FIRM GROUND (BLADES)
Ideal surface: Dry and firm grass pitches.
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.
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”.
Ideal surface: Very soft, boggy, grass pitches.
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.
Ideal surface: Modern artificial turf (3G/4G surfaces).
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.”
Ideal surface: Traditional AstroTurf and other types of artificial ground.
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.
Ideal surface: Indoor courts (futsal/leisure centre).
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.