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So you are wondering what the best football boots for beginners are.
However, with the amount boots you have nowadays to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming.
Not only that, but you have to add in the fact that not all boots are going to work for you.
Whether that be not fitting your feet due to size or just in general not suiting your play style.
That is why today I am writing this guide for you to help give you some good suggestions for football boots for first-timers.
While also giving you some advice on what to look out for, to hopefully quicken the process of getting the right footwear for you quicker.
Where To Start As A Beginner?
If you have never brought football boots before and you are new to the sport, you might be in a situation where you don’t know where to start.
However, be reassured that every footballer goes through this, with the exception of maybe professionals who have boots provided for them.
So while yes, it can be quite daunting, especially at first, once you know what your looking the process becomes a lot easier.
Now since you are a beginner, the first questions you want to ask yourself consist off:
- How regularly do you plan to play football?
- What surface are you looking to play on?
- What kind of look would you be after?
Answering each of these questions will narrow down the selection of boots and make it easier to find ones for you.
For instance, if you want some boots for the first time, however, you only plan on using them on Astro.
Then removes all the boots for other surfaces out of the equation.
So let’s quickly go through each of the questions before we crack on with the list of football boots for beginners I recommend.
Q1) How Regularly Do You Plan To Play?
Being a beginner, you may want to ease your way into the sport.
So going all out for an expensive pair of football boots may not necessarily be the right move.
Instead, and if you are new to the sport, picking up some cheaper boots, will you get into the swing of things.
Once you start playing more often and find yourself enjoying the sport, then if you want to, you can go for the higher tiers.
Here is a few useful posts where I go over best boots under £100 as well as bargains for less than £50.
Saying that, though, if you plan on jumping straight into it and know you will be playing week in week out.
Whether that be 6 a-side, Sunday league or kickabouts at the local park, then investing in expensive boots will not only last you longer but give you a better experience.
Q2) Choosing A Surface As A Beginner
What can be quite complicated when picking out boots is all the little abbreviations.
You will see letters like FG, AG and SG, which I had no clue what they stood for a while.
It wasn’t until a fellow teammate explained to them that I understood what they meant.
The reason why this is important when choosing boots is each stands for a different surface.
So while a quick search of Nike Mercurial Superflys, for e.g., will bring up a number of the same boots.
However, its only going to be one of them that will likely suit you more due to the surface.
As some boots simply won’t work on certain surfaces due to the different traction and grips.
Therefore before you think about pressing buy on a pair, ask yourself how many surfaces you will be playing on.
From there, which ones are they?
Now, so you have an idea of what to look out for, here is all the different surfaces along with the abbreviations you will see available in a store:
- FG – Firm Ground (Hard Grass)
- SG – Soft Ground (Wet Grass)
- Astro – Astro Pitch
- AG – Artificial Ground (3G Pitch)
- MG – Multi-Ground (3G/Hard Grass)
Those are the main ones to know about and are worth bearing in mind as you move forward with selecting boots.
1) Nike Tiempo Legend
One of the very first boots I wore back when I was a beginner was the Nike Tiempo.
A pair that was a hand me down proved to be a great pair of boots for me.
Of which I would even go as far to say, I played some of the best football in them.
Now the Tiempos I was always going to recommend as if you have had a look around a football website.
However, if you don’t know what to choose, this is a silo you can’t go wrong with.
Its a sturdy pair of boots that give you protection all around as well as comfort.
Made with premium Kangaroo Leather, they aren’t flimsy or thin like other boots you might find out there.
Currently, in the 9th generation of the Tiempo Legends, Nike is making more improvements to make these boots even better than before.
2) Adidas Copa Mundial
One of the most iconic football boots out there is Adidas Copa Mundial.
First released over 40 years ago, these are boots that are perfect for any type of footballer, and that includes beginners.
With a simplistic but classy design, these look really good, especially with the white stripes on the side and the tongue, which has become a common feature on many of the silos boots.
Staying rooted to the original design that saw it become so popular and sell out over millions of pairs, these boots have great materials in the form of kangaroo leather on the upper to give you a quality experience in them.
As well as top-notch leather in areas such as the heel to give you a good overall stability.
If you want to put yourself in the shoes, quite literally of the likes of legends such as Xabi Alonso and David Beckham, these could be worth looking into more.
3) Nike Mercurial Superfly
If you are new to football, however, want a pair of boots that are streamlined for speed, then the Merc’s could be for you.
These boots can help you utilize your quickness and help you turn efficiently on the pitch.
Its because of this that the Mercurials has been a favourite of mine for a number of years, due to the stylish designs and of course the technology that goes into it.
While Nike makes these boots really stand out, some of the features in them are quite cool.
Firstly you have ACC, which enables you to play in all conditions, whether its raining or dry.
The upper on the top of the boot is snug, while the bottom of the boot is optimized to help you swivel and turn on the pitch effortlessly.
Now I tell you if you want some boots that will turn heads, then these are certainly worth considering.
4) Puma King
If you ask many footballers of the past few years about their first football boots as a beginner.
One that will come up a lot will be the Puma Kings, which like some of the other boots on this list, are quite legendary.
Being a silo I wore at points in my early years, I never had issues with them.
Due to the comfortability and sturdiness, they give you while your playing football.
Which you just can’t ask for much more when you’re looking for boots that will do a job for you on the pitch.
Having worn and tested these, I know how nice these feel whether you go for the expensive version of the Platinums or the Pros at a cheaper price point.
Features such as the KontrolSystem give your feet some air, while an improved soleplate called MoveControl offer no problems as you take on players on the pitch.
5) Adidas Gamemode
Moving from a classic pair of Adidas boots to a newer pair, you have the Adidas Gamemode.
The Gamemode is the newest generation of boots to come from the brand, consisting of half recycled materials on the upper.
However, that isn’t the reason I have included it on this list.
Its more because its a new and stylish football boot that comes at a nice budget-friendly price.
Coming in at under £100, you get an overall experience playing with these.
With them being both soft and shaping around your feet due to the adaptable knitted and recycled upper.
The other cool aspect about these new sustainable football boots is you have different colours to choose from.
So while you see my personal favourite above in green and white, you can also check out grey and off white colourways that all look pretty neat.
6) Nike Premier II
The Nike Premiers are another good set of football boots that will suit any beginner.
Now there are many reasons why firstly you are getting a complete boot without needing to spend lots.
Something that I can imagine aspiring footballers who are new to the sport will be looking for.
But that these offer a premium experience for less than £100 while also proving to be sturdy enough to last many matches.
Along with being comfortable due to the kangaroo leather and having a soleplate that will prove reliable on any surface, making these a smart purchase.
So there you have it, those are from both personal experiences and, in my opinion, the best football boots for beginners that you can buy.
If you have any questions or need some help deciding which ones to go with, then I would be more than happy to help.
Just leave a comment below, and I will back to you when I next chance 🙂