by Gerrard Woods, Director, Sportsmart
Sportsmart stocks a wide range of children’s footwear for a variety of sports.
Our buying guides provide some useful information to help parents know what features to look for in shoes for their kids.
Our footwear staff can help with further information and fitting in-store, to help ensure kids get the best shoes for their needs.
The material that covers the upper of the boot. The most common upper materials are leather (kangaroo or cow) or synthetic.
Contributes to the overall comfort of the boot. Leather upper stretches and provides a better fit than synthetic materials, although it is not waterproof and must be cared for to be as durable as synthetic versions.
Studs are the objects that are raised from the outsole underneath a boot. There are three types available:
Hard ground – made from rubber and slightly soft
Firm ground – slightly longer than hard ground studs
Soft ground – generally made from metal or nylon that screw into the bottom of the boot. Suitable for wet and muddy surfaces.
Studs provide the grip on the playing surface. These days, as sports grounds are receiving less water, firm ground studs are the preferred choice. Make sure you choose an appropriate stud/sole for all the surfaces your child plays on. Check with your league about their rules with regard to studs.
How well the boots fit your child. As football involves kicking, the fit should be tight but comfortable.
Ensure your child tries on AFL boots with footy socks, as they are a lot thicker than regular socks. If you forget, Sportsmart has suitable try-on socks in store.