Which Football Boot is right for you? A Kitbag buyer’s guide

 

Picking a new set of wheels is tough. We’ve all been there, right fit, right surface, soft ground/hard ground, mouldies/studs, 3G/4G. It’s a nightmare isn’t it? Here’s a bit of advice from us…

The truth is, no matter what colour your boots, you need the right fit and the right surface. Fit and feel differ from brand to brand, so you need to get the right brand for you as well making sure they’re for the right surface.

 

FIRM GROUND (BLADES)

Ideal surface: Dry and firm grass pitches.

Top examples: Nike Hypervenom Phinish Firm Ground BootsNike Mercurial Victory V Firm Ground BootsNew Balance Furon 3.0 Pro Firm Ground.

If you only own 1 pair of boots, it’s likely you’ve got these. Ideally made for harder ground, they can also work when the surface gets a bit greasier. They’re not going to work in the mud bath of December, but when the light drizzle of February comes, they will be able to do the job for you. Also, these can be used (mostly) on 3G and 4G pitches, making this type of boot a genuine all-rounder.

 

FIRM GROUND (CONICAL STUDS)

Ideal surface: Very firm grass and some artificial surfaces.

Top examples: adidas Ace 17.1 Firm Groundadidas Nemeziz Messi 17.1 Firm GroundNike Hypervenom Phantom III Firm Ground, Nike Magista Obra II Firm Ground.

In short mouldies. These are the boots you wear in August at the start of the season or when you’re playing Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, in April to catch up on the games that were rained off in December and January. Its for the pitch that feels like tarmac, the pitch that even the toughest tackler thinks twice about putting in a slide tackle. They’re your 2nd pair of boots, if you have 2 pairs of boots you’ll have these and soft ground “studs”.

SOFT GROUND

Ideal surface: Very soft, boggy, grass pitches.

Top examples: Nike Mercurial Phantom III Soft Ground Bootsadidas Ace 17.1 Soft Ground BootsNew Balance Furon 3.0 Pro Soft Ground Boots

If you play in Britain, you’ll have these. You need them, they’re your studs. When it gets boggy under foot (usually in September and finishing in March) you’ll need these to keep you on your feet. Coupled with a pair of mouldies, these are an essential in every ballers boot bag.

ARTIFICIAL PITCHES

Ideal surface: Modern artificial turf (3G/4G surfaces).

Top examples: adidas X 17.3 Artificial Grass Football Boots, Nike Magista Obra Artificial Grass Football Boots.

If you come home from a match and have to tip a load of tiny black crumbs out of your boots, the chances are you play your football on a modern artificial grass surface, either 3G or 4G. These are becoming more popular in this country and it actually means we can get a game of footie in over the winter and not wake up to that text saying “game’s off again.”

ASTROTURF

Ideal surface: Traditional AstroTurf and other types of artificial ground.

Top examples: adidas Nemeziz Tango 17.3 Astroturf Trainers, adidas X Tango 17+ Purespeed Astroturf TrainersNike Magista Onda II Dynamic Fit Astroturn Trainers.

With the introduction of 3G/4G pitches, these are becoming rare for competitive games. Astroturf is more for winter training or 5-a-side kick arounds, however, you can’t wear blades on astro. We’ve all been there, seen the signs “No blades” “No studs”. Astro trainers are more like trainers rather than your every day boots.

INDOOR/FUTSAL

Ideal surface: Indoor courts (futsal/leisure centre).

Top examples: adidas X Tango 17+ Purespeed Indoor Trainers, adidas Messi 16.3 Indoor Trainers, Nike Mercurial Vapor XI CR7 Indoor Trainers.

More and more ballers are learning to play indoor and Futsal/indoor pitches still need proper footwear. These usually look like your trainers, flat soles, no bumps, usually more cushioned to stop those pesky blisters appearing after a game of 5-a-side.

There we go, all your boot questions answered and we’ve even given you some top picks because we’re tight like that. Even if you don’t like what we’ve picked out, The Boot Room at Kitbag has got you covered!