In which I give my first take on the Kelme Michelin Star 360 futsal shoe
Today I’m giving you an in-depth look at a recent extremely cheap purchase from Amazon, the Kelme Michelin Star 360. These kiddos set me back a cool $35, and boy am I glad they weren’t any more than that. Below we’ll break into the deets.
These shoes offer a variety of color patterns if you’re into that kind of thing. The white/black option I have shown here is simple enough, but there is a ridiculous combination of materials going on here that I’ll detail down below. While Kelme isn’t alone in producing an elaborately-styled futsal shoe, I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the design.
One element you can’t see from my pictures is the tongue, which is massive. I’ll only mark it here as a design element however, as in my experience its size does not affect performance (LOL I’m twelve btw).
But what about fit and performance?!? I’ll quit shouting and continue.
Okay let’s try them on-okay that’s way too big. Let’s go a half-size down-well these feel like clown shoes. Okay a full-size down-not perfect but whatever I’m tired of sending these back.
Even when the sizing in the length is correct (that’s a full size down if you didn’t catch my stream-of-consciousness above) they feel clunky. To be fair, many futsal shoes feel this way because they’re usually more reinforced at the toe-it translates to enhanced durability and the ability to toe-poke, which is much better for futsal, but it can end up being a bit odd if you’re just expecting your normal outdoor shoes with a different sole.
Out of the box these are stiff, especially the leather sections of the shoe in the forefoot. Over a brief period of time (say 1-2 hours) they soften up just fine, however. No real problems with the actual material feel on the foot.
This is a mixed bag. First, I just want to get the obvious out of the way when I say that the traction on these shoes is superb. Without question it’s the best-performing indoor sole I’ve ever owned; I mean if the name has “Michelin” in it then it had better amirite?
Now to the complicated part. I’m not sure what the manufacturers were thinking with this hodgepodge of materials. The mesh on the midfoot is decently comfortable, but when paired with a lower cut means your ankle is missing out on a good bit of support-a crucial factor for me, a man with chronically unstable ankles.
In addition, my small toes have developed a propensity to blister when making quick cuts in these. I suspect this phenomenon is due to the shoes having a wonky fit, the increased traction of the outsole, and the fact that I’m ridiculously fast, but the experience is not desirable.
If you made it through this review you might see I’m not the biggest fan of these shoes for indoor soccer play, and you’re right. They’re not the best option. However, they are an excellent cheap option if 1) you’re only using them once a week or less, and 2) if you need a pair of cross trainers. I’ve actually adapted these for use in the gym and they have performed admirably in that arena due to the low heel drop (as with all soccer shoes) and the excellent traction on the outsole.
So would I recommend these to the indoor maestro? Nope. But I would put in a kind word to the weekend warrior looking to conserve his hard-earned money.