Football boots date back to the time of King Henry VIII. His majesty requested several pairs in 1526…45 velvet pairs and 1 leather pair for football. Since that time soccer boots have changed to be a vital part of the sport and today they’re made using materials such as carbon fiber and man made leather.
Like football itself football boots have been through a great deal of improvements over the years. Just before 1891 studs…blades or any form of sole were not allowed. Following 1891 changes…studs and blades became legal providing they were crafted from leather but not as big as one half an inch. These types of studs and blades had been originally hammered into the boots and professional players of the time had many pairs with various stud lengths which has become the first time football boots have changed.
The next development started in the mid-1950s and it is one of the most controversial. Soccer history mentioned that throughout the 1950’s in Switzerland…Adidas who has been Germany’s shoe provider kitted the German team with the very first ever screw-in-studs soccer boots. However…Puma have counter believed they had been supplying screw-in-studs around 1952. But whoever invented screw-in-studs the second advancement has been the invention of the screw-in-studs shoes.
However…between 1950 and 1960 soccer boot design took a giant step forward and shoes really begun to make a difference on the game. In Northern Europe football boots still had the ankle protection…and the actual explanation they were called boots. However…in South America the boots were much more flexible and lighter with no need of ankle protection. It was a boot designed to raise soccer ball control… boost kicking power and make players move faster and change direction quicker.
This company Adidas then created the latest type of soccer shoe which had more grip between the ball and shoe and as well as larger contact areas…and a series of power and swerve zones…it allowed players to produce better swerves plus more powerful strikes of the ball.
This particular technology has been just the beginning of what was to come. Polymer extrusion technologies along with materials permitted the design of a extra flexible sole…and studs were replaced by blades that offered players much more stability. Today there are football boots that weigh only 200g and with each passing football season…the football boots are getting more and more advanced…and now there are carbon sole plates adaptive studs that will extend and retract by up to 3mm.
Looking to the future there is likely to be advances to football shoe technology which will make the players perform better still and perhaps boots that may respond to certain pitch conditions…whether that be rainfall over the game or the pitch getting drier…the shoes can adjust accordingly.
Shoe engineering has come such a long way since King Henry VIII and who knows what other aspects of football will evolve like football shoes.