With the news of German footballing giant Adidas announcing they'll release a football boot that'll weigh an unbelievable 99 grams, I wondered whether football boots are becoming too lightweight.
The Adidas f50 adizero 99g will be released in limited quantities in 2015. However, with an upper material that's only 1mm thick (or should I say thin!) it's surely not going to be the safest option for players of any level?
Metatarsal injuries are becoming more and more common in the modern game and this pattern is seemingly parallel to that of the amount of light boots being released.
Most of these injuries happen because the footwear being worn is less protective and less responsive. When Wayne Rooney fractured his metatarsal, which caused him to miss the start of the World Cup, many thought it was due to the boots being not supportive enough.
I feel that when the companies had one of two boot silos they had the right balance and players of all levels could choose if they wanted to sacrifice weight for more of a lock-down feel.
Now, however, all new boot silos brought out are geared towards having a lightweight feel. This has arguably caused many customers and professional players to move into something else.
Take the infamous Adidas Predator series for example. Players like Steven Gerrard have moved away from the boot silo once it became more lightweight and unstable.
Arguably the best way to show that lightweight boots aren't necessarily the way forward is to look at the most successful and popular boot on the market - the Adidas Copa Mundial.
This iconic boot has been around since it was worn by Franz Beckenbauer in 1979 and hasn't changed since. Weighing around 300g it isn't heavy for a shoe but is still popular. Will wearing this over a lighter equivalent weigh you down? Not at all.
Many argue, however, that lightweight boots are a preference for some players and not all players have to wear them. Also that boots are becoming more light for a reason - they do perform well. Psychologically and physically, boots that are light feel great and you do feel like it's easier to run in them.
As an owner of lightweight boots myself, I know that when you put on those ultralight boots for the first time you feel like you're walking on clouds. However, the novelty wears off after a few matches. Players should just play in what's comfortable for them, not the lightest.
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