Adidas Kid’s Ace 16.4 FxG J Boy’s Soccer Cleats

Last updated date: May 22, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6


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Overall Take

Top to bottom, this is a quality pick for those who need a form-fitting shoe. The synthetic mesh upper holds tight to the foot while the lining keeps things cool. A special film protects the interior from water and dirt. In our analysis of 19 expert reviews, the Adidas Adidas Ace Kid's Ace 16.4 FxG J Soccer Cleats placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Boys’ Soccer Cleats for a detailed review of all the top boys' soccer cleats.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
83 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
These cleats are made to dominate any firm ground! It boasts of premium mesh upper that offers your kiddo a sock-like fit. This makes it an excellent choice for parents whose children have wide feet.
- Rocks for Kids
The Adidas Kid's Ace 16.4 FxG J Soccer Shoe is an extremely affordable option for people that are on a budget, but still want to find a high quality and comfortable shoe choice for their needs.
- Official Top 5 Review
These firm ground shoes have a comfortable, lightweight synthetic upper that will provide a secure fit so your soccer player can concentrate on more important things like making a goal. The lining inside the shoe kept kids' feet dry and cool through the toughest and hottest game.
- Mom Dot
This soccer cleat has special size type for little kids of 4 to 8 years. Lastly, any sort of water and debris will not be an obstacle as the ultra-thin film present in the shoes helps to keep out the water and debris.
- KID Walkers
What experts didn't like
Only two color choices
- Official Top 5 Review
Sizing runs small.
- Mom Dot

From The Manufacturer

You've already won. It's just going to take 90 minutes for everyone else to find out. Control the game with every touch with ace 17. These juniors' Soccer cleats have a prime mesh upper that delivers precise control with zero wear-in time. Designed to dominate on firm ground.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Adidas Kid’s Ace 16.4 FxG J Boy’s Soccer Cleats
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 4
2. Adidas Kids’ Copa 19.4 Firm Ground Soccer Shoe
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 2
3. DREAM PAIRS 160472-K Boy’s Soccer Cleats
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
4. Vizari Bolt FG Boy’s Soccer Cleats
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Puma Kids One 18.4 FG Jr. Boy’s Soccer Cleats
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
9. Diadora Kids Cattura MD Jr Boy’s Soccer Cleats
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Boys' Soccer Cleats

With the exception of speed skating and the like, there are few sports where the footwear plays as big of a role as it does in soccer. That’s in terms of speed, performance and protection for the player. Think it’s stressful buying a regular pair of shoes for your boy? Shopping for soccer cleats on your child’s first year making the team can be as nerve-wracking as that opening game — especially if you don’t know what to look for.

Setting a budget is of course the first thing you’ll want to do. Sports equipment can be expensive, and cleats are no exception. Shop around for deals, but these shoes are definitely not something to cut corners on, especially for young players. What’s on the bottom of the shoe matters just as much as what’s inside and what’s on top.

First, the bottom — also known as the soleplate. This is where you’ll find those distinctive studs that help players keep their traction on the pitch. Their size, shape and placement differs dependent on what kind of ground they are intended for, so do a little homework by asking you child’s coach about his home field.

Cleats made for firm ground are designated “FG,” and they are best for dry, natural grass. The mid-sized studs on these shoes are typically rubber or some other synthetic plastic. “SG” (Soft Ground) cleats have longer studs that are sometimes tipped with metal, allowing them to dig into soft, muddy turf. “AG” cleats are built for thicker artificial grass, and they have a combination of traditional rounded studs and angular bladed ones. Less common are the “AT,” or Artificial Turf cleats. They sport numerous smaller studs, spaced closer together for use on the short turf of an indoor court. Finally, there’s “IN” or Indoor cleats, which eschew studs entirely in favor of a flat rubber sole. These are best for hard court surfaces and are fairly indistinguishable from regular sport sneakers.

Just looking at some of these shoes, you can tell your child is going to be making a lot of hairpin turns. Fit is important for any sports shoe, but here it can be crucial. This can be maddening when your boy is growing through a growth spurt, but it’s best to leave between a little less room in the toe than you would with a dress shoe. You know that rule about leaving a thumb’s width of space between the toe and the tip of the shoe? You may want to reduce that margin to a pinky finger, especially for younger players. Defensive players might benefit from the additional snug fit provided by mid-profile ankle coverage. In most cases, though, you’ll want to keep the ankles free to allow a greater range of movement.

Next, consider the uppers. That’s the portion of the shoe that covers the top part of the foot, and it’s just as important as the studs. After all, this is the surface that’s going to impact the ball. Good soccer cleats will have a natural, barefoot feel on the uppers , using a material that provides a little traction.

In most modern cleats, that material is going to be some form of synthetic fabric. Cleats like this in the low-to-mid price range will be lighter, but the material may not be as breathable or have as much “give.” You can still find cleats made of natural leather for a more delicate touch on the ball. For those less concerned with animal welfare, there’s k-leather (or kangaroo leather) cleats that were once considered the high water mark for cleat material. This leather is durable, lightweight and flexible so it’s easy to see why. Many shoes might add a mesh or knit layer to the upper portion, which definitely offers a unique feel. If you can, it’s best to try out a few styles and see which one your child is comfortable with. Whatever the case, make sure there’s some waterproofing involved. At some point in the season, those shoes are sure to get soaked. With the right shoe and a little luck, maybe it willl even be with Gatorade.

DWYM Fun Fact

Though soccer originated as a sport of the working man, the first recorded owner of a pair of soccer cleats was decidedly not blue collar. King Henry VIII ordered a pair of cleats custom made by shoemaker Cornelius Johnson around 1525, and they were likely much heavier than the ones players wear today. Less moneyed players in King Henry’s time would hammer metal studs into the bottom of their shoes for traction — an innovation that would definitely be improved upon with time.

The Boys' Soccer Cleat Buying Guide

  • Breaking in new shoes is a necessary hassle, but it’s absolutely critical for sportswear. Depending on the material of the shoe, that may take as long as a full practice session or just a couple laps around the track. If your shoes are natural leather, expect that process to be on the longer side and adjust your child’s expectations accordingly.
  • Laces or no laces? There are distinct benefits and liabilities to each for soccer cleats. Laced shoes will generally have a tighter fit, but may not impact the ball as cleanly. Conversely, those with velcro straps will be looser but have a more consistent “touch.”