With the new season only a matter of weeks away and pre-season fixtures already taking place, now is time to assess your current playing footwear and decide whether or not you need to invest in a new pair of boots. By purchasing a pair of boots before you begin competitive fixtures, you give yourself time to wear the boots in and prevent them being uncomfortable when it comes to the big kick off.
With so many different styles and colour ways now available to buy, you need to remember that comfort should come first when deciding on a new pair of boots. To perform at your highest level, you need your mind to be focused on the match for the full 90 minutes rather than how much pain your feet are in. Knowing the width of your feet is key as different boots are designed for different foot widths. For example, the Nike Mercurial Vapors are a relatively skinny fitting boot whilst the Mizuno Morelias’ come up quite wide.
If the boots you go for have a soft leather upper then you need to remember that during the ‘breaking in’ phase, the leather will stretch and mould around your feet so when you initially try them on they need to feel snug. If the upper is a synthetic leather then it is highly unlikely that it will change shape.
Knowing the surface you are going to be playing on should also affect your choice. With the ever changing British weather we would recommend for anyone ordering in the UK to invest in a pair of firm ground (FG) and soft ground (SG) boots. Although this may be an expensive option for some, it will benefit your game as you will have boots for all conditions.
If you are wearing SG boots on the hard summer ground the you may find that you feel discomfort across your feet on the areas above where the screw-in studs are placed. Most of the current FG sole plates are normally a mixture of moulded studs and blades which are designed to evenly distribute your weight across the boot so that you have optimum traction on the ground. Most people that have worn these boots in the past will say that the Adidas Copa Mundial Moulded FG Football boots are best for firm surfaces.
Wearing FG boots during the wet months of the season can lead to you spending most matches either on the floor or hopelessly chasing opposition players as the boots will not grip the surface sufficiently enough. The advantage of SG boots is that they penetrate the ground for superior traction. Traditionally SG sole plates were a 6 stud configuration however improved technology has led to manufacturers adapting the design to improve the performance of the boot. The Nike Tiempo Legend IV SG Pro Football Boots now have mixture of moulded blades and screw-in studs.
If you are purchasing boots on behalf of somebody else, for example as a gift you a child, you may need to know whether their icon is wearing the same boots as you choose. We are more than happy for you to call us on 0800 804 8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which boots to pick. A popular request are the boots worn by Lionel Messi who is the lead wearer of the Adidas f50 adiZero football boots.
After-care is vital to ensuring that you get the maximum usage out of your new boots over the longest period of time. They way in which you look after your boots does depend on whether they have a synthetic or soft leather upper. Synthetic leather boots can be simply cleaned by wiping them down with a damp cloth and letting the boots dry naturally.
If they are a soft leather then we advice cleaning any excessive mud off then wiping them clear with a damp cloth. If you wash them in a sink full of water or under the shower then remember to pad the inside out of the boots out with newspaper when you dry them as it helps to draw water out of the boots as well as keeping their shape. Once they have dried naturally, apply boot dubbin to help preserve the leather.
If you need any advice on new boots then please get in contact with us either over the phone (0800 804 8521 or +441803 550767) or via email (email@example.com) as one of our staff will be more than happy to help you.