Now we know what football boots are, lets talk about what ones you should buy. I shall start with kids. Kids are constantly growing. So my recommendation for any parent is to buy a cheap leather football boot. Leather as discussed before stretches. Cheap leather boots tend to over stretch, this is perfect for growing kids because the boot will stretch with a child’s foot to a certain point. This means that a child is more likely to be able to use a leather boot for longer than a synthetic or knitted one. Furthermore leather will mold to the shoe of your child’s foot, not the other way round. Meaning that they’re feet will be able to grow as intended hopefully leading to less problems down the track. Cheap leather boots might not last as long as premium leather boots but just remember, they are only kids and premium leather boots tend to have less stretch in them as the leather is often supported by structure to prevent over stretching.
Generally speaking kids out grow a pair of boots every season, that’s at least how my feet grew. Most of my boots were tossed out or given away as the boots themselves were still in good condition but were unwearable because I had outgrown them.
Cost is another thing to consider, the gap between full price top end boots and bottom end boots is around the 200$ mark, this is taken even further if the boots the low-end boots are on sale this can then take the gap to $240. 240$! Why, that’s the same cost as Northern Beaches football coaching over a full winter season. And I can guarantee that a full season of northern beaches football coaching is 100% more likely to improve you game than a pair of expensive football boots.
So, my recommendation for kids is to buy cheap leather boots, as I believe they will last longer due to the extra stretch that they can provide.