In my ongoing quest for Foot Fitness, I was chatting with my neighbor Fernando the other week about soccer shoes. Fernando grew up with soccer so knows a lot about the game, coaching, and other issues related to potential soccer injuries. I was telling him about how flexible shoes are better for feet which caused him to mention the Adidas Copa Mundial soccer shoes. He told me when kids have feet problems, they put them into the Adidas Copa shoes, and nearly always the foot pain goes away! Why? Apparently the Adidas Copa is more flexible than many of the newer soccer shoes available--not only the actual soles but also the upper materials since they are made with kangaroo leather. Additionally, the cleats in the Copa are a bit shorter which is better for us in SoCal or Central California where we have much drier climates with harder grass--apparently, the shorter cleat reduces the force into the bottom of foot from what the players report. The reviews are interesting. People swear by these shoes in terms of comfort and performance--even some Pros.
I thought the Adidas Copa soccer shoes were a good find for overall foot fitness since I have so many clients with kids that play lots of soccer. If your child is having problems with feet, ankles, and even knees or more up above, you might consider switching to this old school shoe model that has been around unchanged since 1979. If it's been around that long with the same design, it must be worth wearing!
In Foot Fitness, Coach RJ