Goal keepers should think carefully about what type of grip they want as slipping over is the last thing you want to happen as you go to make a save.
- Support: The way the soul of the shoe is constructed is very important two ensure your feet, ankles and knees are being looked after. Good field hockey shoes should have decent flex around the ball of the foot but be fairly strong or ridged around the heal and arch when twisted. Flimsy shoes will not stand up to the rigor of field hockey and may cause your feet to
- Comfort: Blisters are the worst, good quality shoes that are the right size should mold to your feet after a few games or running sessions, they should give you blisters though, that’s an incentive to stick with the proven brands for field hockey shoes. Good cushioning helps to reduce the impact of being on the field for a long time.
- Durability: Field hockey shoes can be pricey, especially if you just bought a new stick you don’t want to be forking out even more cash for something that isn’t even going to last a season of play. From our experience at best-fieldhockeysticks.com we are fairly confident that Asics are the most durable field hockey shoe, followed by Adidas and Dita. Unfortunately brands like Grays, Gryphon and Princess make excellent shoes for short term performance but you will be lucky to have them last a season. What is important is really just construction materials of the shoe and construction quality, how all the parts are put together. Once again it comes down to a brand thing, each brand has its own materials and some simply are more durable that others.