How To Choose The Right Football Boots

How To Choose The Right Football Boots

03/11/2021 Off By Admin

No matter what position you play, you know about it if you haven’t got the right kit on for a match. Wearing the right football boots gives us skill, speed, power, and confidence to smash through the defence and fire the goal into the net.

But choosing the right football boots is no easy task. The explosion in designs means you now have an incredible choice, but hours of looking for the best ones for you. So, shave time and effort off the job with a rundown of what you need to look out for and how different shoe styles can affect your performance.

 

 

To choose the right football boots for you, you need to tick off the following features when you pull them on:

  • Weight
  • Suppleness
  • Flexibility
  • Comfort
  • Protection
  • Stability
  • Propulsion
  • Grip

Position:

What position do you play? This is a crucial question when choosing the best football boots. If you’re a full-back or centre-back, your main concern is protecting your feet when you go in for those hard tackles, so strength and durability are key. On the other side of the coin, strikers need to stay quick and nimble with a large, clean upper (top of the boot where the laces are) for pinpoint accuracy.

No matter where you play, all footballers need control, comfort, accuracy, and pace from their boots. Today, football boots are often designed for multiple positions, but many include specific designs suited to a particular style of play. Check out these playing positions to find out what features you need to look out for when buying new boots:

Goal: As the last line of defence, your boots need a good grip and a padded upper to keep your feet protected after multiple collisions and long goal kicks.

Defence: You get a lot of impacts. Highly resilient boots with a wide striking area to clear balls accurately are for you.

Midfield: Defending and passing to both halves of the pitch is essential for a midfielder. Round or conical studs are excellent for making quick, easy and stable turns in your central pitch position.

Wing: A major source of goals, skill and accurate touches are very important on the wing. Look for boots with thin uppers for precision, and light studs and thin outsoles for enhanced speed.

Attack: You need boots built for acceleration, stability and accuracy. Ideal boots for strikers should have a clear striking surface to hit the goal net, light uppers and soles for agility and responsive ball touches, and a secure stud formation for tight twists and explosions of speed.

Foot shape:

Everyone’s feet are different. Basically, good football boots need to be rigid from toe to heel but flexible where your foot bends width ways. But, there’s more. To play at your best, you need football boots that fit you perfectly, so each touch of the ball is accurate and powerful. If you have wide feet, make sure to look for suitable designs. Otherwise, you’ll feel uncomfortable within seconds of kick-off (typically, Nike and Adidas are good for wide-fittings).

Don’t forget about your arches. Players with high arches (where your body weight lands more on the outside of your foot) need to get football boots with cushioning to prevent painful foot injuries that could put you out of action. Alternatively, flat-footed players (weight on the inside of your foot) should look for a motion control boot to play at their best.

Sizing:

Get the wrong size, and by the second half, your feet can feel constricted, painful and covered in blisters. If you’re searching for the right football boots for younger players, they’ll need to offer a bit of leeway for growth. However, adult players can get their ideal size straight away. Remember, football boots with leather uppers might stretch more than synthetic uppers, so bear this in mind when choosing your size.

 

 

Material:

Football boot fabric affects your comfort, stability and performance. Generally, football boots come in two main materials leather and synthetic. Now, sports brands recognise the pros of both and have merged them to create high-performing boots.

Leather is the most comfortable upper material. The benefit of it moulding to the shape of your foot provides an accurate contact area for impressive ball control, alongside a softer feel that’s an advantage in long training sessions and extra time.

Generally, synthetic material is used for the rest of the boot (if not all) and is lighter, thinner, and more durable than leather when wet. As a result, boots today feature various added fabric technology to enhance your comfort and stability on the pitch.

Surface:

Aside from playing position, the other critical factor you need to consider when buying new football boots is what surface you play on. Unfortunately, these different playing surfaces don’t suit the same shoes. For example, firm ground boots are ideal for natural grass, but you’d ruin your stud plate if you played wearing these on abrasive surfaces, like artificial grass.

Balance, speed and even your risk of injury all rely on wearing the right football boots on the correct surface. Here’s a rundown of boots you need for different surfaces and what features to look out for to get the right ones:

Firm ground boots – used on natural dry grass, although can handle damp pitches. These feature moulded studs or blades in various shapes and sizes across the sole. Although slippery in wet conditions and easily worn down on 3G pitches, firm ground boots feel light and give great balance.

Soft ground boots – used on muddy grounds for better traction. Soft ground boots have the iconic six conical stud formation on the outsole. These studs are longer than standard to help them penetrate soft or muddy ground for maximum stability, but you’ll completely lose gripБ balance and can injure your feet and legs if worn on hard surfaces.

Artificial grass boots – used on fake grass and 3G pitches. These football boots’ outsoles have short, hollow studs for an even grip and lightweight feel. Artificial grass boots are excellent at taking shock impact on this particular type of ground, which reduces your chances of injury.

Indoor boots – used on courts inside. Indoor football boots have a flat, non-mark outsole made from rubber for grip on smooth surfaces.

 

 

Laces:

Your laces and laced section of your shoe is the most vulnerable part of your foot, but also the one that will do most of the striking, clearing and scoring. You should feel secure and comfortable when you tie up the right football boots properly — and keep an eye out for asymmetrical laces. These offer a larger, cleaner striking area than other varieties, which makes them good for strikers and wingers who rely on accuracy.

Studs:

Finding the right football boots boils down to your studs. Your boot studs should offer pace, traction for quick manoeuvres and as little mud clog as possible. To get that explosion of speed, your feet need to grip the ground to push you in the right direction and this is where your outsoles and studs step in. Both surface conditions and personal preference play parts in which studs are best for you, so check out the differences first.

Round moulded studs: attached to the outsole of the boot and often made of rubber or plastic, these are decent on hard grounds. However, they can’t be replaced once worn down like changeable studs.

Generally, these come in in metal or plastic. Screw-in, or changeable, studs let you swap your studs to suit different pitch conditions – which can come in really handy. Metal studs are lightweight and resilient, while plastic ones tend to wear away quicker. However, both materials save you from having to buy a new pair of boots.

The more modern option, many players believe that blades provide enhanced grip, quicker turning and easier acceleration. These can feel awkward at first, so you might want a few kick-around before you wear them in a match.

 

 

Colour And Style:

If you feel good, you’ll play well. Compared to just a decade or so ago, the world of football has exploded with colour when it comes to football footwear. If you’re searching for the right footie boots, how they look is definitely important.