History of Football Boots

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1526: The earliest football boot is recorded as belonging to King  Henry VIII

1800′s: Players wore hard, leather work boots, which were long laced  and steel toe capped as the first football shoes

Late 1800′s: Football boots shifted to a slipper style shoe, which  were made of thick, hard leather going up the ankle for increased protection and  incorporated leather studs – they weighed 500g

1925: The first replaceable studs were  featured, which could be changed according to weather conditions

1940′s: Football boot production shifted to producing a lighter  football boot with the focus on kicking and controlling the ball rather than  simply a piece of protective footwear

1950: Football boots are made with interchangeable screw in studs  made of plastic or rubber for the first time

1950′s: Football boots were still over the ankle but now made of  synthetic materials and leather, producing an even lighter shoe

1960′s: A momentous change in design saw the first below the ankle  football boots introduced

1970′s: This decade is remembered for the way in which football boot  sponsorship took off – players were paid to wear only one brand

1970′s: Technological developments allowed lighter boots to be  produced and the first all – white football boot was made

1990′s: Conventional studs were replaced by some manufacturers with  a bladed design, covering the sole, which gave a more stable base for the  player

 

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