Looking after your football boots

When you’ve made an investment in Adidas Football Kits, such as those you can find at https://www.kitking.co.uk/brand/adidas and leather football boots, you’re going to want to make sure that they last as long as possible and help you to perform as well as possible. So how do you keep them in tip-top condition?

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Fit

First off, make sure that they fit before leaving the shop, or if the team’s been shopping for an addition to the team football kits online, try them on indoors. Leather will ‘give’ a little and mould to your foot, so make sure that they are snug rather than loose. One thing’s for sure: they won’t shrink in length, so check this thoroughly. You want to make sure that you walk around a little in our boots before you take them onto the pitch for the first time, this will help the leather to mould to your foot shape and help to prevent blisters from occurring. It is best to have the fit of our boots checked by a sports professional and perhaps the coach at your football club.

Aftercare

When you take your boots off after a game, don’t just heave them off like you would a pair of wellington boots. Undo the laces and then clap them together to get rid of large lumps of mud and grass.It is important that you don’t have any mud and grass left on them that could cause damps to the studs. You should carefully remove this after each training session and match.

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Cleaning

The next step is to wipe off the surface mud as soon as possible after playing and if possible before you put the shoes away in your bag. You also want to make sure that they are dry as there is nothing worse than the smell of wet football boots. When you get home, give them a once-over with a damp cloth: never put your leather football boots into a sink full of water. Some players do put them under a tap running with hot water before playing to soften them up, but this is only advisable if you towel them off thoroughly afterwards. Let them dry out naturally (this may take longer than you think) rather than using a hair dryer or putting them out in the sun.

Polishing

Check with the retailer about the best products to use to polish your leather football boots and you should apply this following the instructions given.

Leather football boots have been around for over 490 years (since 1526 to be exact), with designs changing with science and technology being increasingly called on to make boots lighter and more effective.

While the likes of Messi and Ronaldo are not likely to ever have to clean their own boots (indeed, professional football clubs employ people specifically to look after kit for the players, including boots), most amateur football players will care for their own footwear. When you’ve found the perfect pair to help you perform at your best, remember to look after them.

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