There is a lot of fact to discover and learn about football boots. I have gathered here 5 facts you did not know about football boots.
1. First football boots were made in 1526.
The first pair of football boots noted in history are those made for King Henry VIII of England, who ordered a pair from his Great Wardrobe in 1526.
During the 19th century football became extremely popular in Britain. People who played would wear their heavy and hard work boots to play. These were the first ever boots with the steel toe cap at the front, long laces and ankle support. These boots also had metal studs or tacks put in the sole the bottom so the players would have more stability on the pitch. In the later part of the 19th century the first ever football-specific boot was designed, made of thick and heavy leather which ran right to the ankle for increased protection.
2. The first boot weighed 500g.
It doubled in weight when it was wet. So it´s weight was almost 1kg. Today manufacturers make boots around 100g each.
3. Adidas created the world´s first knitted football boot entirely from yarn.
Adidas’ limited-edition Samba Primeknit boot is said to offer the same levels of strength and stability as conventional boots, while using fewer materials and weighing less. Using yarn means that the shoe doesn’t produce any waste material, making the Primeknit the company’s most sustainable football boot according to a press statement.
4. The best selling cleat ever is the Adidas CopaMundial.
The Copa Mundial (Spanish for World Cup) football boot was released in 1979. They were designed for the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain. Going through very slight changes since then, the Copa is made in Scheinfeld, near Frankfurt in Germany. It has a kangaroo leather upper. Additional leather supports are provided from the heel, which are intended to improve durability and stability. It has been the world’s best-selling football boot. Many superb sportsmen have worn them troughout the years. It has been used by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer.
5. Most Expensive Football Boot Sponsors in the World is $11.7 million per year
When anyone thinks about fashion with football ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, there is just one man ahead of him still now, and it’s the David Beckham. The ingenious creation of English team, Beckham, witnessed stardom in almost everything he ever tried, starting from his marvelous presence on the ground till he started modeling and his Spice Girl wife Victoria. Even after his retirement from the professional sports he still remains a major attraction for reputed brand for a single reason: the world knows who David Beckham is. Even after the massive stardom and recent contract of Ronaldo, Beckham still earns nearly $11.7 million per year from Adidas. David Beckham is wore the Predator LZ boots by Adidas till his career with Paris St. Germain.