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We have all likely been in a situation where we are playing football, and you go to pass the ball, but someone comes in late on you and steps on your toes, leaving you in a bit of pain.
Unfortunately, since football is a contact sport, you will never be able to prevent someone from stepping on your feet.
However, some boots will offer more protection and give you more support around the toe area.
So that when someone does stamp on you, you won’t feel it as much and hopefully won’t be left with broken bones.
My aim for today’s post is to give you a few football boots that have been designed to give you more toe protection.
- Strong And Well Put Together Football Boot
- High-Quality Kangaroo Leather
- Luxurious Touch And Control
- Made Of Durable Material
- High-Quality Kangaroo Leather With Padding For Extra Support
- Responsive And Stable Football Boots
What Type Of Boots Will Offer Toe Protection?
When I look for boots, my first instinct is to go for boots with a unique design.
Most of the time, I will go for a Mercurial or Phantom silo, as some of Nike’s models bring out for those ranges look amazing.
However, when it comes to putting your feet first and protecting them in-game, boots like those above likely won’t cut it.
This is because they are made of a synthetic material that is plastic and therefore not as durable as actual leather.
So when looking at football boots to give you overall more protection, ones with leather, specifically kangaroo leather, would be a better choice.
On the boots I will talk about, there is much more padding around the toe area than your slim synthetic material on the fancy boots since the uppers are made of Kangaroo Leather.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love synthetic football boots. I find them much more responsive and feel quicker wearing them.
But if I get into a 50/50 challenge on the pitch while wearing them, chances are I will feel that little bit more pain since they are so thin.
If you're looking for a football boot that has great toe protection, then you may not need to look any further than the Nike Tiempos.
For me, the Tiempos is a complete football boot that offers everything to give you a great experience on the pitch.
There light on your feet, durable, sturdy, and also look fresh with the simple colourway that you just can't go wrong with.
The addition of kangaroo leather also gives you the extra padding you need, to offer that extra support.
You have a few Tiempos to choose from; however, with the new technology and improvements to the silo, the new ninth-generation is what I recommend.
What I like about the Nike Tiempos:
- Worn by many top professionals around the world in different positions, including Jordan Henderson, Gerard Pique, and Virgil Van-Dijk
- Classic looking football boot, that combines comfort with support
- Sturdy and robust football boot
The Morelia Neo is another pair of top-tier football boots from Mizuno that give you toe protection.
These boots have become a favorite of mine, not just because of the extra support they give your feet, but how they feel to play in.
The streamlined design and the hand-made kangaroo leather that doesn't just offer padding but gives that light feeling makes these really nice to play in.
An addition of a knitted collar and a dual-density outsole, give you responsiveness and stability.
Next up we have the more affordable version of the Tiempos with the second generation of Nike Premier, which, while cheaper, also gives footballers more toe protection than your typical pair of boots.
These have a classic look that reminds you of past generations of Nike Tiempos that have been put together to make the premiers.
Made with a kangaroo leather vamp and a leather tongue, you have increased control of the ball and protection in different weather.
Adidas boast a range of awesome football boots, but from them, the silo’s that will likely give you that extra support is with their Copa range.
Their current Copa range of football boots all come with a K-Leather upper, and with the new Copa Sense+, they have Touchpod technology on both sides of the boot.
These act as a cushion so when the ball is fired into your radius, you can control it easier because the touchpods
With the Copa boots, they are also great on the pitch because they have been made to help you excel in passing and control.
Other pods featured here are Sensepods on the heel to give you a closer connection within the boot. You also have the fact that it’s laceless, giving you more support around the top of your foot.
5) Mizuno Rebula Cup
Mizuno’s Rebula Cup football boots are a nice pair of football boots that come in a red and black colourway.
This product made in Japan consists of kangaroo leather on the upper that is soft and with padding gives you protection.
These boots also come with ribbed pods on the forefoot, which is there to help you get the ball under control faster.
6) Diadora Brasil Made In Italy
A brand you may not have heard of is Diadora, who, by the way, make some pretty sturdy football boots.
As the name implies, these premium leather-based boots were made in Italy and are designed to give footballers full support on the pitch.
Thanks to the leather padding on the upper, your toes have extra protection against opposing players who love to dive in.
Not only do they give support, but the anti-stretch fabric means the boots never lose shape giving you a locked-in fit.
You also have support under your toes with a fabric sock liner that is made to absorb shock.
7) Pantofola d’Oro Superstar
The Italian home and handmade Pantofola d’Oro Superstar are one of the lightest but also comfortable football boots on the market.
With these boots, you get that classic look of a football boot and one that will help you dominate on the pitch with K-Leather that improves your control of the ball.
These may be some of the lightest boots out there, but they also will do a good job of giving you some extra protection for your feet.
Q1) Do You Need The Expensive Football Boots?
Expensive football boots, while a luxury, is marketed as the top end boots that are worn by the pros. They are made to look nice and are designed to give you the optimum experience in-game.
However, when it comes to whether you need expensive football boots to protect your toe, well, I would say not really.
There is, of course, a line where you don’t want to be buying dirt cheap boots that will ‘do a job’. But football boots made of leather and are put together well, which you should find with top-end brands, you will be fine.
Q2) What Else Can You Do To Protect Your Toes?
Along with selecting certain boots, there are other measures you can go through to protect your toes further. To start with, what I would recommend is making sure that when buying football boots that you end up on a pair that fits your feet well.
Having boots that are either too small or big can cause problems because you will have a situation where your toes either have no space or too much of it.
If you go for small football boots, your toes will likely feel squashed and curl, which could cause some pain.
You also don’t want too much space either, because your toes will end up hitting the toe box repeatedly, causing what some footballers will refer to as blue nails.
Now speaking of blue nails, this is an injury that can occur to your toes, and from experiencing it countless times over my career, it is a small but painful injury to get.
To help prevent you from getting blue nails, the best cause of action is to get some nail clippers and trim them before the game.
This will stop them from overlapping your toes and therefore stop the nails from hitting the insides of the football boot.
There are not many things more frustrating than stubbing your toe when kicking the ball or being stepped on in-game.
While you aren’t in control of that happening, choosing certain football boots for toe protection could serve you better and give you some added support over other boots.
In this post, I have done my research and referred to my own footballing experiences to come up with a list that will do a good job for you.
If you have any further questions, then do send them my way, and I will be more than happy to answer them 🙂