How to Buy Football Boots with the Right Sole for You

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How to Buy Football Boots with the Right Sole for You

Football is one of the most widely played organised youth and adult sports in the world. There are many different types of players from professional to novice youth. Each requires a different type boot to fit the different levels of play and the varying field conditions. Once consumers understand what to look for in a football boot, they can purchase a great quality boot while staying within their budget.

Football Boots come in three different use types of soles:

  • Studs
  • Blades
  • Astro

Each sole is designed for different skill, pitch and weather conditions. The right sole can lead to greater speed, agility and victory while the wrong sole can cause unsure footing, twisting of knees and ankles and possible injury.

Choosing a football boot should be a careful and well thought out process. Learn the difference between moulded studs and blades, screw-in studs and blades and Astro soles to avoid making a costly mistake. Become educated before buying football boots in a sports shop or online.

Football Boot Stud Sole

There are two types of Stud soles: moulded and screw-in.

Moulded Stud Soles

  • Ten to fifteen short studs. The moulded stud sole consists of a single piece of moulded plastic or rubber with ten to fifteen short studs.
  • Best used for dry and firm pitches. The shorter moulded studs provide great stability while playing on firm surfaces. More studs reduce the chance of blisters and injury. They are most commonly used in youth sized boots.
  • Play poorly on muddy pitches. A downside with moulded stud boots is that they clog easily with mud and can become slippery on muddy pitches. During a muddy match players must constantly dig mud from their boots.
  • The most common football boot soles. They are easy to find and the least expensive.

Screw-In Stud Soles

  • Six studs. Each stud can be screwed into the sole of the football boot. The studs come in two basic lengths: short for firm dry pitches and long for wet muddy pitches.
  • Best used for soft or wet pitches. However, because a player can readily change the stud length from short to long, they can be used for various pitches, from firm to wet and muddy.  They perform better than any other football-boot sole for muddy pitches.
  • Best for quick forward and lateral movement. Fewer studs mean less weight and less to get caught in the pitch while turning.
  • More expensive than moulded Soles. The added hardware and design make them more expensive.
  • Good for changing weather conditions. Rather than own several different pairs of boots for different conditions, a player with a screw-in studded boot can change the length of the stud based on the pitch and weather conditions.
  • Can come loose and fall out in the course of playing. If the player has no replacement studs on hand then the boot can become useless. If the studs are too long they can get stuck in a wet pitch and twist knees or ankles, causing serious injury.
  • Metal studs can be unsafe. As they are much harder and sharper than plastic they easily injure other players.
  • Many amateur leagues, and all youth leagues ban metal studs. Referees check players’ boots before each match and will eject any player with metal stud sole boots. Check league rules before purchasing metal stud sole boots.

You can find the best stud sole football boot for your needs on eBay.

Football Boot Bladed Sole

Bladed Sole boots also come in two types: moulded and screw-in.

Moulded Blade Soles

  • Eight to sixteen blades. The moulded blade sole football boot is similar to the moulded stud boot. The bladed sole consists of a single piece of moulded plastic or rubber. The sole and blades are all one piece.
  • More blades will bring better stability.
  • Fewer blades will enhance speed. Blades are designed for forward speed and acceleration.
  • Clog up on a muddy pitch. However blades are not as bad as moulded stud boots and are easier to clean.

The cost of different blade configurations is about the same.

Screw-In Blade Soles

Screw-in blades are just like screw-in studs.

  • Six Blades on the sole of each boot. They are individual blades that attach to a socket in the sole of the boot.
  • Good for changing weather conditions. Rather than own several different pairs of boots for different conditions, a player with a studded boot can change the length of the stud based on the pitch and weather conditions.
  • Faster and just as agile as screw-in studs. Fewer blades give the boots the agility of the Screw-In Stud boot with the speed and acceleration of a bladed boot.
  • Metal blades can be unsafe. As they are much harder and sharper than plastic they easily injure other players.
  • Metal blades banned by many amateur leagues, and all youth leagues. Referees check players’ boots before each match and will eject any player with metal blade or stud sole boots. Check league rules before purchasing metal stud sole boots.

You can find the best bladed sole football boots for your needs on eBay.

Blades vs. Studs

So which is better: blades or studs? This is the great debate among professionals and amateurs alike.

  • The cost of bladed sole boots is similar to screw-in stud boots. They both cost more than moulded stud boots, but both provide greater performance.
  • Screw-in studs are lighter than bladed boots. They have only six studs.
  • Studs are more agile than bladed boots. With rounded points, players can stop, turn and run in the opposite direction with greater agility. They can move from side to side with greater agility.
  • Blades are faster than studs. Blades are built for speed. They are designed to slice into the pitch better than round studs. This gives the player more speed and acceleration. But there is less lateral agility.
  • Blades are less safe. Blades have been known to cause serious injury of other players, such as gashes in knees, legs and ankles. Many amateur leagues, and all youth leagues, have banned metal blade soles.

Football Boot Astro Sole

The last type of football boot sole is the Astro sole. It is specifically designed for one type of surface. AstroTurf – basically a synthetic plastic carpet. It is similar in consistency to a tightly woven carpet, with many short fibres. This makes the surface firm and fast.

There are three types: flat, studded and bladed.

Flat Astro Soles

  • Similar to tennis shoe soles. Made of gum rubber. They consist of small wavy or zigzag grooves along the sole, similar to a tennis shoe.
  • Best used on indoor AstroTurf. Because Indoor AstroTurf is so firm and fast, flat boot soles similar to tennis shoe soles work best.
  • Good lateral movement. The flat soles provide a better grip, similar to a tennis shoe grip on a hard court surface. This is good for AstroTurf games which are played on small surfaces. The game is quick and fast. Similar to playing in a very large carpeted living room

Studded Astro Soles

  • Hundreds of short tiny studs along the sole. Again the sole is a single moulded piece of rubber. Similar to moulded stud sole boots
  • Best used on outdoor AstroTurf. The “carpet” is thicker and still firm, but not as much as indoor AstroTurf. The thicker carpet needs more grip from Astro soles. The hundreds of small studs grip the softer AstroTurf just enough to provide better quickness and agility than a flat sole boot.
  • Studded Astro soles can be used on a hard grass or dirt pitch. They will slip and slide on the more dusty pitches, but they are light and agile enough. And they won’t cause sore feet or legs if used for extended periods of play.

Bladed Astro Soles

  • Hundreds of short tiny blades along the sole. Again the sole is a single moulded piece of rubber. Similar to moulded stud sole boots.
  • Best used on outdoor AstroTurf. The “carpet” is thicker, still firm but not as much as Indoor AstroTurf. The thicker carpet needs more grip from Astro soles. The hundreds of small blades grip the softer AstroTurf just enough to provide better quickness and agility than a flat sole boot. Like longer studs, bladed Astro soles are more for speed than studded Astro soles.
  • Bladed Astro soles can be used on a hard grass or dirt pitch. They will slip and slide on the more dusty pitches, but they are light and agile enough. And they won’t cause sore feet or legs if used for extended periods of play.

You can find the best Astro sole football boot for your needs on eBay.

The Right Football Boot for the Right Condition

In choosing the right sole a player must first decide upon which type of pitch surface he or she will be playing. Is it soft grass? Dry, firm grass or dirt? Muddy? AstroTurf? Refer to the table below to help decide the best football boot sole for the right conditions.

 

Soft

Dry/Firm

Muddy

AstroTurf

Moulded stud

Good

Good

Fair

Fair

Screw-in stud

Excellent

Fair

Excellent

Poor

Bladed

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Astro

Poor

Fair

Poor

Excellent

Whatever your needs, remember to search on eBay for Studs, Blades or Astro type boot soles.

How to Find the Correct Size Football Boot

Once the correct sole is found, fit is the next most important thing.

  • Different brands have slightly different Sizes. A size 9 in one boot may be more like an 8-1/2 in another. Also, football players may want to size down a half size for a more snug fit.
  • Width can vary between brands. Some boots are wider or narrower than others. So try different manufacturers on to see which best fits your foot.
  • Best fit is snug to the foot. Not too tight that it is painful, but snug. With wear the boot will mould around the foot quit well.
  • Boots will stretch. Boots made of genuine leather like kangaroo of calfskin will stretch more than boots made of synthetic leather. So be aware of the boot material. If the boot stretches too much and is too loose the foot will eventually slide around inside and cause blisters.

You can tell a good fitting boot by the laces.

  • Boot is too small if the sides are too far apart when laced up.
  • Boot is too big if the sides touch or overlap.
  • Boot is just right if sides form an even straight line down the boot.

How to Buy Football Boots with the Right Sole for You on eBay

eBay offers thousands of different Football Boots, including all studded, bladed and Astro soles. eBay sellers are known for their competitive pricing and unbeatable reliability. The advantage of buying on eBay is the wide selection and the flexible payment options.

You can buy both new and used football boots. Pre-owned boots are much cheaper. New is more expensive but you know what you are going to get. However, a new pair of boots on eBay is still much cheaper than from a bricks-and-mortar shop.

To search for football boots, go to the Sports and Leisure > Sporting Goods> Football > Football Boots portal. From there you can choose to search for Moulded, Screw-In or Astro sole boots. You can also type in specific words searches in the search box on every page, such as “Screw-in stud sole football boot”. You can use the advanced search on the left column of the site. This lists boots by size, brand, sole type and new or used.

Once you find a pair of boots that you like, make sure you know your boot size. Some players like to size down one half size from their normal shoe size for a tighter fit. Just pick the size that is right for you.

When searching through listings, carefully review all the data. Make sure the item matches what you had in mind. Look over the photographs a couple times. Feel free to Ask theSeller a question if you want additional details. Visit the Buying Tips page for more information.

Once you’re ready to buy, either place a Bid, Buy itNow, or put down your Best Offer. Buying with PayPal will ensure the transaction will go smoothly. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Program.

Conclusion

Choosing a football boot means choosing the right sole for a buyer’s individual needs, style and budget. Different football boots have different purposes: studs are for agility; blades are good for speed; and Astro soles are good for synthetic AstroTurf pitches.

The most expensive boot is not always the best choice for every buyer. Incorporating personal style and budget, a great boot can always be found. There are thousands of football boots on the market today. Finding the right football boot is simple and easy on eBay.

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