Now, unless you are playing football at the highest level and can afford new boots every week, you’re likely wondering how often I should change them.
Of course, ideally, you don’t want to be changing them every month or so, as doing so can really burn a hole in your pocket.
However, at the same time, you want to have football boots that will stay effective, whether that be still offering good grip to the surface you are playing on or even in just good shape overall.
So if you’re wondering when to change your football boots especially if you are playing frequently, then this guide is for you.
As I will be telling you based on your level and the number of times you play, how many times ideally you want to be changing your footwear in football.
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Why Do People Change Their Football Boots?
People change their football boots often because they want new ones or their current boots have worn out.
Now you may be someone who will wear the same tattered and ripped-up boots season upon season.
Or you could be like me, who buys a pair and already wants to buy another because you have come across some that look too good to pass by.
It is all to do with the individual and their views on football boots. Some people simply view boots as shoes, and if they’re still wearable, that’s good enough for them.
However, why some people change their boots can be for the following reasons:
Starting To See Tears
No one likes to see the sole start to split or tears around the boot.
However when this happens its normally a good sign you need to switch out those boots for some new ones.
Now while a worn-out pair of football boots can still last years, I have some teammates who have worn the same boots their whole career.
But here is the thing, there is nothing worse in my experience than playing in wet conditions and having soaking feet.
This happens when your boots are falling apart, as they are no longer stitched together as well as they once were.
Something you can of course expect to happen over time.
I have had several occasions where the leather starts to come apart. Normally from either the front or the side.
As soon as I see this occur I straightaway start looking at new boots.
So that one I don’t need to worry further about the boots splitting even further and two I don’t have to suffer from saturated boots when it rains.
Growing Out Of Them
If you are growing out of your boots, then this is an indication that you need new football boots.
Playing football in too-small boots will be a painful experience as your toes will be curling up when you go to hit the ball.
Luckily I have reached a point where my feet have stopped growing, which means my boots last me much longer.
However, in my teen years, I would find myself at least buying a pair of new boots every year due to my size increasing.
This one likely doesn’t speak for most players because the top boots can be quite expensive.
However, here and there, new boots are released by sports brands, which come with new innovated technology.
It is cool, and it gets many people interested as not only is there a boost in tech but a new fresh colorway.
As I said, not everybody is enticed by new boots mainly because if you want to keep up with the times, it will cost you hundreds.
But if you play football weekly, then there is no harm in getting the newest boots 1/2 times a season.
How Often Should You Replace Your Football Boots?
Now typically and assuming you’re playing somewhat regular football, I would advise changing your boots once a season.
You may be thinking won’t that be expensive? Well, it will be if your buying top tier football boots as that will be about £250 a pair.
However, you can literally get football boots for less than £50, so you can go according to your budget.
The reason I say once a year is that regular football should see your boots wear out a fair bit, and when the next season comes round, you can therefore have a fresh start.
Now that once a year is what I would personally recommend and follow myself. However, if you’re playing a lot or even as little as once a year, you may have to change them more or less.
Using common-sense playing more will lead to your boots wearing out quicker, while not so much will likely have him close to the state you brought them in.
So let me talk you through the frequency of playing and how many times would be a good amount to change your boots by that.
Jumpers For Goalposts
At this level, you are likely only playing football now and then with your friends.
This is most likely to be at the local cage or park knocking a ball about.
If you are playing at this level, you likely aren’t wearing your boots more than once a week.
This means they aren’t wearing out as much and should last you a lot longer than someone who plays at a competitive level.
You will probably give away with only replacing your boots every 1-2 years.
3G or Astro Mini League
In the UK, there are various mini-leagues where people can take part in competitive football at a casual level.
These are for the footballers who only want to play a handful of times a month.
You will be playing on an artificial service at this level so that you will need either some AstroTurf football boots or firm ground boots.
So if your only taking part in a 6 side league down the local Astro here and there, your boots will likely last between 1 and 1.5 years.
If football is your life, you will likely be playing at least a Sunday/Saturday league level.
There is a bigger step up than the previous one when it comes to how many times you play.
Considering most teams in the FA leagues have a weekly training session, you will be playing at least 2 times a week.
At this level, you should be getting a good enough wage to change your boots on a fairly frequent basis.
Footballers at this level often get paid on a match basis.
This can be a couple of hundred pounds for every game they feature in.
So with that in mind and the fact you will play a lot of football, with multiple training sessions a week, it’s a good idea to change your boots a few times a season.
The semi-Pro level has big leagues consisting of around 26 teams a division.
This is an extra 10 games compared to the Premier League and with the increase in football.
It will wear your boots out much quicker than on a Saturday/Sunday league level.
That is just an average. However, most professional football players make a lot more than that, thanks to endorsements and sponsorships.
If you are at this level and wondering how many times I should change my boots, then really, it all depends on you.
You could change them every month, week or day, because of the money you are earning.
But even with the financial freedom being a top footballer gives you, changing 1/2 a month would mean your boots always stay fresh from wear and tear.
Is Changing Them Important?
You can buy a pair of boots and wear them for years. I know of a few people who, crazy enough, have worn the same pair for years.
But while that has helped them save money, after a few years of playing plenty of football, you will see a decline in the boots.
This, in turn, will have some effect on your performance.
For example, if the top of the boot is worn out, you might find it harder to control the ball like you could at the start.
Another aspect that could be worn out is the studs. They will start to wear away after time, meaning the traction isn’t as good anymore.
So I would definitely say it is important to change them.
Just bear in mind what I spoke about in the last section with how many times ideally you should, depending on the level you are at.
I do hope this brief guide on how often to change your boots has helped you out.
If you are still unsure and have a question for me, don’t hesitate to ask them below 🙂