While the rest of the world calls these "football boots," in the United States, these are known as "soccer boots," "soccer cleats," or "soccer shoes." (Or "tennis shoes" if you aren't paying attention.)
Indoor boots have no cleats. Suitable for play on artificial turf or as a general-purpose recreational sneaker.
This is the adidas Samba, a very classic indoor boot.
These are similar to American football shoes intended for artificial turf, but intended for soccer. They have many small cleat-like projections.
This is the adidas Spectral Turf boot.
This is the Nike Tiempo 750 TR boot. Compare to the Tiempo 750 below.
These have cleats that are integral with the bottom plate.
This is the adidas Beckenbauer #5 boot.
This is the adidas Laser boot. Note the extra cleats compared to the Nike Tiempo 750 below. The individual who sent me both these pictures commented the Laser was much less likely to sag and wobble on hard ground.
This is the Nike Tiempo 750 boot.
These have cleats that screw into the bottom plate. They have the advantage that cleats may be designed in multiple sizes, optimizing traction on a given field surface; also, cleats may be replaced if excessively worn. Has the disadvantage of extra weight and complexity.
They aren't for the playing of soccer; they're for wear before and after playing soccer where boots would be inappropriate or difficult. Some cleats are difficult to wear on non-turf surfaces.
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Last Updated: 19 February 2017
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