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Are you wondering how to repair split football boots?
In this post, I will be taking you through how to do exactly that and other potential solutions that can help you out.
Now I know how frustrating it can be to tear your football boots, it’s almost always accidental, and for the most part, there isn’t much you can do about it.
While boots are made to be sturdy over time, it’s only natural that they will tear, as they aren’t designed to last a lifetime of footy.
So with that said, let’s get right into the post where I will be offering help and advice based on my experiences with this issue.
How Do Football Boots Rip?
Football boots can rip due to many reasons. There isn’t just one reason or a way for boots to start ripping away from the rest of the boot.
Now the most common way for boots to rip is sole separation, which, just as it sounds, involves the sole splitting away from the rest of the boot.
When this happens, it can be quite frustrating, as once you notice that small rip over time of playing more football, it will slowly get bigger.
The reason why is because of the movement of your feet.
While with football boots, you have that locked-in feeling, you are still able to wiggle your feet around.
So because of all the movement, any tears or rips that occur will start to deteriorate quicker.
The second way boots can rip, which I have experienced a few times playing Sunday league, is through rips on the upper.
These had happened when an opposition player left their foot in on me and caught the top of my boot with metal studs causing them to rip.
When these rips, they don’t have as much effect as sole separation, and most of the time, you should still be able to play on for months.
However, it is still unpleasant to look especially if you have newish football boots.
So when this happens, I always recommend contacting the brand to see if they can replace or fix them for you.
How To Repair Split Football Boots?
You do have a few options available to you to go about fixing your boots.
While these solutions can sort the problem out, they are more short-term fixes than long-term fixes.
That is because if you’re experiencing big tears in the sole.
There isn’t a great deal you can do to sort it out to stop splitting anymore.
You can use tools that will keep the sole in place.
But you will always need to buy more of it, and at that point, I’m not sure if it’s really worth it.
With that said, I will go over some solutions that I suggest, plus I have found elsewhere to work with other footballers to help you out.
1. Contact The Brand
Now before you even start touching your boots, trying to make them better.
The best thing to do first is to evaluate the options of getting them either replaced or refunded.
If the rip is because of a manufacturer issue, where the sole has started to split only a few months after buying them.
Then you can, the majority of the time can get something done about it.
From my experience using Nike mostly, they have a very good support team that handles any issues you have with your football boots.
Some have split and torn at places, and when that has happened, I have very quickly been offered refunds in return for sending them back.
So the first piece of advice is to check your warranty/insurance/refund policy with the boots brand.
Even if you don’t qualify for either of these three.
You may get help as a goodwill gesture on the off chance, so I always recommend going that route first.
If you have either had your football boots years or simply just want a quick fix.
Then gorilla glue will be the best glue to repair football boots that you have as a quick temporary fix.
Since boots are stitched together, putting glue where the rip won’t keep it in place for months.
In fact, you may be lucky to get through 90 minutes of football.
However, if you are limited on options and do have some strong glue in the house, it’s always worth giving a try.
One of the most common pieces of equipment that are found at football clubs nowadays is tape.
Now tape is a very popular solution for footballers who have loose socks and want to keep them in place, so they will put tape around them to stop them from falling beyond a certain point.
It’s also kind of common for it to be used on football boots.
From my experience, there is always one player in the team who puts on tape around their knackered boots before a game.
Just like the glue, it will do the job temporarily. However, I will be honest, I have never been a fan of it.
That is because when you put a lot of tape on your boots in an attempt to keep them fixed together, it can put pressure on your feet and can make the football boots feel too tight.
4. Football Boot Repair Shop
Another way that you can go about repairing ripped football boots is by taking them to a local shoe repair shop.
With these shops, instead of putting glue and tape on them, they should be able to repair the parts of the boot that are damaged.
So if the sole is damaged, then stitching it back together shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
For this approach, you will likely need to have a look either online or around your town for shops to see if there are any decent shops.
Depending on the price, and as long as it’s nowhere near the price of the football boots you paid, it could be worth giving it a try.
If it would cost even half of the amount you paid for the boots to get them repaired, it could be worth changing your football boots for some new ones.
I hope this helped give you the answers on how to repair split football boots that you may have.
Now, if you do have any further questions to ask or what to chime in with any other solutions that can be added to the post, do let me know below 🙂