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An Illustrated History of Football Boots by Dan Leydon

November 3, 2016

Whilst browsing through our Twitter timeline recently we came across these great, fun illustrations from illustrator extraordinaire Dan Leydon  and thought we should share them with you guys!

Dan is based in Sligo, Ireland and has worked for clients such as Nike, Foot Locker, BT Sport, FAI, Juventus and numerous other clubs and brands. You’ll probably have come across his work in some form or other.

We definitely recommend taking a few minutes out of your day to have a browse through his website. You can also follow Dan on Twitter and on Instagram to keep up top date with his excellent work!

I’m sure this won’t be the last time we feature some of his work.








A-Z of football shirt manufacturers

October 3, 2016


Previously on this site we’ve tried to compile a complete A-Z list of football boot brands and also an A-Z list of adidas football boot models (Part 1 A-L and Part 2 M-Z – we’re still missing models for O, X, Y and Z!) and now we’re trying to pull together a list of football shirt / kit manufacturers.

There’s no way this list is exhaustive at the moment and I’m sure there are some glaring omissions – so feel free to let us know which ones we’re missing by adding a comment below – especially if you have anything for O, Q, Y and Z!


A: Admiral, adidas, asics, Avec, Atletica (thanks to @bishopvillered)

B: Bukta, Burrda,

C: Canterbury, Carlotti, Carbrini, Champion, Chelsea Collection, Charly (Cheers @bishopvillered)

D: Diadora, Dryworld,

E: Ennerre, Erima, Errea,

F: Fila,

G: Gola, Grand Sport (courtesy of @classicshirts )

H: Henson, Hummel,

I: Influence

J: Joma, JD,

K: Kappa, Kelme (thanks to @bishopvillered)

L: Lonsdale, Lotto, Le Coq Sportif, Legea,

M: Mitre, Macron, Mizuno, Mileta, Meyba, Matchwinner

N: Nike, New Balance,

O: Olympic (Cheers Keith Fordyce!)

P: Puma, Penalty, Pony , Patrick, Punch


R: Reebok, Reusch (courtesy of @bishopvillered)

S: Sondico, Scoreline, Surridge,

T: Topper,

U: Umbro, Under Armour, Uhlsport,

V: Vandanel,

W: Warrior,

X: Xara,



6 of the best vintage football shirts on eBay right now!

September 29, 2016

OMG ! What on earth is happening? 2 posts in 2 days!

As well as being boot fans we’re obviously also shirt and kit fans and so, striking while the iron is hot, we’re following up last nights post with another! This time we’re highlighting 6 of the best vintage football shirts on ebay right now. As always, none of these auctions have anything to do with us at The Boot Room and apologies if we’ve blown up the auction you were watching and you were hoping to grab a steal!

  1. Real Madrid home – Hummel – 1989 – €199.90 Buy It Now or Best Offers-l16006 
  2.  Auxerre – Uhlsport – £129.00 Buy It Now



3. Minnesota Kicks – Admiral – Starting bid $44.99



4. Fiorentina – Ennerre – 1983/85 – currently at £55.00



5. Bari – adidas – 1990 (?) – currently at €20.50



6. Unknown team – adidas – $35.00 Buy It Now or Best Offer

Just look at that flock sponsor on the front!!!



Happy bidding!

6 of the best vintage boots on eBay right now!

September 28, 2016

Hopefully this won’t be another false dawn and we will return with more regular postings. We know that you’ve heard it before from us but hopefully this time we’ll deliver…

Since this blog started there seems to have been a noticeable increase in the interest of vintage boots and some are now commanding some staggering prices. As such the prices being asked on eBay have gradually been creeping up. There are still some bargains to be had but they are definitely getting harder to find. We regularly browse through the listings, even though a distinct lack of storage space prevents us making many purchases, and here, in our opinion, are 6 of the best boots available  boots on eBay right now. As an fyi none of these listings are anything to do with us here at The Boot Room.


  1. adidas Beckenbauer #5 Ice – UK6 – Starting bid £50



Not seen metal tipped studs like those before ^^


2. adidas Questra Finale – UK10.5 – £89 Buy It Now or Best Offer



3. adidas Supernova TRX SG – UK7 – £199.99 Buy It Now or Best Offer



4. diadora Napoli Pro – UK7.5 – €149.00 Buy It Now or Best Offer 



5. Patrick XL90 SG – UK8 – £34.99 Buy It Now



6. diadora Flamengo – UK10.5 – Starting bid £20



Best of luck and happy bidding!

You gotta be good to wear those! 

May 13, 2016

For those of us of a certain age football boots were only ever available in black leather with mainly white detailing. During the summer months you’d find yourself stood staring and coveting the coming seasons boot releases on the wall of your local sports shop. In those days black was the colour that stood out (or rather it didn’t). Sometimes the 3 stripes, swoosh or formstripe may be in a bold orange, yellow or green but that was as adventurous as it got. Very occasionally a brand would take what felt like a bold step at the time by releasing a boot that wasn’t black. I can vividly remember the day in 1986 when our left back pulled out his grey New Balance SC1986‘s – proudly proclaimed as ‘possibly the worlds most expensive boot’ by New Balance – from his bag in the changing room to a stream of what would now be described as ‘banter’.




But New Balance weren’t alone, adidas decided to offer the Profi, their top of the range boot at that time, to the market in navy blue leather.




A few years later and coloured boots became more and more prominent both at pro level and at the grass roots. Anyone daring to wear anything but mainly black boots was instantly singled out as a ‘fancy Dan’ and possibly even a marked man and it wasn’t uncommon to hear shouts of “You better be good to wear those!” from the touchline. But these ‘out-there’ boots no longer look quite so extreme compared to what the boot companies are putting out today and its rare to find, at any level, a player wearing black boots.

As a slow, ponderous centre half who kicked people there’s no way I’d ever feel comfortable wearing any of the boots below (unless my sponsors paid me handsomely) so I guess I’ll just stick to my black Copas, Kings and Morelias and, until he starts relentlessly badgering me for something a little brighter, so will my son – as long as the brands keep producing them…


Nike – What The Mercurialnike-what-the-mercurial-02

Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Neymar Jr. ‘Ousadia Alegria’32493

Concave Volt+ FG Artist Series – Virginia Ben132339

Under Armour Speedform Mother’s Dayunder-armour-speedform-tutti-frutti-2016-boots2b252882529

Puma EvoPower 1.2 Pop Art106455

Puma EvoSpeed 1.3 ALIFE88699

Puma EvoSpeed 1.3 BAPE88698

Pantofola d’Oro La Gazzetta Rossonero FG128115

adidas adizero F50 Yohji Yamamoto Y382135




We’re back! 6 of the best vintage boots on eBay right now

May 10, 2016

So after an 18 month hiatus we’re back in the blogosphere! Apologies for the long absence but hopefully now we’ll be posting a lot more regularly. I know, I know, you’ve that before but this time we really mean it…

Anyway here’s a quick post highlighting some of the great boots that are up on eBay at the moment. Take a look and click through to the auction and place a bid if you like them enough. A quick disclaimer though – none of these boots are anything to do with us here at The Boot Room.


  1. Nike Air GX – Various sizes – $199.00 (£138.19 approx,) Buy It Now 



2. Hummel Soren Lerby Munchen – UK11.5 – €15.00 Buy It Now



3. Diadora Van Basten – UK7 – €40.00 Buy It Now



4. adidas Etrusco Unico – UK7 – Starting bid £60.00



5. Nike Air Rio D – UK5 / UK5.5 / UK6 / UK7 / UK7.5 – $50 Buy It Now



6. Lotto In Squadra Milan – UK7 – Starting bid £5.00



6 of the best vintage boots on eBay right now

November 25, 2014

Wow! Can’t quite believe its been over a year since the last post on this blog – apologies if you’ve been waiting or checking back. A lot has happened in those 17 months which have meant that this place has had to take a bit of a back seat. But now that the madness has subsided we should be able to get posting again. This first post back is focusing on 6 of the best vintage football boots available on everyone’s favourite auction site. Take a look and click through to the auction and place a bid if you like them enough. A quick disclaimer though – none of these boots are anything to do with us here at The Boot Room.

1. adidas Stratos SL – UK7 – Starting bid £55.00


2.Puma SPA King – UK10 – £199.99 Buy It Now or Best Offer

3. Nike Air Roma GX – UK8 – Starting bid £38.22


4. Nike Air Play – UK6 – £152.89 Buy It Now


5. adidas Questra Finale – UK7 – £50.00 Buy It Now


6. Lotto Stromberg Pro – UK9 – £59.99 Buy It Now or Best Offer

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