It’s the same old story: winter approaches, and you decide to open the cupboard where the faint scent of wet dog always lingers in order to find that trusty old pair of astro turf football boots.
It turns out, however, that dumping your boots at the back of said cupboard, still caked in mud and slightly damp, wasn’t the best strategy for the successful upkeep of your prized possessions.
Time for a refresh. Luckily, the football boot market never rests on its laurels, with brands keen to create ever sleeker, more technologically advanced, and colourful boots to entice even the most traditional of five-a-side players.
Finding the right pair makes a genuine difference, so it’s worth doing a little research. We should know because after running ourselves into the ground to test shot and pass control, acceleration, fit and looks, we think we’ve found the best boots for all price points.
If you’re a part-time footballer, the astro turf (TF) boot is the best bet. Moulded rubber studs offer versatility across a range of pitch surfaces, from high end 3G or 4G artificial grass to a concrete cage that doubles as a basketball court.
There are also other options for use on most modern astro turf, such as firm ground (FG) boots, which provide deeper moulded studs more akin to traditional boots for an extra level of professionalism on both 4G and harder natural pitches.
Both styles include most of the features you’d see in professional boots, but usually TF boots come at a reduced price – you’re not going to be stepping out in the Premier League, after all.
And remember, football boots tend to be on the small side, so consider trying a half or full size bigger than you’d normally wear.
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