When you’re playing football, it’s essential that you have the correct footwear and that it fits properly. Without the right football boots, your feet could end up comfortable and your football performance may be affected.
Here’s a guide to help you find the right fit of football boots for your needs.
Having the right size and fit of footwear is important for many reasons. Not only does it ensure the feet are comfortable, but it also helps reduce the risk of shoes rubbing, digging in or causing problems for the feet.
When shoes or boots are worn for sports activities, it’s vital that you choose the right type of footwear for the sport you’re doing and that it fits correctly.
Incorrectly fitting football boots, for example, could hamper your attempts to run around the football field or kick the ball.
It’s not just boots that are too small that can cause problems, but also those that are too big.
Although it may be tempting to buy a size too big, especially for children, whose feet grow rapidly, football boots that are too big can considerably hamper the ability to play the sport properly. Feet will slide around inside, making it harder to run or kick the ball.
Buying Football Boots
The most important factor when buying football boots is to get the right size for your feet. The only way to be sure that you’re buying the right size is to know your shoe size, measure your feet, or have them measured in a shop.
Specialist shoe shops still offer measuring services and, if you’re buying football boots online, many online stores provide a guide to measuring your feet.
When you’re buying football boots for the first time and haven’t owned a previous pair, then ideally go and try some on in a shop.
This allows you to get an idea of how they feel and if you find them comfortable.
Depending on the exact size and shape of your feet, there may be some makes of football boots that feel more comfortable to you than others.
A good pair of football boots will provide you with proper support for your feet, be stable and give you plenty of grip from the studs on the base of the sole – this is important, as football fields can get very muddy and you don’t want to slip over.
Football boots always used to be traditionally laced on the top and some still are, but modern alternatives now lace down the side of the foot.
With the top lacing, the laces can put pressure on the top of the foot, so for a more comfortable fit you may prefer side lacing.
Some say side lacing also give football player more control over the ball and a flatter area to use for kicking the ball.
The price of football boots may in part dictate your choice. Where possible, aim for a good, sturdy, well made pair of boots.
Although branding may be important to you, a top brand doesn’t necessarily mean the football boots will be any better for your feet than a mid-priced pair.
Sales assistants can be quite pushy, but don’t be persuaded to buy a pair of football boots that don’t feel good on your feet.
They may be on offer, a good deal or the latest model, but your comfort is important and there’s no point in buying football boots that you won’t enjoy wearing.