While it is true that “the shoe does not make the player”, having good shoes will make a difference in the game. It is a fact that you cannot play without shoes, and that is where the importance of choosing the shoe that best suits the player’s foot and style of play lies.
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How to Choose
PLAYING POSITION: The first thing to define is the playing position, since each of them has its own requirements
Arquero: You need a shoe with a lot of traction but that allows a quick lateral movement.
Defenses: They require a shoe that provides greater protection and stability and an upper that allows precision in passing.
Midfielder: The shoe must allow good ball control, be light for greater speed, but above all comfortable to allow the player to run the 90 min. Of the party Without any problem.
Steering wheels: They need light footwear that allows you to quickly change direction.
Forwards: For this position, the ideal shoe is one that has a clean hitting area, to give precision to the ball and be light so as not to slow down the player.
PLAYING SURFACE (SOLE): There are many types of studs on the market with their respective compositions, but what really matters is the playing surface, which are grouped into four types:
FG (FIRM GROUND): It is the most common plant, indicated for natural grass where it does not rain much, that is to say a firm but not rigid surface and also suitable for synthetic grass pitches.
SG (SOFT GROUND): They are plants to be used on very soft courts, where the stud penetrates the surface, generally in places where it rains a lot.
TF (TURF): This type of plant is used on almost all surfaces that do not have natural grass, since they are composed of small conical rubber studs that adapt to any surface.
IN (INDOOR): This plant is smooth since it is used to play on smooth and hard surfaces.
UPPER: Like the soles, there are different uppers to provide the most suitable fit for each player. The most common uppers are:
KANGAROO LEATHER: For decades it has been associated with quality and excellence since it allows the shoe to adapt like a glove to the foot, it is soft and resistant at the same time.
NATURAL LEATHER: It is easier to find on the market and cheaper than kangaroo leather, offering all the properties of leather: durability, anti-perspirant, comfort, adaptability to the shape of the foot, among others, and above all it allows better control of the ball. It is not recommended for rain as the leather seats and the shoe can deform.
SYNTHETIC LEATHER: It is a very good option since it provides most of the properties of leather as well as some new ones such as being water repellent.
MICROFIBER: Designed to offer something completely new in the game, since it is a thinner and lighter material, providing speed and a new experience when dominating the ball. Also, unlike leather, microfiber does not yield, so the shoe does not lose its shape.
PERFECT FIT: To ensure a perfect fit it is ideal to go to a store and try different models. It should be noted that by touching the tip of the shoe with the big toe, there should only be a space of half a little finger between the heel and the back of the shoe. This way the toes will not be pressed on the toe but they will be firm enough and the heel will not suffer damage when pressed. It should be considered that a leather shoe will tend to sag, while a synthetic one will not. The fit must be perfect to avoid foot injuries.
It is recommended to use the shoes in one or two training sessions before playing a game, in order for the shoe to adapt to the foot and detect any friction that could create an injury.