The answer is that it all comes down to the individual.
Although there are some boots that have better features and materials, when deciding what boot to wear there are a lot of factors that come into play. Firstly, everyone’s feet are different which includes differences in shape, loading patterns, mechanics and injury concerns. If you throw in the amount, type of training and the ground surface, it can all become a little confusing so I've put together a review of some of the more common boots to make your next decision easier.
I’m pretty bias when it comes to footy boots, with Asics being my preferred boots of choice. The features of all Asics boots include:
- 10mm heel raise – shifts your body weight forward and puts less strain on the lower limbs, therefore decreasing risk of injury. This raise is particularly beneficial for those with Achilles issues, as it reduces the load through the tendon. It may also benefit those with anterior ankle impingement by “opening up” the front of the ankle.
- Rearfoot GEL – for shock absorption
- Removable sock liner – making them orthotic friendly
- Higher amount of studs – reducing overall plantar pressure, particularly around the 1st MPJ joint (big toe)
Not a massive fan of Nike boots myself as I find them narrower and shallow compared to other brands. There’s no heel raise in them and less overall cushioning, placing extra strain on the lower limbs. In saying that though, a lot of people wear them without any issues so give them a crack if you’d like…..or not. I’m not your dad, do what you want.
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