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How to Create Your Own Soccer Shoes

author image Rogue Parrish
An award-winning writer and editor, Rogue Parrish has worked at the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and at newspapers from England to Alaska. This world adventurer and travel book author, who graduates summa cum laude in journalism from the University of Maryland, specializes in travel and food -- as well as sports and fitness. She's also a property manager and writes on DIY projects.
How to Create Your Own Soccer Shoes
Soccer cleats don't have to be plain vanilla. Photo Credit soccer shoe image by Daniel Gillies from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

The world's top soccer pros, from Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo to Ronaldhino and Ruud van Nistelrooy, don't buy soccer shoes in set sizes or off-the-rack colors. They have custom boots made based on computer models of each foot, with custom coloring and details. This is why when the pros play, their official uniform kit is consistent but their shoes might be any color or design. If you are willing to pay extra, you can approach the degree of customization that soccer pros enjoy with either a custom-made or custom-designed shoe.

Custom-Made Shoe

Step 1

Make an appointment with a customized soccer bootmaker, such as Prior & Lever or the Nike Boot Room, both in London, for a custom-fit shoe. Have your left and right foot scanned so the company can make a last, or form the shoe is built on.

Step 2

Discuss any injuries you have and special considerations, such as playing in a cold environment one week and a hot one the next, so the manufacturer can design a layering system for comfort. Inform the technician as whether the shoe will be used for training or match play.

Step 3

Wait four weeks while the company brings your customized form into the computer to design the upper, the outsole and the insock, and finish them by hand-constructing the shoes in Italy.

Custom-Designed Shoe

Step 1

Call up a blank shoe on the first page of the online design utilities, such as those provided by Nike iD, miAdidas and AuthenticSoccer.com.

Step 2

Provide your left foot size and width and your right foot size and width. Enter your preferred colors online for each individual panel of the uppers together and the laces.

Step 3

Select a style of shot shield, such as the aggressive pattern for bending shots, which will go on the shoe above the big toe area. Select the minimal shot shield for feeling the ball and placing gentle touch passes, and the standard for in-between shot shield. Add your request for lettering such as your name, your number or any slogans and specify where you want this stitching on the outsole.

Step 4

Select a cleat pattern. Specify whether you play on soft ground, firm ground or hard ground.

Step 5

Upload a scan of your team logo for placement. Allow three to four weeks for delivery.

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