American Made Soccer Shoes
July 28, 2008 12:15 AM   Subscribe

I would like to find a quality soccer shoe that is made in the in the good ole U.S. of A.

It seems like the bulk of quality shoes these days are made in China and I am trying to buy fewer imports.
posted by czarth to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total)
New Balance advertises itself as made in the USA., but they've discontinued their soccer shoes. This site lists some soccer shoes made in the US, but site is all wonky and the links are all dead. (In fact, it is probably a bad idea to click on those links.) I've got to go to sleep, but you could use the brands listed--Spot-Bilt, Zephz, New Balance--and the model numbers as a starting pint for some ebay searches.

I'd personally seek out the discontinued New Balances.
posted by thewrongparty at 12:40 AM on July 28, 2008

New Balance still makes shoes in America, but I believe their brief foray into soccer shoes wasn't an American made shoe. Zephz apparently makes a shoe in the U.S.A., but I've never heard of anybody wearing them, and don't know if they make adult shoes (assuming adult).

That said, I love my Diadora Brasil Axeler RTX14, which has a tag inside it that says "Made in Bulgaria". I know it's not USA, but it's not Asia.
posted by stovenator at 1:02 AM on July 28, 2008

Soccer isnt really a big deal in America, which I am sure you are aware of. As such major American shoe companies don't have much of a reason to locate their production facilities here. I would go with a European source.
posted by BobbyDigital at 9:25 AM on July 28, 2008

Here are some New Balance football/soccer cleats. Here are some more.

I'm not sure if the same cleats can be used for both (US) football and soccer, but from a quick look at the website, they can.

New Balance is based in Boston, and still maintains a manufacturing presence in the US (as at 2007, acording to Wikipedia).
posted by triggerfinger at 10:33 AM on July 28, 2008

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