Finding the Perfect Footwear for Your Football Needs
So you've decided to become Singapore's next Fandi Ahmad and you're raring to go kick some footballs on your quest to becoming Singapore's upcoming star. There is only one problem, with so many types of football boots out there, do you know which is the most suitable for you?
In this article, we explore the appropriate footwear required for football. The footwear you choose highly depends on the type of surface you intend to play on. First, let's take a look at some simple tips on how to choose a pair of football boots.
Find a good sports store
It is important to find the most suitable boots for you hence, you may want to skip your neighbourhood shop if they only have limited varieties and a few brands available. Go to a bigger sports store to ensure you have the best selection for choosing.
Recommended store for a good pair of football boots
Located in Kallang Wave Mall, Weston Corporation features a wide range of football accessories. From jerseys to boots and gloves, I’m sure you’d be able to find just what you need.
Know the brands and models
Don't go to a shop and ask for any pair of boots. That's like going to a handphone shop and buying any phone. Know the brands and models! Do some prior research first on the specifications of the boots. And I don't mean watching Nike or Adidas commercials. There are also affordable and reliable brands you can find in Singapore other than the usual big few. Ultimately, you need to choose a pair of boots that is going to be worth every penny of yours.
Try the boots on
It may seem really silly to even add this in, but some people make this mistake. Don't ever buy a pair of boots just because you think they look cool or because Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi endorses them. Buy them only if you feel comfortable in them. If it feels too tight, try the next pair of boots. Never sacrifice comfort over price or looks.
Tips on getting the right size
A general rule of thumb is to have a ¼ - ½ inch gap between your toes and the top of the boots. In this case, if you have a thumb space between your toes and the top of the boots, they’re too big. The right amount of space to look out for is roughly a pinky (smallest finger) space between your toes and top of the boots. If your toes are pressing against the upper side of the boots, they’re too tight, try a size bigger.
Determine your playing style
Everyone has a different playing style and a different position when it comes to football. Knowing your style and the position you like to play will determine the type of boots you should look out for.
Grass Football Boots – Firmground vs Softground
The most popular boots are the ones with moulded cleats (or studs). These are the most versatile and common kind of boots used by casual players. These are boots with either blades or conical studs underneath, moulded from plastic.For softer grass or muddy ground, the best kind of boots are the ones with few and spaced-out studs typically made from metal. But be aware, these boots are only good if the pitch is muddy and wet. If you use it on hard ground, you will run a much higher risk of ankle injuries.