Time to choose your new boots!
Choosing you football boots for the new season
Prior to purchasing your new boots, there are a few things that need to be considered other than the brand and the flashy colours. These include:
- Injury history
- Foot Function
- Foot Shape
- Typical field conditions
- Player Position
Characteristics of the boot directly contributing to these factors include:
- Last shape
- stability/torsional strength
- Heel counters
- Stud configuration and type
Players with a significant injury history of the lower limb should be looking to get a boot with a strong heel counter, good torsional stability and possibly even a bit of cushioning. The same applies for the player with known bio mechanical abnormalities or poor foot function.
If you are someone who has had a history of lower limb injuries, it is important to consider a shoe with sufficient width and depth and a removable innersole. This allows for an orthotic to be easily placed into the boot to enhance foot function.
All brands supply boots in a variety of widths and depths, however not many retail stores will stock much beyond the average width boots. It is important to try on a variety of boots and ask to have something ordered in to try if required.
Specific code, player position and typical field conditions will all affect the stud type and configuration chosen. It may also be necessary to have a second pair of boots for alternative conditions.
- Dry grass pitches, positions that require more running, AFL – Moulded Studs
- Wet/muddy conditions, rugby front rowers – Screw In Studs
Plantar pressures differ when wearing a football boot as opposed to a typical running shoe. This results in certain structures in your feet experiencing higher loads. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth transition into your new boots.
- Match your boot characteristics to your runners’ characteristics
- When trying them on wear the same socks you will play in and allow around half a thumb widths space at the end of your toes (slightly tighter than your runners)
- Gradually wear in your boots (don’t begin with a full session!) – For example: take your runners and boots to training, and start with just a warm up in the boots and gradually build up from there, over the course of 2-3 weeks.
- If in doubt seek professional help from your Podiatrist!