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Bespoke football boots

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by John Bickerstaffe, Apr 23, 2014.

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    This is my first post on the arena.

    I am looking for a bespoke football boot maker ideally within the UK but would be glad of any links you can provide.

    I have already looked at what is available within the UK but could not find anyone one offering a made to measure service capable of allowing orthoses to be fitted into their design.

    To date I have fitted a cycling type cut of orthosis to football boots and to fell running shoes which seems to work well.

    Your advice would be appreciated.

    Many thanks

    John Bickerstaffe
  2. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Hi John

    You may want to speak to Trevor Prior about this. He'll point you in the right direction.

  3. Hi Ian

    I will contact Trevor and see what he recommends. I am also going to contact the footwear biomechanics group.


    John Bickerstaffe
  4. Trevor Prior

    Trevor Prior Active Member


    Thanks for getting in touch. A tricky one. A truly bespoke football boot is very difficult to come by. Most of the boot manufacturers will customise a boot – generally mixing and matching the upper and stud plate to preference although this is generally for sponsored players. The odd player will get their own boot.

    I set up a company to make bespoke boots with a colleague (Prior2Lever) and we produced a fully bespoke boot to a custom last, We went one stage further as we used laser sintering (i.e. 3D printing) to make the stud plate which was also the orthotic. In other words, we optimised the orthotic and then turned this into the stud plate so it was all one unit.

    You may not be surprised to hear that it did not go much further as most of those able to afford were being paid to wear someone else’s boots and, although we had discussions with some of the boot manufacturers, they were not interested in the end. That said, it will happen but the market was not ready to take that step at the time.

    Nike have now made a boot where the studs were 3D printed but the boot is still flat.
    If you have someone that truly wants a bespoke boot, we would be happy to chat with you.

    One option is to consider is a company in Hertfordshire called Profit who do adaptations and can increase the height of the upper etc. If you want to contact them, email me at trevor.prior@premierpodiatry.com and I will get their details.

  5. Hi Trevor

    Many thanks for your help. I had a professional footballer in recently who was after a totally bespoke boot however I managed to accomodate him with orthoses to fit his existing boots.

    I do get footballers asking for bespoke boots occasionally and have not had anywhere to send them so far. Would you also be able to produce a cycling shoe / orthosis using the same process?If so I think may people would be interested in referring - SKY cycling team?

    I had a look at the Pro Fit site and will contact them also if a patient only wants an adaptation.

    Many thanks for your help. I have been looking for somewhere to send such patients for years.

    All the best

    John Bickerstaffe
  6. Trevor Prior

    Trevor Prior Active Member

    Sorry for the delay in getting back. WE have had discussions regarding cycling shoes in the past and this is very possible. We would be happy to work with anyone who wishes to produce bespoke cycling shoes. Do you want to have a chat some time?


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