Choosing the right football boots for you

April 19, 2011 | Filed Under: Blog 
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Many people overlook the importance of a good pair of football boots, but it’s the most important piece of kit to get right as a player. Three things characterise how you approach this purchase: your personal playing style and position; the playing surface; and your budget.

The choice of outsole – or the bottom of the boot – has the most important effect on the abilities of someone’s feet. This is because, for your health and safety, a good boot needs to give support, grip, stability and traction, otherwise skills will wane and damage may occur.

Soft ground, such as natural grass surfaces in the winter, requires screw-in studs or blades. Firmer ground favours moulded studs or short blades to counteract frozen wintry or end-of-season conditions. Hard ground football boots dance the line between natural and Astroturf surfaces and use low-profile rubber studs that are designed for durability, offering traction and stability.

Astroturf boots or trainers tend to provide a durable rubber outsole and will offer either tiny studs or patterns. They can also be used as a back-up for hard surfaces, though will often lack traction on natural pitches. Indoor football boots are essentially comfortable trainers, giving a flat rubber outsole and often use a herringbone pattern.

These outsoles need to reflect position, however. Forwards and wingers wanting acceleration should opt for blades in tandem with soft leather uppers, for example, while central midfielders will benefit from a classic boot that provides accuracy when crossing and shooting from distance. Good grip is needed for defenders and goalkeepers, allowing a firmer stance and more grip in big tackles or collisions.

Finally, the budget must be set. Anywhere between £50 and £100 should get you a long-lasting pair of football boots, but go for function over style and it could be cheaper. Be more inclined to buy several cheaper pairs of boots instead of one all-encompassing pair, should you play on more than one surface. After all, you need to promote health and skill in your investment.


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