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Unleash Your Inner Champion: How to Find the Perfect AFL Boots in 2023

Hey there footy fans! With the AFL season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your gear, especially your footy boots. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the perfect pair? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

First things first, let’s talk about why it’s so important to find the right boots. Playing AFL is tough work, with lots of running, jumping, and sudden changes of direction. Wearing the wrong boots can not only affect your performance, but also put you at risk of injury. So, it’s worth taking the time to find the best ones for you. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Think about your position:

Depending on whether you’re a midfielder, forward, or defender, you may need different types of boots. Midfielders and forwards might prefer lighter boots that allow for quick movements, while defenders might want boots with more support and protection. Consider your position and playing style when choosing boots.

Get the right fit:

This is super important for both comfort and performance. Your boots should fit snugly but not be too tight, with enough room for your toes to move freely. Make sure you try on different sizes and styles to find the best fit for you, and wear them in before the season starts.

Look for quality materials:

High-quality materials like leather and synthetic fabrics can provide durability, comfort, and breathability. Look for boots with reinforced toe caps, padded collars, and other features that can enhance your performance and protect your feet.

Don’t be afraid to invest:

It’s true that good boots can be a bit pricey, but they’re definitely worth it if they help you perform better and avoid injuries. Think of it as an investment in your health and success as a footy player.

Each year we attempt to compile a list of boots to look out for this season. Here is what we came up with this year!

Performance Boots (Light weight and speed):

  • Nike Mercurial
  • Nike Tiempo
  • Adidas Copa Mundial
  • Adidas Predator

Support/Cushioned Boots (light weight and speed but more cushioned):

  • Asics Gel Lethal Tigreor
  • Asics Lethal Testimonial
  • Asics Gel Lethal 19

For kids:

  • Asics Lethal Flash (For Speed)
  • Asics Gel Lethal Ultimate (For Stability and Protection)

If you’ve suffered foot and ankle injuries and you’re after a boot that is stable and cushioned just like a running shoe, then the Gel Lethal Ultimate is the one for you. It may be a little heavier but it will have no trouble accommodating your orthotics and will be super supportive on your feet. Ultimately, when deciding which is the best boot, remember that how it fits and feels on your feet is also very important.

As a podiatrist (and as a former weekend warrior), I’ve seen the difference that the right pair of footy boots can make in preventing injury and improving performance. If you’re experiencing foot pain or discomfort during the season, don’t waste time, seek expert help from a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat any underlying issues.

So there you have it – some tips to help you find the perfect boots for the upcoming AFL season and even a few models and brands to get you started. Don’t settle for second best – go out there and kick some goals with the right gear!