Football Shoe Technology that Betters Your Perfomance

Published: 11th August 2011
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Football shoes date in to the time of King Henry VIII. His majesty requested quite a few pairs in 1526…45 velvet pairs plus 1 leather pair for soccer. Ever since then football shoes have developed to be a vital part of the sport and nowadays they are made out of materials like carbon fiber and man-made leather.

Like soccer itself football boots have experienced many changes over time. Before 1891 studs…blades or any other kind of sole just weren't allowed. After the 1891 changes…studs and blades became legal provided that they were made of leather but not as big as one half an inch. These types of studs and blades were originally hammered into the shoes and professional players of the time had quite a few pairs with numerous stud lengths and this is probably the first time soccer shoes have advanced.

The 2nd development began in the mid-1950s which is probably the most dubious. Football history observed that during the 1950’s in Switzerland…Adidas who has been Germany's boot provider kitted the German team with the first ever screw-in-studs soccer shoes. However…Puma have counter claimed that they had been providing screw-in-studs as early as 1952. But whomever designed screw-in-studs the 2nd evolution had been the invention of the screw-in-studs shoes.

However…between 1950 and 1960 football boot design took a huge leap forward and boots really began to make a difference on the sport. In Northern Europe soccer boots still had the ankle protection…and the actual reason they were called boots. However…in South America the shoes were more flexible and lighter weight with no need of ankle protection. It was a boot made to raise soccer ball control… boost kicking power and make players move quicker and change direction quicker.

The company Adidas then created a new kind of soccer boot which had more traction between the ball and shoe and together with greater contact areas…and a number of power and swerve zones…it permitted players to produce greater swerves and more powerful strikes of the ball.

This particular technology was just the beginning of what was to come. Polymer extrusion technology along with materials allowed the creation of a extra flexible sole…and studs were replaced by blades which provided 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 developments to soccer shoe technology which will make the players perform even better and possibly boots that may react to specific pitch conditions…whether that be rain during the game or the pitch getting drier…the boots can adapt accordingly.

Boot technology has come such a long way since King Henry VIII and exactly who knows what other areas of soccer is going to change like soccer shoes.


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