There are a number of features in a football boot which changes the dynamic of how they work. These include stud height and position, the material of the studs, midsole and upper and finally the overall design of the boots themselves.
Most football boots can be broken down into 2 categories:
• Moulded: Moulded stud boots are
attached or moulded to the sole of the boot. They are traditionally used for harder surfaces with short grass covering and are focused on agility and speed.
• Screw In: Screw in stud boots are able to be removed and changed (varying heights of studs) on the sole of the boots and are traditionally used on softer surfaces with long grass covering and are focus on grip and stability.
To further complicate football boots the moulded boots can be broken into sub categories which are studs verse blades. Studs are conventionally seen as cylindrical in nature and are positioned to add grip both to the heel and front of the foot. However the blades are more rectangular in shape and are positioned on angles to provide grip with certain movements and changes in direction. (And don’t get me started on the different brands of football boots……Yikes!!)
Lastly and arguably the most important factor when choosing football boots is asking yourself, “What do I want this football boot to do for me in my chosen sport?”
At the Ballarat Foot and Ankle Clinic we have a team of Podiatrists who have the experience and knowledge to make this process easy and get you the football boot you need. It is our job to know the technological side of footy boots, in all the brands, and how they work with feet. We have great relationships with the shoe stores in town and you can bring your boots in for us to check before you wear them on the field. This way you can be confident that you have ticked all the boxes.