Old time football shoes used screw-in studs to stop players from slipping over on the grass surfaces. With the introduction of synthetic grass surfaces there has been a necessity it design a new style of football shoes sole, one that will be better suited to the synthetic grass surface.

There are a number of sports shoe brands that have come up with a hybrid type of football shoe that caters to both the synthetic grass and the natural grass surface. Puma has an extensive range of football shoes that have been specifically designed to be worn on artificial turf fields.

It’s important to wear a suitable pair of shoes that have been designed specifically for synthetic grass surfaces for a few important reasons. Firstly, it has been proven that players are able to move faster on synthetic grass compared to natural grass. This means that impacts are going to be harder for one thing, but there is a greater requirement that the shoes will be able to provide adequate stopping ability too.

Shoe manufacturers have to take into consideration the frictional forces that will be at play on synthetic grass. One of the factors involved with synthetic grass shoes that will be important for manufacturers is the question of how much torque is involved when a player stops and changes direction suddenly. The greater the torque involved, the more likely that a knee or an ankle will be given.

Torque is the stress that is placed on the joints during the high stress periods where the shoe sticks or grips to a synthetic grass surface. Studies have shoen that while there is a slightly higher level of torque involved on synthetic grass than there is on natural grass, the increase does not greatly increase the risk of injury to a player.