Nike 1/2 Cent – March 2009 Release

Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, helped others succeed in times of war. NIKE, the world’s #1 shoemaker, does more dominating than assisting, to capture a hefty share of the US athletic shoe market. It designs and sells shoes for a variety of sports, including baseball, cheerleading, golf, volleyball, hiking, tennis, and football. NIKE also sells Cole Haan dress and casual shoes, as well as athletic apparel and equipment. In addition, NIKE operates NIKETOWN shoe and sportswear stores, NIKE factory outlets, and NIKE Women shops. NIKE sells its products throughout the US and in more than 180 other countries. In 2006 NIKE veteran Mark Parker succeeded Bill Perez as president and CEO.

AIR JORDAN XX3 from exposure since the shoebox, a mysterious two-shoes about this on the growing concern. In particular, recently posted in a forum at the picture it is Melaleuca waves stirred up, but we proved it is fake shoes only to the self-satisfaction when the gimmicks on the false picture of shoes when flying, 100% fidelity of the AIR JORDAN XX3 is finally coming out, and perhaps the shoes could not be false slander the reputation of their own. Before the shoebox with the same exposure, uppers covered with embroidery on the “M”, the “M” is precisely the character of Jordan signature font, and the shoes before the exposure side of this is the diamond-shaped holes. At the end of technology is still used in IPS cushioning system, it seems to return to the AIR JORDAN XX are not allowed to change when, in the palm is a large area of the carbon fiber, from the heel to the former in charge of the lateral extension of the TPU can be firmly fixed shoes. Of course, now that awareness of pairs of shoes only to stay in the picture, the real answer will be in the near future announced

Nike – The Story Continues With Nike Air Force 1

Nike was founded by coach Bill Bowerman and track athlete Philip Knight of the University of Oregon in January 1964. Initially Nike was known as Blue Ribbon Sports. In Greek mythology Nike means Goddess of Victory. When Nike started its operations, it acted as a distributor for Onitsuka Tiger (Japanese Shoe Maker).

Nike (Blue Ribbon Sports) opened its first retail store in 1966 which was located in Santa Monica, California. Later in 1971, Philip Knight realized the importance of design ideas and for this he approached Davidson who created the logo which is globally known as Swoosh. This was first used in the running shoes at the US Track & Field Olympic Trials (Oregon – Eugene).

Nike was first introduced as a football shoe in 1971. Later in 1978 Nike Inc. emerged and was endorsed by the professional athlete Ilie Nastase. In 1980, Nike Inc went public after it had established nearly 50% of the market share in USA athletic shoe market. In 1982 Nike ran its 1st national commercial on television.

With offices located in 45 countries, Nike has bonded with more than 700 shops world wide. It has its factories located in Asia – Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and India.

Nike today manufacturers a wide array of sports equipment and accessories for both men and women. Track running shoes were their first products and today Nike’s portfolio includes baselayers, shoes, shorts, jerseys, etc for sports such as cricket, tennis, basketball, football, ice hockey, cycling, wrestling, baseball, cheerleading, golf etc. A few examples are skateboarding Nike NYX and Nike SB shoes, Air Zoom Yoker for cricket and Air Jordan XX3 for basketball.

Nike has recently joined with Apple Inc to manufacture its product called Nike +. This shoe is used to monitor the performance of a runner through a radio device which is implanted in the shoe. This in turn is linked to the iPod (Nano).

Nike air force 1’s are high-quality designed sneakers that are famous for their cushioning and support mid soles. These are best suited for basketball players to help them absorb the shock and provide them with superb support for their ankles. There is a huge collection of different colors and designs of air force 1’s. The Air Force 1’s has now emerged as a casual foot wear, which was early known as a sports shoe.

Air Force 1’s have been in the market for quite a long time now and are available in different styles for men and women. Just like any other shoes, buy only those Nike Air Force 1 shoes that are neither too tight nor too loose and that provide more comfort to your feet besides being fashionable. There is no point buying a shoe that will give you nightmares the moment you wear them. Therefore, when you want to buy your Nike Air Force 1 shoes, it is advisable to buy them in the evening as your feet would be slightly swollen and you can get the right size.

So if you are looking out to buy Nike Air Force 1’s sneakers, you can check out the entire range at A2Z shoes and enjoy a wholesome shopping experience. Make the right decision now and buy original sneakers from an online store that brings in quality, latest designs, great offers, and provides you live support to make your shopping more easy!

Football Boots (Soccer Cleats) The History

Football Boots: Earliest Recorded – King Henry VIII in 1526

King Henry VIII’s football boots were listed within the Great Wardrobe of 1526, a shopping list of the day. They were made by his personal shoemaker Cornelius Johnson in 1525, at a cost of 4 shillings, the equivalent of £100 in today’s money. Little is known about them, as there is no surviving example, but the royal football boots are known to have been made of strong leather, ankle high and heavier than the normal shoe of the day.

Football Boots – The 1800’s

Moving forward 300 years saw football developing and gaining popularity throughout Britain, but still remaining as an unstructured and informal pastime, with teams representing local factories and villages in a burgeoning industrial nation. Players would wear their hard, leather work boots, which were long laced and steel toe-capped as the first football boots. These football boots would also have metal studs or tacks hammered into them to increase ground grip and stability.

As laws become integrated into the game in the late 1800’s, so saw the first shift in football boots to a slipper (or soccus) style shoe, with players of the same team starting to wear the same boots for the first time. Laws also allowed for studs, which had to be rounded. These leather studs, also known as cleats, were hammered into the early football boots, which for the first time moved away from the earlier favoured work boots. These football boots weighed 500g and were made of thick, hard leather going up the ankle for increased protection. The football boots would double in weight when wet and had six studs in the sole. The football boot had arrived…

Football Boots – The 1900’s to 1940’s

Football boot styles remained relatively constant throughout the 1900’s up to the end of the second world war. The most significant events in the football boot world in the first part of the twentieth century were the formation of several football boot producers who are still making football boots today, including Gola (1905), Valsport (1920) and Danish football boot maker Hummel (1923).

Over in Germany, Dassler brothers Adolf and Rudolf formed the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory) in Herzogenaurach in 1924 and began producing football boots in 1925 which had 6 or 7 replaceable, nailed studs, which could be changed according to the weather conditions of play.

Football Boots – The 1940’s to 1960’s

Football boot styles shifted significantly after the end of the second world war, as air travel became cheaper and more international fixtures were played. This saw the lighter, more flexible football boot being worn by the South Americans being thrust onto the world stage, and their ball skills and technical ability amazed all those that watched them. Football boot production shifted to producing a lighter football boot with the focus on kicking and controlling the ball rather than simply producing a piece of protective footwear.

1948 saw the formation of the Adidas company by Adolf (Adi) Dassler after a falling out with his brother that was to form the cornerstone of football boot maker rivalry for the preceding years up to today. Brother Rudolf founded the beginnings of the Puma company in 1948, quickly producing the Puma Atom football boot. This led to interchangeable screw in studs made of plastic or rubber for the first time, reputedly by Puma in the early 1950’s but the honour is also claimed by Adidas (Read the Story on Footy-Boots). Football boots of the time were still over the ankle, but were now being made of a mixture of synthetic materials and leather, producing and even lighter shoe for the players of the day to display their skills with.

Football Boots – The 1960’s

The technological developments of the sixties bought a momentous step-change in design which saw the lower cut design introduced for the first time in football history. This change allowed players to move faster and saw the likes of Pele wearing Puma football boots in the 1962 World Cup Finals. Adidas, though, quickly emerged as the market leader, a position it claims until the present day. In the World Cup Finals of 1966, an astonishing 75% of players wore the Adidas football boot.

The 1960’s also saw several other football boot makers joining the market with their own brands and styling including Mitre (1960), Joma (1965) and Asics (1964).

Football Boots – The 1970’s

The seventies began with the iconic 1970 World Cup Finals which saw a sublime Brazilian team lift the trophy with Pele again at the helm, this time wearing the Puma King football boot. The decade itself will be remembered for the way in which football boot sponsorship took off, where players were being paid to wear only one brand. In terms of design and style, technological advancements produced lighter boots, and a variety of colours, including for the first time, the all-white football boot.

In 1979, Adidas produced the world’s best selling football boot the Copa Mundial, built of kangaroo leather and built for speed and versatility. Although Adidas remained dominant, several other football boot makers joined the fray including Italian football boot maker Diadora (1977).

Football Boots – The 1980’s

The greatest development of recent times in the design and technology of football boots was developed in the eighties by former player Craig Johnston, who created the Predator football boot, which was eventually released by Adidas in the 1990’s. Johnston designed the Predator to provide greater traction between football boot and the ball, and football boot and the ground. The design allowed for greater surface areas to come into contact with the ball when being hit by the football boot, with a series of power and swerve zones within the striking area allowing the player to create greater power and swerve when hitting the “sweet spots”. The eighties also saw football boots for the first time being made by English company Umbro (1985), Italy’s Lotto and Spain’s Kelme (1982).

Football Boots – 1990’s

1994 saw Adidas release the Craig Johnston designed Predator with its revolutionary design, styling and technology making it an instant and lasting success. The Predator by now featured polymer extrusion technologies and materials allowing for a more flexible sole as well as the conventional studs being replaced by a bladed design covering the sole, giving a more stable base for the player. In 1995 Adidas released their bladed outsole traxion technology which are tapered shaped blades. Puma hit back in 1996 with a foam-free midsole football boot, known as Puma Cell Technology, to which Adidas responded again, this time with wedge shaped studs in the same year. The nineties saw new football boot producers Mizuno release their Mizuno Wave in 1997. Other new football boots came from Reebok (1992) and Uhlsport (1993) with other companies also joining the ever increasing, lucrative and competitive market place. Most significantly the nineties saw the entry of Nike, the world’s biggest sportswear producer, immediately making an impact with its Nike Mercurial soccer boot (1998), weighing in at just 200g.

Football Boots – 2000+

As technology advanced still further, the application of the new research and developments were seen in the years into the new millennium right up to the present day and this has led to a reinforcement of the market positions of the big three football boot makers and sellers, Puma, Nike and Adidas (incorporating Reebok since 2006). Fortunately, there still remains room in the market place for the smaller producer that does not have the big money endorsement contracts at its disposal, such as Mizuno, Diadora, Lotto, Hummel and Nomis.

Recent developments since 2000 have seen the Nomis Wet control technology producing a sticky boot (2002), the Craig Johnston Pig Boot (2003), shark technology by Kelme (2006) and the exceptional design of the Lotto Zhero Gravity laceless football boots (2006) all of which underpin the successes that these smaller makers can achieve by producing specialised and technologically advanced football boots that provide a distinct differentiation from the mass produced products of the big three. Laser technology has also helped to produce the world’s first fully customised football by Prior 2 Lever, which is perhaps the most exciting and innovative of the recent developments.

Current favourite football boots include Adidas’ F50, Tunit and Predator; Nike’s Mercurial Vapor III, Air Zoom Total 90s and Tiempo Ronaldinho, Reebok Pro Rage and Umbro X Boots.

Football Boots – The Future

As the debate rages with regards the lack of protection given by modern football boots, and the repercussion in terms of player injuries, there seems little to suggest that the major manufacturers are going to give up their quest for the lightest football boot for a more protective one. The proliferation of big money sponsorship deals, namely Nike Ronaldinho, Adidas with David Beckham and Reebok with Thierry Henry, has become a huge factor that drives the success and sales of a football boot maker, but is viewed as at a cost of injury and stagnation in football boot research and development. All we can predict for the future is integration with sensor technology, lighter and more powerful football boots and more outlandish designs and styles.

Football boots have travelled a long way since King Henry strutted onto the fields of England in the 1500’s: the football boot has gone from an everyday protective apparel to a highly designed and cutting edge technological product which is a vital part of the player’s equipment. Whatever the colour, the design, the style or the player – we love footy boots!