Choosing the right Football Boots

Without the right football gear you won’t be at your best.

The basic FIFA rules regarding football equipment and clothing is simple: A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player – that includes any kind of jewellery. Footballers should also use shin-guards that must be fully covered with socks. There’s a high chance you could get cautioned (or even booked) if you do not follow these rules!

The most important piece of kit a footballer will use is his or her football boots.


The history of the football boot apparently goes back to the 16th century and King Henry VIII. It was not until 1891 that the football boot was allowed to have studs for better grip on the field.

During 1825 the Dasler brothers Adi and Rudolf (who later became Adidas and Puma founders, respectively) helped bring interchangeable studded boots to the fore of sports footwear.

Nowadays, famous international football stars like Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo wear customized and personalized football boots, which are made from sophisticated materials but they are still based around those original studded boots which the Dasler brothers made popular back in the early 19th century.

Football boots should be shosen depending on the ground you intend to play on. It’s best to have a pair of boots for each type of ground.

  • Football Boots for Soft ground – Football pitches will be soft and muddy during wet or damp weather and by using cleats you will have longer, screw-in studs or blades that go deeper into the ground. This will help you keep on your feet.
  • Football Boots for Firm ground – “all-round” football boots have rubber moulded studs or blades that are shorter than soft ground cleats. These are the best option for playing on firmer ground during summer where the ground is dry and tough. These type of boots are suitable for use on AstroTurf.
  • Football Boots for AstroTurf – AstroTurf is a popular terrain for football and firm ground boots are best suited for play. There are also special AstroTurf boots that are very similar to indoor football trainers (they have only slightly noticeable cleats).
Modern Nike Soccer Boot

Modern Nike Soccer Boot

Choosing the material your football boots are made of is equally as important. Traditionally, football or soccer boots have been manufactured from leather, however, these days a combination of man-made (synthetic) fibres are used either in addition to or in replace of this.

By utilising synthetic materials brands and boot bakers have been able to create and experiment in plenty of interesting and useful shapes.

The Adidas Predator boot came out in 1996, which used rubber ridges to help swerve the ball. The same year a company named Concave developed a football boot which was shaped to actually cup the ball and improve the boot to ball contact.

Many new materials carry copyrighted names, however, as a general rule most modern football boots seem to be made from polymer (plastic). Nike designed a boot that would possibly be the fastest and lightest boot on the market. The result was a boot made almost entirely from carbon fibre, thus being very durable yet very light composite material, the price though, as you may imagine is £200+ per pair. These days men’s and ladies boots can be found in shoe shops and sports shops, the price will vary on brand and quality.

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