Well, there are a ton of great boots out there at the moment but how to choose the perfect soccer/football boot?
Today I’ll guide you on how you can hopefully at least find the perfect boot for you and you can sum it up with what you need, what you want, and what you have.
In other words, what surface you’re playing on, what you’re looking for in a boot, and what your budget is. So let’s go.
What you need
First off, we need to take a look at what you need and here, I’m not talking about what you think you need because you’re a striker or a central midfielder, but more about which type of surface you’re playing on.
Because actually, that defines which saw plate you should get and ultimately, of course, which boot is the right type of boot for you.
What are SG Boots
If you play on soft, muddy, and wet pitches, you should get an SG (Soft Ground) pair of boots.
What are FG Boots
If you play most of your training and matches on a firm natural grass pitch, you should get the standard FG (FIRM GROUND) boot instead.
What are AG Boots
Now, those things are pretty straightforward, but if you play on artificial grass, I recommend that you get an AG (ARTIFICIAL GROUND) pair of boots instead of just doing what most people do.
That’s a mistake, by the way, and they use their FG boots on artificial grass.
Because not only are AG boots a lot safer when it comes to injury prevention on artificial glass, but they’re also a lot more durable.
They’re simply built to withstand all the extra heat and abrasion that occurs when you play with boots on an artificial pitch.
That means that while you lose your warranty if you wear FG boots on artificial grass, you don’t with AG boots on artificial grass, and that’s pretty nice if they happen to break.
What if I play sometimes on natural grass pitches and other times on artificial grass?
What about if I, like most other people, play sometimes on natural grass pitches and other times on artificial grass? Well, the easy answer is to say, buy two pairs of boots.
If you can only afford one pair of boots, I would go for the AG pair, simply because they work pretty well still on natural grass.
You don’t get any of the disadvantages from wearing FG on artificial grass either.
So it’s kind of the multitool. If you’re in doubt, just get aging.
What you want in a soccer/football Boot
Once you’ve figured out what soleplate you need, it’s time that you make up your mind on what you want in a soccer boot and that can be the tricky part because today a soccer boot isn’t just a soccer boot.
It might be that you’re looking for that extra soft, comfortable sensation or maybe you are more into that lightweight, barefoot-like, sensation kind of vibe.
Perhaps you prefer a boot with a bit more grip and a sensation of control.
It can be that you just really want a sturdy, durable boot without any of the nonsense.
But here’s the thing, and that’s where it gets tricky because today most boots are relatively comfortable, lightweight, and durable.
I mean, you get all of those things no matter which boot you go for.
So what I would say is that you should identify what you want and then look for boots that do an extra outstanding job in that area, if that makes sense.
If, for instance, we’re looking at the Speed Boot category, the Lightest and also the thinnest of the bunch here would be the Puma Ultra 1.3, which is a great boot, especially for the money.
If you want something that’s a little bit more well-rounded and balanced and also really comfortable, the Mercurial sits nicely in the middle of the category.
Finally, if you like that snappy, aggressive sensation when you push off, the Adidas XP is incredible.
So you see, it’s about what you want, about which nuance you want in this boot category and many other boots outside of these three also work well.
Actually, you can say the same thing for the Control category comparing the Predator Edge to the Phantom GT see the Edge has by far the most grip and powerful sensation.
They’re also pretty chunky and for me, not as elegant or nimble as the Phantom GT, which are also, in my book, a lot more comfortable than the Edge.
So again, it’s about what you want that matters when you choose your boot.
I can only tell you what I prefer, but it’s about what you want.
Getting the right size of football/soccer boot
However, one thing trumps everything else in my book, and that’s getting the right size and the right fit.
Look, I know that you might have been dreaming of getting material vapor all of your life, but if the boots don’t fit you well, they’re not going to feel as good instead of being a mental boost so you can do your magic on the pitch, they might be a distraction and that’s not really what you want.
So for me, getting the right size and the right fit is key.
Once you know the length of your foot, it’s much easier to choose the right size because most brands at least have size guides online telling you you need this specific size if your foot is that long.
Always look at Japanese Sizes
Here’s a pro tip, Don’t look at your US sizes or UK or Europe sizes. Instead, take a look at the Japanese sizes because they actually measure their sizes in millimeters or centimeters and just measure your foot, So it’s a lot easier.
Instead of converting from the US. To the UK or Europe, that’s a little bit of a jungle, just a pro tip.
Once you have the size in place, the fit is equally important, meaning how wide is the boot and how it fits your overall foot shape.
What if You have a Narrow Foot?
Now here, of course, if you have a narrow foot, you want something that’s a little tighter fitting.
But if you have a wide foot, getting a boot like, for instance, Mizuno Morelia Neo can be a bit of a problem because it is a relatively narrow fitting pool.
What if you have a wide foot?
On the other hand, if you have that wide foot, you might want to look at a Phantom GT or Mizuno Morelia Two, or even Puma Future set.
They all have a little bit of width to them.
I realize that these things can be a little bit difficult to know if you’re just browsing boots online and that’s where I come in because I try all of the boots on the market.
So I can tell you, are they narrow? Are they wide? What’s the general fit like? What’s the general shape like? So I can give you some information that you can’t know just by looking at the boot on the website. So watch reviews, pro tip.
What do you have in your Wallet?
Now that we hope to at least know what we’re looking for, there’s also the matter of what you have in your wallet “your budget”.
Now, of course, you can just go out and buy the most expensive boot on the market, Mizuno €305. Boom, boom, shake the room and they are amazing boots.
The problem is that not everyone can or want to afford the most expensive boots out there if the newer colorways of the elite or plus or 0.1 versions are a bit out of your price range.
Just forget about them for now at least, and instead focus on price reductions on older generations, older colorways of those boots, or simply just go down a price point or two, which are often also really solid boots with a lot of value for money.
Whatever you do, though, just don’t go around obsessing over a boot that you can’t afford anyway.
I mean, I also really want an Aston Martin, but I don’t go around being sad every day, at least about the fact that I can’t afford one.
So work with what you have and make the best of it.
So choosing the right pair of soccer/football boots can be a little bit difficult. It’s a jungle, but there are just so many wicked boots out there to choose from.
Just try to remember what you need, what you want, and what you have, and hopefully, that can guide you towards that perfect pair of boots.
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