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Best soft ground football boots 2022

Thanks to endless wet weather, you’re staring at a quagmire. It’s time to grab the best pair of soft ground football boots possible.

Best soft ground football boots

We don’t mean to start on a brutal note, but… summer’s most definitely over. There’s the rain, the sleet, the mud; all the great seasonal joys returning with a vengeance.

The pitches that you grace on a weekly basis will soon remind you of warm melted chocolate, and not in the good sense of that image. It looks like it’s time to bite the bullet, and invest in a decent pair of soft ground football boots. Without spending too much, obviously.

Your current pair of boots are simply not going to stand up to the test through the wetter months, so we’re here to direct you towards some bargains of the longer-studded variety. You can thank us later, when you’ve managed to spin on a sixpence in your local mud bath. Here we go...

Why do you need soft ground football boots?

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Firstly, you need to know exactly when to buy and use soft ground football boots. In a perfect world, you should be prepared by mid-October at the very latest with a pair of soft ground (SG) boots, especially with the inevitable turn in British weather.

Soft ground boots are usually metal studded; they are built for wet, sloppy pitches that have taken a beating by the climate. Firm ground boots should only be used on hard, dry pitches or artificial surfaces.

It is vital that you have a pair of SG football boots for the winter months, right up until March or April when the weather starts to change once more. Only then, can those trusty firm ground boots come out to play again. If you need to know more, we’ve got a handy guide for surface types on our blog.

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The best soft ground football boots

5. adidas X Speedflow+ SG

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Just because it’s muddy, it doesn’t mean you can’t turn on the afterburners. The lightweight adidas X Speedflow+ is trusted by a long reel of big game players, including Messi, Salah and Benzema. Can’t be that bad then, eh?

You can get toned-down versions which are still packed with enough tech to help you perform on demand too. And they also have those lovely long, metal studs. There are more colours and even laced versions of adidas X to choose from, so go grab ‘em now.

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4. Nike Phantom GT2 SG

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Can they do it on a cold, wet Tuesday in Stoke? You bet. The extremely popular GT silo from Nike has received an update, and the GT2 is more than capable of trudging in the dirt. The anti-clog tech on the sole of these boots will help stop you from turning into the next grassroots' Bambi on ice.

Made with synthetic uppers, this Phantom GT2 will wipe clean without any fuss, following those tough tests down the local park. Available in many different colours at a range of prices, they’re certainly durable enough to see you through until brighter days arrive.

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3. Puma Ultra 1.3 SG

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We can’t have sun in the sky, but we can definitely have the sun on our feet. These lively citrus-style Puma Ultra boots have been much-loved since their release, you can ask Antoine Griezmann and Nikita Parris to back that comment up. And they happily would.

There are plenty of takedown versions and colours available but this 1.3 version is packed with tech. It includes a lightweight ULTRAcut x MATRYXEVO woven upper, internal SPEEDCAGE and GripControl Pro coating (perfect for those sodden afternoons). Plus, those studs are absolutely massive.

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2. Nike Tiempo Legend 9 SG

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More often than not, football boot connoisseurs will yell their opinions about laying off making changes to the classics. They’ve all shut up now though, as the new Nike Tiempo has gone down a storm with players, bringing a fresh, modern dynamic to the design.

With the Elite version, you'll get a plush kangaroo leather upper, anti-clog stud formation and the lightest Tiempo ever made. Not too shabby. The silverware-hoarding likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Jorginho and Gerard Piqué can attest to the Legend 9’s quality on the pitch. Off it, you just need to look at the picture. Beautiful.

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1. adidas Predator Freak+ SG

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If you want to make a bold statement in the depths of winter, your boot is right here. Trusted by midfield maestro Paul Pogba, the adidas Predator Freak can deliver results across the short grass and the deep swamps. They look a bit mythical, but it’s no myth that they are a top quality silo.

The Demonscale 2.0 across the forefoot will help aid control in torrid conditions, alongside those large conical metal studs for more purchase underfoot. The Elite model is pricey, but there are plenty of cheaper Predator options to choose from. It’s time to pounce with these.

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What about soft ground boots for kids?

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Unlike adult-sized boots, there are only a few soft ground options available on the market for kids. Again, on FOOTY.COM (unlike in your child's room) we have made finding them as simple as possible.

On the filter for the soft ground boots page, you can simply choose the ‘kids’ option under ‘gender’ to bring up a soft ground selection; all you have to do is pick the pair they'll want!

Both adidas and Nike offer some great boots for kids to wear out on their mini-soccer fields, and we’ve even created some in-depth information on which football boots are best for your kids on our blog too.

How can I find cheap boots for soft ground?

You can easily find soft ground football boots on FOOTY.COM, simply by selecting the ‘soft ground’ option under ‘surface type’ on the filter menu of our football boot product pages – it really is as easy as that!

We’ll then do all the hard work for you, searching the web for the best deals on soft ground boots at the lowest prices. Sometimes it can be tough to find a bargain, but not when you’re with FOOTY.COM.

Alternatively, we’ve grouped together all soft ground boots in one handy page. That collection is updated daily, so be sure to bookmark the page if you're on the lookout for something in particular. We’ve even got every SG model from Nike, adidas and Puma.

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Kevan Thorpe

Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.