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					Choosing the Correct Football Boots

A new pair of footy boots should be tested for comfort…support and stability…and they must be
flexible and have a good grip. They must provide protection against direct contact from either the
ball or an opponent.

                                             Go to the sports store in the afternoon as your feet
                                             may have swollen slightly by this time and also
                                             remember that different manufacturers sizes maybe
                                             different…so always try on any pair of footy boots
                                             you intend to buy. Consideration should be made to
                                             your foot type and the sports store’s staff should be
                                             able to assess your requirements.

                                             There should be space of about 7mm to 10mm
                                             between your longest toe and the boot material. The
                                             tongue should be well padded and with the laces
                                             tied…your foot should be protected…supported and
                                             feel comfortable.

The type of surface that you will be playing on should also be taken into consideration when
choosing the most suitable football boots. For example if you are playing on a wet pitch or a
pitch that has medium length grass then avoid boots that have blades or metal studs. Short studs
are the best option for short grass or hard pitches were the grass is worn away. Blades should not
be worn as they would rapidly be worn down on the areas where no grass is present.

Artificial playing surfaces such as Astroturf require football boots with molded studs or short
blades. Boots that have long blades can cause serious injury when running…twisting or turning
quickly. This is because the longer blades have a tendency to stick in the surface resulting in
different amount of damage to both the knee and ankle areas when you move.

Another issue that should be considered when choosing your football boots is the position that
you play. Strikers and wingers normally prefer a lightweight boots that will let them accelerate
faster and in some cases this means choosing blades. For defenders a good grip is vital and this is
the main reason they will look for when choosing their football boots.

Yet another important consideration when buying football boots is the comfort level they provide
you with. A lot of football boots come in a wider fitting for those with larger sized feet. It is
important to remember that you will be wearing them for 90 minutes or more.

Brand new football boots can also cause problems when they are used for the first few weeks.
Breaking in your new boots is very important for all football players and it is not a good idea to
wear brand new football boots in a competitive game as the boots will be very tough on your feet
and could cause some painful blisters.




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There are many ways you can take to break in your new football boots. A popular method with
many players is to soak the boots in warm water. The water only needs to be warm to the touch
but if the water is very hot it can melt the adhesives and materials used on the football boot. A
simple way to avoid this is to put on some football socks and your new boots with the laces tied
up. Then soak in the water for about 15 to 20 minutes and this will help the boots to mould to
your personal foot shape.

Another way is you can introduce your new boots slowly over time and this will reduce the risk
of soreness and blisters on your feet. This method ensures the boots is being used and the next
time you are going to football practice or training…take your new football boots and your older
pair. You can wear your new boots for the first twenty minutes or so…then change into the older
pair. You can increase the time you wear the new pair for longer period and slowly your new
boots will be comfortable and the perfect fit.

When you are training…dampen the football boot leather all over with a wet cloth and this
method can be very effective around the tongue area. You can also apply a layer of Vaseline to
your feet and toes underneath your socks and this will reduce the friction of the boot material
against your skin and makes blisters unlikely.

Following these ideas…you will speed up the breaking in of your new football boots. This
advice will help you prevent soreness and blisters when you start wearing the new footwear and
in no time your boots will quickly become very comfortable to wear. Leaving you to concentrate
on your performance.




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