WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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  Do You Know Your Adidas Kaiser's from your Bikkembergs Tirosegno's?


Want to know the low down on the bewildering and amazing amount of football boots out there on the market today?​


Then Read On.......

THE LOWDOWN EXPLAINED

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We know that boot offerings these days are so numerous that it's hard to keep up with. 


CONFUSED? 


Well you should be by now with ever increasing football boots being issued on a regular basis, but wait a minute The Bootman has a simple guide to help YOU in choosing your new pair of boots and maybe perhaps after reading our boot reviews you will come to the realization that yes BIG boot manufacturers do sell wonderful boots, but other much smaller more diverse manufacturers also provide excellent performing boots however they do not have the power to blanket market or pay for endorsements. 

Nevertheless they sell boots which can also be fantastic, packed full of technology and yes they can also vary in price from bargains to eye watering (especially for parents) prices.

WHAT BOOT COMPANIES DID & DO


Many years ago a sports company produced one grade of boot perhaps in 2 different soleplates, maybe a screw in studs configuration and then another version in what we call "blades". It was so much simpler in those halcyon days of lack of choice and money! But now a manufacturer (especially the larger players in the market) can bring up to 4 grades of boot upon launching a new model. 


They sometimes bring you the entry level (usually kids sizes), club level (entry level for adult sizes), professional level (often leather), elite level (Often €200-€350 RRP ouch!). Some boots like the earliest versions of the now revamped Adidas F50 would have F50 emblazoned on the boot outsole despite them being F10 (budget), F30 (mid range) or indeed the F50's, a closer look at the tongue would reveal their true identity or even a closer inspection of the soleplate could be very revealing. 


Let's have a look at a Nike offering the Mercurial Superfly. 

Superfly's come in four models (excluding soleplates), on first inspection they all look fairly similar but they break down as follows- Interesting isn't it?


Firstly the Club (entry level pricing)

 Secondly the Academy (budget level pricing) 

Thirdly the Pro (mid range level pricing) 

Fourthly the Elite (top of the range level pricing). 


The differences between all of the football boots above very much depend upon the manufacture of the boot. Do some have double stitching? Have they synthetic uppers? Made from Bovine (cow) Leather or K Leather (kangaroo)? 

The list is endless and confusing. Need enlightenment?

Then Read On.....

BOOT TERMINOLOGY

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  Some of the terms can be quite confusing when people discuss football boots. So why not take a few minutes to educate yourself and learn something new.


Colourway - Colours of boots outsole


Soleplate - Configuration & type of studs on the 

underside of the football boot


Sweet Spot - Where the ball connects with the boot

for maximum accuracy and power


AG - Artificial Ground such as astro pitches


HG - Hard Ground such as indoor floors


FG - Firm Ground used during summer on grass pitches


SG - Soft Ground such as wet/muddy grass pitches


Futsal - Indoor soccer played on wooden floor covering


Cleat -​ American term for soccer/football boot


Moulded Studs - Reduces the risk of blisters as the larger number of studs evenly distributes pressure on the foots sole 


Screw In Studs - Can be changed when pitch conditions change such as on wetter muddier pitches 


Blades - These are elongated injected studs used for Speed boots and agility turning


Astro Turf - Are all weather boots/trainers that have a large numbers of dimples on their soleplate.


K- Leather - Kangaroo Leather material


Synthetic Upper- A non animal skin covering made with man made materials.


3G- Boots soleplate intended for third generation artificial grass which is a sand/rubber infilled sports synthetic surface.


 4G- Boots soleplate intended for fourth generation surfacing,

there is very little difference between these 3G & 4G styles with the 4G having reduced infilled sand/rubber combo.  


5G- Boots soleplate intended for fifth generation surfacing that is rubber crumb filled to suit an all weather designation.


Configuration- Placement of studs, blades on boot soleplate


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 Hopefully after reading some of our boot reviews you may come to the realization that yes the BIG boot manufacturers do sell wonderful boots, but other much smaller and more diverse manufacturers also provide excellent performing boots. Just remember they do not have the power to blanket market or pay for endorsements. Nevertheless they do sell boots which can also be fantastic, packed full of technology and yes they can also vary in price from bargains to eye watering price tags.

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