8 Tips for new football shoes – The ultimate guide

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This is the ultimate guide on how to buy you just the right football boots. With the 8 tips + a bonus tip, you can:

  • Avoid sore feet or blisters
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Save money
  • Become a better football player (the right boots can at least help you along the way)

After reading the guide, you know what to look for and what to check when buying new football boots. We will help you make the right choice so you can save time, money, and pain in your feet.

This is true whether you prefer to buy your shoes at your local football boot pusher or whether you buy your shoes online.

1. Your feet ‘hottest dream: The right size

Who has not tried a pair of shoes, and been in doubt whether it is now the right size, and almost blindly listened to the nice clerk in the store?

Instead of blindly trusting the clerk, you can ask the right questions, or do it yourself at home, depending on your taste.

Are your feet straight?

How annoying would it not be if your left foot squeezed in the boot while your right one feels just fine? Measure your feet, and preferably every time you buy new boots. Get the clerk to help you. If you shop online, ask for help in your network.

If it is the case that one foot is longer than the other, you can ask the store to get a boot in each size. And the same is the case if the width is different on your feet.

On standing foot

Check if there is enough space in the boot toe when you get up. There should be 0.5 – 1 cm. From your longest toe to the tip of the boot.

Go for a walk with the shoe

We should test the boots on the surface for which they are designed. In the store, it is difficult, but maybe they have an alternative. Ask for it so you felt if they are comfortable to wear. Otherwise, it is important to feel as good as possible.

If you shop online, you can use your garden, or perhaps the local course if possible. Walk around with them on and feel good about whether they feel comfortable to wear.

Check for things, such as whether your feet have enough space and whether the heel fits properly (they should not squeeze, but also do not fall off when you walk).

The thing about shoes having to “go to” is nonsense. If they do not fit when you try them on, these are not the right shoes for your foot.

DISCLAIMER: If you shop online, do not play with them. Just walk around them and feel them. You are in an excellent position as a consumer, in relation to the web shop you shop in, but do not take advantage of it and abuse the opportunity.

Test them in the afternoon

Your feet should be able to be in the boots when they are largest, and they are in the late afternoon. The feet expand during the day and will expand because of heat.

Therefore, it is optimal to try them in the afternoon so you do not end up buying too small boots that squeeze.

Do you play in socks?

No well? So put on your football socks, whether you are testing at home or in a store. Then you get the most realistic feel of the shoe, as it should be when you need to use it in combat or for training.

2. What type of foot do you have?

The right fit not only gives better performance on the field, but also fewer injuries. Therefore, make sure that your new football shoes match your foot type so that the boot can support your foot where it needs it most.

See i.a. on whether your feet are narrow or wide and consider what type your foot is as different feet need different boots that can support properly.

There are basically 3 types of feet: high arch (hollow foot), normal arch and low arch (flat foot).

High arch (hollow foot) – if your feet have a high arch, they are very inflexible and are usually too stiff in it. Therefore, the boot must support on the heel and toe, which is why choosing a shoe that absorbs shocks well. 
Find a boot that has plenty of space in the outer part, because your forefoot is a little broader. This foot is also called a hollow foot.

Normal arch – people with this foot have broader feet, which is why pointed boots are a bad idea. They disperse the pressure throughout the foot. Low arch (flat foot) – here an insert in the boot can do wonders. In this way, it relieves some extra pressure on the sole of the foot. This foot is also called a flat foot.

In addition, you need to focus on the heel cap of the boot. The vast majority of people have a foot that slopes inward. Therefore, it is important that you find a boot, with a strong heel cap that can provide support for your foot.

It may feel uncomfortable to begin with, but with the right getting used to the boots, you will eventually get a boot that is both comfortable to put your foot in and which in the long run helps you to avoid injuries and helps to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. on your foot.

If you shop in a store, the clerk can help you assess your feet. If you shop online, you must try to assess it yourself.

If you have wide feet, it’s difficult to find the right football boots. That is why we have compiled a guide for you about football boots for wide feet, where we also give suggestions for boots that suit you with wide feet.

3. Which surface should you play on?

Most people probably think shoes should play on grass. Therefore, underwear is typically not something you consider when you are out to buy new football shoes. But partly there are many more surfaces, partly the manufacturers help you a little on the way when you have to choose a football boot.

They indicate which surface the football boots are suitable for, with a small abbreviation together with the name of the boot itself.

designationExplanation
FG (Firm ground)Suitable for solid surfaces, e.g. grass.
SG (Soft ground)Suitable for soft and very soft surfaces, e.g. wet grass.
HG (Hard ground)Suitable for hard surfaces, e.g. earth and gravel tracks.
AG (Artificial ground)As the name suggests, they intend boots with this designation for plastic webs.
TF (Turf)Just like the name AG, these boots are suitable for plastic tracks and gravel tracks.
MG (Multiground)Another term for boots intended for plastic webs.
IN (Indoor)Soccer shoes for indoor use.
VT (Versatract)In principle, this is a multi-purpose boot – i.e. We can use it on any surface. In reality, however, put it in the same category as FG.
ST (Street Turf)What many of us would probably call ordinary casual shoes. Applicable on asphalt and similar surfaces.

4. Leather, leather, microfiber or synthetic?

Whether you choose a football boot in one or another material is basically not insanely important. However, it is worth knowing a little about the pros and cons of each material. And the material IS important for your choice of boot because the material is part of what type of player you are.

If you are a technical player where factors such as comfort and the first touch are important, leather and leather boots are usually preferable. If you are the opposite of a player with lots of speed, where a change of direction is an important part of your game, microfiber is a brilliant choice because they are typically lighter in it.

5. What position do you play?

Although the primary aspect you should focus on is whether the boot fits your foot and feels comfortable to wear, it is still not insignificant to look at what position on the court you are playing.

The overview below summarizes what is important for a player in a particular position. Remember, it is for guidance only, always consider your individual needs.

However, you should not be in doubt that the manufacturers do their utmost to ensure that the boots best fit a function/position on the field – to give the player the optimal conditions to perform their best.

PositionExplanation
GoalkeeperIt’s not because goalkeepers cover long distances during a match. There are many small quick movements and then there are a lot of kicks. 

Typically of the slightly harder ones in connection with either goal kicks, kicks or kicks on setbacks. 

Therefore, a boot that both protects the foot and is light will be good for goalkeepers.
defensemenBoots for defensive players must, as a starting point, well-combined foot protection and a knob system that enables the player to take part in the constructive passing game. 

It involves a defender in both tackling and blocking the ball, and so the weight is not something that is focused on when choosing a boot for a defender.
backsBoots for backs will remind a lot of those one would choose for defenders. 

However, there may be cases, for fast and offensively oriented backs, where a lighter boot, at the expense of foot protection, will be preferable.
midfieldersThe position on the track where the boot should be most all-round. As a starting point. 

If you are offensively oriented, you can choose lightness over protection (look at the description for wings/attackers) and vice versa for the more defensively oriented midfielders (look at the description for defensive players).
Wings / ForwardsFor attackers and other offensive players, factors such as weight, grip on the pitch, and ball feel are the most important when choosing boots. 

The ball should preferably stick to the boots, you should be able to make turns – and many of them – and the whole thing should preferably take place at as high a pace as possible. 

The more you need speed in your game, the more you need to prioritize a light boot, which will be what a wing will typically do. A striker who is more stationary in his game will prioritize precision and kicking properties higher.

6. Check them with your hands

Ultimately, it is your feet that determine if these are the right boots, but with your hands, you can perform an extra check that can save you from great irritation.

Put your hand in the shoe and feel. Are there seams or anything else that might bother you? You risk both blisters and poor comfort if the shoes are not tailored properly, or if there are marks in the boot and wear on the foot.

7. Get off to a good start

It is always a good idea to get off to a good start. This also applies to your new football boots. If you do it right, you give both your feet and the boots, the right start without blisters and injuries.

Save the old boots

It is a superb idea to buy new boots before the old ones are completely finished. New football boots are not that easy to use, so it is important to have the old ones to relieve your feet during the run-in phase of the new boots.

Start at home

Many people make the mistake of taking the boots directly off the shelf and onto the training ground. You must not make that mistake. Instead, make sure your feet and your new football boots have time to get to know each other.

Start by just walking around them, instead of using them on the court right away. Walk around them in the garden or wherever you now have the opportunity (again preferably on the surface they are bergenet to) and let your feet get used to the boots and it will feel much more comfortable when you take them on the field.

Give both shoes and feet the best start

When you think they are ready to take on the field, be sure to start out soft. If you want to avoid blisters and other dirt, just use them for 15-20 minutes at a time in the beginning and then slowly turn them until they can handle an entire training or match.

Can you feel a pain or do they otherwise feel uncomfortable to wear, then switch to the old ones.

Add water

A good idea might also be to get some water on your new football boots. Water helps to make the boots more flexible so they shape better to your feet.

If it is leather boots, however, you must be careful and only get a little water on, as otherwise, it can damage them – just as the water must not be too hot, as it can damage the gluing in the boots.

If it is microfiber boots, water is of no use, however, it must be mentioned.

Use a sponge or cloth. Synthetic boots can withstand getting in a bucket of water for up to 24 hours. If they are leather boots, remember to give them care afterward. It can e.g. be leather grease, a thin layer of wax (must not contain silicone or grease with petroleum) or oil for leather boots.

8. Save time – be on time

As with so much else, it may be a good idea to exercise “timely care,” as the good old Maersk said in its day. If you are in a good time, you will end up saving time. And not least, you minimize the risk of mistaken purchases.

Get them as cheaply as possible

Football boots are regularly on offer. If you can “settle” with last year’s model, or buy at the right time, there is a lot of money to be saved. Typically, the various stores, both physical and online, hold sales at the end of the spring, when the season is ending.

Examine the market

If you are in good time, you also have time to avoid the situation where you just have to choose the first and the best shop. Instead, spend some time looking around and finding the perfect place to shop.

GOLDEN EXTRA TIP

Now that you are well on your way to wearing your new football boots, it is also important that you treat them properly. Basically, they should be treated the way you treat your regular footwear – and then just a little more.

Besides the list below, you can read my guide on caring for football boots here.

  • After fighting and training, it is important that you clean them. Wash them thoroughly without drowning them in water, so they are clean and free of grass and soil. You can use a brush, but it must not be hard. By keeping them clean after use, you increase both flexibility and durability.
  • Now that you have cleaned your football boots, they should dry. It’s tempting to throw them on the radiator or stove. But this is where you need to stop yourself. Because they just need to be allowed to dry like ordinary footwear. If you put them too hot, you risk ruining the boot and risk splitting it. Put them in a warm place, without direct heat, or use newspapers (but without stuffing them, as you risk ruining the mold).
  • About once every two weeks in high season, and once a month out of season, polish your shoes. It helps to keep the shoes supple. Do not use a brush, but instead of e.g. cloth or an old t-shirt or the like.
  • Air them. Put your shoes outside once a week, and your feet will be happier and you will get some boots that do not smell – which your mother/father/wife/girlfriend/husband probably will not be upset either.

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