Soccer Boots (Soft Ground Cleats): Get Those Stud's Up!
Soccer Boots like Soft Ground Cleats can prove to be an important tool in the shed when you see the grey clouds of rain starting to form. It's unique design makes you comfortable even in the most uncomfortable situations, kinda like breaking up with your girlfriend while your new girlfriend is waiting for you in the car. Okay not quite but you get the gist.
Do Pro's Use Soft Ground Cleats?
Absolutely. Sometimes even if it doesn't rain pro's use six studs during their matches because now a days grounds crews water fields minutes before games. This makes the pitch slick as ice and if you don't have the soccer boots to withstand the conditions you'll be slipping your way out of the starting eleven.
At the pro level it's not always about the flash and glamour but more so about what works and what's smart. Using six studs when it's a damp field is not only smart but straight up does the job.
Can I Use my Multi-Stud Cleats Instead When it's Wet?
You can, but if you're that guy that changes his boots in the middle of a match because you didn't want to wear sixes you better hope it's not the last time you see a pitch.
In some cases you can use your multi-stud boots, they are multi stud for multi purpose situations and if it's not too damp out there they may do the trick for ya.
How Long Do Soft Ground Cleats Last?
It really depends on more than a few factors such as brand, use, quality, type of player etc. But in general terms six stud cleats can last a lot longer than regular multi-stud cleats because they are more of a speciality shoe and aren't used as often.
If you consider how often it rains to how often it doesn't you can see why these soccer boots would last up to three or four times longer than a regular everyday cleat.
If you're the type of player who takes care of their cleats such as washing them and putting protective cream on it when you're not playing then you can extend the life of them even longer then usual.
So what else is there to know about Soft Ground Cleats? Lots actually, below shows you the pros and cons, the why and why nots and the overall use and benefit of the boot, now lace em' up, it's your turn.
Do the Studs Come Out in Soft Ground Cleats?
They can, but not always. Some six stud soccer boots are removable and others aren't. I personally like the ones that are permanent because trying to lose a single cleat can be a hassle and having to worry about another piece of equipment is the last thing you need.
The ones that are removable allow you to switch studs for different field conditions and are quite versatile in that respect. But if you end up losing one of those studs on the pitch good luck finding it.
Soft Ground Cleat Specifications:
Cleat Upper: Leather or Synthetic
Cleat Sole: One piece
Stud Amount: 6-8
Stud Material: Metal, Hard Rubber
Stud Durability: Very Strong
Studs Removable: Yes
Suitable For: Soft Natural Surfaces, Damp Natural Surfaces
Weight: 7-15 oz.
Size and Width: All Shapes
When Should I Wear Them?
If you couldn't sleep the night before because it felt like Zeus himself was throwing down lightning bolts from a rain storm, the next day is usually a great time for Soft Grounds.
When the ground is very soft from rainfall, built up water spots or newly laid soft grass, these boots then come into play. So sharpen up those soccer boots when the pitch has been poured on, you're going to need them. Below is the different field conditions and how soft ground cleats perform on that pitch with a rating of Poor, Below Average, Average, Good, Perfect.
Hard Field: Poor/Below Average
Not too hard or Soft: Average
Some Rain Fall: Good
Damp Field: Perfect
Strengths and Weaknesses
Even Messi has his weaknesses, I think. A lot of cleats come down to player preference and of course one bad experience can ruin a shoe type for you. Oh I don't know maybe loosing a PK shootout with a certain boot may make you want to throw them into the river, but that doesn't mean it's a bad shoe now is it? Strengths and weaknesses of the soft ground soccer shoe.
-Comfortable and spacious
-Durable upper and lower body
-Studs are generally removable
-Tremendous traction with damp soft fields
-Can take a beating throughout a season
-An opponent will think twice before going into a challenge with you
-Not ideal for regular or firm fields
-Hassle to replace a lost stud
Whether you like six studs or not you're going to need a pair. Yes you might think that only defensive players or stuck in players need them but when you get to the highest of levels you realize why they are so important.
Now you know under which conditions your beloved Soft Grounds are ideal for. Don't go watering your lawn just to give those soccer boots a test run, okay it's fine you can, but be prepared to use them in a match too.