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Soccer Boot Care



Fit

Boots should fit snugly in the heel and the toe. A snug fit improves both performance and comfort. Comfort is the driving factor and the more natural the boots feel on your feet the more comfortable you’ll be on the field. The width and feel of shoes varies with manufacturers and models. Keep in mind the material of the shoe in determining fit. You can expect high-quality, natural leathers to stretch some. Therefore, they should definitely be snug when new. As a note to parents of junior players: We do not recommend buying shoes too large for players to “grow into.” An overly large or poorly fitting shoe can contribute to accidents or injury as players push themselves to their limits


Types of Boots

Kangaroo: Kangaroo leather is a soft leather that stretches and molds to the foot. It is the most expensive and results in a pricier boot. It is lightweight and high quality. Shoes made of Kangaroo leather are the most comfortable you will own, however you sacrifice some durability and shoes made of Kangaroo leather usually will not last very long.
Calfskin /Full-Grain: Calfskin is not supple like kangaroo leather but it is much more durable. It is heavier that kangaroo and will not stretch as much. However it is tough and boots made of calfskin usually fall into the mid-price range.
Synthetic: More durable than leather and does not stretch to fit the foot. A synthetic material is typically lighter weight than leather and does not need to be maintained as frequently.  The pricier the synthetic boot, the softer the material feels on the foot.


Care

After you finish a training session or match, you’ll want to prepare your boots for their next wearing. Taking care of your boots improves their performance and wearable life. Immediately after play, lightly knock any excessive mud and dirt off your boots. This is important because mud can draw moisture out of the leather and ruin it. When you get your boots home, make sure they are dry. To properly dry them, fill them with newspaper, taking care not to overstuff them, and place them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. When shoes are heat-dried, they can dry out, stiffen, and age prematurely. After they are dry, make sure they are clean by brushing and wiping them inside and out. Use an old toothbrush to remove dirt caked into crevices.  Once dry, natural leather boots should be treated with a conditioner to help prolong their life. Store your boots in a breathable shoe bag - never in a plastic bag, which traps moisture.


How Long Should My Boots Last?

A soccer boot should typically last for one season if it is a higher grade boot.  The softer and more supple the leather or more lightweight the material, the quicker it will wear out. If a boot is not the highest grade leather or synthetic material, it may last longer with the proper care.



Durability

The upper is the part of the shoe that contacts the ball. Uppers are made out of a variety of different natural and synthetic leathers. Both offer a wide range of feel and durability. The softer the leather is, the better the touch tends to be. Unfortunately, the best touch often times means lesser durability.


Returnable?

Many variables such as weather, lack of care, size of person, etc. can have negative impacts on the quality and lifespan of a soccer boot.  Gazelle Sports highly recommends that you take the time to properly fit and test a soccer boot before use.  We recommend a process of steps to get from out of the box to into a game.  A player should first wear the boot while watching television or moving throughout the home.  Next, a player should wear the boot while outside and juggling a soccer ball. Only after these first initial uses should a player wear the boot to practice and then in a game.  In case of a manufacturer defect, we will return all boots.