Here are some tips that will help you to help your budding footballer in his choice…
1. The Kind Of Surface
The first criterion to take into account is the type of surface you play on. Indeed, your child may have to play on a grass field (dry or wet depending on weather conditions), synthetic or mud grounds (the famous red ground!).
Choose an FG model with moulded studs for a good grip or an MG (mix ground) with a pivot point to facilitate the changes of direction and offering excellent grip. If your kid plays on artificial grass usually and very rarely on natural grass, go with the MG or AG stud pattern. They offer the right amount of grip and avoid injuries that can be caused due to excessive grip.
Get yourself HG shoes. The multi stud short rubber sole will guarantee optimum support for these grounds.
Opt for an SG model with aluminium studs to prevent it from slipping on each support and thus end up getting hurt.
2. Easy Lacing Technology
For the youngest, there are models with an easy lacing system. The rip-tab system built into the laces allows keeping the aesthetics of a football shoe while enjoying the practicality of rip-tab models.
Thus, young footballers can do their laces on their won and it avoids the coach to spend half of the session to help his players to make their laces.
3. Multi Ground Studs
Taking the advice from the podiatrist we worked with to develop the Agility 500 MG, we used hollow rounded studs for a lower weight. The sole is equipped with a pivot point to facilitate changes in direction and to offer excellent grip. The last stud on the outside of the sole is shorter to absorb impacts during heel strikes when children run, supporting a natural stride.
As far as the shoe is concerned, we work throughout the design process with a podiatrist specializing in sports, especially on the development of the sole. All our junior shoes are designed to be adapted to the morphology of the foot of the child who is not the same as in the adult (the shoe must be designed in particular to not hinder the growth of the foot of the player).
The duration of the development of a shoe at Kipsta is 18 months, of which 6 months are planned for the final tests, adjustments and industrialization of the product.