Choosing Your Football Boots...
There are so many manufacturers of football boots on the market these days, all of whom offer a variety of models with special features. In addition to classic models made from leather, there are also a wide range of football boots made from synthetic materials using sophisticated technology to enhance the player's footing and game. Leather especially, has the added advantages of having high resistance to abrasion, little to no water and sweat absorption, lightweight and soft comfort, together with unique breathability. We'll advise you on how to navigate through our wide range of products and select the right pair of football boots for you. Choose your football boots according to the type of surface you'll be playing on (natural, artificial, etc).
FG – Firm Ground
These are designed for play on most firm natural surfaces. Their molded studs provide traction on most pitches and are by far the most popular and versatile outsole for natural surfaces. Molded boots feature both conical and bladed studs.
SG – Soft Ground
For soft or wet natural surfaces (i.e. well-groomed pitches or mud). Traditionally, soft ground boots are designed to require fewer well-spaced, but longer, replaceable studs. However, many now have non-removable bladed studs. These are the choice of boots for many professional players on manicured pitches.
AT - Turf
Turf boots usually feature an extremely durable rubber outsole. Turf boots often feature small rubber studs or patterns on the outsole to improve traction on hard, natural fields and artificial turf. Turf boots are also great for training and can be used as a back up pair of shoes to play on hard surfaces.
IN - Indoor
For indoor or dry artificial surfaces. Indoor football boots generally feature a gum rubber flat outsole. They are designed for playing indoor football or futsal in a sports hall. Indoor boots generally have a non-marking rubber sole.
The number of studs and their placement vary from model to model, and determine the rate of acceleration, stopping and turning features of the boot for the player. The harder the playing surface, the more studs are required to ensure a player's weight becomes more evenly distributed and therefore, the boot offers more stability under foot. Studs differ from one another by shape. Apart from classic conical studs, there are also bladed studs that provide additional stability during sudden turns. To ensure total comfort and optimum performance in the game, it's important to choose boots with soles corresponding to the game surface.
Matching Boot Technology To The Type of Player
Nowadays, the choice of boots is not only determined by terrain or appearance. Modern football boots are packed with technologies that help the player control the ball better and thus enhance the game. Manufacturers produce boots in consultation with top players, who provide them with their experience, impressions and comments, in order to perfect the boot. As a result, we stock different models for specific types of players. E.g. Nike T90 - for strikers, Mercurial - for fast paced players, CTR360 - for midfielders and Tiempo - designed for controlled precision and exceptional grip on the pitch.
Caring For Your Boots
As with any piece of sports equipment, taking care of your football boots improves their performance and increases durability & longevity.
- The first thing that will help keep boots in good condition, is to properly unlace them every time they are put on or taken off. A worn heel collar and damaged upper from trying to slip and wiggle in feet doesn't just spoil the look of the boots, but also impairs their functionality.
- The sole must always be thoroughly cleaned. Excessive mud and grass build-up are definitely not good for football boots! Lightly knock your boots together to remove any excess mud or dirt from the soles after a game. Mud can draw moisture out of the leather and eventually ruin the upper.
- The worst thing you can do to football boots is to leave them laying in a plastic bag while they're wet; shoes need to dry from the inside out. Place them in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight or heat. Boots made from natural leather should moreover be treated with a shoe conditioner to help prolong their lifespan.
- If you have football boots with screw studs, properly lubricate the threads once in a while, and if you do not use them for an extended period of time, loosen the studs.