5 Hacks to make football boots last longer
Here are the top 5 hacks to make football boots last longer, and keep them fresh all year around so you can unleash your potential on the field!
1. Protecting spray
Football shoes are not waterproof right from the shelves which is fine since they are not necessarily made to last forever from the manufacture because they want you to buy the new version next year. They do this for a reason because they know that your boots are more likely to get damaged when wet. Everything from the stitching to the leather or whatever material the boots are made from. This is why waterproofing your football boots is necessary if you want to make football boots last longer. But how do you waterproof football boots? It’s simple, protecting spray such as Crep Protect will create an invisible layer of protection to your football boots. A protecting spray can help your football boots restrain from dirt spots, tear damage. The Crep Protect, as an example, even has UV protecting properties, which means that your new boots won’t get these faded colors and yellowing. This will keep your football boots looking new all year around even after a long time of use.
Negative side effects? Fear not!
You might be wondering if this has any negative side effects on breathability in the shoes, and you are right for thinking that because it is important to keep your feet breathing. However this is not a problem when using the Crep Protect because it contains a hydrophobic formula which causes water to bread off, but still keep your feet happy and breathing.
If you want your football boots to stay completely fresh at all times you need to apply the protector fairly often. I would recommend you rinsing the football boots off and then spray them after every game. This is because playing football causes very aggressive tearing on your boots since the nature of the game has a lot of opportunities for your boots to become damaged. So to be safe spray them as often as possible!
2. Slopping soles
Probably every football player ever has tried having their football boot soles be slopping around within the boot. This is a serious problem for many football players because; you might argue that it’s due to the player wearing the wrong size or something like that. But it’s not always the case. You might have a pair of football boots to love playing in but it still sometimes slopping around. Football boots are mass manufactured, expect for the highly professional players’, which means that finding the perfect fit can be nearly impossible for many.
A simple trick to keep those football boots in place is spraying a thick layer of hairspray underneath the sole and within the shoe. This will keep your feet firm within the boot for the entire game and improve your game, since you don’t have to worry about slipping and damaging yourself. The hairspray trick will not last forever but it will make football boots last longer. Because the beautiful thing about this trick is that football matches and training are often relatively short so next time you are playing just do the same thing again.
3. Replacement studs
Before buying your next pair of football boots you should consider the ability of replacement studs. Many football boots have the ability to replace studs, such as the Nike SG-Pro where studs can be replaced at will. This is beneficial because it makes your boots last way longer due to the fact you can replace some of the parts that are most prone to damage over time. It is even possible to buy different sizes of studs, so you can not only make your football boots last longer, but play better because you can now change your studs according to weather and field conditions.
4. Changing size of boots
Have you ever tried buying a pair of boots in a size too big or even just half a size? I most certainty have and it can becoming very annoying during a game, almost impossible to play the way you want to be playing. There are some simple tricks to making your boots either a little smaller or a little bigger.
Make football boots smaller
First of all what you need to do is take your football socks and make them completely wet, and once you have made sure the socks are complexly wet do the same with your boot. Once both are wet all the way through you need to put both on. Tie your boots tight and wait for as long as possible, wearing them. This will make your boots a little smaller and even make them better fitted to your feet because the materials in the boot contract and wrap around your feet. Please not that you should always consider just exchanging the boots back to the store, because after doing this you won’t be able to. However if you are not able to do that, this might be the perfect solution!
Make football boots bigger
Making your football boots bigger is a bit more complicated but still very easy. All you need to do is take some sort of plastic bag and put in inside the football boot. Afterwards you need to fill up the bag with water while it’s still inside of the boot, and be sure to close the bag of water. Then place the football boots with the water bag inside of the freezer to freeze overnight. The water within the bag will expand because it is frozen and thus your football boots will be stretched out ever so slightly, but still very evenly and with no damage, as might happen if you do it with your hands. But again make sure that you are not able to simply exchange the boots for a bigger pair because doing this hack. This might also help to make football boots last longer if you have grown out of your current pair.
5. Muddy boots
Getting mud off from your football boots can take forever, but there is a simpler way of getting rid of that mud from your boots. There have been a lot of known Youtubers and blogs saying that putting your boots in the washing machine can ruin your boots and make them essentially worthless. This is true to some extent, since if your boots are made from real leather the warm water can have somesubstantial effects on your boots. Fear not, most football boots today are made from synthetic material which not only make your boots better but also washing friendly.
How to wash muddy boots?
So next time your boots are completely muddy you can simply scrape off the worst mud and then through them in the washer to get your boots fresh and ready for the next game. For extra protection you should put the boots within some sort of linin bag or the bag they came with, if this is not a waterproof bag. If it is not washable you can buy a washing for your shoes here. This is definitely make football boots last longer because it allows you to keep them fresh all year around.