That’s a question that comes up soon after buying a pair of premium football cleats costing almost $ 300.
If you are an active player, play 3-7 times a week, say seven, and only have one pair of high-end soccer cleats, you can expect them to last a full season (three at four months) and if you’re lucky maybe two seasons.
There are four main variables in determining the lifespan of your soccer cleats.
1. A lighter shoe will be less durable. The material is thinner and more likely to break faster than a heavier shoe.
2. The playing surface is important. If you buy firm ground cleats, they are designed for playing on firm grassy surfaces. It is not recommended to use them on artificial turf as this would be a safe way to break them before their time. Buy a pair of soccer cleats that are suitable for the surface you are playing on, whether it is firm ground, soft ground, artificial turf or indoors.
3. If you are an active player and play every day, it makes sense to get an extra pair of cleats so that the wear is evenly distributed between the two pairs.
4. Intensity of the game – here self-knowledge is key. You need to know if you are going out on the court just to play a few kicks, or a few side games, or if you like to play hard and move a lot on the court. In the latter scenario, no brand will last longer than another. You have to be realistic and admit that you are pretty tough on your shoes and therefore expect to replace them often. Basically your soccer cleats record is key here.
If you want your soccer cleats to last as long as possible, it is important to take good care of them. Here’s a maintenance regimen for soccer cleats
1. Break-in for new cleats can be accomplished by jogging in them during warm-ups or just before a game. The more you engage them, the more they will loosen up and offer the right fit.
2. Air dry the cleats after each game and fill them with newspaper to absorb moisture and maintain shape until they dry. They will crack if you expose them to the sun while drying.
3. Remove the removable cleats shortly after the game. Walking in it on any other surface dulls them and makes them useless in their function of providing you with grip.
4. Clean your soccer cleats shortly after the game, to prevent dirt and dust from settling in and damaging the leather. Carefully brush any dirt from the bumpy areas of the seams. If you use cleaning products, make sure they are gentle on your soccer cleats.
5. Regularly use leather footwear and leather creams to keep the leather uppers of your soccer cleats soft and supple.
6. Never subject them to hot water cleaning, as this will damage the shoes.