Every soccer player knows that football boots aren’t cheap. They’re the most important piece of equipment a footballer owns and to get value for your dollar you need to know how to look after those cleats properly.

Soccer Boot Stud Wear

Soccer cleats are made for wearing on the football pitch. The soles and their studs are designed to perform on natural grass or synthetic playing surfaces that do not provide a high level of abrasion. Soccer cleats are not made for wearing on tarmac or concrete. These harder surfaces will quickly grind down your studs and dramatically shorten the life of your boots.

Wear trainers when travelling to a game and only change into your boots when you’re on the pitch (not while you’re still in the parking lot!).

Cleaning Your Soccer Boots

Proper after-game cleaning and care will extend the life of your boots. The tips below show you how.

  1. Use a stiff brush to remove grass and soil. An old toothbrush is useful for getting at mud in seams and around studs.
  2. Wipe the boots with a damp cloth to remove all remaining traces of soil and dirt.
  3. If the boots are wet, stuff them with newspaper to absorb the moisture and prevent the leather shrinking as it dries. Leave the boots in an area with good air circulation, but away from any heat source. Putting boots near a heater to dry will cause the leather to become stiff and prone to cracking.
  4. After the body of the boot has dried, remove the studs (if they are removable) and ensure the threads (both on the stud and inside the sole) are dry by wiping with a cloth. If your studs are metal, apply a light coat of grease to prevent rusting. A small amount of lubricant can be wiped onto the threads as well.
  5. Replace the studs, making sure not to over-tighten as this may strip the threads.

Conditioning Soccer Boot Leather

Once your boots are properly cleaned and thoroughly dry you can apply an appropriate polish. Allow the polish to sit on the boots overnight for maximum absorption before wiping off. The oils contained in boot polish will nourish the leather and help keep it waterproof.

You can further condition your boots by applying dubbin or a natural leather oil after the polishing process.

Boot Storage

When not in use, keep your boots in a dry, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight. Don’t leave them wrapped in a plastic bag at the bottom of your wardrobe. Plastic will create a moist environment around the boots and prevent air circulation – both contributing factors to the growth of mould and mildew.

Simple Tips for a Long Life

By treating your soccer boots with respect and by brushing, wiping, polishing and conditioning them after each game, you’ll keep your boots in top condition and get the most out of your football dollar.

To learn more about caring for your soccer boots check out this video.

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  1. Papz says:

    I have some good memorable soccer boots that I had used 5years ago and there are some i have started collecting some for show. Unfortunately I have noticed some of my shoes has started cracking up on the studs and the leather starts to peel off. Appreciate if there any tips how to fix the cracks and prevent from happening…


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  2. Ginger says:

    hI, Can you let me know me the brand of “leather food” that you told on the video????

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