Unsure of which soccer boots to get? There are boots for natural grass, artificial grass and more. Learn how to choose the best pair for you.
Natural grass pitch
As the name suggests, this pitch is made up of natural grass.
This means the conditions of the grass will be highly dependent on weather conditions.
When it rains too much the pitch becomes muddy and the ground will be much softer compared to when the weather is sunnier, where the pitch will be dry and harder.
When the ground is too muddy there will be a tendency for your boots to get stuck in the ground, which may restrict your movements.
You do not want your boots to be stuck just before you make your perfect shot into the goal!
Natural grass also tends to have uneven grounds which will cause difficulty for ball control.
It is still common in Singapore for soccer games.
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Artificial grass pitch
Artificial grass pitches are gaining popularity for soccer players in Singapore in recent years due to their cost-saving maintenance.
This grass pitch has a carpet-like feel and is usually hard and flat on the ground.
Artificial grass pitches also look similar to natural grass.
However, artificial grass absorbs more heat compared to natural grass, which may be a disadvantage in Singapore's sunny weather.
When falling on artificial grass, the impact can be dangerous as compared to natural grass as the surface of artificial grass is much harder.
Ball passes usually move across more freely due to this.
Yes, it is, but you will not be able to get the same amount of traction while dribbling the ball or even running on the field, which will affect your performance.
You might even slip and fall, causing unwanted injuries.
On the flip side, it is okay to wear boots with long studs on artificial grounds, provided that you pick ones with short and round studs.
However, artificial grounds are notorious for causing knee and ankle injuries as they hve more traction than grass.
2. Shoe laces or slip-ons?
Soccer boots with shoelaces are designed to keep your feet in place so that they don’t slide around in your shoes.
Having said that, many shoes have been designed with slip-ons in place of shoe laces in recent years.
Those who prefer ease and convenience should definitely opt for slip-ons!
HOW FITTING SHOULD MY SOCCER BOOTS BE?
This is a common question before purchasing a pair of soccer boots.
It is important that your feet should not be sliding around nor feeling cramped up.
The best way to ensure this doesn't happen is to always try them on with your soccer socks before purchase.
A generic guide would be to have ½ inch of space for optimum comfortability.
If you have broad feet, you should opt for broader-designed boots as this will give you maximum comfort during play.
You do not want your feet to cramp up during your game!
We hope you're all set and geared up for your next game!
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