Here’s to kick- offs, goals, shootouts, the smell of wet grass, early mornings , countless hours of practice, shin pads, big passes, loud chanting, new kit, sniping shots, corner kicks, coaches, passion & off course FOOTBALL SHOES.
Football boots, called cleats or soccer shoes in North America are specially designed for grass pitches have studs on the outsole to aid grip. From simple and humble beginnings these shoes have come a long way and today find themselves subject to much research, development, sponsorship and marketing at the heart of a multi-national global industry.
First football Shoes
The earliest recorded soccer cleats were those of British King Henry VIII in 1526, made by his personal shoemaker Cornelius Johnson in 1525, at a cost of £100 ( ₹8412) in today’s money.
Past, Present & Future
Football boot styles remained relatively constant throughout the 1900’s up to the end of the second world war. Later in 1950s lighter and more flexible shoes being worn by the South Americans whose ball skills and technical ability amazed the whole world.
One side where lower cut design were introduced in 1960s, 1970 brought lighter boots and a variety of colors, including for the first time, the all-white football boot.
In 1979, Adidas produced the world’s best selling football boot the Copa Mundial, built of kangaroo leather and built for speed and versatility.
In 1980, former player Craig Johnston, created the Predator, which was eventually released by Adidas in the 1990’s.
1990 was the time when football makers tried to hold all the aces. Adidas released tapered shaped blades and wedge shaped studs. Puma hit back with a foam-free midsole football boot, known as Puma Cell Technology. Nike, made significant entry with its Nike Mercurial soccer boot (1998), weighing in at just 200g.
Though Puma, Nike and Adidas (incorporating Reebok since 2006) ruled the market in 2000, the era saw new research and developments, Nomis Wet control technology producing a sticky boot (2002), the Craig Johnston Pig Boot (2003), shark technology by Kelme (2006) and Lotto Zhero Gravity laceless football boots (2006).
Current market’s favorite include Adidas’ F50, Tunit and Predator; Nike’s Mercurial Vapor III, Air Zoom Total 90s and Tiempo Ronaldinho, Reebok Pro Rage and Umbro X Boots.
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All we can predict for the future is integration with sensor technology, automatic lacing, high balancing, lighter and more powerful football boots and more outlandish designs and styles.
Dos and Dont’s When Buying Football Boots
- DO – Choose the Right Boots for the Surface You Play On
- DO – Pick Your Football Boots According to the Position You Play
- DON’T – Take a Chance on the Size
- DO – Pay Attention to the Shape of Your Feet
- DON’T – Buy a Pair of Football Boots Because Your Favorite Player Wears Them
Now, before curiosity kills the cat, I would love to tell what impelled me to write a post dedicated to soccer shoes. Reason is my partner at iDreamShoes… who luckily is my partner in life too 🙂 and a CR7 fan. Here are some of his pictures with his soccer shoes.
& his group of football enthusiasts!!
Eat, Sleep & Play Football in your best soccer shoes!