We all go through it, we dust off last seasons footy boots, get the kids to try them on and find out there foot has grown astronomically and they need new boots.
Now is the perfect time to pick the right boots for you or your child!
Football boots are often lightweight, flexible and lower profile, meaning they generally have less cushioning and support. It is important to pick the right boots to prevent overload and growth related pains, such as heel and knee pain which can be very common in growing children.
If you child has a history of lower limb injuries or pain we recommend:
- Asics Lethal Ultimate
The Lethal Ultimate is based on a running shoe, It offers an excellent combination of protection, flexibility, and support. Solyte Midsole, allows the foot to be cushioned during gameplay, and rearfoot GEL absorbs shock. The Lethal incorporates a 10 mm heel lift allowing the foot to propel forward easier, and more importantly, minimising risk of injury to growing feet and legs.
This boot can be slightly more cumbersome and will feel more like a runner than a football boot. We have compiled a list of lighter, but still supportive boots just incase they don’t like the feel of this boot
Our Top 5 ‘lightweight’ Junior Football Boots (Boys and Girls)
Asics Lethal Tigreor
- Very similar to the Ultimate with a slight reduction in cushioning and weight
Adidas Predator 19.3
- Stability and support with a lightweight feel, The Predator incorporates a sock liner and textured finish to the upper for a better touch on the ball. It doesn’t cushion as well as the Asics boots.
Asics DS Light
- Offering the traditional round stopper sole and synthetic upper the Asics light is a great lightweight boot.
Nike Phantom Vision
- Micro textured upper, with sock liner and hidden laces. The boot has a slightly wider foot bed compared to other nike boots.
X Blades Flash 19
- Wider fitting boot with rubber stoppers and outsole which allows a slightly more forgiving blade/stopper set up
When purchasing football boots there are a few key tips:
- Allow a finger width between the end of the shoe and the longest toe for growing feet.
- Take football socks to the store as they are often thicker than normal socks
- Go for the most comfortable footy boot!
There are a few great places to get footy boots in Geelong
- De Grandi’s Intersport
- Rebel Sport
If you have questions about updating your footy boots or you might have an injury that is preventing you from keeping as active as they would like, please feel free to email me, I would love to help.
Yours in keeping people active, healthy and happy,
Podiatrist Andrew Crutch consults at Pro Feet Podiatry’s Geelong and Drysdale clinics and loves helping people achieve their fitness goals. Andrew believes strongly in prevention being better than the cure and of the importance of identifying and addressing risk factors to prevent injuries.