No. 22

Football Boots – What Will They Look Like Next?

As we get ready for the Final of the 2014 World Cup, we thought we’d ask you a question we first spotted on the UK IPO website: What happened to black football boots?

It is estimated that the first football boots were created in 1525 for King Edward VIII, when protection of the foot was more important than style. This changed in the 1940’s, but it was not until the 1960’s and 70’s that we really saw the introduction of football boots designed for comfort and style.

Liverpool footballer Craig Johnston has been credited with challenging all our original ideas about football boots with his patented and trade marked his‘Predator’ boots in the 1990’s.  Since then we have seen boots of all different colours, styles and materials designed to give better accuracy and often launched to coincide with major football tournaments.

The latest football boots are virtually weightless and can even provide you with information on speed, acceleration or distance covered.

So, how many pairs of black football boots have you spotted at this year’s World Cup?