Football boot stretching is essential.
Wearing the tightest boots, and trust me I know through personal experience, is not pleasant.
Instead of thinking about where that ball is going out of your feet.
You are thinking of how the side of your boots is hugging them a little more than you would like.
So here’s how to stretch them.
- Firstly a boot stretcher can help. It expands width & length, making them comfier. Insert it and adjust, then leave it for days.
- Wear thick socks while wearing boots around the house. This creates pressure that’ll loosen them. Use a hairdryer to warm them before donning the socks. The heat will make them easier to stretch.
- For leather boots, use leather conditioner. It softens leather and makes it more pliable. Apply it to a cloth and rub it in. Let it sit for hours before trying them on again.
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Why Is It Important To Stretch Football Boots?
Stretching football boots is essential for any footballer who wants to play with full freedom.
From my personal experience there is nothing worse then hobbling around a field.
With the thought in your head of how tight your football boots are, because they are hurting you.
Now stretching these boots out is important for a few reasons.
Which consist of:
1. Ease Discomfort
The first reason to stretch out football boots is to ease discomfort.
By doing this you will be able to move more freely on the pitch.
Hopefully minimizing the risk of getting injured.
While of course making your experience on the field a pleasant one.
So the last thing you want is to be stuck on that field and counting down the seconds till the game finishes.
Trust me I have been there myself.
So making your footballing experience as comfortable as possible.
By stretching out your boots is key.
2. Improve Your Feel And Control Of The Ball
Secondly you want to do it to give you the best control of the ball as possible.
When the upper of your football boot hugs your feet nicely.
This will result in a much better experience when playing the game.
Now how tight you want it will depend on your preference.
You of course don’t want it to squeeze your feet.
But from my experience having a tight fit, will give you the closest impact to the ball.
Which in turn will lead to having a better touch, control and passing, etc.
This is why its important to stretch them out to this point.
Preparing The Boots For Stretching
So you have brought a new pair of boots, or have an existing pair that needs stretching.
Well here is the 3 steps to get you started:
- If you have already used the boots, make sure you have cleaned them brushing off any dirt or mud.
- Next place a leather conditioner or stretcher within the upper.
- You can now start the process of stretching it by turning knobs.
Also, you can put on thick socks while wearing the boots afterwards.
Leave them be for 24 hours so they can adjust and conform to your foot shape, for maximum comfort and no blisters!
Methods for stretching football boots
But in order to fix this issue by stretching them out you can use many different methods
So let me take you through the best and most effective way I have found for reaching that desired fit.
- Step 1: Identifying Material: It’s important to figure out what kind of material the boots are made from. This helps pick the best stretching method. Leather is easier to stretch than synthetic.
- Step 2: Moisture and Heat: Spray water on the boots or wear damp socks inside them. Wear them and walk around for 20-30 minutes. This will soften the material, making it easier to stretch.
- Step 3: Boot Stretcher or Ice Bags: Get a boot stretcher and insert it into areas that need stretching. Turn the knob gradually until you feel a gentle stretch.
- If you don’t have a boot stretcher, fill freezer bags with water, put them in the boots, squeeze out the air, and freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it expands, stretching the boots gradually.
- Wearing football socks can help you stretch them out
- You could use a blow dryer to lightly heat the surface, which will the boots more malleable.
From my personal experience I have found that wearing football socks and using them in a training session is enough to stretch them.
Running around with the thicker socks inside was enough to help me get used to them and to allow the boots to conform to the shape of my feet.
It is worth noting that I mostly wear Nike football boots that are made of synthetic material.
So not only will it depend on what boots you are wearing.
But also the shape of your foot too.
As some of the methods I highlighted may be more effective for you.
However by following them you will be able to stretch your football boots.
While doing no damage to the boots.
Plus without you needing to go through a discomforting experience on the pitch.
If you want more info on how to make your football boots more comfortable.
I found this video where Jay from Unisport does a good job of showing you exactly how you can achieve that.
Tips for effective stretching
Now if you want to get your boots stretched just right, without doing damage to them.
Well its important to take your time.
After all boots are a costly investment nowadays, so you don’t want to rush the process.
So what you can do is the following:
- Place your football boots on a flat surface, and put them on. See how they fit and identify the areas that are too tight for you.
- Buy a stretcher (here is one I recommend) and place it in the boots to slowly stretch out the tight areas.
- Opt for wearing football socks then normal socks, to get a feel or what they will feel like on matchday. From here if there made of leather lightly heat them.
- While you have the boots on, wiggle your feet around to get better adjusted to the shape of the boots
- Lastly place your boots in the sun, so they can set to the new shape you’ve created.
Now I must reinforce that you must not rush this process.
After all if you run into further issues with the boots later down the line.
Last thing you want to do is, void any warranty on them.
Or even worse split them before you have even played them.
So take your time has you go through each step.
Common Mistakes To Avoid
Alot of footballers make mistakes when it comes to stretching out there football boots.
Firstly has we spoke about above, they rush the process or don’t follow the steps in order.
But there are other mistakes players typically make.
- – Not using a shoe stretcher at all. This is needed for some types of boots/feet
- – Stretch the boot too much. Remember that if you stretch them too much you can’t go back. So stretch them only a little bit at a time.
- – Not putting water on the boots before stretching them. This is important as you will need the material at its most flexible
Lastly you don’t want to be overheating your boots, when putting any heat on them.
So make sure you have the right setting set on your hairdryer.
The last thing you want is for your beautiful boots to turn into this really soft plastic, especially if there synthetic.
Final Thoughts On Stretching Football Boots
I hope this guide has helped you with the process of stetching your football boots.
So go ahead and tailor those boots of yours to your preference.
Just remember that this process is key.
Its going to help you get the most out of your game.
Whether that be from a playing point of view, with increased grip and stability.
Or from a comfort view in making them easier on the feet.
All the methods I have listed will help you in the process of stretching your football boots.
Just make sure to take care of them, as when it comes to football.
They are your baby.
So don’t skip over and steps, and go through extra slow.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ: How to Stretch Football Boots
Q: Why is it necessary to stretch football boots?
A: Stretching football boots is an important process to go through with every pair of boots, in order to minimize the risk of injury, protect your feet from blisters, give you a better fit while providing comfort to the player.
Q: How can I stretch my football boots?
A: There are many ways to stretch your football boots. The methods I use first are the boot stretcher or using thick socks and having a run around in them to ease them in gently.
Q: How long should I wear thick socks with my boots to stretch them?
A: It is recommended that you wear your boots with a pair of thick socks for 20-30 minutes. It is also better to do this within a training session or on some local pitch. That way you aren’t spending the early parts of a game just stretching out your football boots.
Q: Can I use a boot stretcher to stretch both the length and width of my football boots?
A: Yes, a boot stretcher will help you get adjusted to the length and width of any football boots. In order to get the best results, I would go over the instructions of the boot stretcher that you buy, as each will be slightly different.
Q: Are there any specific stretching sprays that work best for football boots?
A: Yes you can use stretching sprays instead of a stretcher, however you will need to make sure you buy one that is specifically compatible with football boots.
Q: Is it safe to use heat to stretch my football boots?
A: You can apply heat to football boots, but you will need to be careful. It is advised to use a hairdryer and not just blast it on a high setting. Instead put it on a low heat and keep the dryer raised from the boot, for best results. Applying too much heat may though damage your boots, so do be cautious with this approach.