What Is Football Boots?
Football Boots Are an item of footwear worn when playing association football. Those designed for grass pitches have studs on the outsole to aid grip.
Football boots have come a long way from being merely a protective footwear for a player to being a performance enhancer. Today, the soccer boot is no longer even covering the ankle of the player.
The cuts and arrangement of studs on football boots are crafted to suit specific surfaces, sports, and the player’s position in the game. For example, hard pitches require amateur players to use the basic sneaker shoe or plastic-stud boot. A grass or wet pitch usually required screw-in studs to provide the extra-grip. The studs can be made of plastic, rubber, or metal. Indoor football boots are designed with rubber soles to increase the grip on the floor. Sports merchandise company Nike has also brought out football boots for specific use on artificial grass.
One of the more recent football boot designs called blades has been criticised for causing more harm than protection. Blades have soles with bladed studs facing in multiple directions to minimise ankle injury and provide excellent grip.
Innovations In Boot Materials
Traditional football boots were made from leather; however, new materials have evolved over time and today football boots are made from a combination of synthetic fibers, with or without additional leather. Adidas Predators used rubber ridges to aid swerve of ball while Concave produced a boot shaped to cup the ball and enhance its sweet-spot.
The evolving new materials are not only patented but also copyrighted. Experts believe that most of them are a type of polymer. For example, the Concave football boot’s revolutionary feature is its convex upper that is made of both leather and synthetic material with a new lace feature with only two eyes. The Concave feature covers the laces. As many serious injuries have been caused to the metatarsal, Concave has cleverly incorporated a safety feature called the ‘MetaGuard’. It is a flexible material made of thermoplastic polyurethane and reinforced cushioning foam composite. Thus, the boot both protects and enhances performance.
What are football boots made of?
Looking at the basics, we can say that there are three different types of football boots; leather, synthetic, and knit. They each cater for different needs, and generally the needs we speak of are: fit/comfort, ball feel/control and weight. Leather boots come in many forms and shapes.
What Makes Good Football Boots?
Basically good football boots need to be rigid from toe to heel but flexible where your foot bends width ways. But, there’s more. To play at your best, you need football boots that fit you perfectly, so each touch of the ball is accurate and powerful. If you have wide feet, make sure to look for suitable designs.
Benefit Of Football Boots?
The purpose of all football boots is to make playing football easier with your foot. All footwear are generally designed to play in a typical football field and made light enough to run and control the ball with ease.
How Long Does Football Boots Last?
You can expect one full season of kickabouts, training sessions and match days out of most cleats. From there, it will depend what material the cleat is built from (leather or synthetic) and how well you take care of them. The most frugal of us; can get a good 3-4 seasons out of the right boots.
Football Boots Prices In Ghana:
Nike Mercurial Football Boots GH₵ 130.00
Hard Ground Football Boots GH₵ 150.00
Adult Dry Pitch Football Boots GH₵ 200.00
Nike Phantom Football Boots GH₵ 350.00
Adidas Latest Predator Soccer/Football Boots GH₵ 400.00
Adidas X Speedflow Latest Soccer/Football Boots GH₵ 350.00
Turf Football Boots Viralto Ii Leather GH₵ 500.00