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The Boot Room: What do your pair say about you?

Are you a big-time Charlie or a no-nonsense hardman?

FOOTBALL BOOTS HAVE come a long way since the birth of the beautiful game.

100 years ago, players wore what would be more at home on a building site than a football pitch today – trudging around in horribly heavy boots with steel-capped toes.

According to FIFA: “It wasn’t until 1925 that the first replaceable studs – changeable according to the underfoot conditions – came into existence, although it took another couple of decades for the focus to shift from merely protecting players’ feet to providing a boot better equipped to control, pass and dribble with.”

New technology and major investment by sports manufacturers into R&D means some of the futuristic feather-light footwear players compete in is barely recognisable to what their counterparts wore as recently as the early 1990s. Not to mention the fact that they now come in every colour imaginable.

Buying a new pair is an art in itself and the brand, style and colour you decide on often speaks volumes about type of player you are. Below, we will attempt explain how:

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  • The flashy winger

  • The no-nonsense hardman

  • The big-time Charlie

  • The misunderstood outsider

  • The exotic one

  • The traditionalist

  • The knobhead

  • The specialist

  • The code-breaker

  • The occasional five-a-side player

  • The maestro

  • And finally... the lad who really isn't much good

So,  which one are you?

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