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The Boots of 2012

January 5th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »
Hi Everyone,
It’s time to do our yearly review on the footy boots of 2012. On Saturday we went down to Sporty’s Warehouse where we did a review on all the new stock of football boots coming in this year. Again, the same as last year, we didn’t do this review on what looks good, we did it on which boots may be better at preventing injury such as rolling the ankle, twisting the knee or developing heel pain which is very common. 

Me in front of the range at Sporty's Warehouse.

With advice from Ben, Darren, Chris and Nathan(Podiatrists to the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns) and Richard (my Dad and Sports Physio) and Hardy (Physio at the Suns and the Titans) we’ve reviewed the different brands of boots and made some recommendations on the best ones.
Amart All Sports and Sporty’s Warehouse have possibly the biggest range of football boots on the Gold Coast. I have bought all of my football boots there since Under 8′s and love the wide variety. If you came to this website through my flyer that I handed out, you will be eligible for a discount on any of the football boots stock. If you want to go to the any of their websites. Look at the links in the right-hand side of the page.
So here is our review…
ASICS:
The ASICS Gel Lethal was the pick of the bunch last year and it has some minor improvements which will make it a strong contender again this year.
Lethal 14 – Wide stud pattern and strong heel cusp and slightly heavier than the Ultimate 8′s. Great stable boot. Rounded stud pattern should give great grip in dry conditions.
Ultimate 8 -  Very Light with a wide stud pattern and a firm heel cusp. Slightly more flexible than the Lethal 14′s. They would suit someone with a neutral foot.(A foot that doesn’t collapse a lot at the arch).
Club 5 -  The stud pattern is the bladed type instead of traditional studs. Also has a circular stud pattern which may prevent you twisting your knee. Not too flexy and was the cheapest in the Asics Lethal range.

The Asics boots from to to bottom, Lethal 14, Ultimate 8 and Club 4

Tigreor – Light weight but the stud pattern was too narrow and the studs were too long(not good for dry conditions like on the Gold Coast, maybe good for Melbourne type conditions). We think this narrow stud pattern make the boot “tippy” which may lead to ankle injuries.

Notice how narrow the Tigreor's(right) are compared to the Ultimates(left)

Flash -  Model down from the tigreor with basically the same features but they are marginally more flexible. Again we didn’t really like this boot as much as the lethals.
Nike:
They seem to have the biggest range and the flashest boots. A lot of the boots were for soccer though so we only did the AFL ones.
T90 Boots-
Strike IV -  Little bit flexible for our liking, has the blade stud pattern and a semi firm heel cusp, the best thing about these boots is that the lace pattern is to the side slightly which would help with kicking the ball smoothly and straight.
Shoot IV - Model down from the Strike’s with the colour, weight and quality of leather being the only main difference

Notice the laces are to the side which we like because it may improve kicking accuracy.

Tiempo – Legends/Mystic/Naturals. – We couldn’t really tell any difference between the three except the quality of the leather and the weight. Same stud pattern, look exactly the same, same heel cusp… the list goes on.
Mercurial – Lightweight, bladed stud pattern, reasonably firm heel cusp, quitel a flexible mid sole and they llok prettey flash.

The Nike Boots from top to bottom T90 Strike IV, Tiempo and Mercurial

XBlades:
Sniper Beast – Slightly softer heel cusp then the Asics but the boot itself is quite firm and long studs which would suit wet grounds or long grass.
Wild Thing – Outragous colours extrely flexible no heel cusp and narrow stud pattern. Not the best choice…

Outrageous colours, much?

Legend Elite – The most solid out of all the XBlade range with a firm heel cusp and long studs. Too narrow for our liking.
Legend Max – Slightly deeper boot than most of the others, firm heel cusp, semi solid mid sole and quite a wide stud pattern. One of the best blade type boots.
Adrenalin – Virtually the same as the Legend max just not quite as deep.

The XBlade Boots, from top to bottom. Wild Thing, Sniper Beast and Legend Elite

Puma:
Powercat – Blade stud pattern, laces to the side, firm heel cusp, wide stud pattern and reasonably solid. A great all round boot.

The Powercat(top) has the laces on the side while the Ascics Ultimate 8's laces are in the centre

VI – A firm heel cusp, a little bit flexy, semi wide stud pattern and a cover over the laces.
V5 – Hell cusp reasonably firm mid sole is flexy and narrow stud pattern.
King Top K – A traditional moulded boot, cover over the laces-firm heel cusp, semi-wide stud pattern and reasonably solid. 

The Puma Range from top to bottom VI, Powercat and King Top K

Adidas:
F50 -  Super Lightweight but no support whatsoever, narrow stud pattern and no heel cusp.
F30 -  Heavier than the F50 again so support
F5 – Heavier than the F30 and again no support.

The Adidas F50 series from left to right. F5, F30 and F50

BE WARNED! The F50, F30 and F5 all say F50 on them. Do not be tricked! They are part of the F50 series but are not actually the F50 boot!
Predator – Firm heel cusp, blade stud design and it is the widest stud pattern out of all the blade pattern boots. Reasonably solid. I know these were popular in my team last year and I’m sure they will be popular again this year.
The Adidas Boots F50's at the top and Predators at the bottom.

The Adidas Boots F50's at the top and Predators at the bottom.

Diadora:
Taipan -  Firm heel cusp, solid mid sole, wide stud pattern and semi firm heel cusp. A great all round boot and only $59. A great budget option.
Zonda – Good firm heel cusp with a basic stud pattern and traditional studs. Pretty lightweight. Just what a football boot should be. Good for someone with a neutral foot.

The Budget Boot - The Diadora Taipan

Summary:
Okay, heres the verdict, the Asics boots are  the only boot that gives both good looks, and great quality. We reccomend this boot because of its support, wide stud pattern and firm heel cusp. These are all contributing factors to help preventing injury. The Nike, Puma, and Adidas boots are all basically the same. Look fantastic but lack support and are extemley light weight. Most of them have a narrow stud pattern which we feel make the boot more unstable on firm ground. The XBlades scored some good points and had some good features so are worth a look.
Thanks for reading this review and enjoy your new footy boots!
If you have any questions or would like us to do a review on a certain boot , please feel free to contact us.
Harris Newton.
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2 comments

  1. Elliott says:

    Ha mate,
    Im after a new pair of footy boots this year & found your review very helpful!
    Im a big fan of the Asics brand due to a history of shin splints.
    Where I live is a bit hard to try on the different Asics boots so I was wondering if you could give me some advice?
    I have previously own the gel lethal 12 but found them heavy at stages. Can you recommend the best shoe to support a wide foot but also to give me the support I need to avoid shin & calf problems again.
    Any help much appreciated.
    Elliott

  2. David says:

    Thanks Bro,

    I really rate your reviews even though I’m actually only playing social soccer, it’s also interesting to be able to read the previous year’s review as well.

    It’s refreshing to hear the boots reviewed from the practical perspective of body support and injury prevention.

    I’m sick of all the technical jargon about what light weight space age material they scraped of the bottom of a nuclear reactor somewhere, and specially formulated a cradle support, micro groove, kangaroo leather, xxtreme stud, anti slip, guaranteed warp speed, thrust spin, WHAT?

    Thanks for making choosing a pair so much easyier.

    David (Christchurch, NZ)

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