Design and Evolution of Soccer Boots for Adidas Quality, and soccer cleats have undergone many changes over the years. Until 1891, buttons, blades or other projection types are not allowed. After the revision of 1891, buttons and bladders became “legal” provided they were made of leather and no larger than half an inch, these buttons and blades were initially hammered into boots and professional players at the time had several pairs with different long buttons. I consider this as the first soccer boots to flourish. The second evolution occurred in the mid-1950s and this is also the most controversial. History says that during 1954 in Switzerland, Adidas who was a German boot supplier brought the Germans with the first ever combat boots ever. But recently Puma claimed that they were supplying screws in studs in early 1952. Though the finds screw in the studs the point here is that the second evolution is the invention of the screw on the studs.
Despite scrutiny debates, another revolution is taking place at almost the same time in history. Between 1950 and 1960 the soccer cleats design took a big step forward and the boots really started to have an impact on the game. While in Northern European shoes still have ankle protection, the main reason they are called “boots”, the South Americans create a more flexible boot and lightweight without ankle protection, a boot designed to improve control, increase kicking power and make the player move faster and change direction faster
As time goes by, technological advancements allow manufacturers to produce light shoes with various colors and button configurations. An overview of the Puma King players worn like Pelé at the 1970 World Cup and becoming one of the best-selling football boots to date, the Adidas Copa Mundial.
We can not talk about the evolution of soccer shoes without mentioning Craig Johnston, creator of Adidas Predator. Johnston revolutionized the football boot market by creating a boot that gives greater attraction between the ball and boot, and boot and ground, the Adidas Predator was born. With a larger contact area, a series of power and turning zones that allow players to create better bends and stronger attacks when hitting the so-called “sweet spot”. No wonder the Adidas Predator series is still in production lately.
Johnston’s creation is just the tip of the iceberg of what is about to happen. Polymer extrusion technology and other materials enable the creation of more flexible soles; The studs are replaced by knives that give players a more stable base.