Boots and shoes...

Herr Dassler

Early boots were robust, often adaptations of regular footwear- England's Tinsley Lindley played in walking brogues. 
Puskas, according to one observer, didn't even have the right gear. West Germany were advantaged by Adi Dassler's innovations. On the other hand (or foot?) Partizan's European Cup final team of 1966 were persuaded to swap their tailor made boots for brand new Adidias and were hampered by sore feet in the final (goalkeeper Milutin Šoškić got round this by painting white stripes on his old boots). George Best wore 'shoes' not boots.
Alan Ball painted his boots white and Stanley Bowles courted two sponsors at once and played for England in odd boots.