Finding the right pair of football boots can be a nightmare. When you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, the sheer number of surface types, model numbers, and upper materials can quickly induce a serious headache.
The thing is, buying a new pair of boots doesn’t need to be this stressful. Instead of leaving you completely confused and overwhelmed, it should be an exciting, enjoyable experience that soon has you dreaming of better performances out on the pitch.
The current market is packed with intriguing new innovations and glittering colorways, but making the wrong choice could quickly lead to a complete disaster. To help you choose the perfect football boots, I’m running you through all the major factors you need to consider in your search. Let’s do this.
1. MAKE SURE THEY’RE COMFORTABLE
Comfort is everything when it comes to football boots. You can forget all about your fancy colorways, upgraded soleplates, and micro-textured uppers: if the boots aren’t comfortable, then they just aren’t worth buying.
This will typically come down to how well the boots actually fit, with the shape of your foot having a major influence on what you decide to wear. For example, those after boots for wide feet may find more joy with leather boots such as the Puma King or Mizuno Morelia Neo II, while narrow-footed players might opt for the Adidas Nemeziz instead.
The most comfortable football boots will always offer a stable and secure lockdown of the foot, but they also shouldn’t feel too tight and restrictive. It’s always a good idea to go a size or two up from what you usually wear because you’ll need a bit of wiggle room around the toe box and anything too tight will result in an onslaught of blisters.
Leather boots have a little bit more give and can be more forgiving when it comes to sizing whereas boots made from Nike’s Flyknit materials can sometimes fit tight and may require you to size up.
If you have wide feet you could run into some trouble too. Most football boots will mold to the shape of your feet but some brands such as New Balance have an option available when ordering that takes this factor into account.
Once you’ve ordered your boots, make sure you try them on at home and walk around the house in them to make sure they fit properly. With the newer Adidas boots, there’s no need to break the boots in as they come equipped with Techfit compression which instantly adapts to the wearer’s feet.