Thanks to Ben from Soccer Equipment Reviews for his wise words on choosing your next pair of boots, you can read the rest of our interview with him earlier in the week here.
What is the most important aspect for you when choosing football boots?
It all depends on the individual. Some are looking for speed. Others for power. Ultimately, when it comes down to me, I prefer and look for comfort in my boot choice. It does no good to have the best looking boots on the field if you blister up every time you wear them and your feet ache after training or playing in them.
How often should players be changing their football boots?
Once again, it’s one of those personal choices. Not all players have the opportunity to switch boots every few weeks like the pros or the staff members at SER (maybe not that many times), but depending how they hold up and what type of surface you play on, your boots’ life could range from a few months to one year.
I’d say, the average renewal should take place at least once a football season, keeping your boots new and nice!
For players on a budget which are the most value for money boots out there?
This is an area where I have to say Umbro dominate the market. They make very high-quality boots at almost half the price of other high-end cleats from bigger brands. The Stealth Pro and Speciali just play witness to this as they were some of the highest rated boots ever on SER!
If money is no object, which boots should players be looking at?
Like I said before, it all depends on the individual purchasing the boots. However, I’d say ‘hybrid’ boots offer the best all-around performance.
These include the Nike CTR360 Maestri, Umbro Stealth Pro, Adidas Predator X, and even possibly the Mizuno Wave Ignitus. They suit pretty much all aspects of the game, with comfort at a maximum, weight is pretty mediocre (it’s not like light cleats make you any faster anyways!) and all that other stuff packed in as well.
Thanks again Ben!