The Ultimate Guide to Buying Comfortable Football Boots

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Comfortable Football Boots

Football is an extremely popular game for men, women and youngsters not only in the UK, but worldwide. Football boots are the most important piece of equipment a player owns and are designed for comfort, protection and grip. eBay has a wide range of football boots available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, brands, such as Adidas, Nike and Puma among others, and materials.

Considerations for Comfortable Football Boots

Key considerations when selecting football boots include:

  • Fit and comfort
  • Modern technology
  • Maintaining and looking after football boots
  • Selection choices
  • Fit and Comfort of Football Boots

By far the most important consideration when buying football boots is that of comfort, and making sure that the boots fit properly. If the boots are comfortable enough to feel like an extension of the foot, they are likely to provide the best possible performance the player is capable of giving. In addition to length, the width of the shoes is important and varies by manufacturer and model.

Conversely, ill-fitting or uncomfortable boots will inevitably adversely affect the player’s performance and can contribute to accidents or injury. For that reason, it is generally best to buy men’s boots for men, women’s boots for women, and, when buying for youngsters, however tempting, it is inadvisable to buy too large a boot for them to “grow into”.

High quality natural leather will stretch somewhat, so it is important that leather football boots fit snugly, particularly in the heel and toe. This helps provide comfort and ensures the best possible performance as the boots will feel like a natural extension of the foot. At the same time, the boots will provide protection, grip, stability, and the ability to manoeuvre swiftly and control the ball.

  • Modern technology

Modern technology is increasingly delivering additional comfort, support and protection to the foot and ankle. Water intelligence technology protects leather from water, which reduces the discomfort and increased weight of wet boots. Hi-tech cushioning is increasingly used for light, responsive performance and greater comfort and stability, and helps reduce stud pressure. Football boots are being designed to take into account the natural flex and movement of the foot.

  • Looking after Football Boots

There are some simple tips to help look after football boots so that they continue to provide excellent performance and last for as long as possible:

  • Mud can draw moisture out of the leather which damages the leather and shortens the life of the boot. As soon as the game or training session is over, it is essential to knock off any excess mud and dirt.
  • If playing in wet conditions, it is important to dry the boots carefully use of heat
  • Stuff the boots with newspaper and put them somewhere cool and dry, away from direct sunlight
  • Do not use heat to dry the boots as that may dry them out, which will cause them to stiffen and shorten their useful life.
  • Once dry, clean the boots by brushing them and wiping them clean, inside and out (an old toothbrush is useful for removing dirt from tricky places)
  • Once clean and dry, conditioner should be applied to natural leather boots
  • Boots should be stored in a breathable bag.
  • Do not store boots in a plastic bag as they trap moisture

Selection Choices for Comfort and Effectiveness

The multitude of choices available and continuous technological evolution can make it difficult to decide which design, technology, fit and material to buy.

eBay has a wide selection of football boots, and the key areas to consider when making a choice are:

  • The Outsole and Playing Surface
  • The Upper
  • Position and Playing Style
  • The Outsole and Playing Surface

The most important factor in the choice of football boot, particularly the outsole (which incorporates the sole of the boot and the studs), depends on the surface and conditions in which the game will be played. A good boot will provide the player with support, grip, traction and stability. Studs come in a variety of materials, such as traditional metal, rubber and plastic. It is possible to buy boots with changeable studs or moulded studs.

For the professional or enthusiastic amateur, it will make sense to have more than one pair of boots.

Surface

Conditions

Studs

Advantages

Disadvantages

Soft Ground English weather, such as rain, sleet and melting snow or frost, makes the ground on pitches with natural surfaces both soft and very slippery, particularly on muddy ground. Soft ground requires longer, replaceable screw-in studs or blades
Fewer well-spaced studs, or bladed studs that cannot be removed
Dig more deeply into the ground
Helps prevent sliding and falling when making swift turns
Not suitable for Astro Turf due to balance issues and potential injury
If the ground is too hard, non-removable studs can cause pressure pain and potential injury
Firm Hard or Multi Ground For hard, sun-baked natural ground with little rain, or frozen ground. Also hard natural surfaces like artificial turf. For hard ground, a larger number of shorter studs distributed relatively evenly across the entire sole. Either moulded rubber or removable studs are suitable. Versatile all-rounders Can be used on firm ground and Astro Turf
Astro Turf Increasingly popular as it extends the football season in areas of poor weather Specialist astro turf boots have a very firm rubber outsole with small rubber studs or patterns
Firm ground all round boots are fine for use on astro turf
Better wear on the boots provides longer life and improved grip and traction Limited grip on other surfaces
Indoor

Indoor dry artificial surfaces

Simple trainers with rubber soles are adequate for indoor football

Indoor rubber studs are available for improved grip
Comfortable and versatile
The rubber sole and studs do not mark the surface
Limited grip on other surfaces
The Football Boot Upper and Ball Contact

The upper is the part of the boot that makes contact with the ball. They can be made from a range of natural and synthetic materials. Designs are becoming increasingly lightweight, to help with speed, balance and ball control. Boots should also provide support for protection during tackles.

Regardless of the fabric, there is a wealth of coatings and treatments available for the upper. These can prevent water retention, create friction to help improve ball control or create a swerve while striking the ball.

Uppers are available in leather or synthetic materials, and the advantages and disadvantages are summarised below.

Material

Advantages

Disadvantages

Kangaroo Leather

Lightweight

Moulds well to the foot

Excellent quality

Excellent feel for the ball

Very comfortable

Very comfortable

Less durable so will wear out faster than calf leather

Requires ongoing maintenance and cleaning

Absorbs water so may start to feel heavy in very wet conditions

More expensive

Calf Leather

Good quality

Good feel for the ball

Comfortable

Stronger leather which ages well for longer life

Mid-priced and affordable

Less supple than kangaroo leather

Heavier to wear than kangaroo leather

Less stretch than kangaroo

Synthetic

High quality synthetic uppers are

  • Strong
  • Light
  • Waterproof

Easy and quick to clean

Less maintenance required

Unless very thin, synthetics provide less feel for the ball

The wearer may find them hot to wear

Cheaper synthetics may rip or tear under strain and provide less protection

Position and Playing Style

Another factor in deciding what type of football boots should be bought is a combination of the position played, and the individual style of play.

For example:

Position

Style of Play

Type of Boot

Forwards, especially winger

Swift acceleration, excellent feel for the ball

Soft leather, light studs or blades

Midfield or wingback

Long range goal scoring, passing and crossing

Classic boot for accuracy and power

Defence or goalkeeper

Strong, solid defence

Good grip, solid structure for support and protection from injury

Buying Comfortable Football Boots from eBay

eBay has a wide variety of brands, styles, prices and choices, and some excellent prices from trustworthy sellers.

  • Payment and Search Options

    To search for football boots, visit the Sporting Goods portal. Alternatively you can use the search box provided to type in specific information for a more refined selection. Using the search box will enable you to accurately find the specific type of football boots you are considering. Visit eBay’s search tips for more advice.

  • How to Buy on eBay

    Once a selection has been made, there are three choices when buying on eBay:

  • Place a bid in order to buy at auction by the date that the seller has advised if you are the highest bidder
  • Buy It Now allows immediate purchase of the football boots
  • Best Offer means the seller is prepared to accept Best Offers from buyers, possibly at a lower price than the Buy It Now price

Delivery and shipping information is provided by the seller and needs to be considered at point of bid or purchase, along with delivery insurance information.

It is recommended that you only purchase from sellers who are authorised through eBay. It is helpful to check the seller’s Feedback rating, buyer comments, the number of completed transactions, and the percentage of positive responses.

Buying through PayPal will ensure the transaction proceeds directly between the seller and buyer. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Programme.

A good item listing should include full specifications, size, materials, design and manufacturer information.

More information on buying from eBay is available on the Buying Basics pages.

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