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By Lim Weiyang
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOOTBALL BOOTS FOR YOUR 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 though. You do not know which football boots you should wear for your quest.
In this article, we explore the appropriate footwear required which depends highly on the type of playing surfaces you intend to play on. But first, let's look at some simple tips on how to choose a pair of boots.
4 Tips to Finding Footwear for Football
1. Find a good sports store
You may want to skip your neighbourhood shop if they only have limited varieties and a few brands availabile. Go to a big sports store to ensure you have the best selection for choosing.
2. Know the brand 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 specficitations 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.
3. 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 wears 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.
4. Choose a pair that suits your playing style
Lighter boots are good for speed, whereas heavier boots are better for powerful shots and technique.
Firmground/Softground vs Astroturf vs Court Shoes
The next part of this guide goes through the different types of boots available. In football, boots are distinguished by their outsoles. There are 3 main types of surfaces you can play on in Singapore. Natural turf or grass, astroturf (artificial turf) and hard ground which you find at street soccer courts.
1. Grass Football Boots – Firmground vs Softground
The most popular boots are the ones with molded 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, molded 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, this 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.
2. Astroturf Football Boots
Astroturf boots have many short studs distributed across the whole outsole of the boot. This will be your go-to boots should you play regularly on astro-turf ground.
3. Indoor Court Football Shoes
These boots will typically feature a gum rubber flat outsole. These are very versatile and can even be used for leisure walking.
In summary, if you are unsure of where you are going to play football, buy a basic pair of boots for grass with molded plastic cleats. These are the most versatile boots and they are good on grass, muddy pitches and astroturf alike.
Try to never wear studded boots on indoor or hard surfaces. Apart from easily losing your balance, you will risk injuring your ankle if you attempt to play in them. And now that you know the right boots to use, you can take a look at some of the popular venues to play football in Singapore.
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