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How to choose your football boots

Published On, September 2017

It is common to choose your football boots according the design and also according to what your favorite players wear, but we must know that there are two more aspects much more important than that: the size and the soleplate.


Size is very important in order to be able to run properly as well as to feel and manage the ball better. Boots will be your “gloves” during your practice. Wearing small shoes will make you feel uncomfortable with the extra stress on your feet and will also damage your nails. On the other hand, using a bigger size you will reduce the “ball sensitivity” and the accuracy.


The sole type has to be chosen according the surface you are going to play on. This part of your boots is really important; it is designed to handle different conditions, like tyres on a car.


We can find, basically, the following different soleplate types:


1) Firm ground (blades): It is designed for dry and firm grass pitches. This soleplate is used on firm or firm to wet ground. It offers superb traction, but you will struggle on very soft grounds because the bladed soleplates are not large.




2) Firm Ground (Conical Studs): It is designed for very firm grass and some artificial surfaces. It reduces the risk of being snagged in the turf and also reduces the pressure on the joints. Typically with 10 and 13 conical studs in between it disperses the pressure evenly across the boot making them comfortable.




3) Soft Ground: These are ideal for very soft natural grass pitches. It offers superior grip on pitches that have seen a lot of wear or tear and rain. However, it is not recommended to use these boots on very firm or artificial pitches.




4) Artificial Pitches: Ideal for artificial turf (3G/4G surfaces). A boot fitted with an Artificial Ground soleplate will help offer traction and comfort on this tricky surface, without compromising the on boot performance.




5) Astroturf: To be used on traditional AstroTurf and other types of artificial ground, this sole is designed with low-profile soles to keep your feet close to the ground to reduce slipping, and usually feature more cushioning in the heel than traditional boots.




6) Indoor/Futsal: This style of sole won’t perform well on natural or artificial grass either because it has no studs to grip with. However, it is ideal for indoor pitches keeping the feet low to the ground for uncompromising grip and maneuverability.




Choosing the wrong soleplate may mean, at best, you might slip and slide all over the pitch. At worst, it can cause serious injuries. If it is difficult for the stud to dig into the ground, it could be left unbalanced, probably leading to rolled ankle. If the stud digs too much, you can get stuck on the pitch, probably leading to knee ligament damage.


You would see some professional players using metal studs. They can be useful for very soft natural grass but we would recommend you to avoid using them because the risks you have are more as compared to the benefits.


We hope the information given here will help you to choose the best shoes according the soleplate and the ground features you are playing on.