CORE PODIATRY GROUP FOOTBALL BOOT REVIEW 2019 @ Peninsula Sports Medicine Centre
written by SPORTS PODIATRIST Paul Karak and Matthew Gamble
FOOTBALL 2019 has seen some big changes in weight, stiffness and ultimately performance of the football boot. Choosing a boot this year gets trickier, but with help from Core Podiatry Group located @ PSM Group Langwarrin & Rosebud, and clinics in Cranbourne and Warragul too, we can help you select the right boot for your needs – ultimately preventing injuries that may have developed due to poor boot selection.
Below is a summary of some of our favourite football boots for 2019. This summary will provide you with a basic insight into footwear technology and models currently available.
Asics Gel Lethal Ultimate FF
Size 7-12, 13,14,15
The Gel Lethal Ultimate is a very well positioned shoe to protect the footballer from many impact-related injuries due to its full length 10 mm pitched cushioned Flytefoam Midsole. It’s Solyte Outsole has great torsional stiffness and good traction. It has great forefoot cushioning – something that no other brand of football boot has. It can fit an orthotic well with a deep heel counter and is our recommendation for the athlete returning from injury or with a long history of lower limb injuries, or playing on hard turf surfaces. Suits a wider foot
Asics Tigroer IT (FF / ST)
The Tigreor positions itself well as a more performance-based football boot weighing 250 grams, but with still some protective cushioning and a 10mm pitched flyte foam heel. It too has a deep heel counter to fit an orthoses and a firm /stiff last to protect the joints of the feet when running and changing direction. The upper is made of kangaroo leather too making it an extremely comfortable shoe. A real favourite of ours. A lower pitched shoe than Asics other boots.
Asics Lethal Flash IT
Sizes 7-12, 13,14,15
RRP $ 160.00
The Lethal Flash is a great entry football boot for Asics weighing in at 270 grams. It accommodates an orthoses well with its deep firm heel counter and with the addition of the HG 10mm pitched midsole, it protects the footballer from impact-related injuries. Its rear foot cushioning makes it an extremely comfortable football boot too. Its outsole plate has excellent torsion stiffness and is very responsive. The upper is made of calf leather that resists water well but does not slip when ball contact is made. Moulds well to foot. It is available in 3 colours which widen its appeal too.
Asics DS Light 3
Size : 6-12,13,14
RRP $ 200.00
The DS Light is a very lightweight and responsive boot with a Kangaroo leather upper/ Japanese synthetic leather for extreme comfort, yet stability. It is for the traditionalist with a zero grade midsole platform (no pitch) which separates it from all the other Asics boots. Not suitable for athletes with achilles or calf problems. Available 2 colours
Adidas predator 19.3 FG
Size :7- 13
RRP $ 129.00
The adidas predator is consistently a great boot. Its upper consists of a moulded firm deep heel (like the 18.3) that offers a snug fit for instinctive movement. Its upper although synthetic, is comfortable and has a snug elastic sock like fit . It is however a tighter fit than its previous 2018 model along the top of the foot and wouldn’t suit people with a high arch. It still provides improved ball handling than other branded boots, but not the texture of the 19.1 Again, it’s a zero grade platform unlike the Asics but it has great torsional stiffness (better than the 19.1) through its midsole.
Copa Gloro 19.1 and 19.3
RRP $ 259.99 and $99.99
Constructed with a kangaroo leather upper, the copa has a comfortable sock like fit and lacing system that wraps the foot for a snug, supportive fit. The Copa is available in two colour ways and has Control Vamp technology for enhanced ball contact and guide – a nice re-introduction to the adidas range. It has a wide fit toe box and features a POLYAMIDE constructed midsole for a light (230g) yet very stiff responsive feel. It has a zero drop platform like all adidas boots and would not suit an orthoses as its heel counter is too soft.
Puma Future 19.3 NETFIT FG / AG
RRP $ 119.99
Puma’s Future 19.3 and 19.4 are great performance boot. They have a firm, deep heel counter to accommodate an orthoses, and has torsional stiffness through its midsole to protect the foot when changing directions. Its netfit synthetic upper appears inflexible so ensure the fit is right. Its only negative would be its performance in the wet, appearing slippery on its upper when water and ball contact is applied. It is very light weight and responsive and it has a hybrid stud configuration that makes it suit most ground surfaces. It has a zero drop platform like the adidas range. (AG – artificial ground)
PUMA One 19.3 FG
RRP $ 110.00
Puma’s 18.3 is a great entry level boot by PUMA. It has a firm, deep heel counter to accommodate an orthoses, and has torsional stiffness through its midsole to protect the foot when changing directions. Its heavier and a little less stiff through the midsole than the Future 18.1, but It has a full grain leather upper making its fit extremely comfortable. The hybrid stud configuration is similar to the 18.1 that performed well on most surfaces. It can fit an orthoses with good depth and a firm heel counter. It has a zero drop platform
Asics Testimonial 4 IT
Asics Testimonial is a great all-round boot. It can accommodate an orthoses (although narrow through the arch of the boot) and is a lightweight boot coming in at 235 grams. It measures 12mm from the ground and has a solyte midsole for cushioning. Its upper is soft and conforming made of kangaroo leather. It is available in 4 colours.
For further information or bookings, please contact Core Podiatry:
Langwarrin (03) 9776 5576
Rosebud (03) 59 86 3655
Cranbourne (03) 59 96 1688 Warragul 56 22 1111