The silhouette of the football boots we see today was not the same since its inception. It has evolved and improved over time through research and technological developments. Let’s find out more.
Footballers played without shoes before 1891. In some parts of the world, only socks were worn. But in some areas people wore office shoes. These shoes had rock solid toes and were sometimes made of steel.
These shoes were never designed to kick a ball, but people wore them due to the unavailability of any other option. The passion for football was so strong that despite the injuries caused by wearing these shoes, they did not stop playing. There was no grip on the outsoles of these shoes because slipping in the grass was very common.
In 1891, national football bodies felt that this loophole and a change was made to football regulations allowing players to wear shoes that had small studs or something that could help players maintain their grip on the pitch. .
This laid the foundation stone for football boots and many shoe manufacturers have come forward to meet this specific demand. Italy, Uruguay and France were the pioneer countries of this breakthrough.
In the first decades of the 1900s, the demand for football boots fell sharply due to the consequences of the world war. After World War II, interest in sports took off and the demand for athletic footwear increased dramatically. During this period, immense technological and research work was carried out.
As a result, lighter and more flexible football boots have emerged. These shoes became more popular in southern Europe and America because the surfaces there were less muddy than those in England where there were surfaces covered with mud.
After 1950 the improved quality of football boots was introduced. The selling point of these shoes were plastic or metal molded nails. These cleats allowed footballers to play comfortably in different conditions around the world and were widely used in professional football.
In 1970, the evolution of shoes reached its peak. Football boots have become even lighter. Eye-catching colors were used and several designers showed up to print graphics and designs on it. Research and experimentation have taken a new step with the introduction of “Predator” from a well-known company. It became a new feeling because of the rubber bands and the toe design made of more solid material.
Not long after this development, many professional footballers were offered to endorse different brands of football boots. Advertisements were made and the marketing of football boots began. In the late 90s, the soles were made still flexible, which provided comfort to footballers allowing them to play more matches comfortably.
In short, it was the history of football boots. The latest development in this regard can be seen these days in the form of laser technology. This technology will allow you to sew a custom pair of shoes to suit your exact size and style of play. Not only that, crampons nowadays look like blades. Some football shoe manufacturers have also introduced microchip technology that helps track these shoes; however, they are rarely used.