Football Boot Studs: Your Choices Explained


Posted 09th January 2014 - Posted in Club News

Football boots have been worn since the 1800s but it’s only since the 1950s that the football boots we’d recognise today began to be used. In 1954 Ali Dassler, founder of Adidas, added screw-in studs to the boot design, changing how boots were designed and used forever.

The two main types of studs are moulded and detachable studs and the type a player chooses will depend on their preferences and the conditions of the pitch. Moulded cleats are designed into the shoe whereas detachable studs can be changed or replaced when they have worn down. 

Below we take a look at some of the options for your footie boot studs.

·         Rubber or plastic round moulded studs

Small round studs which are moulded into the boot’s sole. These are a popular choice for ‘all round’ footie boots for amateur players and they are also an affordable choice. These boots are good for hard pitches but the downside of these studs is that once they have worn down, they can’t be replaced.

·         Plastic round screw-in studs

Similar to the above studs but these can be replaced if they wear down or if the player wants to swap the studs to suit a different terrain and conditions. The downside of these studs is that they can wear down quickly which may cause the studs to ‘sharpen’ and potentially cause injury to other players.

·         Metal screw-in studs

Aluminium and magnesium are a popular choice of material for screw-in studs or metal tipped plastic studs as they are lightweight and highly durable. Die-cast magnesium studs are used in many Adidas football boots, die-casting means the intricate shape can be achieved in one cast. Metal studs such as magnesium and aluminium can be replaced easily which means the boots last longer. Some amateur clubs don’t allow players to use metal studs as they are considered dangerous to other players.

·         Blades

In 1996 Adidas, with former Liverpool midfielder Craig Johnston, designed football boots with blades known as a Traxion soleplate which improved grip. Although there has been controversy over the safety of bladed boots they are still a popular choice for many players as they allow for quick turning and offer less resistance when sprinting. Blades feel quite different to studs and if you’re not used to them they can feel awkward. Blades have been blamed for injuries to top level players such as the metatarsal injured experienced by David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

When you’re choosing your boots, consider the terrain and conditions you’re likely to be playing on (wet and muddy are often the usual conditions in the UK!), the quality of the pitch and how often you’ll be playing.


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