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How The First Imported Football Boots Arrived In Mzansi

As football has progressed through the years, so have the kits, the balls and, of course, the boots that the players use. But which were the first imported boots in the country?

When footballers first started to wear boots, there was only one design and one colour. But in today’s day and age, there are various brands and colours that footballers are seen wearing. 

It is hard to imagine a time when there were no adidas boots in the country, but back in the 1950’s, that was the case - and the man to wear the very first boots was Henry Edward Charlie Hurly of Marist Brothers. 

It was when on tour in Mozambique with Southern Transvaal when Hurly discovered one imported adidas boot, which happened to be a sample. 

“I found one boot in a shop in Lorenzo Marques,” said Hurly. “I’d never seen anything like it before, the other was at the airport but nobody knew the cost so I offered them £5, which they accepted. In the end, it was worth it - as I loved playing in them. 

First Imported Adidas Boots (1955), worn By Charley Hurly


What a lovely story! So now you know how the first imported boots arrived in Mzansi. What were the first boots you ever wore?


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