Buying used football boots for kids can be a great way to save money. Used boots are often a fraction of the cost of new boots. With kids growing out of boots every year a used pair is a great way to stay in a budget and keep your kids doing what they love.
There are many different used boot styles and options. So, choosing a used kid’s football boot should be a careful and well thought out process. Learn the difference between the boot soles, moulded studs, screw-in studs and astro. Become educated before buying football boots in a sports shop or online.
How to Choose the Right Football Boots for Kids
The most convenient aspect of kid’s football boots is that boys and girls have the same basic shaped foot. This changes as men and women get older. However, as kids…
Boys and girls can wear the same shoes.
Choosing the right football boot for kids is two basic steps.
- Choose the type of sole.
- Choose the type of upper material.
Types of Soles
All Football Boot Soles come in three different types: Studs, Blades and Astro.
Each sole is designed for different 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.
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 studs, moulded stud provide great stability while playing on firm surfaces. More studs reduce the chance for blisters and injury. They are most commonly used in youth sized boots.
- Play poorly on muddy pitches. Moulded stud boots 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.
- 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. 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 Screw-In studded boots can change the length of the stud based on the pitch and weather condition.
- 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.
- Metal studs can be unsafe. As they are much harder and sharper than plastic they easily injure other players.
- Metal studs banned by many amateur leagues, and all youth leagues. Umpires 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.
Bladed Sole boots also come in two types: Moulded and Screw-in.
- Moulded Blade Soles
- Eight to sixteen blades. Like 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.
- 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 condition.
- 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. Umpires 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 Boot for your needs on eBay.
The last type of football boot sole is the Astro sole. It is specifically designed for one type of surface. AstroTurf. AstroTurf is 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 two types. Flat and Studded.
Flat Astro Soles
- Similar to tennis shoe soles. Made of gum rubber. They consist of small wavy or zig zag grooves along the sole, similar to a tennis shoe.
- Best used on indoor AstroTurf. Because Indoor AstroTurf is so firm and, 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
- 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, 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.
You can find the best Astro Sole Football Boot for your needs on eBay.
The Right Sole for the Right Condition
In choosing the right sole a player must first decide upon which type pitch surface he or she will be playing. Is it soft grass? Dry firm grass or dirt? Muddy? Astro Turf? Refer to the table below to help decide the best football boot sole for the right conditions.
Moulded Studs are the most common choice for kids.Very Stable. The many studs make the shoes stable. Many Different Pitch surfaces. They work well on many different surfaces. No need to buy more than one type boots. Whatever your kid’s needs, remember to search on eBay for Studs, Blades or Astro type boot soles.
Types of Upper Material
After choosing the best sole for your needs and budget, choose the best type of upper material. There are two types of upper material for used football boots. Synthetic and leather. Leather uppers are used mostly in older football boots.
- Made from synthetic plastics fabric.
- Wear down faster. A used synthetic boot may not last as long as a used leather boot.
- Easier to clean and dry after wet, muddy games or practices.
- Less “feel” for the ball. The main disadvantage is their slightly reduced “feel” for the ball because the synthetic material is usually more rigid than leather.
- Strong and durable, and can provide somewhat better fit than synthetic.
- Lasts longer than synthetic.
- Great “feel” for the ball. Many seasoned players do feel boots with leather uppers possess a certain “feel” that is absolutely worth any cost or other penalty.
- Already Stretched to Fit.
Now to find the best size.
How to Find the Best Fitting Used Football Boot
Once the correct sole is found then the fit is the next most important thing.
- Different brands have slightly different sizes. A 9 in one boot may be more like an 8-1/2 in another . Also
- 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.
- Used boots are already stretched. So the fit you get will rarely change.
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.
You can find the perfect size boot for you on eBay.
How to Clean Used Football Boots
With the right care used football boots can look and feel good as new. Here are a few tips:
For Synthetic boots:
- Remove the Laces.
- Brush any mud or dirt off of the bottoms with a stiff bristle brush.
- Use a damp sponge or paper cloth and wipe clean.
- Use a dry paper cloth to dry them.
- For deep scuffs dip a toothbrush in non-bleach laundry detergent.
- For any odor either put a paper towel full of baking soda in the boot toe or spray with antifungal foot spray.
For Leather Boots:
- Also remove laces, brush dirt off of soles with stiff brush and use a damp cloth to wipe the boot clean.
- Wash with a soft brush and mild soap.
- Dry boots in a sunny place. Leather may take awhile depending on the climate.
How to Buy Used Football Boots for Kids on eBay
eBay offers hundreds of different Used Football Boots for Kids with any type of boot sole you need. eBay sellers are known for their competitive pricing and unbeatable reliability. The advantage of buying on eBay is the wide selection and flexible payment options.
To search for Used Football Boots go to the Sporting Goods > Football portal. Type in Used Football Boots. From there you can choose to search for Studs, Blades or Astro sole boots. You can also type in specific words searches, such as “Screw-In Stud Sole football boot” or 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.
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 the Seller 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 it Now, or put down your Best Offer. Buying with PayPalwill ensure the transaction will go smoothly. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Program.
Choosing used football boots for kid’s means picking the right boot for the athlete’s individual needs, style and budget. Buyers should know their child’s boot size, know their skill level and know the field conditions. A good used boot can be a great way to stay on a budget and keep your kid on the pitch. There are hundreds of used football boots for kids on the market today. Finding the right boot is simple and easy on eBay.