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Chances are you have just finished a game of football and have looked at the sole of your boot to find some disfigured studs.
As a result, you are now wondering what to do next and whether they can be changed.
Well, let me say studs at first can be quite complicated to understand because you not only have different types but nowadays different configurations too.
So to help you out, I have written a small guide taking you through why, how and when to change your football boot studs.
Can You Change The Studs On Your Football Boots?
You can change your studs on football boots. However, it does depend on what type of studs you have.
That is because there are different types of football studs, mainly consisting of plastic and metal ones.
Both of which are designed different, are positioned on the boot differently for optimum traction, and either can or can’t be replaced.
Plastic studs are found with firm ground, artificial grass, multi-ground and astroturf shoes and are fixated onto the bottom of the boots.
These ones consist of different sizes and a configurated in a way where they can’t be changed.
Now, if you have these studs and your in a position where they are really worn out, then the only option is to replace the boots themselves.
Unfortunately, that is one of the cons of having plastic studs, as while they typically last a long time, they cant be individually replaced.
While metal studs can be a pain sometimes because you frequently need to tend to them, so you don’t lose them mid-game, they can be replaced, unlike plastic ones.
Metal stud configuration consists of 6 studs in a 2-2-2 set-up and is found only on soft ground surfaces.
With these, you can easily add and remove them.
But since that’s the case, it means you may lose one or two over time.
Importantly, if you ever find one stud is not quite the same, you can grab a screw issued with most soft ground football boots and change them over.
Why Change Football Boot Studs?
For someone to think about changing their football boots, there was likely a motive to do it.
Now while football boot studs are changed for many reasons, most of the time, it’s because they need to be.
In this section, I will go through common situations where studs typically need to be changed.
Losing A Stud
The first reason for switching studs around is because you have lost one or two from a recent match or training.
Now I would suspect almost all footballers have encountered this issue at some point or another, myself included.
It can be quite annoying when it does happen, especially since there isn’t a great deal you can do to stop it apart from making sure there properly tied up.
While playing, you may not notice it, but once you get on to a flat surface, it becomes apparent that one is missing.
So what I recommend is to make sure when going to play football that you keep a spare pair of studs and a spanner made specifically for studs, so you can fit on a new stud.
Starting To Wear Out
Now, if you look after your football boots and only wear them on the pitch, you should find that they last a fair amount of time.
However, after a year or two of playing, it’s only normal that they will start to wear out. When this happens, the shape may change, meaning they no longer as effective as they were.
So changing them regularly means that your footballing experience goes untouched.
I say this because, let me tell you, studs that are worn out is not a good thing. You no longer have the great grip and traction to the surface there used to have.
This means you may find that you feel like you have roller blades on when the rain chucks itself down.
The above scenarios are cases where changing football boots is the only solution; however, it is not always because you have no choice.
In fact, over the years of playing sport, I have come across people who have changed them to play different sports.
For instance, rugby is a sport where people who play it like to wear football boots instead of rugby ones.
However, to do so, they need to change the studs around because there is a noticeable difference between the two types of studs.
As well as that, I have seen people change them because they want different types, brands and colours of studs fixed onto the sole of their boots.
Depending on your boots and as long as there metal, they can easily be changed for new ones.
If you do have plastic studs, it isn’t the end of the world, as you can always purchase a new pair or contact the manufacturer if you start to see some deterioration.
Anyway, I do hope this helps you out and answers your question on studs. If you have any other questions on this matter, don’t hesitate to let me know!