About a month ago, I posted a rant about 5v5. When I mentioned that I almost never bought boots, at least two people were surprised. One month later, those very posts inspired me to make this discussion. Without further ado, does anyone here not buy boots, and why do you build or not build boots?
My reasoning for not building boots
As I’ve stated in my rant, I don’t build boots because all of that extra mobility is useless in fights, as the mobility doesn’t make up for the extra damage you could do with an offensive item or the extra utility a utility item can give you. The only boots I even think about buying is War Treads, and even then, I only rarely buy them as either Phinn or Ardan, as they benefit the most from it, imo. I know that you could more easily run away from fights with boots, but if you do run away, at least one enemy will focus on you, especially if you’re low on health, and at that point, everyone on the enemy team within range will likely suddenly shift priorities from jerking off with your allies or whatever they’re fighting to deleting you from the game. What can aggravate this is if everyone on your team, including you, is fleeing, because no one is holding the enemy off and are too busy being mobile target practice for the enemy. You could say that building War Treads could help in this situation, but the three problems I have with that is that the extra mobility is useless if you or your allies get stunned or slowed, your allies could run out of War Tread’s range, and that running away will most often only prolong your immediate demise. As for Junglers or Laners, having extra damage will often be in your favor, as dealing higher damage will give you a much better chance of forcing the enemy to retreat, as you are able to delete them faster than they can to you. I also believe that the extra health provided by boots is meaningless.
tl;dr, I believe that being slightly faster doesn’t mean anything if the enemy can kill you faster than you can kill them.