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King Henry VIII in 1526
King Henry VIII’s football boots were listed within the Great Wardrobe of 1526, a shopping list of the day. They were made by his personal shoemaker Cornelius Johnson in 1525, at a cost of 4 shillings.
Players would wear their hard, leather work boots, which were long laced and steel toe-capped as the first football boots. Over time, laws became integrated in the late 1800′s and saw the first shift in football boots to a slipper (or soccus) style shoe, with players of the same team starting to wear the same boots for the first time. Laws also allowed for studs, which had to be rounded.
The 1900′s to 1940′s
Styles remained constant throughout the 1900′s up to the end of the Second World War. The first part of the twentieth century saw the formation of several football boot producers who are still making football boots today, including Gola (1905), Valsport (1920) and Danish football boot maker Hummel (1923).
The 1940′s to 1960′s
This era saw the lighter, more flexible football boot being worn by the South Americans being thrust onto the world stage, with their ball skills and technical ability amazing all those that watched them. Football boot production shifted to producing a lighter football boot with the focus on kicking and controlling the ball rather than simply producing a piece of protective footwear.
The technological developments of the sixties bought a momentous step-change in design which saw the lower cut design introduced for the first time in football history. Adidas quickly emerged as the market leader, a position it claims until the present day. In the World Cup Finals of 1966, an astonishing 75% of players wore the Adidas football boot.
The seventies began with the iconic 1970 World Cup Finals which saw a sublime Brazilian team lift the trophy. The decade itself will be remembered for the way in which football boot sponsorship took off.in 1979, Adidas remained dominant, producing the world’s best-selling football boot the Copa Mundial however several other football boot makers joined the fray including Italian football boot maker Diadora (1977).
The greatest development of recent times in the design and technology of football boots was developed in the eighties by former player Craig Johnston, who created the Predator football boot, which was eventually released by Adidas in the 1990′s.
The 1990′s saw different, lighter soles incorporated into boots to aid the players’ balance. Reebok and Mizuno entered the market and immediately made an impact
Advances in technology led to a reinforcement of the market positions of the big three football boot makers and sellers, Puma, Nike and Adidas (incorporating Reebok since 2006).
Fortunately, there still remains room in the market place for the smaller producers that do not have the big money endorsement contracts at its disposal, such as Mizuno, Diadora, Lotto and Hummel
As the debate rages on with regards to the lack of protection given by modern football boots, and the repercussions in terms of player injuries, there seems little to suggest that the major manufacturers are going to give up their quest for the lightest football boot for a more protective one any time soon.
History Of Football Boots
The fundamentals of football have remained relatively unchanged since the modern rules of the game were standardised in the mid-19th century. It's still eleven v eleven trying to kick a ball into a net at opposite ends of a playing field and while the offside rule may have undergone many transformations, it's advancements off the pitch that has seen the beautiful game progress and grow.
Fitness, diet, tactics, have all evolved and equipment too. Not that there's much of it. Jersey, shorts, socks and a pair of boots are the essentials for footballers past and present.
Here we take a look at the history of the football boot. Use the arrows to scroll down the different eras as we take look at how players' footwear has evolved over the years.
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