| Written By Nick Giles

Neon boots won’t make you BETTR #GetReal

Disclaimer: we actually like neon boots…

But they won’t make you a better footballer.

Rewind to 1992…the Premier League has just been established, Aston Villa are the second best team in the country, and black boots still dominate the boot room.

By the mid-nineties, the neon revolution is in full swing. You only have to look as far as Kappa, Diadora and Lotto to see brands experimenting with neon branding and sole plates. 

By the mid-noughties, players such as Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo all had their own range of eye-catching boots, challenging the status-quo of football boots. Neon boots were becoming increasingly popular amongst youngsters, and not everybody was a fan.

Sir Alex Ferguson, whilst Manager of Manchester United FC, banned ‘coloured boots’ from the clubs’ Academy as he didn’t want the players “getting too flash”.

Sir Alex wasn’t the only high profile individual to ban neon boots. In a ‘drive for excellence’ Manchester City FC put a stop to Academy players wearing neon boots. 

In the modern game, neon boots do have their place, for those who have the skills and ability to back it up. But in the pursuit of improvement, players should be focusing on areas of their game that are measurable such as; total distance, sprint distance, top speed and power plays.

Tech in football has been rapidly growing, for 15 years we’ve been collecting the data to improve footballers. If you’re willing to put in the work, we can help (without flashy boots).

Start by wearing a GPS vest, tracking your session and review your performance metrics. Leave guesswork to the amateurs. Over time you can analyse your metrics (such as top speed) and use drills/recovery advice to improve. 

Players who use PLAYR have seen incredible improvements after only three months:

You can’t improve what you don’t measure.

Learn more about how PLAYR can improve your game.