The Soccer Shoe Evolution

By Peter C

The soccer shoe footballers put on during matches in modern days have experienced a great evolution over time.

Professional players across the globe wear attractive kits (or sometimes, unattractive ones) – from the jersey to the shorts. Still, another major feature of a complete professional footballer is the boots worn by them.

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Soccer boot makers have established a multi-billion dollar project by manufacturing soccer shoes of various designs for the comfort of their customers. Adidas, Nike, and Puma are some of the most popular and recognized soccer shoemakers in history.

These shoemakers have designed soccer shoes excellently and have evolved with the rapid changes in modern-day technology.

It has been established in history that King Henry VIII had the first-ever pair of soccer boots in 1526.

The changing of soccer from just a hobby to a professional sport came into place in the latter part of the 1800s. Also, more lightweight shoes replaced the heavier shoe style during this period.

Thereafter, studs were introduced following the revision the game’s laws went through in the year 1891.

Entering into the twentieth century, the likes of Hummel, Gola, and Valsport engaged in mass production of soccer shoes while the reputable Dassler brothers, located in Germany, were the first to manufacture interchangeable studs. This they did for the sake of adaptability.

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Later on, we had the plastic studs and screw-in metals. The Dassler brothers separated and formed the companies known as Puma (Rudolph Dassler) and Adidas (Adi Dassler).