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A photo history of Nike football/soccer shoes.

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Jeff Wolter, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Jeff Wolter

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    All leather shoes (especially K-leather) must be fit too tight to start, than the very good kangaroo material (*soft, supple, light, expensive material) shapes around the foot like a custom made boot very quickly.
    The less expensive leather shoes are a much thicker and heavier material and will shape on their own but it takes a lot longer to break in the shoe. The devil of leather is water. These cheaper shoes may collect/absorb a large amount of water. The shoes must be maintained and waxed waterproof regularly. Most wide and high volume feet belong in some type of leather shoe that have the ability to self customizes the fit.

    The newer synthetic materials do not change with time and should be sized to fit exactly as one wants right from the start. Water does not effect the material (great for poor English winter weather days). If the shoe is not fitting correctly the shoe model should be changed, the material was chosen because it will not stretch much at all (except with custom heating and specialized stretching tools). The synthetic materials are cheaper, lighter when wet, and can be manufactured and molded into pre-use shapes much better than leather. Most all professional players have their own last shapes stored by the manufactures and are custom made to the professional's shoe last shape.

    Overall the bigger profit margins on the public (non-custom made) synthetic material shoes allow the company to put more money into the marketing and allow the company more $ to add pro sponsored players to the marketing role.

    The young player population will rarely listen to the soccer speciality store employee when selecting their shoe model (even when the presentation is 100% logical). They will wear whatever they see on TV (emotional decisions).

    Most all soccer shoes will now easily fit a pre-mold support device or most all custom made orthotic device. The depth is fine and most all (except indoor shoes) will come with a standard shoe insole that can be removed. Most all good soccer speciality store now sell pre-molded insoles for soccer) Curex, Superfeet...

    Photo is own my own Nike Tiempo with my own EVA/multi-cork full length, thin custom device.

    In soccer if you are not striding long enough to be landing on your heel you are either: a really lazy player on a rec team, or a endurance based midfield player who trots around never stopping for the full 90 minutes. -Colorado Rapids forward on a sprint to goal.
    In soccer we seem to break a lot of the current running "rules" and we do it five days a week, with at least one full performance to absolute fatigue each week for 40+ depleatimg weeks a year, with very little rest between seasons.
    -Spurs U16 academy player

    Football/soccer shoes = the original zero drop shoes.

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    Kyle Altman's new and old custom device made for him while playing for the USL D2 Minnesota Stars. The Stars won the D2 NASL Championship in 2012.

    Chris Ramsey with his Spurs U16 academy team giving a clinic on training the midfield triangle.

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