Synthetic boots – Ideal for beginners use and school use.
Full Grain leather and K-Leather – Club players, mostly senior boots. As a general guide, for the cost, synthetic boots are best for juniors as they will grow out of them quickly. Synthetic also applies for players who are buying on a budget, dislike cleaning their boots or who do not play very often. For players who are looking for good quality boots that are lightweight, of great comfort, and last a long time there are a couple of options.
Full grain leather – These boots offer basic leather uppers which will mould to your feet and give good comfort. Usually having a 6 stud sole plate but also available in moulded studs for hard ground/3g and astro turf use. This is usually slightly thicker than K-leather but at a more affordable price.
K-Leather – This is the top end leather which is used in boots which you will see many premier league and international players using eg boots such as Puma Kings. At the top end increasingly we are seeing light weight microfibre and textile (such as Nike Mercurials, Vapors etc) being used giving the player a very lightweight option over leather with a man made upper designed for optimised control on the ball. In our opinion, there is some doubt as to whether this type of boot offers adequate protection for the foot.
The fit of the boot
A football boot should feel snug to the foot, but not too tight. The laces should be used to shape the boot by being tightened along their entire length. Leather boots will mould to the foot after a period of ‘playing in’.
Generally you will need one size above a work shoe / school shoe, similar to a trainer. Some brands come up quite differently though. And if you are buying a leather boot you need to allow for its natural stretching over your foot shape.
Many players think they know their size in a particular brand and have got used to this when buying online. However, we have noticed an increasing tendency for variability in sizing and would always recommend fitting in-store. Synthetic boots stretch very little. Boots should be wide enough for comfort, while keeping the foot over the sole plate.
Juniors should allow a little extra room to ensure room for growth during the season.
Interchangeable studs – winter months and if round good for UCTC 3g pitch.
Blades – Winter months, offering more traction. Beware – not permitted on UCTC 3g pitch.
Moulded Studs – summer, autumn and spring months. Often best practical option for UCTC 3g pitch
Astro Turf – summer and winter months on traditional astro turf pitches or very hard ground.
Indoor – ideal for 5 aside use on a wooden sprung floor.
PLEASE TAKE OUR ADVICE REGARDING 3G SUITABLE SHOES FOR UCTC.
Clothing / Equipment
Slip in – Good for juniors at school and just starting at club football.
Full length with ankle support – ideal for youth games and school team football. Adults are advised to wear this type of shin pad, giving as much protection as possible without losing flexibility.
Junior pads should ideally be of a snug fit but offering plenty of room for growth. Sitting around an inch below the knee cap is a good rule of thumb.
With training equipment you are looking to find a product which can be continually used without wearing or breaking easily. There are so many training aids online and you have to be very careful when buying. If the price looks good often it is because the quality of the material is not up to a decent standard.
We have handled many of the products from our range and believe the quality is second to none.