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Kai Forbath’s kicking shoe is three sizes smaller than his regular shoe

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Nick Sundberg does an online show for Sports Evolution Radio, and this week he had Redskins kicker Kai Forbath on to chat about a myriad of random things. 

Like the fact that Forbath is Sundberg’s fantasy football kicker, and which couple is better — Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris or Cory Matthews and Topenga. They also figured out who can hold their breath the longest, which is great listening for an audio-only podcast. 

Forbath did reveal an interesting nugget of information during the conversation. On his plant foot, he wears a football shoe in his normal shoe size of 10.5. His kicking shoe is a size 7.5 soccer cleat.

“I go through a little process with it,” he explained. “We have this shoe oven. I think it’s initially made for hockey skates. You put the shoe in the oven for about 10 minutes, take it out, put it on real quick while it’s still burning hot. And I have to jam my foot in and wear it around for about 10 minutes. I do it again the next day. And then I kick in it for about 10 minutes a day for two weeks until it’s finally somewhat comfortable. So it’s about a two week process to break in each shoe.”

The kicker, who goes through about three shoes a season, confirmed what you probably already guessed. It’s uncomfortable. 

“The surface it creates when you squeeze [your foot into the shoe], it’s a real hard surface which obviously makes the pop on the ball a lot stronger,” he said. “You know, you’re trying to get every yard you can get. People have been doing it for a long time now. It’s horrible. I shave the inside cleats off, so my foot is slanted as I walk on it too. When I look down, I still can’t believe how it fits in there.”  

Forbath promised a side-by-side pic of his mis-matched game day feet. I’ll keep you posted if he follows through.                                            



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