Verdict from 1 expert and 9 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The price of the Nike PhantomVNM Academy Indoor soccer cleat belongs to a budget-friendly range.
  • The Nikeskin-mesh upper material facilitates a comfortable ride on the pitch.
  • An expert soccer cleat reviewer explained that since the upper is mesh-based, the shoe is relatively easy to break in.
  • This Nike indoor soccer cleat model is true to size.
  • Since half of the lacing system is encased in a mesh element, the player is afforded a bigger strike zone.
  • The indoor version of Nike PhantomVNM Academy is slightly lighter than its firm ground counterpart.
  • The pair brings a premium feel despite its budget-friendly price range.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Due to the one-piece internal construction of the tongue, the Nike PhantomVNM can be hard to put on.
  • As this soccer cleat model delivers a snug fit, the pair might not be ideal for broad-footed players.

Bottom line

For a budget-friendly cleat, Nike PhantomVNM Academy Indoor soccer cleat brings a premium and comfortable experience for its wearers. The pair is also relatively easy to break in as the majority of its upper is composed of a mesh-based material. However, it is important to note that it’s challenging to put on the shoe due to its small entryway as well as the limited stretch of its one-piece tongue.

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Good to know

  • The Nike PhantomVNM Academy Indoor soccer cleat is created for accuracy and comfort on the pitch. The Nikeskin technology paired with a mesh-based upper delivers a soft second-skin-like fit as it encloses around the player’s foot. The material has been designed to be relatively thin allowing for a barefoot sensation especially while controlling the ball. The one-piece tongue is also constructed with a mesh material bringing a snug fit.
  • Furthermore, the asymmetrical lacing system ensures superior lockdown. The lower half of this feature has been encased in a mesh material, allowing for a bigger strike zone.
  • Screenprinted ridges are placed across the medial side of the shoe. This texturing is purely for aesthetic purposes and does little for the soccer cleat’s overall ball control. The Nike PhantomVNM Elite model, however, features an embossed version of these ridges. These 3d ridge elements are specifically designed for optimal control and accuracy while making powerful shots. One of the shoe designers who developed this feature elaborated that the angle and the shape of these ridges have been tailormade and lab-tested for accuracy.
  • A multi-directional linear traction pattern is used of this shoe. Constructed with non-marking rubber, the outsole is designed to bring traction and grip in indoor courts as well as a variety of other surface types.

The indoor variation of the Nike PhantomVNM Academy soccer cleat allows for a comfortable ride on the pitch. The Nikeskin paired with a mesh-based upper delivers a soft, second-skin-like sensation which envelops the player’s foot. The one-piece tongue also ensures a snug fit while an asymmetrical lacing system doubles down on a secure foot lockdown. The pair is available in men’s standard sizes ranging from sizes 5 to 13. A reviewer conceded that this model fits true to size.

The upper of the Nike PhantomVNM Academy indoor soccer cleat is created with Nikeskin and mesh. With the mesh material covered in a thin polyurethane film, the combination brings a second-skin-like fit while bringing a soft sensation for the player’s foot.

The tongue area is a one-piece construction which adds to the shoe’s snug fit. This feature is coupled with an asymmetrical lacing system. The lower half of the lacing system is encased in a mesh material to extend the strike zone, facilitating cleaner shots.

A bold Nike print is found in the lateral side of the shoe with the PhantomVNM label running across the mid-area. Screenprinted ridges are also located in the medial side of the shoe, adding to the cleat’s texture.

The outsole of this indoor PhantomVNM Academy soccer cleat is created with a rubber-based material with a non-marking feature. A linear multi-directional pattern is integrated into the area to promote grip and traction on indoor courts surfaces.

Nike Phantom Venom ‘Inverse’

The ‘Inverse’ colorway is made especially for the Nike PhantomVNM Academy model. This rendition is basically the reverse of the original colorway.  Crimson is now made the color of the minute elements found on this rendition’s upper such as the ridges as well as the Nike logo located on the lateral side of the cleat.  Black now colors the majority of the upper including the tongue area as well as the laces.

  • A firm ground model, as well as turf variations of the Nike PhantomVNM Academy, are also made available by the brand.
  • The ‘Game Over’ pack for this silo features a bright crimson/ metallic silver/ black colorway.

How PhantomVNM Academy Indoor compares

This shoe: 80
All shoes average: 77
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This shoe: £80
All shoes average: £90
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